• 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 207

    A SILK 'POLONAISE' RUG

    ISFAHAN, CENTRAL PERSIA, CIRCA 1600

    Price Realised  

    A SILK 'POLONAISE' RUG
    Isfahan, Central Persia, Circa 1600
    Approximately 6 ft. 7 in. (201 cm.) x 4 ft. 9 in. (145 cm.)


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    Carpets belonging to the 'Polonaise' group generally exhibit light and soft field colors woven in silk and sometimes with gold and silver metal thread highlights. They acquired the name 'Polonaise' as the first identified group were found in the collection of Count Czartoryski of Poland and their prevalence in his collection, as well as the presence of his family's coat of arms on the rugs, led some scholars to believe they were Polish, rather than Persian. In fact, Polonaise rugs are found throughout Europe not because they were woven there, but because they were presented by Shah Abbas and his court to foreign nobility as diplomatic gifts. Although it is now accepted as fact that these rugs were woven in Persia, the term 'Polonaise' is still used. This example demonstrates an intricacy in design and color that can only be achieved through the use of silk threads.

    Provenance

    Madame L. Camille Delong, Paris.
    Brayton C. Ives, New York.
    William A. Clark, New York.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that a three inch tear occured during the view and this will be fixed at Christie's expense.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART TO BENEFIT THE AQUISITION FUND


    Literature

    W.R. Valentiner, Exhibition catalogue, Loan Exhibition of Early Oriental Rugs, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1910, p. 43, no. 34.
    Illustrated Handbook of The W.A. Clark Collection, Washington, D.C., 1928, p. 77.
    'Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 23, no. P34.
    F.K. Spuhler, Seidene Repräsentationsteppiche der Mittleren bis Späten Safawidenzeit, Berlin, 1968, p. 200, no. 102.
    R. Ettinghausen, 'Oriental Carpets in the Clark Collection', The William A. Clark Collection, Washington, D.C., 1978, p. 85.


    Exhibited

    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Loan Exhibition of Early Oriental Rugs, November 1910-January 1911, no. 34.
    Washington D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Carpets for the Great Shah, 3 October-16 November, 1948, no. P34.