24 November 2009
AN ISFAHAN CARPET
Central Persia, 17th Century
Approximately 18 ft. 3 in. (556 cm.) x 8 ft. 2 in. (249 cm.)
Dom Afonso Henriques, Prince Royal of Portugal (1865-1920).
Acquired from Vitall Benguiat, New York.
William A. Clark, New York.
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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.
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.
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