A Zeigler Sultanabad carpet from the Estate of Sigmund Freud Central Persia size approximately 12ft. 9in. x 16ft. 7in.

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Lot 1150
A Zeigler Sultanabad carpet from the Estate of Sigmund Freud
Central Persia size approximately 12ft. 9in. x 16ft. 7in.

US$ 80,000 - 120,000
£ 58,000 - 87,000
A Zeigler Sultanabad carpet from the Estate of Sigmund Freud
Central Persia
late 19th century
size approximately 12ft. 9in. x 16ft. 7in.

Footnotes

  • The Ziegler carpet offered here was housed in the dining room of Sigmund Freud's home, 20 Maresfield Gardens, in Hampstead, London. In 1938 the renowned father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and his family arrived in London as refugees from the Nazis in Vienna. They brought with them all of their possessions, including carpets and rugs, furniture and a collection of his prized antiquities. Here his son Ernst and housekeeper Paula Fichtl recreated for him the same working environment as he had had in Vienna.

    Freud bought most of his collections from dealers. His brother-in-law Moritz Freud (same surname), 1857-1920 was a carpet dealer who lived in Berlin. Although there is no proof that Freud purchased his carpets directly from Moritz, it would seem probable that there may have been transactions between them.

    Objects in his collection were placed on all surfaces, his carpets and rugs were on the floor, hung on the walls and draped on tables and furniture. Included in this small collection is a now very famous rare Turkoman Asmalyk.

    For the last sixteen years of his life, Freud suffered from cancer. Yet, he continued to work in England by maintaining his practice at Maresfield Gardens. After his death in 1939, his wife Martha, their daughter Anna, their housekeeper and his sister-in-law Minna Bernays continued to live in the house. The house remained occupied until the death of Anna Freud in 1982. Following her wishes the house was turned into a museum and opened to the public in 1986.

    Christie's London, Oriental Rugs and Carpets. Thursday 3 May 2001.

    Provenance:
    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)

    Publications:
    HALI Vol 33, 1987. Pp.10-112
    Cutbill, G: An Obsessive Collector
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A Zeigler Sultanabad carpet from the Estate of Sigmund Freud Central Persia size approximately 12ft. 9in. x 16ft. 7in.
A Zeigler Sultanabad carpet from the Estate of Sigmund Freud Central Persia size approximately 12ft. 9in. x 16ft. 7in.
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