• 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 204

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Approximately 18 ft. 3 in. (556 cm.) x 8 ft. 2 in. (249 cm.)


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    A rarely seen border on Isfahan carpets, each pair of serrated leaves forms a bracket around a lotus palmette. A variation of this border is also found on a carpet formerly owned by Vitall Benguiat (The Private Collection of the Messsrs. Vitall and Leopold Benguiat, American Art Association, New York, November 1925, no. 65). The field design centers a lozenge formed by palmettes that creates a pseudo central medallion. The oversized palmettes serve as a reminder of the influence these Isfahan carpets had on Agra weavers during the 19th century.

    Provenance

    Dom Afonso Henriques, Prince Royal of Portugal (1865-1920).
    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. 73.
    'Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 20, no. P25.