• 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 133

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Approximately 32 ft. (975 cm) x 12 ft. (366 cm.)


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    An unusual example with petal-form spandrels, one would expect to find a central medallion as is the usual format for carpets with embellished field corners. Instead, the central element is a small lozenge with opposing palmettes at both sides and the field is comprised of large split-leaf arabesques. The smaller scale of the border compared to the field creates a dramatic effect and allows the innovative field design to remain the central focus of the carpet.

    Provenance

    Duke Don Gaetano de Braganza, Fourth Duke of Lafões (1856-1927), Italy.
    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. 74.
    Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 20, no. P29.