A comment left in June about our first blog post concerning the Bacon/da Silva Bruhns rug, has required us to produce an updated post with complementary information, in order to avoid any misleading interpretations. The comment is listed, as received, at the end of this post.
Our original post was followed by an exchange of emails with Clive Rogers from www.orient-rug.com, who had the opportunity to see the Francis Bacon rugs for himself. It appears that the signature was actually woven with the rest of the rug. From the photos of the backing of the Francis Bacon rug, we are able to classify Bacon's work in at least two of the following groups:
ii) Rugs from Bacon's own art work, the original design being either a specific composition for a rug, or an abstract painting that would have been transposed for the floor (see Bacon's studio paintings of Roy de Maistre). These carpets were produced in 1929-30.
The comment below is an opinion, and therefore does not necessarily bring any new information in order to solve the problems encountered. However, it might help to clarify the situation by stating the qualifications of de Noronha, in order to set the record straight. Therefore, we can confirm that Jean Manuel de Noronha has no connection with any auction house, merchant, or antique seller. He has been involved professionally for over 15 years in the business of modern oriental rugs and wall-to-wall floor coverings. He began his desk and field research for documentation in 1992. He is not officially registered as an expert and does not act as such; however, he can provide professional documentary assistance when and if required. The present blog offers the opportunity to express his personal opinions and to share his passion for his subject through the wider audience made available by the Internet.
3) Comment of Mr Ruach
Simply waving some names and references to purport as research is just not good enough. Some of these armchair experts, having never seen the carpet themselves, let alone physical proof of materials etc. just revel in "stating the contrary".
Online conspiracy theories are rife and sadly some individuals seem to have not only lost others but their own marbles too.