• 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 132

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Reduced in size
    Approximately 13 ft. 10 in. (422 cm.) x 9 ft. (274 cm.)


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    The double-layer vinery in blue and cream creates a background for this highly intricate and well drawn carpet. Superimposed on the vinery is a variation of large and bold palmettes that are balanced by the wide, slightly oversized major and guard borders. The upright and inverted palmette motif is one that is found on quite a few Isfahan carpets but it is particularly well executed on this example.

    Provenance

    Acquired from Vitall Benguiat, New York.
    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. 73.
    'Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 13, no. P6.