Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2011 at 3 p.m.

282 Lots
  • Three Chinese Rank Badges

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    • Lot1
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensionsa = 29 x 61 cm, b = 28 x 56 cm, c = 29 x 62 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,000
    Three Chinese rank badges, each consisting of the front and back. The small, square, silk and gold thread embroideries show representations of different animals: a leopard, water buffalo, and crane, corresponding to the status of the dignitary to whose robe they were attached on the front and back. Such embroideries, also called "Mandarin squares" in literature, served to demonstrate the respective official’s rank. Made in pairs, they were sewn to the chest and back of robes worn by mandarins over their garments. The use of rank badges began under Mongol rule in the 13th century and ended in 1911. – All three pieces are backed with black fabric and framed like pictures. Good condition.
    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth East China
    • Dimensions352 x 287 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    A highly decorative carpet in blues and beiges, with an open field containing a floral central medallion and vine designs in the corners. Around 1900, Beijing workshops produced many such carpets for export. Even then the USA were the largest buyer country. – Reselvedged along the sides, both ends minimally reduced, slight signs of wear in the pile.
  • Monastir Prayer Rug

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    • Lot3
    • OriginGreece
    • Dimensions160 x 115 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    This Monastir prayer rug showing the typical coarse knotting structure clearly diverges from other Turkish prayer rugs in design and style of drawing. It was not woven in the heartland of Anatolia, but in Macedonia by a Turkish tribal group who only returned to Anatolia after the end of World War I. In this example, the two royal blue side panels flanking the prayer field are a rare feature. – Good condition, with original finishes all around.
    • Lot4
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions77 x 53 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    Somewhat reduced at the top, new overcasting along the sides in places, repiled lower finish, repaired corner top right.
  • Patchwork Cover

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    • Lot5
    • OriginNorthern Greece, Thessaloniki
    • Dimensions189 x 124 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    This flatwoven cover is composed of many fragments of Greek-Turkish linen, wool and silk embroideries, most of them worked in petit point. It is an early example of the practice of recycling damaged or worn textiles; in this way, any sections that were still usable continued to be employed in a new context.
  • Sileh Fragment

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    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions61 x 189 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    This fragment of a Sileh flatweave depicting four dragons stylised to S-forms constitutes the upper and lower finishes of a cover that would have originally measured around three metres in length. – Signs of age and wear, several tears.
    • Lot7
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions167 x 128 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    This very coarsely woven, all white, undecorated Anatolian village rug was used as a sleeping rug (yatak). – Good condition, several stains.
  • Konya Kilim Fragment

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    • Lot8
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions196 x 81 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR1,000
    Panel section from a Konya kilim originally in two panels. First-rate colours. The small decorative motifs in the white field are partially brocaded. – On the long sides, the edges of the border are largely incomplete; a cut at the upper end has been edged with fabric.
    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions228 x 152 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    New overcasting along the sides and minimally reduced upper finish; the original finish of braided warps has survived at the bottom. Uniformly low pile, minor repairs and repiled sections.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 28, p. 112

  • Shirvan Long Rug

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    • Lot10
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions389 x 101 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This East Caucasian carpet type is called ‘blossom’ Shirvan due to its dense field design of star-shaped blossoms placed in offset rows, with deeply incised contours and sharp serrations. Like most of the known examples, this item has been woven in a long, narrow format and shows a main border patterned with a kufi vine, accompanied by two carnation borders. – Both ends minimally reduced, original selvedges, low pile.