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PLATE TWENTY-THREE


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Three further examples show the incredible finesse achieved in the Red ground Arabesque group that are ascribed to east Persia.

Two them have cartouche borders, and the first, Plate Twenty Three, again has paired birds in the field and animal combat scenes in the border. The carpet is somewhat misshapen, a feature that is unusual in manufactory carpets.

Originally in the collection of Joseph MacMullan, who was perhaps the most noted American carpet collector of the mid-20th century, Plate Twenty Three is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York with a number of other pieces from his collection.

Its design can be described as a two-plane scrolling vine carpet with arabesque loops, lotus palmettes and a triple cartouche border. A border of this type, figure 23, was once attached to Plate Thirteen, the Hatvany fragment, and, in a more simplified form, graces Plate Fifteen, the Morosoni Carpet that was presented to the Doge of Venice by Shah Sulaiman in 1688. That piece is now in Saudi Arabia.

 

 


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