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A GEORGE IV AXMINSTER CARPET
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A GEORGE IV AXMINSTER CARPET

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A GEORGE IV AXMINSTER CARPET
The shaded tobacco field with diagonal rows of leafy green lozenges around a large cusped acanthus and floral wreath medallion with pendants enclosing a rosette radiating centrepiece, dense floral bouquets in each corner, in a butterscotch border of polychrome scrolling acanthus and flowering vine between densely linked vine and rosette stripes, ribbon and plain outer stripes, very small localised damage and repair, generally very good condition
21 ft. 3 in. x 13 ft. 7 in. (646 cm. x 414 cm.)
Provenance
Probably comissioned by Sir Joseph Radcliffe, 2nd Bt. (d. 1872) for Rudding Park, Harrogate, between 1824 and 1830.
Thence by descent.
Literature
C. Hussey, English Country Houses, Late Georgian, 1800-1840, London, 1958, pl. 144.
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In the designs for the carpets at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, George, Prince of Wales, favoured fields which were filled with regular repeated motifs (Sherrill, Sarah B.: Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America, New York, 1995, pls. 231 and 232). This concept followed after the French original popularised by Napoleon (Sherrill, Sarah B.: ibid., pl. 120). This new taste, which ran contrary to previous designs, was rapidly adopted and, as in the present carpet, used to great effect. This dating would fit exactly with that of the purchase of the majority of the fittings for Rudding Park. This was done by Sir Joseph Radcliffe who purchased the house in 1824 from his father-in-law and furnished much of it with both old and new items over the following six years (Hussey, Christopher: op.cit., p. 77).
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