RECENTLY DISCOVERED RARE SALOR ENSI TO HIGHLIGHT GROGAN RUG AUCTION Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers are pleased to announce The May Auction, Sunday, May 22nd at 12 noon, will include an assortment of Fine and Rare Collector’s Oriental Rugs.
News-Antique.com - May 04,2011 - Dedham, MA - Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers are pleased to announce The May Auction, Sunday, May 22nd at 12 noon, will include an assortment of Fine and Rare Collector’s Oriental Rugs.
The highlight of the offerings is an extremely rare Ensi, or doorway rug, woven by the Salor Tribe of East Turkestan. Salor rugs are scarce and there are only ten known Ensi from this tribe. This most unique example was recently discovered in West Hampton, New York, during a routine house call by well known rug expert, Michael B. Grogan. "I was quite surprised when I came upon it, and it took me a few minutes to realize exactly how important a rug I had found" commented Grogan. “It is quite possible that this elegant and extremely rare Salor Ensi dates from the mid-18th century,” the President and Chief Auctioneer of Grogan and Company added. The rug, catalogued as a Rare Salor Ensi, Turkestan, measuring 5 foot 10 inches by 4 feet 4 inches, bears a presale auction estimate of $10,000-20,000. The outside border and lower alem panel are unique. Likewise, the curled- leaf border flanking the central panel is distinctive. Other subtle design elements are introduced by this Ensi for the first time: the double rams head and ascending rams head design surrounding the upper and lower fields; the free standing birds in the quartered field; and the alternating direction of the curled-leaf motifs in the central panel. The color range, wool quality, and pronounced oxidation are exceptional.
Grogan and Company is located at 22 Harris Street, in historic Dedham, Massachusetts. The auction exhibition opens on Thursday, May 19th; Hours: Thursday, 10 a.m. –8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. The auction will begin at 12 noon and is open to the public. A fully illustrated catalogue can be found on-line at www.groganco.com. For more information, please contact the gallery at 781-461-9500.