Christie’s, European and Oriental Carpets, Rockefeller Center, New York, 15. december 2004

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Christie’s auction European and Oriental Carpets will be held in Rockefeller Center, New York 15 December 2004. The auction includes 199 lots with a price range between 200 USD to 80.000 USD.
Selection from the preview.
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LOT: 100
RUG NAME: Kansu
AGE: ca. 1900
ESTIMATE: 15.000 – 25.000 USD
SOLD: 22.705 USD
DESCRIPTION: WEST CHINA, CIRCA 1900
Lot Title A KANSU CARPET
Estimate 15,000 – 25,000 U.S. dollars
Pre-lot Text PROPERTY OF A LADY, EUROPE Lot Description A KANSU CARPET West China, Circa 1900 Having a central concentric roundel in apricot on the indigo and apricot spotted field within a similar border and narrow apricot floral border
Approximately 19 ft. x 10 ft. 10 in. (579 x 330 cm.)


LOT: 142
RUG NAME: Donegal
AGE: ca. 1900
ESTIMATE: 40.000 – 60.000 USD
SOLD: 62.140 USD
DESCRIPTION: Lot Description A DONEGAL CARPET
THE DESIGN ATTRIBUTED TO THE SILVER STUDIO, WOVEN FOR LIBERTY & CO. CIRCA 1900/1905
The maize field with an enlarged trellis of red-russet leaves, golden vinery and sky blue flower clusters overall within a similar border of bold leaves and flower blossoms
Approximately 18 ft. 8 in. x 14 ft. 10 in. (569 x 432 cm.) Provenance Christie’s London, April 11, 1990, lot 186
Literature Malcolm Haslam, Arts and Crafts Carpets, 1991, p. 121.
Lot Notes A carpet to this design was exhibited by Liberty & Co. at their “Irish Carpet Exhibition”, held at the Grafton Galleries, London in March 1903 (see photograph above, reproduced from The Studio 1903, Vol. XXVIII, p. 286.) Fifteen Donegal carpets were shown at the Grafton Galleries; the short contemporary report in The Studio comments that ‘these Irish carpets possess technical qualities identical with those of the old-fashioned Turkish and Persian rugs and carpets. Like their eastern prototypes, they are hand-woven and hand-tufted, and they display an individuality which no power loom could produce.’ In his 1991 book Haslam describes the present design as the “Fintona”. Haslam later suggested that, based on the descriptions from the unillustrated Liberty booklet, Irish Hand-Made Carpets published shortly after the Grafton Gallery exhibition, this name actually referred to another design. (See footnote to Lot 153, Arts and Crafts and Architectural Designs, Christie’s New York, December 12, 1992.) The attribution of the design to the Silver Studio is well supported on stylistic grounds, and bears comparison to known designs from the Silver Studio, several of which have been attributed to Archibald Knox. cf. A London Design Studio 1880 – 1963. The Silver Studio Collection, 1980, pp. 103/4, no. 199.


LOT: 48
RUG NAME: Moroccan High Atlas
AGE: 20th century
ESTIMATE: 2.000 – 4.000 USD
SOLD: 2.390 USD
DESCRIPTION: Lot Description A MOROCCAN RUG High Atlas, 20th Century
Having a black and cream checkerboard design overall on the apple red field
Approximately 6 ft. 1 in. x 4 ft. 10 in. (185 x 147 cm.)


LOT: 6
RUG NAME: Bidjar
AGE: late 19th century
ESTIMATE: 12.000 – 18.000 USD
SOLD: 13.145 USD
DESCRIPTION: Lot Description A BIDJAR CARPET West Persia, Late 19th Century
The indigo field with a Gerus design overall of palmettes and split-leaf vinery within a rust to light brown palmette border
Approximately 17 ft. 2 in. x 10 ft. 11 in. (523 cm. x 333 cm.)

 




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