Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot171
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions138 x 92 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    The camel field displays a delicately drawn tree-of-life, the ends of its branches decorated with star-shaped blossoms. A band of small stars surrounds the field. Slender trees are depicted in the two field sections next to the box-shaped arch. – Good condition, including the original finishes all around.
  • Shahsavan Khorjin

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    • Lot172
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions124 x 46 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A complete, plainwoven Schahsavan double bag, probably a weaving from the Bijar region. The midnight blue faces display large spider güls, surrounded by a red-and-white border of reciprocal trefoils. Stepped polygons with parmakli outlines are seen in the connecting panel. A horizontal stripe design adorns the back. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 240

  • Kurdish Kilim

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    • Lot173
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions214 x 127 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR22,000
    A very rare kilim with a niche design, woven in the format of a long prayer rug. A midnight blue mihrab resembling a tower, with a finely stepped triangular arch, takes up most of the golden yellow field. In the mihrab field, stepped polygons in diverse colours combine to form concentric diamonds. The arch is accentuated by a white diamond. The same stepped polygons have been used to decorate the surrounding sections of the field and the salmon border. – The kilim is a Kurdish weaving, probably made in the Bijar region. Woven almost as finely as Sehna kilims, with trefoil borders drawn in an archaic style and colours of great brilliance, this impressive flatweave may be older than most Sehna kilims woven during the Qajar period. – Very good condition.
    • Lot174
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions179 x 100 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    This salmon-ground Ningxia pictorial rug represents a popular theme in Chinese mythology. The eight horses of the legendary Emperor Mu Wang, who reportedly lived in the 10th century BC, are scattered across the field amidst landscape vignettes. Clearly distinguished in shape and colour, each horse has its own individual expression, lending the design its narrative character. – Obvious signs of age and wear, the pile has worn away in places. A vertical tear at the bottom has been crudely stitched; original selvedges.

    DILLEY, ARTHUR URBAN., Oriental Rugs and Carpets. A Comprehensive Study. Revised by Maurice S. Dimand. Philadelphia & New York 1959, pl. LIX *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Uschak bis Yarkand. Seltene Orientteppiche 2. Munich 1979, no. 114

    • Lot175
    • OriginNorth East China, Suiyvan province
    • Dimensions127 x 69 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR800
    The workshops of Baotou, a city in north eastern China on the border with Inner Mongolia, must have specialised in the production of small-format pictorial rugs during the 19th century. In this brown-ground example a blue table is seen at the centre of the field; a teapot, a vase containing a flowering twig and another container have been placed on top of it. The scrolls, book, chessboard and a quiver of paintbrushes are depicted in the corners. A further table flanked by two stags has been placed below the centre of the field, with three additional vases as well as a crane seen above it. Woven in blue and white, the border shows cartouches enclosing further emblems interspersed with floral lattices. The symbolism indicates that the carpet was produced for an independent Chinese scholar. – Damaged corners, one rewoven section at the lower end, otherwise in good condition.
  • Tibetan Khaden

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    • Lot176
    • OriginSouth Tibet
    • Dimensions164 x 77 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    Antique Tibetan carpets have only survived in small numbers. The example offered here, woven in the typical khaden format and presenting a design of archaic appearance – white flowers loosely scattered across the aubergine field surrounded by a meander border – is likely to be one of the oldest surviving pieces. The wide red fabric surround attached to the outer edges is a later addition. – Signs of age and wear.
    • Lot177
    • OriginNorth Afghanistan
    • Dimensions133 x 90 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    A rare, small-format pile-woven Uzbek rug, its red field divided into two halves by a vertical design bar. Each of the two halves contains two purple octagons and six stylised tree motifs. – Obvious signs of wear, low pile, the original finishes are missing all around.
  • Beni Ouarain Woman’s Cape

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    • Lot178
    • OriginMorocco, Central Atlas
    • Dimensions195 x 91 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR800
    The Beni Ouarain are a Berber tribe inhabiting the central Atlas Mountains. This textile, a woman’s cape, presents diverging designs on the front and back. The front displays a finely executed, small-pattern brocaded design of narrow, border-like horizontal stripes in earthy tones, while the back, decorated with long threads, appears like an animal fur. – Well preserved; two of the original fastening cords have survived.

    HULL, ALASTAIR & LUCZYC-WYHOWSKA, JOSE, Kilim. The Complete Guide. London 1993, no. 173

    • Lot179
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions267 x 122 cm
    • AgeDated 1292 AH = 1875 AD
    • Estimate EUR11,500
    In the midnight blue field, star-shaped blossoms in brilliant and diverse colours form a dense repeat, their sharply serrated outlines lending an eccentric appearance to the design. The green-ground border contains a kufi vine design drawn with great precision. A fine weave and closely cut pile of firm wool. – Very good condition, except for two stitched creases in the left-hand border section; original finishes all around.

    Bausback, Peter, Antike Meisterstücke orientalischer Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1975, p.147 *** Eder, Doris, Kaukasische Teppiche. Munich 1979, no. 253

  • Karachov Kazak

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    • Lot180
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions208 x 144 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR24,000
    This gorgeous green-ground Karachov Kazak was kept at Abbeyleix Castle in Ireland for a long time. Its brilliant clear colours and the characteristic knotting structure of antique Kazaks suggest a date ca. 1850. In the design, the four red triangles surrounding the central white octagon are striking; they have been conceived as plain spaces, unlike most Karachovs, where they contain small-pattern mosaics. The golden yellow main border contains a row of hooked diamonds, another rare design in Karachovs. – Original finishes all around, minimal signs of wear, one repaired area at the upper end, good overall condition.

    OAKLEY, PENNY, Oriental Carpets and Textiles. Catalogue of Bernheimer Fine Arts. London 1987, no. 13