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    Sale 12187

    Opulence

    10 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 183

    A KHORASSAN "SHRUB" CARPET

    EAST PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

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    A KHORASSAN "SHRUB" CARPET
    EAST PERSIA, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
    Composite from fragments of the same carpet
    Approximately 6 ft. 8 in. x 6 ft. (203 cm. x 183 cm.)


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    Khorassan 'Shrub' carpets are typified by a soft fleecy pile, a palette that often relies heavily, as here, on a dark green and slightly corrosive orange-brown, and fields covered with relatively self-contained floral sprays or "shrubs". These floral designs have close similarities with those of some Vase carpets, but the wool and structure of this group are dramatically different. A similar complete, but very worn carpet, formerly in the de Trafford Collection, sold in these rooms in the sale, A Palladian Villa by Michael S. Smith; New York, 23-24 April, lot 156.

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    Provenance

    The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets; Christie's London, 14 February 1996, lot 72.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTOR


    Literature

    Klose, Christine, "Khorasan Shrub Carpets", Hali, Issue 125. p.79, no. 5.


    Exhibited

    Ausstellung Orient-Teppiche, Musuem fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, 1950, no. 75, pp. 66-67 and pl. 24.
    Persiche Teppiche, Museum fur Kunst and Gewerbe, Hamburg/ Museum fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt-am-Main, 1971, no. 22, pp. 58-9 (ill.).