Guide to the Collection of Carpets

Guide to the Collection of Carpets

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: should be compared with a rug of similar type hanging over a balustrade in Carpaccio's "Departure of St. Ursula " at Venice. For larger carpets, a favourite type of design represented an arrangement of deep-blue shaped compartments, often taking a modified star form, on a red ground. The compartments contain arabesques, and the ground is covered with angular floral stems. There are many varieties of arrangement and detail', but in the main points, and especially in the colourscheme, these carpets closely resemble one another. A well-known picture by Paris Bordone in the Academy at Venice, representing the Fisherman bringing back the Ring to the Doge of Venice, shows a carpet of this pattern thrown on the steps before the doge's seat. There is a good and complete example in the Museum (No. 138, W. Central Court, Plate XVIII) with a blue border filled with cloud-bands and floral ornaments. A fragment of another (No. 139, W. Court, Plate XIX) must have formed part of a very fine carpet. The blue panels, which in themselves are not on a large scale, are skilfully grouped to form a bold diagonal design. The only part of the border which remains is a narrow inner floral stripe. This last specimen probably dates from the 16th century. That previously mentioned may be of the same century or early in the next. Three remarkable examples in the possession of the Duke of Buccleuch, at Boughton House, have a pattern identical with that found sometimes on Ushak carpets, but in the borders are the arms of Sir Edward Montagu (d. 1602); two of them are dated in the selvedges, the dates being 1584 and 1585. Such carpets are found represented in pictures of the 16th and 17th centuries. An heraldic carpet of unusual character...
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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236963431
  • 9781236963437