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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Daghestan Kilim

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    • Lot91
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions521 x 142 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    A red-ground flatweave from the south of Daghestan province presenting the characteristic, long and narrow format. The brick-red field contains four huge, dark blue box shapes with cruciform centres. Consisting mostly of floral motifs, the dense basic design is captivating on account of its richness of detail and the precise drawing resulting from the fine weave. This kilim group uses the weft interlocking technique to avoid slits in the weave, producing a firm, resilient structure. Several, almost identical, comparative pieces can be found in literature. Wertime attributes his published example to a Lesghi tribe, stating Tabasaran in southern Daghestan as the provenance. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    EBERSOLD, WERNER, “Kelims und Flachgewebe” – Flachgewebe, liebenswerte Naturkinder des Orients. Zurich 1981, cover *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim 1977, pl. p. 38 *** WRIGHT, RICHARD & WERTIME, JOHN, Caucasian Carpets & Covers. The Weaving Culture. London 1995, pl. III, p. 58

  • Azeri Zili

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    • Lot92
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions283 x 198 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    A large red-ground cover brocaded in a compartment design in rich and diverse colour combinations. Thirty-five rectangular compartments are framed by wide design bands decorated with diamonds. The white compartments have been arranged in colour diagonals. An almost identical example, published by Wertime and Wright, is attributed to Shusha in the Karabagh region. The latter is composed of two panels whereas our zili has been woven in a single panel. – Very good condition, including the braided red warps at both ends.

    Literature:
    WRIGHT, RICHARD & WERTIME, JOHN, Caucasian Carpets & Covers. The Weaving Culture. London 1995, no. XVI

  • Qashqa’i Kelim

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    • Lot93
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions281 x 171 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,200
    Visually impressive, this Qashqa’i kilim woven in appealing colours shows a design of horizontal stripes containing interlocked comb shapes. – Complete, original finishes, good condition.

    Literature:
    HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. An introduction to the Weavings of the tribes of Iran. London 1978, pl. 72 *** GALERIE NEIRIZ (publ.), Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens. Berlin 1990, ill. 33

  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot94
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions253 x 152 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    In this red-ground Qashqa’i kilim, a repeat of offset rows of stepped polygons and double hooks has been arranged in steep colour diagonals. The wide border displays the dynamic design of reciprocal trefoils and stepped wavy lines that is characteristic of such nomad kilims. – Slight signs of wear, original finishes all around.
  • Luri Bakhtiari Gabbeh

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    • Lot95
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions190 x 102 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    The red field contains two rectangles, each enclosing a cross of lozenges surrounded by polychrome dots, with stepped diamonds distributed around them. In the yellow main border, stepped diamonds adorn the vertical bands, but the design changes in the horizontal bands: each depicts a caravan of four large camels, lending this gabbeh its true appeal. It was probably woven by Luri-Bakhtiari semi-nomads in the Chahar Mahal region. – Good condition.
  • Samarkand Suzani

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    • Lot96
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions207 x 160 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,900
    Embroidered in particularly delicate and light colours, with a high proportion of aubergine, this comparatively small-format Suzani from Samarkand appears to be very old. The cotton ground has faded to yellow with age. – Signs of age and wear, several missing sections and holes. Backed with fabric.
    • Lot97
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions182 x 130 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    In the salmon field, a floral disc medallion is surrounded by flowering branches and butterflies. Diagonal twigs and a lotus flowers appear in the corners. A narrow pearl border divides the field from the salmon main border, in which peony blossoms are linked by a leaf vine. – Both ends somewhat reduced. Obvious signs of age and wear, corroded brown sections.
  • Bessarabian Carpet

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    • Lot98
    • OriginSouth Eastern Europe
    • Dimensions307 x 193 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    A highly decorative knotted carpet from the lower Moldova region, probably from Bessarabia. The rug displays a design of polychrome flowering twigs and roses both in the brown field and in the wide, black-ground border. – Well preserved, original finishes all around.
    • Lot99
    • OriginEast Turkestan
    • Dimensions330 x 196 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR17,500
    In terms of palette and ornamentation, this large Khotan displaying two vases, flowering shrubs surrounding a small blue disc medallion, geometric lattices in the spandrels and an extra-wide border section resembles the rugs made in the neighbouring Chinese province of Kansu, but it differs from these in knotting structure. – Original left-hand side, the right-hand side has been cut and newly overcast. Slightly reduced upper finish, original lower finish, two major inserted sections. Slight signs of wear in the pile.

    Literature:
    HALEVIM, DAVIDE (ed.), Oasi. Memorie e fascino del Turkestan Orientale. Milan 1999, no. 10

    • Lot100
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions249 x 157 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    An antique Chelaberd presenting two complete and one cut sunburst medallions in a brown-red field. In the past, the carpets in this distinctive group were described as Eagle Kazaks by the trade, although most of them were woven in the Karabagh region. The main motif derives from the design repertoire of older Caucasian workshop pieces; here it appears greatly enlarged as part of an independent composition. – Two stitched horizontal tears in the lower part of the field, minor darned areas. Original finishes all around, a high pile.

    Literature:
    LEFEVRE, JEAN & PARTNERS, Caucasian Carpets from the 17th to the 19th century. London 1977, no. 16 *** THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, pl. p. 113 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. Munich 1993, no. 50