Islamic Art Week auctions begin October 7 at Christie's

Christie's has announced details of its forthcoming Islamic Art Week in London, which begins October 7 and will feature four major auctions spanning art, manuscripts and textiles.

Millefleur Indian carpet
 The Vanderbilt Mugham star-lattice carpet (£1.5m-2m)



The event will get underway with Part II of the Saeed Motamed Collection of Islamic art, which follows on from April's inaugural instalment. This part will showcase a strong selection of Persian lacquer, with late Safavid and Zand examples and others from major Oajar artists.

Following is the Oriental Rugs and Carpets sale on October 8, with the magnificent and rare Vanderbilt Mughal star-lattice carpet expected to lead at £1.5m-2m ($2.3m-3.1m). One of just 12 known examples of Mughal millefleur carpet, it was once owned by US industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt II (1843-1899).

The week's main auction will be the Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds sale, which features a private collection that was donated to benefit the University of Oxford. It will take place on October 10.

The sale is led by a 16th century painting by the pre-eminent Mahmud Muzahhib from the Gulistad of Sa'di. Entitled The Tyranny of a Teacher is Better than the Love of a Father, it is valued at £120,000-150,000 ($190,387-237,984).

The event is capped by the Islamic and Indian Works of Art & Textiles auction on October 11, which offers two Susani hanging panels: a Shahrisyabz Susani and a "large medallion" Susani at £20,000-40,000 ($32,856-$65,713) each.

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