Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Karakecili

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    • Lot1
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama region
    • Dimensions266 x 200 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,000
    The Karakecili tribe inhabited the mountainous hinterland of the Bergama region during the 18th and 19th centuries. The piece offered here is exemplary of their distinctive rugs. Generous in composition, woven in brilliant colours and with a cartouche border influenced by 17th century Transylvanian rugs, this Karakecili appears to be of great age. According to the consignor, the rug was acquired from Bernheimer, the Munich art dealer, prior to World War I and has been in the family’s possession ever since. Bausback published an almost identical comparative piece in 1978. – Heavily damaged, large old repiled sections. Several holes and missing sections; the sides have been cut and reselvedged.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Anatolische Knüpfteppiche aus vier Jahrhunderten. Mannheim 1978, pl. p. 39

  • Tekke Personal Rug

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    • Lot2
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions109 x 96 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    Among nomadic peoples, the head of the family had a personal rug produced for use on special occasions. This small Tekke rug is one such example. Ten rows of four chuval güls have been arranged in the field. Here, the chemche secondary motifs have been linked to form a continuous vertical line. The lower elem is decorated with small stars while the upper elem shows stylised trees. As is to be expected in a prestige object, the carpet has been carefully woven from fine glossy wool. A rare collector’s item. – Damaged sides all around, signs of age and wear.
  • Yomut Chuval

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    • Lot3
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions104 x 66 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR400
    A nine-gül Yomut chuval with an aubergine ground, a secondary design of erre-güls and small stepped polygons in the vermilion border. The rare elem shows four abstract trees growing from a vase. – Somewhat reduced at the top and bottom, signs of wear in the pile, the kilim back has not survived.
  • Yomut Torba

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    • Lot4
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions40 x 83 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR500
    In this Yomut torba, a white ak su lattice design surrounds dark blue compartments enclosing cross motifs. – Good condition, including the original back. The long fringe at the lower end may constitute a later addition.
  • Azeri Chanteh

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    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions64 x 25 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR650
    An Azeri double bag in the chanteh format, woven in the kilim technique with a sumakh stripe in the place where the closure band is usually attached. The two white-ground faces show a very simple, yet memorable design of midnight blue points protruding laterally into the field. The wide connecting panel is decorated with horizontal stripes in diverse colours. – Obvious signs of age and wear, damaged sides, one hole in the connecting panel.
    • Lot6
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions266 x 119 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR800
    This very rare Baluch was sold by Lefevre & Partners in London as early as 1983. Its long format and white ground colour are striking features. The field contains three parallel rows of straight-lined trees, their trunks decorated with diamonds and serrated diamonds. The lateral branches end in star-shaped blossoms. In the dark brown main border, cross designs alternate with pairs of triangles. – The original selvedges are preserved; remains of the kilim finishes have survived at both ends. Signs of wear in the pile.

    LEFREVRE & PARTNERS, auction of 4 March 1983, # 53

  • Yomut Ensi

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    • Lot7
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions180 x 127 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    This Yomut tent door rug displays the typical hatchlu cross in the field, here with the horizontal panel shifted towards the lower end. The four segments are densely patterned with diamond-shaped ornaments. Two white-ground syrga borders and a central red panel of stepped polygons surround the field. Whereas many Yomut ensis have two elems of equal width as the lower finish, this piece has a dominant horizontal panel containing large tree forms in diverse colours. – Original finishes all around, good condition.
  • Pope, Arthur Upham & Ackerman, Phyllis

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    • Lot8
    • OriginA Survey Of Persian Art
    • Dimensionsca. 39 x 29 cm
    • AgeLondon and New York 1938 / 1939
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    This reference work on the art of Iran is indispensable for any scientific study of the subject. Published by the Oxford University Press between 1938 and 1939 in six volumes, it was subtitled “From Prehistoric Times To The Present”. Vol. I (1938): Text, Pre-Achaemenid, Achaemenid, Parthian and Sasanian Periods; Vol. II (1939): Text, Architecture, The Ceramic Arts, Calligraphy and Epigraphy; Vol III (1939): Text, The Art of the Book, Textiles, Carpets, Metalwork, Minor Arts; Vol. IV (1938): Plates 1 – 510; Vol. V (1938): Plates 511 – 980; Vol. VI (1939): Plates 981 – 1482. The book covers show signs of wear and stains, the blue linen binding has faded in places; damaged corners.
  • Lessing, Julius

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    • Lot9
    • OriginAlt-Orientalische Teppiche
    • Dimensions52 x 36 cm
    • AgeBerlin 1877
    • Estimate EUR700
    Julius Lessing’s famous publication, “Alt-Orientalische Teppiche nach Bildern und Originalen des XV.-XVI. Jahrhunderts”, is considered the first rug book. It was published in three instalments (instalment I, 24 text pages and 10 colour plates; instalments II and III, 10 colour plates each). Professor Lessing, at the time the Director of the Berlin Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Art and Industry), compiled the designs from representations of carpets in old master paintings. The coloured grid drawings, constituting reconstructions rectifying shifts in perspective and projected onto the two-dimensional plane, were of his own making. In the portfolio offered here, the three sets have been placed into a sturdy, dark red cardboard folder with an embossed cover, a special design produced by Herzog book binders of Leipzig (according to the attached label). – Slight abrasions and stains on the folder, very good overall condition, complete.
    • Lot10
    • OriginEastern Central Anatolia
    • Dimensions320 x 93 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR8,000
    A complete Sivas from the same group was published in the book accompanying the 1986 Vienna ICOC exhibition. Older examples of very similar design and palette were discovered in the mosque of Divrigi, a small town in the Turkish province of Sivas in eastern Central Anatolia. Our example constitutes one half of a carpet, however it is not a fragment as the flatwoven original selvedge has been preserved on the right-hand side. It was probably conceived as a divan rug from the outset. – Well preserved, only a few minor restored sections and slight signs of wear.

    TKF-WIEN (publ.), Antike Orientteppiche aus österreichischem Besitz. Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Textil–Kunst-Forschung. Vienna 1986, no. 29