Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Arabachi Chuval

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    • Lot31
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions69 x 152 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,000
    An Arabachi tent bag presenting three large, complete primary güls as well as six that are halved by the border. Interspersed between them are the typical Arabachi secondary motifs seen in chuvals of this kind – octagons filled with a star and decorated with four dark green arms. Excellent colours and a glossy pile. Comparable pieces are the Ballard chuval, now in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an example published by Herrmann. – Reduced all around, the sides have been backed with fabric, slight signs of wear, the back is missing.

    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington D.C. 1980, no. 54 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 7. Munich 1985, no. 76

  • Chinese Rug

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    • Lot32
    • OriginNorth East China
    • Dimensions309 x 371 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    Judging by the format – slightly wider than it is long – this Chinese rug was probably woven on commission to suit a particular room. A disc medallion has been placed at the centre of the open blue field, while huge, highly stylised bats aligned diagonally towards the centre adorn the corners. A white-ground swastika meander border surrounds the field. We are no longer able to establish with certainty where the workshop was located, whether in Beijing or further north in Suiyuan province. – Very good condition.
    • Lot33
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions276 x 184 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    A large floral disc medallion lies at the centre of a sand-coloured field densely patterned in small diagonal diamonds and squares (grain-of-rice design); vines bearing peony flowers adorn the spandrels. The inner border displays a perspective view of a meandering vine; the main border contains flowering twigs. – Original sides. Damage to the upper and lower finishes, which have been backed with fabric. Thin spots in the pile, signs of age and wear.
  • Kashmir Shawl

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    • Lot34
    • OriginNorth West India
    • Dimensions320 x 140 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This gorgeous Kaschmir shawl of extremely fine weave was made in sections that were later joined. Two panels at the ends of the field, each divided into three arched compartments, are filled with a dense design of slender palm trees, palmettes and botehs. A central box-shaped block divided into four squares by colour change contains motifs that have been aligned diagonally. The colours, the style of drawing and the characteristic harlequin shawl ends suggest that the item probably dates ca. 1845 to 1850. – Several minor holes and tears, good overall condition.

    LÉVI-STRAUSS, MONIQUE, The Cashmere Shawl. Milan 1987, pl. p. 113

  • Arraiolos Embroidered Tapestry

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    • Lot35
    • OriginSouthern Europe, Portugal
    • Dimensions209 x 109 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    For centuries, tapestries were embroidered in a particular technique in the southern Portuguese town of Arraiolos, situated in the Alentejo region near Evora. Often they were produced as commissions for the aristocracy, rich citizens or church dignitaries. These beautiful embroideries used to adorn the walls of stately homes or served as tablecloths and bedcovers. In our 18th century example, many animals are grouped around a box-shaped central medallion in the ochre field. Large birds form a design band in the black-ground border. – Signs of age and wear, various restored areas.

    DE OLIVEIRA, F. BAPTISTA, História e Técnica dos Tapetes de Arraiolos. Lissabon 1983, fig. 95

    • Lot36
    • OriginNorth India
    • Dimensions460 x 364 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR25,000
    A large Agra workshop carpet with a grey-green ground; the field shows a design of large white diamonds and shield shapes in an offset arrangement as well as huge palmettes, serrated leaves and smaller flowers. In the white-ground main border, fan-shaped and circular palmettes are linked by a thin angular vine. The wide spacing of the designs is striking, creating a distinct contrast between the border and the dense field design. Ultimately, both the composition and the individual designs derive from 17th century Kerman rugs, but in this example they have been translated into the typical Agra style. – Remnants of the original, tied-off warps have survived at both ends; new overcasting along the sides. Good overall condition.
  • Fachralo Kazak

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    • Lot37
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions275 x 198 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    In this Fachralo Kazak, the red field containing two cartouche medallions outlined in white is smaller than in comparable examples of the same group. The wide, three-band border section is rather dominant, not least because of the large proportion of white areas. – Original finishes all around, the lower right-hand corner has been restored. Very good overall condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1977, pl. p. 33

  • Shahsavan Long Rug

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    • Lot38
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions374 x 82 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,300
    In terms of colour and on account of its wide edge, this long rug with a camel field appears like a Sarab at first glance. However, the field design of six box shapes interspersed with smaller octagons and the many representations of animals reveal that this is a weaving by one of the Shahsavan tribes inhabiting the Sarab region. – Restored sections at the sides, somewhat reduced ends, low spots in the pile.
    • Lot39
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions244 x 119 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000
    The field is covered in wide diagonal stripes in white, red, green and light blue containing large, angular botehs, alternating with narrow borders of small plants that have been used as dividing bands. This popular design is also encountered in Kazak and Genje rugs. – Signs of age and wear, the pile has worn away in places. Both ends somewhat reduced; the original selvedges have survived, but are repaired in places.
  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot40
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions217 x 137 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    An antique Qashqa’i kilim presenting an abstract tile design in light patinated colours. A lattice of stepped lines covers the entire field like a net. In this piece, the diagonal colour scheme of the diamonds frequently seen in this type has not been stricly adhered to, lending the kilim its special appeal. One of the diamonds has been accentuated by a blue cross. – Slight signs of wear, new overcasting along the sides in places, good overall condition.

    AMPE, PATRICK & RIE, Textile Art. A personal choice (Kailash Gallery). Antwerp 1994, no. 8