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Antique Textiles and Carpets

by David Sorgato

The Carpets and Antique Textiles Department achieved the significant result of 264,926 euro in its sole auction last year. It was directed by David Sorgato – well-known expert and scholar of carpets and textiles – and achieved a figure of 41% of lots sold and 102.8% of lots sold in terms of value.  The top lot was an important Flemish tapestry, the Feuilles de Choux by Grammont dated to 1550-1600 and selling for 74,400 euro. Much interest was aroused by a rare Chinese footplate carpet made in Beijing in around 1900 and hailing from the Imperial Palace. It had been destined for the room called “Supreme Harmony” – as indicated in an inscription – and was sold for 39,680 euro.