Major Autumn Auction
Buoyant Market for Suzani Silk Embroideries
Among the broad range of items offered for the November auction six rare Suzani silk embroideries from Central Asia stood out. All of them were knocked down, some after heated bidding battles between private collectors and dealers.
The highest prices were achieved by lot 114, a highly impressive Shakhrisyabz Suzani, probably dating from the 18th century, with an asymmetric design consisting of four large flowers (DM 82,600);
lot 173, a large-medallion Suzani (DM 76,700); and lot 179, another Shakhrisyabz Suzani with a centralised field design and an unusually wide border (DM 49,560). What probably contributed to this good result was the fact that all three pieces were new to the market.
Other textiles that were subject to heavy bidding were lot 33, a fragment of a "feuilles de choux" tapestry made around 1600 that was called at DM 8,000 and bidded up to DM 30,680; and lot 78, a well-preserved tapestry cushion made in one of the Hamburg workshops around 1620 that went up to DM 22,420 after being called at DM 3,000.
A trend observed earlier, at the May auction, continued in November:
there is a revival in the demand for pre-1900 small-format Persian carpets of exceptionally good quality.
Thus an elegant Senneh saddle cover (lot 57) increased from DM 5,000 to DM 12,980; a silk Heriz rug (lot 90) from DM 30,000 (asking price) to DM 54,280; and a unique yellow-ground Feraghan rug (lot 101) from DM 18,000 (asking price) to DM 37,760.
Of the Caucasian and Turkoman collector's pieces around sixty percent of the consignments were sold in each case.