Young's Auctions

Lot 70

An early Finnish folk art Ryijy rug tapestry dated 1722. Tree of Life design with figures, flowers plants and double headed eagle, woven with pile on either side, the wool coloured in plant dyes. 160 x 202 cm
[The Ryijy was in the 18th C created by travelling weavers often commissioned to celebrate a marriage. The bride and groom dancing on the rug during the ceremony and forming part of the brides dowry.
Provenance: Collection of Margaret Bide university lecturer on weaving. Miss Bide travelled to Finland to study the history of weaving in the 1950’s].
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Our two day first fine sale of the year includes the Margaret Bide Collection of antique textiles and art from the estate of Paul Wengraf (1894 - 1978) Austrian émigré art dealer and others including works by Giacometti, Souza, Schiele, Josef Herman, Johannes Fischer, Friedl Dicker-Brandeis; silver, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, a gentleman's collection of glass and wine related antiques.

Margaret’s passion for her subject ignited on her first day studying and never diminished. Her association with Farnham Art College, now UCA, lasted for over thirty years, as student, lecturer and finally department head. To learn more about Margaret Bide, listen to Crafts Lives on The British Sound Library 

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