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PROPERTY FROM A PROMINENT PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Mughal floral lattice carpet fragment, North India
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47

PROPERTY FROM A PROMINENT PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Mughal floral lattice carpet fragment, North India
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A Mughal floral lattice carpet fragment, North India
mounted on stretcher
approximately 134 by 75cm; 4ft. 5in., 2ft. 6in.
late 17th century
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Provenance

With Clive Loveless by September 1998;

Christies, London, 18 October 2001, lot 63.

Bibliographie

Hali, September 1998, issue 100, p. 124.

Description

This fragment of lattice carpet relates closely to two Mughal lattice carpets. The first is the James. D. Burns Mughal carpet, 17th century, (380 by 208cm), in the Textile Museum, Washington D.C. (TM:  1994.12.1), illustrated in Hali (September 1996), p.105, and noted that the principles of symmetry are not limited to geometric designs. The other is a large 17th century carpet, North India, Kashmir or Lahore, (907 by 503cm) in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Inventory reference IS.244-1964), which is of the same format and fineness of quality, which unusually has a change in orientation of the plants in one half, and incorporation of four blossoms arranged in a cross shape rather than flowering plants, see Wearden (2003), see pl. 58 (detail), pp.29 & 70. It has a complementary and beautifully proportioned wide border, delicately filled with palmettes and flowers between two narrow scroll borders with arabesques against a yellow ground.

For a very similar Mughal carpet, circa 1601-1699, reduced in length, with complementary cerise border with stylised flowerheads, narrow ivory and yellow inner and outer guards (360 by 200cm), see Sotheby’s, London, 5 April 2006, lot 56; provenance: Hagop Kevorkian. For an example which is a pair with the Burns carpet, matching along a line of bisected shrubs along one side of the field, and therefore a mirror image in design, from the second half 17th century, reduced in length and with narrow ivory and yellow inner and outer guards (lacking main border), 362 by 190cm), see Christie’s, London, 8 October 2013, lot 100, provenance: George Bemberg, Paris.

For comprehensive discussion of the group see Walker (1997), pp.3-14, 86-117, 105-107, and pp.107-117.

For another floral lattice carpet, Deccan, Hyderabad, see lot 46 in this sale. 

Wearden (2003): Wearden, Jennifer, Oriental Carpets and their Structure, Highlights from the V&A Collection, London, 2003, see pl. 58 (detail), pp.29 & 70

Walker (1997): Walker, Daniel, Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, Chp. 1., India during the Mughal Era, pp.3-14, and Chp. 4, The Carpets, The Flower Style, pp.86-117, ‘Lattice and Flower Pattern’, pp.105-107, and ‘Lattice and Blossom Pattern’, pp.107-117

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