Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Tekke Torba

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    • Lot21
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions41 x 104 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000
    This finely woven six-gül Tekke torba stands out on account of its structure of depressed warps, creating a slightly ribbed appearance on the reverse – a rare feature in Tekke weavings. The narrow elem at the lower end of the field is decorated with small tree forms, while small plants adorn the design band seen at the top. The centres of the primary güls have been knotted in ruby silk. – The sides have been cut and backed with a textile tape; the original kilim finish has survived and been folded back at the top. Several stains and areas of moth damage, otherwise well preserved.
    • Lot22
    • OriginWest Persia, Songhor region
    • Dimensions247 x 128 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    This antique Kurdish Kolyai rug from the surroundings of Songhor in West Persia is woven in glossy wool and patinated, harmonious colours. Made for home use, such items rarely come onto the market these days. Both the midnight blue field and the main border, also midnight blue, have been hermetically covered in blossoms and flowering plants. – Original upper finish and selvedges, somewhat reduced at the bottom. Some damage to the sides, heavy corrosion in the brown sections.
  • Baluch Balisht

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    • Lot23
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions85 x 44 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR440
    A tree design with five serrated flowers has been suggested in the narrow camel field; the red-ground border displays small stepped polygons. – No back, good condition.
    • Lot24
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions357 x 270 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    During the 19th century, many large-format carpets were woven in the villages located in the surroundings of Heriz. Their dating has been a matter of controversy among experts. Some scholars believe that their production did not begin until the late 19th century (e.g. Tschebull in a HALI article), while others ascribe earlier dates to Heriz carpets. In the absence of information from documentary sources, we are forced to rely on a critical comparison of styles to throw light on the matter of the carpets’ age. Based on these criteria, the generous composition as well as the massive and highly abstract geometric designs woven in light pastel shades would indicate that this Heriz is one of the earlier examples, possibly woven ca. 1870. – Uniformly low pile, both ends slightly reduced, original selvedges.
  • Kula Prayer Rug

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    • Lot25
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions180 x 123 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    Woven in mellow pastel shades and with a floral design in the Ottoman style, this antique prayer rug was made in the West Anatolian weaving centre of Kula towards the end of the 18th century; in the widest sense, it still belongs to the Transylvanian group. In the burgundy lower field section, two columns support a small triangular gable and two miniature gables suggested at the sides. In this design, the lamp suspended from the central arch on two chains has been reinterpreted as a stylised floral form. The white-ground section above the arcade is densely filled with diagonal flowers. The main border shows a double row of diagonal carnations, also on a white ground. Produced in large quantities, Kula prayer rugs were exported to all the countries of the Ottoman Empire as well as Europe. – Both ends somewhat reduced, the selvedges are largely original. Many old repiled sections and repairs.

    DIMAND, MAURICE S., The Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs in the City Art Museum of St. Louis. St. Louis 1935, pls. XLI and XLII

  • Kizil Bash Kilim

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    • Lot26
    • OriginNorth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions179 x 123 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    The provenance of this rare prayer kilim is the region between Erzerum and Bayburt in North East Anatolia. It is a weaving of the Kizil Bash tribe. In the green field surrounded by an outline of hooks, a geometric, stylised tree-of-life ending in a diamond at the top ascends towards the triangular arch, its tip crowned by a vase. In the light red section beneath the mihrab, small dotted diagonal bars form a dynamic, lively ascending design that probably expresses ideas of transitoriness. It seems likely that the kilim was woven for ritual purposes. The Kizil Bash are one of the pseudo-Islamic sects of north eastern Turkey. Nominally Shia followers, they retain strong ideas of Sufism and shamanism. – Original finishes all around. Very well preserved, except for one worn area at the bottom left and one tear in the border.
    • Lot27
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions336 x 113 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,500
    In the narrow blue-black field, seven shrubs, each interspersed with a row of three rosettes, combine to form an ascending tree design. The wide, brilliantly white main border of star-shaped blossoms, each with four diagonal arms bearing buds (crab border), is an eye-catcher. Rugs in this format, with compositions emphasising the border, were woven in various regions in the South East Caucasus; many Talish and Saliani examples are known. Judging by its knotting structure, palette and glossy wool, the provenance of our example is probably the Moghan region. – Minimally reduced ends, good overall condition.
  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot28
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions121 x 110 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    Remarkably finely woven, resulting in a precise drawing, this white-ground prayer rug with a delicate diamond lattice design stands out on account of its exceptional quality. It was evidently woven on commission. The wide, almost square format suggests a provenance in Daghestan. Small design details have been knotted in fuchsin-dyed yarn, providing an indication of the date: this early chemical dye was available as of ca. 1860, and there is general agreement that it was probably only used until ca. 1885. A very similar Daghestan was published by Herrmann in 1980. – Original finishes all around, very well preserved.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Konya bis Kokand. Seltene Orientteppiche 3. Munich 1980, no. 49

  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot29
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions218 x 146 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,800
    A classic Nurata Suzani embroidered in light glossy colours. A large flowering tree with golden yellow and peach blossoms outlined in red and royal blue serrated leaves constitutes the centre of the composition. Six further flowering trees embroidered in a different colour and decorated with circular flowers and palmettes, most of them in red, have been arranged around it. In this Suzani, the delicately drawn twigs decorated with ivy leaves are striking. – Good condition, backed with fabric.
  • Ersari Jollar

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    • Lot30
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions50 x 177 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    In this red-ground Ersari trapping, a box shape accentuates the centre of the field, flanked by abstract tree forms on both sides. – Very well preserved, original finishes all around.