J. Pavlikevitch (Russian, 20th Century )

A Market Scene


inscribed, dated and signed 'Stanboul 14/Pavlikevitch' (lower left)
watercolour over pencil
43.5 x 27 cm (17 x 10½ in)



A Market Scene shows three men in conversation amidst market stalls selling an assortment of rugs and carpets. Centrally placed in front of two Doric columns, two men are seated on stools whilst the third stands over watching. Evidently a business transaction is taking place between the two seated men. The bearded man writes on a piece of paper, and in front of him is a small table complete with ink well and papers held in place by a rock. The seated figure on the left watches the writing, and from the glove worn on his right-hand one can assume that it is winter in Istanbul.

Behind the three men is a long line of market stalls all with rugs and kilims hanging from the roof. It is most likely that this scene is set within of one of the several historic covered markets found in Istanbul. The production of rugs is synonymous with Turkey since weaving was introduced to Anatolia in the twelfth century. Turkish weaves have been coveted as household items since the fourteenth century when Marco Polo commented on their beauty and artistry, and they are distinctive due to their rich colours, warm tones, and traditional motifs.