Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 26. November 2011 at 3 p.m.

283 Lots
    • Lot141
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions188 x 138 cm
    • AgeDated1301 = 1884
    • Estimate EUR10,000
    This dated silk carpet (1301 AH = 1884 AD) is a product of one of the master workshops of Tabriz. A flatly curved arch at the upper end of the field is supported by two columns; a flowering vase has been placed at the lower end of the field; and a stylised floral lamp is suspended from the apex of the arch. The design stands out boldly from the open burgundy field. Silk carpets of individual composition were commissioned by the Persian upper class and woven to cartoons designed by carpet artists. Such prestige objects placed great emphasis on perfect execution and use of the finest knotting materials. This carpet, a prayer rug as indicated by the arch, would not have been used for this purpose, but served as a decorative wall hanging. – Two small horizontal cracks in the foundation in the left-hand border section, a slightly worn area in the right-hand border. Otherwise in good condition, with the original finishes all around.
    • Lot142
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions271 x 166 cm
    • AgeDated 1326 = 1908
    • Estimate EUR55,000
    This precious, all silk pictorial carpet was woven in one of the master workshops of Kerman. The lower end of the field shows a pond, with fish and a duck as well as six birds standing on the edge ( a flamingo, turkey, peacock, rooster, guineafowl and bustard). Pumpkins are lying on a green hill in the foreground, which has a three-trunked tree growing from its highest point. Its sweeping branches fill the entire upper section of the cream field. The branches bear large ripe fruit, and a multitude of birds drawn in a remarkably naturalistic style has settled in the twigs, with butterflies fluttering between them. The style of representation is reminiscent of old zoological encyclopaedias illustrated with painted or coloured drawings. The same applies to the wide main border, which displays mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects, also on a cream ground. Round medallions showing representative portraits of people from different continents have been incorporated into this zoomorphic pictorial frieze. They are identified by inscriptions (clockwise from the lower left-hand corner): an Ottoman Turk, a Native American, an African, an Iranian, a European, a Rumi (= inhabitant of the Balkans, then under Ottoman rule), an Indian, a Chinese, an Arab and an Australian Aboriginee. Calligraphic inscriptions seen in two cartouches, one at the lower end of the field and one in the upper horizontal border, give precise details of the artist who created the cartoon, the master weaver who executed the work and the client who commissioned the carpet. According to these, the carpet was woven in the workshop of Abu'l-Qasem Kirmani to a design by Fursat Shirazi, as a commission for Aga Buhjat Al-Mulk, in the year 1326 AH = 1908 AD. Six Kerman pictorial carpets, all woven to the same cartoon in the workshop of Abu'l-Qasem Kirmani, have been published to date. Four of them are knotted from wool while two are all silk. With one exception, they differ only slightly in dimensions. Five were made for the same client, Aga Buhjat al-Mulk, and one was woven for Murtaza Quli Khan, a well-known Bakhtiari tribal leader. One example published in Hali I, 1 is in the Tehran Carpet Museum (no. 35, 287 x 176 cm, wool). Two examples were sold by Sotheby's in London (28/04/2004, # 71 (wool), 289 x 172 cm, dated 1888; 17/04/2007, # 16 (wool), 272 x 169 cm, commissioned by Murtaza Quli Khan). Two further examples were sold by Christie's in London (30/04/1998, # 153 (wool), 314 x 163 cm; 16/10/2003, # 99 (silk), 204 x 132 cm). The silk example offered here was previously sold in Copenhagen (Bruun Rasmussen, 6/12/2007, # 2263). – Very good condition, with the original selvedges all around.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH ULRICH, Persian Carpets. Vol. 1. Inauguration of the Carpet Museum in Teheran, Iran 1977, pl. p. 81 = HALI vol. I, no. 1. London 1978, pl. iV *** SOTHEBY'S London, auction of 28th April 2004, # 71 and 17th April 2007, # 16 *** CHRISTIE'S London, auction of 30th April 1998, # 153 and 16th October 2003, # 99

    BRUUN RASMUSSEN Copenhagen, auction of 6th December 2007, # 2263

    • Lot143
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions56 x 60 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000
    Finely woven in sumakh technique, this bag face showing an animal design on a dark blue ground is a weaving by the Khamseh Shahsavan. Previously exhibited in Gothenburg in 1999, this piece, pictorial in character, is impressive due to its extremely beautiful palette and exact drawing. Originally it belonged to a double bag. The second face of the same khorjin was published by Frauenknecht. – Original sides, both ends newly overcast, the back is missing.

    FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, ill. 38

    KONSTHALLEN GÖTEBORG (publ.), Mönstrets Mysterier. Orientaliska Mattor & Textilier. Gothenburg 1999, pl. p. 16

    • Lot144
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions118 x 61 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,000
    A fully preserved khorjin by the Khamseh Shahsavan, finely and carefully woven in sumakh technique. The faces are decorated with a dense repeat of offset hooked diamonds in muted colours reminiscent of Jaff weavings, framed to good effect by a white border of stepped polygons woven in lighter colours. A kilim back of multi-coloured stripes. – Good condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 37

    • Lot145
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions231 x 157 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR19,000
    This very old Suzani, its cotton ground darkened with age, is probably one of the earliest surviving examples from Bokhara. The field design – a diamond lattice of diagonal leaves enclosing blossoms that appear to gyrate – and the vine design of the wide border are spaciously conceived: a focus on essentials, as it were. The style of drawing still shows the influence of Indian models, which is especially evident in the smaller flowers that run through the border. – Expertly restored, several holes, backed with sand-coloured fabric.
    • Lot146
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions229 x 152 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    The entire field of this rare Suzani is covered in twigs and diagonal green vines resembling creepers. The large trailing carnations stand out among the flowers that decorate the twigs. Similarly, carnations dominate the design of the densely patterned border. A highly decorative textile in splendid colours and with an elegant style of drawing. – Backed with fabric, good condition.
    • Lot147
    • OriginCentral France, Aubusson
    • Dimensions250 x 115 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    A French carpet dating from the reign of Emperor Napoleon I in the typical horizontal format, presenting a side view of two griffins arranged around a central lyre. Derived from Egyptian sphinx sculptures, these mythological animals were a popular motif during the Empire period. – The earth-brown ground is heavily corroded and repaired in places. Signs of age and wear.
    • Lot148
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions294 x 81 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    This fragment of a very rare carpet, probably of a much larger original size, was made in Kokand, the capital of the eponymous khanate in the Ferghana valley. The khanate existed from circa 1710 until its annexation by the Tsarist Empire in 1876. The brown-red field shows a lattice design of yellow lines framing salmon cassettes drawn to an extremely large-scale; the octagonal compartments contain angular palmette forms decorated with blossoms. – Several stains, various areas of moth damage. Remains of a red kilim at the upper finish, reduced at the bottom, cut on both sides, replaced cords.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Konya bis Kokand. Seltene Orientteppiche 3. Munich 1980, no. 115

    • Lot149
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions220 x 145 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    On the central axis of the brown field, three huge palmettes with serrated outlines are framed by pairs of light yellow forms that resemble leaves, but are actually highly stylised dragon figures. It remains a mystery how this Caucasian design found its way to West Anatolia. Other examples of this small group were published by Mumford as early as 1901 and by Jacoby in 1923. A particularly beautiful example was published by Willborg in 1990. – Obvious signs of age and wear, the lower left-hand corner has been repiled. Heavy corrosion in the brown sections, faded colours. Original selvedges and kilim ends.

    MUMFORD, JOHN KIMBERLEY, Oriental Rugs. New York 1901, pl. V *** JACOBY, HEINRICH, Eine Sammlung orientalischer Teppiche. Berlin 1923, pl. 30 *** WILLBORG, PETER, 1980-1990. "Ten Years" Jubilee Exhibition. Stockholm 1990, no. 21

    • Lot150
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions65 x 199 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    This large trapping (jollar) by the Salor tribe can be dated to ca. 1800, when the Salors still lived in the surroundings of the Merv oasis. Previously unknown, this example is a masterpiece of its kind, with glowing colours and a dense, velvety pile. It was consigned from an old German private collection and is published for the first time in this catalogue. Woven in pairs in the kejebe design, such trappings adorned the flanks of the bridal camel when the bride was led to her groom on the day of their wedding. Examples showing one, two or three of the large darvaza güls (freely translated: gate of heaven) are known. In this magnificent example, with two darvarza güls, the weave is so extraordinarily fine that even the minute designs of the delicate border are drawn with precision. The field and interior of the two primary güls have been knotted in different shades of red. Several sections of the pile are of lustrous, ruby red silk, which is less corroded here than in comparable examples. In design layout and distribution of the silk sections, a somewhat smaller example from the Thompson Collection, published in Carpet Magic, best compares with our piece. – Three vertical tears at the lower edge, various short tears at the top edge. Original finishes all around; the pile has been preserved at its original height.

    THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, p. 30 *** RIPPON BOSWELL A 75, 29th May 2010, #1 *** SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Zentral-Asiatische Teppiche. Frankfurt a.M. 1969, nos. 6 and 7 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington D.C. 1980, no. 14 *** PINNER, ROBERT & EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr., Between the Black Desert and the Red. Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection. San Francisco 1999, pl. 4 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 9