• Gordon Watson: The Collector  auction at Christies

    Sale 12941

    Gordon Watson: The Collector

    13 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 136

    A PART-SILK NEEDLEWORK CARPET FRAGMENT

    PROBABLY ENGLAND, DATED 1616

    Estimate

    A PART-SILK NEEDLEWORK CARPET FRAGMENT
    PROBABLY ENGLAND, DATED 1616
    Some small areas of corrosion and moth damage, colours partly faded, reduced horizontally, a few small repairs
    4 ft. 5 in. x 6 ft. 3 in. (135 cm. x 191 cm.)


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    This carpet is a late appearance of the Elizabethan tradition of three roundels with oak leaf frames placed on a lattice field. This is an arrangement that goes back to the early 16th century (M.J. Mayorcas, English Needlework Carpets, 16th-19th centuries, Leigh-on-Sea, 1963, pls. 1 and 2). The oriental features found in the border also appear on a number of English weavings, both needlework and pile carpets, dating from the late 16th and early 17th century (ibid pls. 5 circa 1600 and pl. 15, circa 1630; Sarah B. Sherrill, Carpets Rugs of Europe and America, New York, 1996, pl. 141 dated 1585).

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    Provenance

    Anon. sale Christie's London, 22 September 2011, lot 152