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Lot 243: THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY |

Arts of the Islamic World

by Sotheby's

19 October 2016

London, United Kingdom

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  • THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY |
  • THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY |
  • THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY |
  • THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY |
  • THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, PERSIA, SAFAVID, 17TH CENTURY |
   
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Description: reduced in size, the central panel with lotus blossoms between foliate vines, the border with cartouches and medallions containing  palmette designs, presentation labels to underside:

'This rug was used at the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on the 9th August 1902. It was laid under the throne on which King Edward VII was crowned.'

'This rug was used to cover the dais in Westminster Abbey upon which the Imperial thrones stood for the coronation ceremony of George V on the 22nd day of June 1911.'

'This rug was also used in Westminster Abbey at the marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Mary on the 28th February 1922.'

'Coronation carpet presented to Glasgow Cathedral by Captain Charles A. Hepburn R. A. of Hillhead, Glasgow, as a memorial to his beloved wife Anne Campbell who died 26th November 1958.' 

Condition Report: A fragmentary carpet, reduced in size. Measurement left side 242cm and on the right also 242cm. Up the centre 250cm, across the bottom 217 and 210cm across the top. Ends bowed. This rug has been coarsely lined and all side cords and edges have been overlocked with later salmon pink wool, top border cut and joined later. Other border sections of later re-piling, plus small patches of repair within sections of original border, which are all showing low pile and small repairs overall. Main border top horizontal border with vertical joins where it meets the side borders, there are areas of re-weaving around the edges of this border section and patches in the centre. The remaining borders have patches in areas along with re-weaves, especially within the lower horizontal border. Pile overall low down to knotheads and browns generally oxidised. Lower edge especially repaired. Inner borders with now ivory coloured ground have areas of loss and distress to outlines of decorative motifs, therefore not defined outlines. Top right corner has area of repair to this border and the condition issues also affect the inner blue border. The main field has a generally low pile madder ground with hand repairs consolidating foundation to stabilise. Oxidisation, to browns especially, overall and small areas of repair scattered across the whole field, with clearly visible vertical lines of re-piling especially on right side of main field extending down through the border to the lower edge. There is some evidence of tinting. There is still pile to motif elements within the main border and to some of the cartouches within main border, as viewed.
"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."

Provenance: Fernand Schutz, Paris.
Acquired in 1903 from Duveen Brothers.
John Augustus Holms (1866-1938), Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Charles A. Hepburn (1891-1971), Glasgow.
Donated to Glasgow Cathedral, 1971.

Dimensions: 245 by 216cm.

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