• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 232

    AN ENGLISH CARPET

    POSSIBLY AXMINSTER, LATE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ENGLISH CARPET
    POSSIBLY AXMINSTER, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    The dark chocolate-brown field with an overall design of small individual blossoms and floral sprays, in a narrow shaded dusty-pink border with linked leafy vine, lightly corroded brown field, scattered repaired tears and repairs, some weak areas, one side border rewoven, possibly reduced in width, fading in border
    16ft.9in. x 11ft.11in. (510cm. x 363cm.)


    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

    Axminster carpets were quickly recognised as the best English produced carpets available, with Thomas Whitty winning the prize offered for carpet weaving by the Society of Arts in 1757, 1758 and 1759. The fame of Axminster carpets was well appreciated as evidenced by a royal visit from George III in 1783, the commissioning of carpets by the Prince of Wales, as well as commissions from the leading architectural designers of the day such as Robert Adam.

    The present carpet has an abundance of small floral sprays which are naturalistically drawn and are strewn across the field in a loose fashion that is less typical of the often more controlled neo-classical designs of the same period which would be set within a series of formal borders. For a full discussion of British carpet production see: Sarah B. Sherrill, Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America , New York, 1996, ch.5, pp.131-237

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.