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Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 26. November 2011 at 3 p.m.

283 Lots
  • Shahsavan Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot81
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions48 x 83 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    A side panel of a sumakh mafrash by the Shahsavan of the Khamseh region. The red field displays three designs reminiscent of Lesghi stars; the white border contains syrga bird motifs. – Cut sides, replaced cords. Somewhat reduced at the top, slight signs of wear.

    Literature:
    AZADI, SIAWOSCH & ANDREWS, PETER, Mafrash. Gewebte Transporttaschen als textile Bilder des Orients - Arbeiten der Schahsavan und anderer Stämme Persiens. Berlin – Munich 1985, p. 166 f.

    • Lot82
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions253 x 149 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR10,000
    This gabbeh displays a bold design in the kilim style, with three large stepped diamonds placed along the central axis of the blazing red field, eight diamonds enclosing cross designs arranged at their sides, and a distinctive meander main border. It belongs to the same group as four examples published in literature. – Only minimal signs of wear, in very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    AMPE, PATRICK & RIE, Textile Art. A personal choice (Kailash Gallery). Antwerp 1994, no. 4 *** EILAND JR., MURRAY L. (ed.), A World Of Oriental Carpets & Textiles. Washington, D.C. 2003, fig. 42, p. 109 *** POHL-SCHILLINGS, HANS E., Aussergewöhnliche Orientteppiche. Bilder einer Ausstellung V. Cologne 1991, no. 23 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 34

    • Lot83
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions46 x 112 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    An almost perfectly preserved Tekke torba, with twelve güls and chemche secondary motifs, complete with the kilim back and decorative fringe at the lower end. - Minimal moth damage.
    • Lot84
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions48 x 102 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR900
    A torba by the Karadashli tribe, with two complete kepse güls and six kepse güls cut by the border in a chestnut field. The white main border shows closely spaced hooked diamonds, accompanied by two secondary borders displaying the running dog design. The surrounding outer stripe and elem are undecorated. – Slight signs of wear, the back is missing.
    • Lot85
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions171 x 63 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR550
    A flatwoven brown-ground sofreh decorated with striking, deeply incised points along the sides of the field and two brocaded horizontal borders at the ends. Judging by the technique and palette, the weaving was probably made by the Khorasan Kurds, despite its similarity to Baluch sofrehs. – Slight signs of wear, one inserted section at one side, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, no. 149

    • Lot86
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions144 x 73 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,900
    An extremely rare Baluch exhibited in Munich in 1978. The camel ground displays a lattice design whose compartments contain small octagons arranged into blocks of four, 66 of them each enclosing a pinwheel design. Hubert Prieger’s research into Islamic number symbolism, conducted for years, has regrettably not been published to date. Its application to this Baluch would result in the following interpretation: the number 139 is repeated six times in the interstices between the hooked diamonds of the border. This number is not a date, but a secret code for the Islamic invocation "Yoh Husain", only comprehensible to the initiated. Husain was a martyr, murdered in Karbala upon the order of Yazid, caliph of Baghdad, in the year 61 of the Islamic calendar, together with his 72 companions. He is still mourned by Shiites today. The 72 octagons in the field represent his dead followers. The octagons contain 66 pinwheel motifs, corresponding to the number for invoking Allah. – Good condition.

    Published:
    SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, KÖNIG, HANS & VOLKMANN, MARTIN, Alte Orientteppiche. Meisterstücke aus deutschen Privatsammlungen. Munich 1978, no. 101

    • Lot87
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions165 x 84 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    This pretty prayer rug woven in the Torbat-e Haydari region stands out on account of the large scale of its tree-of-life. In this regard as well as in border design it corresponds to a Baluch in the Boucher Collection. The two red hands seen next to the shoulders of the square arch are a protective symbol (hand of Fatima), and thus do not indicate the places where the hands should be placed during prayer, as is sometimes suggested. – Good condition, with the original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 2

    • Lot88
    • OriginWest Persia, Kermanshah region
    • Dimensions125 x 66 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    Half of a Jaff double bag showing the typical design of hooked diamonds and a gorgeous, visually impressive kilim back of serrations in diverse colours and brocaded horizontal stripes. – The seams along the sides have been opened, good condition.

    Literature:
    BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. A Historical Legacy of Woven Art. London 2002; no. 16

    • Lot89
    • OriginWest Persia, Kermanshah region
    • Dimensions48 x 37 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR250
    A knotted salt bag (namakdan) by the Kurdish Jaff tribe. The dark blue lower section shows a red hooked hexagon, while the red upper field is patterned in hooked diamonds. The coarsely woven, striped kilim back was sewn on at a later stage, and may originally not have belonged to the face. – Slight signs of wear.

    Literature:
    DIENES, GERHARD M. & REINISCH, HELMUT, 2001 und 1e Nacht. Teppiche und Textilien aus Privatsammlungen. Graz 2001, no. 18

    • Lot90
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensionsdiverse
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EURno reserve
    Four fragments of a large Bijar carpet, with a central meallion design on a blue field, golden yellow corner spandrels and a wide, three-stripe border. The typical board-like knotting structure, a wool warp, extremely beautiful colours.

    Literature:
    HOLT, ROSA BELLE, Oriental & Occidental Rugs. Antique & Modern. New York. 3rd edition 1937, pl. opp. p. 58 *** BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. A Historical Legacy of Woven Art. London 2002, no. 35 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Uschak bis Yarkand. Seltene Orientteppiche 2. Munich 1979, no. 70