• 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 205

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET

    CENTRAL PERSIA, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ISFAHAN CARPET
    Central Persia, 17th Century
    Approximately 28 ft. (853 cm.) x 11 ft. 7 in. (353 cm.)


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    While the field of the present lot is a nearly three-dimensional display of palmettes, cloud bands, rosettes and undulating vinery, the major border balances this movement with its linear bracket-leaf and palmette format. The entire composition of the carpet is very similar to that of lots 31 and 129 suggesting that they are from the same workshop. The inner guard border of reciprocal S-cloud bands is also seen on lot 203.

    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. 73.
    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. 16, no. P15.
    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. P15.