• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 340

    A DECCANI RUG

    CENTRAL INDIA, 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A DECCANI RUG
    Central India, 18th Century
    With original wooden box
    Approximately 8 ft. 5 in. (257 cm.) x 4 ft. 4 in. (132 cm.)


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    Defined by distinct coloring, technique and design, the present rug comes from an intriguing group of rugs only recently discovered in Kyoto, Japan. Woven on a cotton foundation in the Deccan, India, it is presumed that they arrived in Japan with the Dutch traders who had concessions starting in the 17th century. Similar looking rugs also appear in Dutch paintings of the late 17th and early 18th centuries (D. Walker, Flowers Underfoot, New York, 1997, pp. 136-146). The lattice design is Mughal in origin, yet these Deccani examples are more stiffly drawn and coarser in weave. The pre-dominant red and orange hues are also typical of this group as is a larger inner than outer border. For an example with a comparable field design please see Christie's London, 14 October 1999, lot 147.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A JAPANESE PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 340)