• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 250

    AN AGRA CARPET

    NORTH INDIA, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN AGRA CARPET
    North India, Late 19th Century
    Approximately 31 ft. x 26 ft. 6 in. (945 cm. x 808 cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The massive size and excellent quality of this carpet demonstrates the full brilliance of 19th Century Agra carpet weaving. Given the enormous scale of the carpet, it is plausible that it was commissioned for British nobility during the colonial period. The claret field color and design are a clear derivation of Safavid Isfahan carpets woven during the reign of Shah Abbas (1587-1629) as demonstrated by the beautifully drawn palmettes, undulating cloudbands and scrolling vinery. The 'Shah Abbas' design, as it came to be known, was employed only on Agra carpets of the finest quality, such as this one, where the fineness of weave allowed the weaver to best express the intricate, almost three-dimensional complexities of the pattern.

    This magnificent Agra carpet was gifted to the Detroit Institute of Arts by Mrs. Byron C. Foy (Thelma Irene Chrysler) in memory of her father, Walter P. Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler Corporation.

    Provenance

    Mrs. Byron C. Foy (née Chrysler) (1902-1957), New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND (LOT 250)