Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
    • Lot161
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions317 x 122 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,000
    The splendid, vibrant colours as well as the smooth reverse indicate the great age of this rare rug from the Moghan steppe, probably a Shahsavan weaving. In the midnight blue field, serrated diamond medallions framed by four horizontal serrated leaves and two chevrons are interspersed with palmettes arranged in pairs. Spaciously conceived, this type of field design is little known. – Most of the outer trefoil border has been repiled and several sections have been restored. The sides have been backed with fabric.
    • Lot162
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Region Kuba
    • Dimensions209 x 101 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A very old Bijov with heavily patinated colours. The dark brown field shows the characteristic repeat of large jagged designs, all derived from the repertoire of older Caucasian silk embroideries. The white-ground meander border is drawn in the style of Zeikhur rugs. – Original finishes all around. Obvious signs of age and wear, low pile, heavily corroded brown sections.

    BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Woven Stars. Rugs And Textiles From Southern California Collections. Los Angeles 1996, no. 5

  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot163
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Derbent region
    • Dimensions245 x 180 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    The angular style of drawing, resulting in sharply pointed designs, and the muted palette suggest that this dragon sumakh was made in one of the Derbent workshops. – Restored in places, now in very good condition.
  • Khamseh Bag Face

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    • Lot164
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions67 x 68 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,600
    This Nafar bag face is outstanding in terms of quality and the fineness of its weave, resulting in a soft and flexible handle and a velvety pile. The white rosette at the centre of the brown-red diamond is knotted in silk. The closure band at the top and remnants of a red kilim at the bottom have been preserved. – New overcasting along the sides, some damage to the lower corners.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., Jr. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 285

  • Qashqa’i Horse Cover

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    • Lot165
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions167 x 155 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    Composed of two panels, this horse trapping shows a dense knotted design of horizontal rows of flowering shrubs, botehs, rosettes and filler motifs on a dark blue flatwoven ground. An animal frieze has been added at the bottom. – Damage to the left-hand side.
  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Face

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    • Lot166
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • Dimensions56 x 62 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    Finely woven and firmly depressed, this sumakh bag face by the Moghan Shahsavan, formerly part of a khorjin, shows one of the tribe’s classic designs – the so-called “turtle” gül symbolising ancient cosmological ideas. A bag face of this kind was illustrated on the cover of the ‘From the Bosporus to Samarkand’ catalogue as early as 1969. A comparison of the published examples reveals only insignificant differences between the various pieces; their designs and palette were obviously fixed so rigidly by tradition that major deviations did not occur to the weavers. – Original sides, minimally reduced at the top and bottom, good condition.

    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W. R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, cover *** Frauenknecht, Bertram, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, ills. 44 – 48 *** WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 71

    • Lot167
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions265 x 136 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,400
    This antique Genje from the Central Caucasian province of Elisabethpol shows a two-row Memling gül design and an extremely rare main border, with elibelinde-like motifs surrounded by small triangles placed on a white ground. Probably woven in the mid-19th century, the rug stands out on account of its broad spectrum of colours. – Signs of age and wear; the pile has worn away in places. Repiled sections, repaired selvedges.

    BAUSBACK, FRANZ (publ.), Sammlung Franz Bausback. Erlesene Teppiche seit 1925. Mannheim 2000, pl. p. 99

    • Lot168
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions205 x 160 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    An antique Kazak of unusually wide dimensions. The rare design seen in the field, with two highly divergent medallions surrounded by crosses, octagons and small filler motifs, cannot be attributed with certainty to any one of the known Kazak groups. – Original selvedges and upper finish, somewhat reduced at the bottom. Several repairs and restored creases, low spots in the pile.
  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot169
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions294 x 163 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    The field is covered in a dense diamond lattice design of green serrated leaves enclosing large circular and fan-shaped blossoms in poppy red, cochineal and orange. Two compartments at the upper and lower ends depict highly detailed vases containing flowering twigs. In the main border, circular and fan-shaped blossoms are surrounded by spiralling, lively green leaves. This magnificent Bokhara Suzani displays an impressive quality of craftsmanship and intense, brilliant colours. It is from the collection of the late American textile expert Mary Hunt Kahlenberg. – Several small holes and torn sections, a number of stains. Otherwise in good condition. The sides have been backed with ikat fabric.
    • Lot170
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Cappadocia
    • Dimensions269 x 108 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    This rug from eastern Central Anatolia was probably woven in the small town of Innice (or Incesu). The narrow, light red field is divided into six sections, each containing an octagon with a hooked outline enclosing a central rosette and flanked by four hooked triangles. The wide yellow main border displays tulips aligned diagonally, interspersed with geometric, stylised rosettes. The shield motifs seen in the light red elems are a typical feature of such rugs. Comparable pieces have been published by Brüggemann and Böhmer as well as Butterweck. – Fully preserved, several repiled sections; the pile is extremely low in places.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER & BÖHMER, HARALD, Teppiche der Bauern und Nomaden in Anatolien. Hanover 1980, no. 15 *** BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Vienna 1986, nos. 157 and 158