Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 26. November 2011 at 3 p.m.

283 Lots
    • Lot111
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions200 x 110 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000
    In Rasht, a North Persian city on the Caspian Sea, splendid wool felt and silk embroideries have been produced since the early Safavid period. Using patchwork technique, felt sections of diverse colour were attached to a foundation and the actual design produced by adding contour lines in silk yarn. Such textiles were produced in a variety of formats and for a wealth of purposes; a characteristic feature is their lively, playful style of somewhat cluttered apearance, deriving from the Oriental desire to cover the entire surface. In this elegant 19th century example, a lush flowering tree covers the black-ground field below the semi-circular arch. Since the original side finishes are missing, the textile may have originally belonged to a frieze of arched pictorial designs used as a decorative hanging in a tent. – Good condition.
    • Lot112
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions187 x 139 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    A classic West Anatolian prayer rug with a light-green open field. The small triangular arch is supported by two slim columns, the white tympanum above it has been densely filled with small flowers. The wide main border shows beautifully drawn flowering trees growing from vases. The prayer rugs of this group were a speciality of the Kula and Ghiordes workshops, and were exported abroad in large numbers as trade objects. A red-ground example from the Ballard Collection, very similar in drawing, is now in the St. Louis City Art Museum. – Reselvedged along both sides, somewhat reduced ends. Minor repairs, otherwise in appreciably better condition than many other rugs in this group.

    DIMAND, MAURICE S., The Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs in the City Art Museum of St. Louis. St. Louis 1935, pl. XLII

    • Lot113
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions211 x 154 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    This pictorial rug, its blazing red field dominated by an image of a mighty tiger, is one of the most interesting surviving gabbehs. It was woven by the Boyer Ahmadi, one of the two major Luri tribal groups of Fars. Stepped polygons decorated with hooks, trees, flowers and four-legged animals have been loosely arranged around the central figure. The corners, conceived as colour diagonals, contain further four-legged animals. Our example was exhibited in Gothenburg in 1999; a comparative piece has been published by Tanavoli. He writes that such rugs are described as lion carpets by their nomad producers, despite the fact that they depict a tiger.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Lion Rugs. The Lion in the Art and Culture of Iran. Basel 1985, no. 21

    KONSTHALLEN GÖTEBORG (publ.), Mönstrets Mysterier. Orientaliska Mattor & Textilier. Gothenburg 1999, pl. p. 41 top

    • Lot114
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions393 x 172 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A large, red-ground Qashqa’i kilim, with four diamonds aligned on the central axis and offset halved diamonds placed at the sides of the field. The captivating effect of the kilim derives from the extreme contrast between the undecorated sections of the field and the densely filled diamonds, in which small, sharply serrated forms arranged in colour diagonals produce an eye dazzler design. – Very good condition.

    GALERIE NEIRIZ (publ.), Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens. Berlin 1990, no. 51

    • Lot115
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions193 x 127 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    A Sehna kilim woven in pastel shades. The white, shield-shaped field contains small flowering plants and a large, brown-ground diamond medallion with a Herati design. A Herati design also adorns the corner spandrels. – Small repaired areas, minimally reduced ends, otherwise well preserved.
    • Lot116
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions362 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    The field design consists of nine vertical stripes in alternating colours containing small flowering plants. The three-panel border barely stands out from the field. – Cut sides, reselvedged. Both ends somewhat reduced, minor moth damage and several repairs.
  • Qashqa’i Gabbeh, Boyer Ahmadi Tribe

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    • Lot117
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions187 x 127 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A huge, expressively drawn lion dominates the blazing red field. Three white camels sit on the ground before its head. Probably a weaving by the Boyer Ahmadi tribe. – Original finishes all around, slight signs of wear in the pile.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ & AMANOLAHI, SEKANDAR, Gabbeh. The Georges D. Bornet Collection, Part 2., Zug and Wesel, undated, no. 75, p. 142

    • Lot118
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions71 x 135 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    This Yomut asmalyk and the next lot number form a pair. They were woven simultaneously on a common warp. A further example of this rare group is kept in the Berlin Museum (Rickmers Collection). Wider than usual, the type has an additional border of small stepped polygons along the sides and lower end. The white field shows a lattice design of serrated leaves and vertical tree forms decorated with erre güls. – Somewhat reduced at the top, remains of the kilim finish survive at the bottom. Original sides. Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile.

    PINNER, ROBERT, The Rickmers Collection. Turkoman Rugs. Berlin 1993, no. 49

    • Lot119
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions1324 x 23 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    Of comparatively coarse weave, this fully preserved tent band may be a weaving by the Tekke tribe. The ornaments are arranged into sections as is usual in tent bands; however, in this piece they are not symmetrically aligned towards a central point, but appear to have been lined up at random. – Slight signs of wear, in good overall condition.
    • Lot120
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions158 x 125 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    A blue-ground prayer rug from the Shirvan area showing a Marasali design of closely spaced multi-coloured botehs of highly diverse interior drawing as well as a steep mihrab. A wide border area of five stripes; the abstract birds that are typical of the provenance are seen in the white-ground stripe. – Original finishes all around, slight signs of wear in the pile.

    BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, pl. p. 44