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Hammersmith carpet falls short of its own record

This handsome Morris & Co ‘Hammersmith’ Carpet, designed by J.H. Dearle around the time of  William Morris’s death in the mid-1890s, failed to beat its own world record price for a Morris & Co carpet, including those designed by the master himself. Once the property of the Barr-Smith family in Adelaide, Australia, as Lot 1041 in Sotheby’s ‘Collections’ sale in London on 30 April 2015, it made £185,000 ($285,235), half as much again as the high estimate, but well short of the world record mark the same carpet had set in the same rooms back in October 1990, lot 316, when it sold for $429,000.

Dearle

Morris & Co. Hammersmith carpet, designed by John Henry Dearle, circa 1895. 642 by 411cm; 20ft 8in., 13ft 3in. Sotheby’s London, 30 April 2015, lot 1041. Estimate £ 80,000 — 120,000, LOT SOLD. $185,000 ($285,235)


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