While reading Levant Trade in the Middle Ages (Princeton Legacy Library Paperback – July 14, 2014) by Eliyahu Ashtor (Strauss) there is a reference (Page 347-8) to the French merchant prince Jacques Coeur importing Persian Carpets from the Moslem Levant (Damascus) in 1444. What makes this important is that the citation is (born , Caudebec, —died , ) a contemporary of Jacques Coeur, Basin the bishop of Lisieux and Royal Counselor of his king of France was in a position to have immediate and personal knowledge of where Coeur traded and for what. So would't it be wonderful if we could find a picture of one of Coeur's rugs. But that would be rather unlikely wouldn't it.
Imagine my delight when I found Fra Carnavale's Jacques Coeur’s Annunciation , 1448, Munich. on Turkotek.
Detail of Jacques Coeur's Persian Rug
|Fra Carnavale's Jacques Coeur’s Annunciation , 1448, Munich|
Pierre Galafassi who seems to be the one eyed man in the group speculated on: "Al Andalus silk brocade" and "Indian Peacocks" until he did mention "Il-khanid miniature below shows a peacock-feather motif ".
I guess that they never paid attention to the old adage that when you hear hoof-beats look for horses, not zebras. (Hmmm! was that Price who said that?)
This is Macée Coeur nee de Léodepart wife of Jacques. Please compare her to the woman in the Annunciation painting. I believe that they are the same woman.
This is Jacques Coeur's home in Bourges.
This is from that home which has elaborate carvings, I want to dedicate this to the great guys at Turkotek for finding that picture even if they never knew what they had,