Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Philadelphia, PA, United States
DoneSun, Oct 20, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Antique Carpets, Textiles & Ethnographic Arts
Material Culture offers a strong selection of estate Asian Arts, Antiquities, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Carpets and Textiles in its Sun, October 20th auction, "Mountains and Valleys" 11AM EST. Asian highlights include: a Chinese Ming period painting of deer in a pastoral mountain setting, purchased from the Damion Spelios collection in the early 1990's; a group of five 18th/19th century Chinese silk dragon robes from a private New York collection; an outstanding 19th century Indian Pichvai painting rendered in brilliant body colors and gold leaf; and an early Ming period bronze vase in archaic style from the collection of Kirk Lawson. Highlights among the many antiquities offered are 28 lots of fine Gandharan (2nd-3rd C. CE) artifacts from the collection and estate of Alvin Newman, including an outstanding grey schist bust of the Buddha. Ethnographic arts include an outstanding Solomon Islands Ceremonial Paddle of carved wood and inlaid pearl shell (prov: J.J. Klejman Sale 9/24/74, Sotheby's Parke Bernet, NY); a Nigerian Yoruba "Ile Ori" headdress of monumental scale from an important private Montreal collection; and a wide selection of early/mid 20th C. African artifacts from several estates in Pennsylvania and California. Highlights of textile arts include a rare Coptic piece with a totemic "evil eye" symbol in surprisingly clear, well preserved colors; a fine 19th C. Bolivian ponchito; an 18th/19th C. Greek Island embroidery, silk on linen, in an Ottoman prayer rug design; and a wide array of 19th C. Central Asian textiles, including an outstanding collection of silk Uzbek robes, as well as several outstanding silk embroidered suzanis. Among the 150+ estate carpets offered are many fine 19th C. Caucasian pieces, including an outstanding mid 19th C. Marasali prayer rug from the estate of Alvin Newman. Among the Asian, Tibetan and Chinese carpets being offered, there is an outstanding 18th C. Khotan "saf" carpet formerly in the collection of the PMA.