Antique Aubusson, France, late nineteenth centuryThis supremely elegant antique Aubusson carpet has a grand architectural frame replete with moldings and lush, neo-classical embellishment. The field, roughly oval, appears window-like with a coloration so soft that one can barely discern the ring of vinescrolls and the floral bouquet at the center. The outer border with its straight garland and ‘bead and reel’ moldings is somewhat darker, imparting a certain gravity to this otherwise airy composition. Aubussons are known for their delicate precision and grace, but this one is exceptional even within its type.
Size: 16 ft 07 in x 19 ft 10 in (5.05 m x 6.05 m)