Updated 10 April 2019

Rare finds: Christie's auctions off art from the Islamic and Indian worlds

Masterpieces from the Middle East will be auctioned off by Christie’s on May 2 in London. Here are some of the highlights.

  • Pommersfelden ‘Polonaise’ Carpets

    Estimate: $783,000-1,044,000 It is likely that these two rare silk and metal-thread carpets have remained together since they were first woven over 400 years ago under the instruction of Shah Abbas I of Persia.

  • Four Young Scholars in Discussion

    Estimate: $261,000-391,500 Produced in the early 17th century, the painting bears the signature of enigmatic artist Muhammad Murad Samarqandi.

  • A Tombak Flask

    Estimate: $261,000-391,500 An Ottoman tombak flask, or matara, from the late 15th or early 16th century, two similar flasks reside in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum.

  • Central Anatolian Prayer Rug

    Estimate: $10,440-15,660 From the Konya region of Anatolia, from the early 19th century, this Islamic prayer rug is fascinating.

  • Glass-Domed Game Pieces

    Estimate: $2,610-3,915 These could be chess pieces and both feature inventory labels on the underside. The pieces hail from Syria or Egypt from the late 12th century or early 13th century.

  • A European Youth with His Dog

    Estimate: $39,150-45,675 It is relatively rare to see depictions of Europeans in 17th century paintings from Safavid-era Iran.