An embroidered textile, made for the European market India, Late 18th century
Lot 212W
An embroidered silk Coverlet made for the European market (palampore) Deccan, mid 18th Century
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,911) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An embroidered silk Coverlet made for the European market (palampore)
Deccan, mid 18th Century
rectangular, profusely embroidered in polychrome silk with four trees with intertwining flowering branches sprouting from a central roundel, the roundel containing a flowerhead surrounded by concentric bands of peacocks interspersed by floral sprays, a scrolling floral vine, repeated flowerheads and cable motifs, all within a rectangular border, the spandrels with circular sections with concentric bands of flowerheads and scrolling floral vines, the border with repeated sprays of lotus flowers with perching birds and prancing quadrupeds, red silk backing
218 x 157cm wide.


  • This coverlet forms part of a group of highly decorated examples attributed to the Deccan or to Gujerat and made during the 18th Century for export to Europe. This example is very similar though smaller to one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London said to have belonged to Tippu Sultan (d.1799) (illustrated in Crill, R. Indian Embroidery, V&A Publications, 1999, no. 16),and an example in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (published J.M. Dye III, The Arts of India: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2001, pp.479-80, cat. no 232). Another very similar example was exhibited at Simon Ray, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, London, 2005, exhibition catalogue no. 63.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the measurements for the coverlet are 310 x 221 cm and not as stated in the catalogue.
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