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    Sale 7429

    Oriental Rugs and Carpets

    25 October 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    A 'BLACK TREE' HAMMERSMITH CARPET

    WILLIAM MORRIS, ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A 'BLACK TREE' HAMMERSMITH CARPET
    WILLIAM MORRIS, ENGLAND, CIRCA 1880
    Hand-woven, light localised spots of wear, two small repairs, sides overbound
    7ft.8in. x 5ft.2in. (234cm. x 155cm.)


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    William Morris first produced machine-made carpets in the 1870's but quickly opted for hand-knotting. When discussing carpets he states "the designs should always be very elementary in form and suggestive merely of forms of leafage, flowers, beasts and birds etc", (Oliver Fairclough and Emmeline Leary, Textiles by William Morris & Morris & Co 1861-1940, London, 1981, p.50).

    For similar examples see Malcolm Haslam, Arts and Crafts Carpets, London, 1991, p.73, pl.46; William Morris his Art his Writings and his Public Life. A Record by Aymer Vallance, George Bell & Sons 1897, reprinted London, 1991, pp. 96-97; Isabelle Anscombe, Arts and Crafts Style, London, 1991, p.119

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    Provenance

    Anon sale, Sotheby's New York, 20 October 1984, lot 223