• 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 31

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Approximately 22 ft. 5 in. (683 cm.) x 9 ft. 8 in. (295 cm.)


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    The bracket leaf border of this lot is beautifully executed on a deep emerald ground. The large scale and spaciousness of the border seems to contain the energy exerted by the intricate field. The colors and field here are closely related to those of lots 129 and 205 all having similar formats and design elements such as the multitude of blossoms, dual colored arched leaves, dark vinery, and occasional cloud band. Given their similar fields and that they all employ variations of bracket leaf borders it is likely that they were produced in the same workshop.

    This carpet occupied the Long Gallery on the first floor of the Clark residence in New York City.

    Provenance

    William A. Clark, New York.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Corcoran Gallery of Art to Benefit the Acquisition Fund


    Literature

    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. 15, no. P14., ill. V.