Description

Large Medallion Suzani

Origin:
Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bokhara

Dimensions:
271 x 180 cm

Age:
18th century

Estimate:
60,000.00 - 70,000.00 €

This expressive Bokhara suzani of the large medallion type appears as the last catalogue number in the second book on the Vok Suzani Collection – a worthy final piece and highlight. The powerful hexagonal shield medallion with a circular centre of concentric rings has wide design panels emanating from it like the spokes of a large wheel, creating a positively explosive effect like a ball of fire. Taube devotes a highly readable article to large medallion suzanis (pp. 75 - 80) in which he documents the subgroups and conducts a comparative analysis. In his monograph, "The Great Embroideries of Bukhara" – a catalogue of the 54 examples known in the year 2000 – Franses undertakes a division into design groups. The Vok suzani falls into Group A and is listed as A 10. When first published in a HALI article by Pinner and Franses in 1978, it was still in the Voigt Collection, Münster. It was exhibited in Greven in 1979. Vok purchased this LM suzani in our November 1997 sale. – Slight signs of age and wear, several minor restored areas. Very good overall condition. Backed with canvas.

Literature:
HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 2. Munich 1990, no. 67 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani. A Textile Art from Central Asia. (Text by Jakob Taube) Munich 1994, no. 47 *** KALTER, JOHANNES & PALALOI, MARGARETA, Usbekistan. Erben der Seidenstraße. Stuttgart 1995 (exhibition catalogue of the Linden–Museum Stuttgart and Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin), ill. 562, p. 278 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auctions of 16th November 1991, # 127; 20th November 1999, # 173; 19th May 2007, # 166; 24th May 2008, # 176; 29th November 2014, # 165

Published:
PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Groß-Medaillon-Suzani aus Südwest-Uzbekistan. In: HALI I, 2. London 1978, no. 3, p. 132 *** FREUNDESKREIS ORIENTALISCHER TEPPICHE UND TEXTILIEN IN WESTFALEN, Fotokatalog der Ausstellung orientalischer Knüpf- und Wirkteppiche aus Westfälischen Privatsammlungen. Greven 1979, no. 98 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auction of 22nd November 1997, # 169 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Suzani 2. A Textile Art from Central Asia. Second part of the collection, catalogue nos. 49 – 79. (Text by Jakob Taube) Munich 2006, no. 79 *** FRANSES, MICHAEL, The Great Embroideries of Bukhara. London 2000, A 10, p. 57


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