A fine Safavid style woven metal thread and silk Sash Poland, 18th Century
Lot 63
A fine Safavid style woven metal thread and silk Sash
Poland, 18th Century
£ 5,000 - 7,000
US$ 6,600 - 9,200

Lot Details
A fine Safavid style woven metal thread and silk Sash
Poland, 18th Century
double-sided, decorated in peach, blue, and gold against a brown ground, the central field with alternating bands of flower-filled cartouches and trailing floral vines, with undulating bands between, each end with two elongated medallions containing floral rosettes, the sides with a border of floral vine within diamond motif bands, the maker's name woven in Cyrillic in the corners at both ends, fringed
approx. 448 x 35.2 cm.

Footnotes

  • As an immediate neighbour of the Ottoman Empire, Poland's fashions were influenced greatly by both Ottoman and Safavid styles. In the 18th Century, Persian sashes became a key garment in the dress of Polish nobility. Demand was so great that the Polish-Armenian merchants, who had supported the import of Oriental sashes, founded weaving workshops in Poland instead. The first recorded workshop was in Sluck, founded shortly after 1750 and was headed by the Armenians, Jan and Leon Madzarski. Some sashes were made espcially for the Ukranian market, and they are identified by the company name woven in Cyrillic as on the present lot.

    Another sash of this type can be seen in the David Collection, Copenhagen (Kjeld von Folsach, and Anne-Marie Keblow Bernsted, Woven Treasures - Textiles from the World of Islam, Copenhagen, 1993, 99. 119-20, cat. no. 45.)
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