"Lotto" rug fragment, XVI
Western Turkey, Ushak Region, Ottoman Empire.
David Sylvester: The Private Collection
London | 26 Feb
2002, 02:30 PM | L02959
AN USHAK 'LOTTO' CARPET FRAGMENT, WEST
ANATOLIA, SECOND HALF
16TH CENTURY, 106 BY...
ESTIMATE 400-600 GBP
Lot Sold: 2,040 GBP
This very attractive fragment is recognisable as
part of the field design of an 'arabesque' or 'Lotto' Ushak. The term
'Lotto' derives from the Venetian painter Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556), who
often depicted these carpets in his paintings. It has the characteristic
golden yellow arabesque design outlined in charcoal with touches of indigo
and light blue set against a rich madder field. This piece can also be
classified further in terms of its design, as the fragment of an 'Anatolian
Lotto'according to Charles Grant Ellis. For a full discussion of this
division according to design please see Ellis, Charles Grant, The 'Lotto'
Pattern as a Fashion in Carpets, Hamburg, 1975.
For related examples
dating to the 16th century see Spuhler, F., Islamic Carpets and Textiles in
The Keir Collection, London, 1978, pp 44-45, Nos. 16, 18 and 19.