5 July 2000
AN INCOMPLETE ISFAHAN SILK 'POLONAISE' CARPET
Central Persia, first half 17th Century
The light tan field with fine indigo scrolling tendrils linking palmettes and serrated leaves overlaid by bold scrolling polychrome arabesques and split palmettes, the split palmettes in the centre of each side linking to form part quatrefoil panels containing similar motifs, in a light green border of palmettes and serrated leaves between ivory and pale tan floral meander stripes, corroded black and ivory, two borders made up from the larger original, silk powdering throughout, spot stains, slight wear and staining to centre, backed, stretched, framed and glazed
7 ft. 6 in. x 5 ft. 7 in. (228 cm. x 170 cm.)
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Bath House, London, on the Staircase or the Saloon, by whom bequeathed, with a life interest to his widow, Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt. (1893-1973), Bath House, London, and from October 1946, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, in the Lower Corridor, and by descent.
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1913 Bath House Inventory, p. 105, no. 504, in the Staircase/Saloon.
This carpet is unusual in that it appears to have been made without any metal thread, possibly indicating that it dates from the beginning of the production of these very popular carpets.
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