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Said by F.R. Martin to have come from the Arab Mosque in Galata district of Istanbul, Turkey in 1896, this Plate was first published in his "A History of Oriental Carpets before 1800".
Its second coming was at auction with Christies, London on April 1999, when it sold for a bargain $20,000. Supposedly consigned from the Wher Collection, this fragment is replete with Timurid design elements and the resurgent "Gothic" style of the Turkoman court.