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    Sale 1987

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 326

    A RUSSIAN "BESSARABIAN" CARPET

    PROBABLY IMPERIAL TAPESTRY FACTORY, SAINT PETERSBURG, FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RUSSIAN "BESSARABIAN" CARPET
    Probably Imperial Tapestry Factory, Saint Petersburg, First Half 19th Century
    Having a mixed floral wreath enclosing butterflies on the cream field within an ivory decorative vase, lion and cherub rinceaux border
    Approximately 16 ft. 11 in. x 13 ft. 4 in. (516 cm. x 406 cm.)


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    The Imperial Tapestry Factory was established in 1716 near Saint Petersburg by Peter I, the Great (reigned 1682-1725) but floor carpets, both tapestry-woven and knotted-pile, were probably not produced before the early 19th century. Carpets and tapestries woven in this workshop are distinguished by a very high quality and reflect a French style preferred by Peter the Great and his successors during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In fact, when the Imperial Tapestry Factory was established, weavers from the Gobelins manufactory in Paris were brought to Russia to train local weavers (see Sherrill, S. Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America, New York, 1996, pp. 281-2). The sophisticated border of lions and cherubs and the central lush floral wreath demonstrate the influence of the Neoclassical style favored by Catherine the Great and suggests that this carpet may have been commissioned by or for the court.

    Provenance

    Pekkala Herrgard, Tavasteland, Finland
    F. J. Hakimian, New York


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTOR
    (LOT 326)