252
JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

|
London

Kashan, Central Persia,
PRAYER RUG
wool pile
approximately 197 by 149cm; 6ft. 6in., 4ft. 11in.
late 19th century
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Literature

Possibly Pall Mall Deposit and Forwarding Co. Ltd. Deposit Inventory, 14 August 1950, best bedroom, ‘124. Oriental rug’, (Laurence Olivier Archive, The British Library, London, Add MS 79838).

Catalogue Note

Larry was posted by the RAF in WWII to Worthy Down near Winchester. He got permission to move out of the officers' mess and took a bungalow about three miles from the aerodrome. Nöel Coward felt that this was a mistake and it was better to be a part of the comradery at the base (Graham Payn and Sheridan Morley ed., The Nöel Coward Diaries, Boston, 1982, p. 89). However it afforded Larry the opportunity to create a special space for himself and Vivien. The actress would come for Sundays whilst she performed in ‘Doctor’s Dilemma’ in London and he could also be joined by other friends. In true Olivier fashion it was beautifully appointed and according to Coward, furnished with pictures by Sickert and Boudin and embellished with Indian rugs and an Aubusson carpet. See Philip Ziegler, Olivier, London, 2013, p. 100 who writes ‘For him it was an oasis in a barren world’.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

|
London