COURT GREEN, DEVON A Wilton carpet of traditional Persian design with central medallion and palmette border, 3700 x 2740mm.
Lot 347
COURT GREEN, DEVON
A Wilton carpet of traditional Persian design with central medallion and palmette border, 3700 x 2740mm.
Sold for £ 2,000 (US$ 2,565) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Property of Frieda Hughes
COURT GREEN, DEVON
A Wilton carpet of traditional Persian design with central medallion and palmette border, 3700 x 2740mm.

Footnotes

  • "A RED CARPET WOULD KEEP ME FOREVER OPTIMISTIC...". Shortly after moving in to their new home in Devon, in November 1961, Sylvia Plath wrote to her mother, that she is wanting "to lay in some physical comforts this month - the best insurance against gloominess for me. It's incredible to think that carpets can create a state of mind, but I am so suggestible to colors and textures that I'm sure a red carpet would keep me forever optimistic..." (Letters Home, letter dated 5 November 1961).

    In a letter to his parents, undated but enclosing two photographs of Court Green and mentioning that Frieda had just "learned to scribble with a pencil", Ted Hughes wrote that he and Sylvia had been "buying some carpets - one Wilton, quite expensive but pleasant". And then, on 12 January 1962, Plath wrote to her mother that "all our rugs have come. The livingroom is lovely now, with my red cord curtians & red cord windowseat, and the all-wool Wilton, basically red, but with the usual border and center medallion and patterned all over with off-white, green and black leaves and flowers, so it should not show wear easily" (to be published in The Letters, vol. 2).

    Provenance: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, at Court Green, Devon; given by Ted Hughes to his daughter Frieda.

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