• 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 131

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Reduced in size
    Approximately 11 ft. 3 in. (343 cm.) x 6 ft. (183 cm.)


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    This example, lush with nearly original pile, exhibits many small details that set it apart from the rest of this group. Perhaps most prominent are the eight minor borders. Ranging from simple monochromatic bands, two versions of barber pole to floral vinery, the minor borders maintain equal artistic creativity and balance as the field. The outer guard border seems to be the most unusual of any of these minor borders. The linear rosettes are linked by what appear to be cusped cloud bands. The major border is striking in its simplicity of a single continuous vine connecting palmettes surrounded by bracket leaves. The carpet employs a wide range of colors and original silk brocade finishes at each end. A very similar major border can be found on a carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (M.S. Dimand, J. Mailey, Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973, p. 71, fig. 100.)

    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. 20, no. P27.