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Isfahan Carpet: Christie's 2203 Lot 129 Most Expensive 2009


3rd (Two Way Tie) Most Expensive Carpet of 2009


Most Expensive Carpets: Isfahan 2009

Auctioneer:  Christie's London, King Street  

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Price Realized*:  $ 254,500

Age:  17th Century

Size:  Approximately 26 ft. 6 in. (805 cm.) x 13 ft. 7 in. (414 cm.)

Origin:  Central Persia


Sale Sale 2203 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art


Lot 129 Christie'sPre-Lot Text

Property from the Corcoran Gallery of Art to Benefit the Acquisition Fund


Duke Don Gaetano de Braganza, Fourth Duke of Lafões (1856-1927), Italy.
William A. Clark, New York.


Illustrated Handbook of The W.A. Clark Collection, Washington, D.C., 1928, p. 73, p. 128.
G. Grosvenor, 'Washington Through the Years', The National Geographic Magazine, Vol. LX, No. 5, November 1931, pl. III.
'Carpets for the Great Shah', The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Vol 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 15, no. P13.
N. Eickel ed., and D.M. Hartwell, 'The Salon Doré in America: History and Restoration', The Salon Doré, Washington D.C., 1995, p. 52, pl. 7.
L. Coyle, and D. M. Hartwell, Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 2001, p. 18, fig. 6.

Lot Notes
This exquisite border of interlocking bracket leaf palmettes is very unusual and would have been difficult to execute, especially at the corners. Here the design remains perfectly consistent throughout. The lancet leaf plays an important role in the border structure as well as throughout the field. At times, the leaves in the field become so fluid that they appear almost as cloud bands. The layers of detail beginning with the dramatic contrast of indigo vinery against a deep wine field, continues with the multitude of floral and leaf specimens. This lot contains many similarities to lots 31 and 205 and it is likely that they were produced in the same workshop.

Another carpet with this interlocking leaf border was included in the Benguiat collection sale (The Private Collection of the Messsrs. Vitall and Leopold Benguiat, American Art Association, New York, November 1925, no. 35).

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Lot 129 Detail Isfahan 17th Century


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