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An Isphahan carpet, Central Persia
Stima
150.000200.000
Lotto. Venduto 437,000 USD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO
16
An Isphahan carpet, Central Persia
Stima
150.000200.000
Lotto. Venduto 437,000 USD (Prezzo di aggiudicazione con commissione d'acquisto)
VAI AL LOTTO

Details & Cataloguing

Important Carpets from the William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art

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An Isphahan carpet, Central Persia
end borders re-attached
approximately 22ft. 3in. by 9ft. 5in. (6.78 by 2.87m.)
17th Century
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Provenienza(e)

Henry G. Marquand Collection, sold American Art Association, New York, January 23, 1903, lot 1314
Vitall Benguiat, New York

Esposizione

Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Carpets for the Great Shah, October 3 - November 16, 1948

Bibliografia

The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Illustrated Handbook of The W. A. Clark Collection, The Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C.: W. F. Roberts Company, 1928, p. 73
"Carpets for the Great Shah: The Near-Eastern Carpets from the W. A. Clark Collection," The Corcoran Gallery of Art Bulletin, Washington, D.C., Vol. 2, No. 1, October 1948, p. 15, illustrated p. 21

Nota a catalogo

At the 1903 auction of the Estate of Henry Marquand, the top lot was a Persian carpet and half of the top ten lots were carpets.  Benguiat purchased the top lot, as well as seven other carpets including this one.  As a sign of the esteem in which carpets and furnishings were held at the time, the sales totals for decorative arts were over double those for paintings.  In its article covering the Marquand sale, the New York Times speculated that Vitall Benguiat was purchasing solely on behalf of Senator Clark.  Benguiat denied this, and while he did sell some pieces to Clark, he held on to the most expensive carpet from that day.  Eventually he sold that carpet at auction in 1932 where it went to French & Co., who in turn sold it to John D. McIlhenny, and it was left with his collection to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

The placement of the palmettes, leaves and cloudbands in this carpet, as well as the more unusual pomegranate motifs are shared with a fragmentary Isphahan carpet formerly in the collection of Alisa Mellon Bruce, sold Christie's London, April 25, 2012, lot 114.

Please note that a license may be required to export textiles, rugs and carpets of Iranian origin from the United States. Clients should enquire with the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regarding export requirements. Please check with the Carpet department if you are uncertain as to whether a lot is subject to this restriction or if you need assistance.

Important Carpets from the William A. Clark Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art

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New York