• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 83

    A PLAIN SCARLET PASHMINA SHAWL

    KASHMIR, 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PLAIN SCARLET PASHMINA SHAWL
    KASHMIR, 19TH CENTURY
    Woven in herringbone weave, with twisted end fringes
    65¼ in. x 142 in. (166 x 360 cm.)
    Sold with a typed sheet giving provenance


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    Mary Moorsom (d.1935) was the youngest sister of William Robert Moorsom (1834-1858), who sailed for India in 1853 as a Lieutenant in the 52nd Light Infantry. He was killed during the final attack on Lucknow. Mary Moorsom married Surgeon General Sir Thomas Longmore (d.1895) in 1862 and this shawl remained in her family for many years with the tale that it had been taken from the Nawab of Oudh during the Siege of Lucknow.

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    Provenance

    Mary Rosalie Helen Moorsom (1844-1935) and by descent.
    Acquired by Ismail Merchant.