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Wilhelm von Bode Lotto rug in a kilim style, circa 1600, Western Turkey, Ushak Region, Ottoman Empire

Lot: 173
The von Bode ""Lotto"" Carpet


This important ""Lotto"" Ushak woven in a kilim style used to belong to Wilhelm von Bode, the former Director General of the Berlin museums and founder of the Islamic Museum, deceased in 1931. The piece passed from Bode´s possession into the hands of Friedrich Sarre. In 1983, this Lotto was exhibited in Austria and published in the TKF catalogue. Now it has been submitted from an old private collection in the Netherlands. A closely related, but larger and more finely woven Lotto, discovered in the Murat Pasha Mosque of Antalya, is now in the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, Istanbul (inv. no. 702, published by Ertug), another comparative example is in the Keir Collection. The same group also includes the Lotto in the Protestant church of Biertan, Transylvania. – Somewhat reduced sides, the original kilim ends survive. Various old restorations, but in good overall condition for an example of this age.

Origin: West Anatolia, Ushak region
Size: 189 x 119 cm
Age: Ca. 1600
Estimate: 50 000 €, sold 85 400 €

Literature: ERTUG, AHMET (ed.), Turkish Carpets from the 13th –18th centuries. Istanbul 1996, pl. 77 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Islamic Carpets and Textiles in the Keir Collection. London 1978, no. 15 *** IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die Osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cat. 29, p. 96 (Protestant church of Biertan, inv. 58)

Published: TKF-WIEN (publ.), Antike anatolische Teppiche aus österreichischem Besitz. Vienna 1983, no. 4

Major Autumn Auction
Auction date: Saturday 05. December 2009
Rippon Boswell & Co. International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles


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