A Fragment of the Tiffany Late Ming Chinese Carpet From The Forbidden Palace
Louis Comfort Tiffany purchased the entire carpet at a sale in New York in 1916 for the princely sum of $8,000 and promptly cut it up to fit into his stately home on Long Island where it remained for 30 odd years, before selling again to local dealer Frank Michaelian 13 years after Tiffany's death, then to the Textile Gallery in London in the 1990's and then to noted collector A. Jerrold Perrenchio in LA. Recently, the carpet was sold via Christies for the record price of $1.7m.
Woven in the late Ming period, it was probably a commission for the Imperial Court in the first half of the 17th century and is one of the best examples of Chinese carpet making that exists.
I am delighted to offer here a small piece of this great carpet, a truly exciting opportunity for the collector to own a piece of history.
Size: 3ft 5in wide x 2ft 7in tall / 103cm wide x 80cm tall
Date: ca 1630
Condition: Good pile, rewoven hole that was left for a column