• 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 203

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Reduced in size
    Approximately 14 ft. 2 in. (432 cm.) x 8 ft. 7 in. (262 cm.)


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    Displaying one of the most unusual designs in this group, the present lot employs a wide range of colors, including three shades of blue. The variety of colors is paralleled by the variety of floral specimens. Some of these elements are rarely seen on Isfahan carpets and here they are executed with extraordinary detail. The inner guard border is one of the most interesting found in this group of carpets with its reciprocal S-cloud band design. This carpet occupied the Main Gallery on the first floor of the Clark residence in New York City.

    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 AQUISITION FUND


    Literature

    Illustrated Handbook of The W.A. Clark Collection, Washington, D.C., 1928, p. 74.
    W.J. Showalter, 'Virginia-A Commonwealth That Has Come Back', The National Geographic Magazine, Vol. LV, No. 4, April 1929, pl. XIII.
    'Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 23, no. P30, ill. IX.
    L. Coyle, and D. M. Hartwell, Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2001, p. 36, fig. 25.


    Exhibited

    Washington D.C., The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Carpets for the Great Shah, 3 October-16 November 1948, no. P30.