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A SMALL MOGHUL "IN-AND-OUT PALMETTE" CARPET, NORTH INDIA

Property from a Prominent Private Collection

A SMALL MOGHUL "IN-AND-OUT PALMETTE" CARPET, NORTH INDIA

A SMALL MOGHUL "IN-AND-OUT PALMETTE" CARPET, NORTH INDIA

Property from a Prominent Private Collection


A SMALL MOGHUL "IN-AND-OUT PALMETTE" CARPET, NORTH INDIA


mid 17th century


approximately 260 by 140 cm.


Please note: Condition 9 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers for this sale is not applicable to this lot.

Overall wear, thin pile, with knot bars and foundation visible, some repiling especially to red, visible as lighter areas, several small holes and splits. Side guards mainly rebuilt. There is a patch on the central axis approx 18 by 4cm, and a nibble out of the bottom right hand corner. Additional photographs are available from the department on request. Design is well drawn with classic Moghul elements.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

The carpet designs of 17th century Mughul India were initially indebted to the models created in Safavid Persia in the 16th and early 17th century, re-interpreted through an Indian sensibility and incorporating locally relevant imagery. Mughul carpets were classified into three primary groups by Dimand and Mailey, see Dimand, M.S. and Mailey, J., Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973, p. 119. 'Paradise Garden' or 'Hunting' carpets which derived from Safavid weavings with animals; those that referenced miniature paintings and textiles incorporating pictorial and figural scenes and then those which were based on the spiral vine and in-and-out palmette carpets of central Persia. It is this latter type which provided the original inspiration for the small carpet offered here. Whilst the overall layout of the palmettes and vinery is very similar to the contemporaneous Persian carpets, the long curving wisteria-like racemes and the ton-sur-ton treatment found particularly in the rose-pink floral motifs is very typically Mughal.