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A SIGNED KIRMAN PICTORIAL CARPET
A SIGNED KIRMAN PICTORIAL CARPET

SOUTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1900

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A SIGNED KIRMAN PICTORIAL CARPET
SOUTH EAST PERSIA, CIRCA 1900
Depicting a mythological scene with Bacchus and Ariadne, overall excellent condition
10ft.9in. x 6ft.10in. (326cm. x 208cm.)

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Lot Essay

The knot count is 9V x 9H per cm. sq.

The inscription cartouche reads; sefaresh-e muhammad reza khan az kar-khaneh-ye ostad 'ali, which translates as 'Ordered by Muhammad Reza Khan from the factory of master [weaver] Ali'. Remarkably this and the following lot in the present sale, appear to have been commissioned by the same person, and woven by the very same workshop.

The present lot uses the same cartoon as one sold in these Rooms, 28 April 2004, lot 50. The design is taken directly from a Louis XIV Gobelins tapestry from the series 'Les Sujets de la Fable' after the drawings by Raphael. Depicting 'La Danse d'une nymphe, de la droite', the festive and tambourine-playing putti is set within a flowering landscape, while its guardian deity Pomona is courted by Vertumnus in the guise of a faun playing the pipes of the fertility deity Pan. Another example with the same design and similar dimensions can be found in the Tehran Carpet Museum, No.111.

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