Issue Date: 2011 MAY, Posted On: 5/8/2011

05062011 Sotheby's to Auction Pieces from Andonian and Fell collections


NEW YORK -- Sotheby's New York will auction nearly 200 rugs and weavings from the collections of Bergi Andonian and Joseph W. Fell on Thursday, May 19, 2011.

The two-owner sale will take place at 2 p.m. at Sotheby's New York, 1334 York Ave. at 72nd St. The pieces will be on exhibition at Sotheby's from Saturday, May 14 to Wednesday, May 18.

The lots offered are predominantly small-scale tribal and village weavings from Anatolia, the Caucasus, Turkestan and Persia and also include works of more unusual origins, such as Peru and Kyrgyzstan.

In addition to rugs, a selection of textiles and a number of room-sized carpets will also be featured in this two-owner sale.

 Highlights of the auction, according to Sotheby's,  include a West Anatolian 'Transylvanian' rug from circa 1700 with a small medallion Oushak-derived field and unusual border (lot 18), a Lesghi long rug of multi-layered design and brilliant colors (lot 58), an eighteenth-century Cretan embroidery densely-decorated with fantastical creatures in rich hues (lot 127) and a rare group II Yomud C-gul main carpet. The Yomud Turkmen rugs have been included in several exhibtions in the past.

Bergi Andonian is a partner in  Renaissance Carpets & Tapestries Inc. Before his association with Renaissance he was as an antique rug dealer. The two highest priced lots in the Bergonian part of the sale are lot 48, an 18th century west Anatolian rug, estimated at $40-$60,000, and lot 91, a restrained Kansu carpet, estimated at $30-$40,000. 

The second part of the sale contains the pieces belonging to Joseph Fell, a writer turned dealer and collector based in Chicago. He has served on the boards of The Art Institute in Chicago and The Textile Museum in Washington. Two important pieces in the Fell group are lot 127 a large Cretan embroidery, estimated at $20-$30,000 and a  Yomut C-gul carpet, with an estimate of $20-$30,000 estimate.


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