• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 76

    A LARGE SOUTH INDIAN PRINTED COTTON PALAMPORE

    PROBABLY MADE FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET, SECOND HALF OF THE 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE SOUTH INDIAN PRINTED COTTON PALAMPORE
    PROBABLY MADE FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET, SECOND HALF OF THE 18TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular form on ivory ground, the field with a contorted flowering plant with turquiose leaves and several large peonies, chrysanthemums and tulips, two exotic birds, the borders with meandering branches enclosing various flowers
    127 1/4 in. x 87 1/4 in. (323 cm. x 223 cm.)


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    Palampores were used as bedcovers or bedhead hangings and were made in India in Masulipatam, port of Golconda, and at Pulicat. Palampores were also exported through Vizagapatam and Madras, under the control of the English East India Company.
    The ancestors of The Count Trolle Bonde served in the Swedish East India Company in the 1780s and are thought to have acquired this palampore at the port of Surat in Gujarat.

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    Provenance

    The Count Trolle Bonde.
    Sotheby's, London, 7 July 1986, lot 329.