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Burrell Collection’s Wagner garden carpet exhibited at Bonhams in London

The Burrell Collection’s Wagner garden carpet is one of 50 highlights from the esteemed Glasgow collection on show over the Christmas and New year period at Bonhams New Bond Street showrooms, London, 15 December 2014 – 9 January 2015.

It is expected that this show is a prelude to an international tour following the relaxation of shipping magnate Sir William Burrell’s bequest that the collection should never leave Britain. Bonhams Chairman, Robert Brooks, said: ‘We are privileged to have been selected to host this showing of the Collection’s highlights which have not been seen outside its home city of Glasgow for more than 40 years.’

Burrell Collection Wagner garden carpet at Bonhams

Wagner Garden Carpet, Kirman, second half 17th century, 4.32 x 5.31m, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

The Wagner carpet has not been on show for several years, largely owing to its ample size. The last time was in the 1983 London exhibition, The Eastern Carpet in the Western World from the 15th – 19th century at the Hayward Gallery, which coincided with the Fourth International Conference on Oriental Carpets.

It is described thus by Charles Grant Ellis in his article Garden Carpets and their Relation to Safavid Gardens (HALI 5/1, 1982, p.11): “The planting of trees, shrubs and flowers is remarkably lush, with two little vases facing each other inconspicuously at the ends of the cross-channel. A very, very charming carpet, expressing the natural luxuriance of the Persian garden – a quite different concept from the mathematical horticulture of the other (garden carpet) designs.”

Wagner Garden Carpet (detail), The Burrell Collection

Wagner Garden Carpet (detail), The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Wagner Garden Carpet (detail), The Burrell Collection

Wagner Garden Carpet (detail), The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Wagner Garden Carpet (detail), The Burrell Collection

Wagner Garden Carpet (detail), a snow leopard (?) stalks a deer and a mallard and fish swim in the pool that forms the central medallion of the carpet, The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums, © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Other works of art in the Bonhams exhibition include The Thinker by Rodin, and paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Bellini, Eugene Boudin, Degas and Cezanne. Other notable textiles are also on show such as a leather falconry glove embroidered in gold and silver silk, an English embroidered panel, and a waistcoat of pink and red quilted silk.

Falconry Glove, Burrell Collection

Falconry Glove – from a Group of Falconry Accessories in Leather Embroidered in Gold and Silver Silk

English Embroidered Panel, Burrell Collection

English Embroidered Panel – Flintshire, Wales

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, Burrell Collection

The Thinker by Auguste Rodin

Enamelled Copper Dish, Burrell Collection

Enamelled Copper Dish, Venice, 15th Century

Stained Glass Panel, Burrell Collection

Stained Glass Rectangular Panel with Kneeling Figure of Beatrice Daughter of Friedrich Valkenburgh

Waistcoat, Burrell Collection

Mans Waistcoat in Quilted Pink and Red Silk Satin

 

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