Thursday, January 21, 2010

'An Important Lost Carpet for 1 Holland Park, circa 1883' - Morris & Co

The beautiful pattern of a carpet that was listed as Lot 11 in a 2007 auction at Bonhams.

Catalogue notes:
Morris & Co.
An Important Lost Carpet for 1 Holland Park, circa 1883.
The royal blue field with central cream floral motif and all over scrolling vine and flowerhead pattern in cream and sky blue, enclosed by a scrolling leaf border with a flowing strawberry red vine and forest green tendrils with large leaves in sky and royal blue.
508cm x 131cm

I'm not sure if this is the same one mentioned in a recent posting on the blog, News from Anywhere (the blog of the William Morris Society) ... but, they are the same dimensions. The title of the blog entry is, The Lost William Morris Carpet of Holland Park is For Sale.

Information about 1 Holland Park from the blog entry:
"Alexander Ionides, the Greek Consul-General in London commissioned Phillip Webb and William Morris to transform his magnificent house, No. 1 Holland Park (now the Greek Embassy) into a showpiece of the decorative talents of William Morris and his circle. In the photograph of the Marble Hall (from the Studio, 1897) a magnificent Morris and Co. carpet may be seen. Ionides and Morris had a shared interest in Middle Eastern design, and Morris and Co bought dyes used for dying carpets from Ionides & Co., the family's textile firm.

Ionides's son, Alexander Ionides, inherited the house, which was sold ten years later by his widow to the trustees for the sixth Earl of Ilchester. After damage by incendiary bombs in World War II the property passed to London County Council in 1952. When the council decided to demolish what remained of the house in 1953 nothing of value was found in the interior.

Of the original furnishings in the house, a piano designed by Burne-Jones, a Morris carpet, and a tapestry designed by William Morris, Philip Webb and J. H. Dearle, are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. ... A second Morris and Co. carpet, bought from Bonhams, London a number of years ago and listed in Malcolm Haslam's book, Arts and Crafts Carpets (1991), is currently for sale. It dates from ca. 1883 and measures 508 x 131 cm. For a private viewing in the Holland Park area contact Dominic Woods,"
(Update ... later today Grace posted a wonderful blog entry about her visit to the exhibit, Imperishable Beauty. She shares some lovely photos, including some showing the fantastic Morris & Co textiles she saw at the exhibit. -Link- )

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