Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Bakhtiari Shalamzar

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    • Lot51
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions193 x 124 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    Very finely knotted, this Shalamzar Bakhtiari reproduces a traditional Farahan design from the West Persian region of Arak with surprising precision. It is virtually indistinguishable from its model. Minor stylistic deviations and differences in knotting structure are decisive in identifying its provenance. – Original finishes all around, slight signs of wear in the pile.
  • Karapinar Kilim Saf

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    • Lot52
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions206 x 131 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR17,000
    Conceived for horizontal display, this kilim has three large, house-like mihrabs with wide gabled roofs arranged side by side in the white field. In terms of type, this ritual kilim is a multiple prayer rug (saf in Turkish); however, it has not been established whether it has actually been used for that purpose. In his book on the Vok Collection, Hirsch writes that he saw such kilims hung on walls in the village of Divle (near Karapinar). A comparison with other kilims in the group shows that our example, with finely executed design details and vibrant colours, evidently is one of the oldest. The remnants of a red-brown edge preserved at both ends confirm that this three-niche kilim is complete. Other Karapinar safs, for instance the item published by Bausback, contain a larger number of niches. – Signs of age and several missing sections, but as the piece has been professionally mounted these do not detract from its overall appearance.

    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Anatolia. Kilims und andere Flachgewebe aus Anatolien. (Text: Udo Hirsch) Munich 1997, no. 28 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Anatolische Kelims. Nürnberg 1982, ill. 20 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 1 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Frühe türkische Tapisserien. Nürnberg 1984, no. 42 *** DAVIES, PETER, The Tribal Eye. Antique Kilims of Anatolia. New York 1993, pl. 37 *** BAUSBACK, FRANZ (publ.), Sammlung Franz Bausback. Mannheim 2000, pl. p. 77

  • Erzerum Kilim

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    • Lot53
    • OriginNorth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions161 x 118 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    In this antique Erzerum kilim, three steep gables supported by columns are surrounded by a wide carnation border. Many details have been brocaded in silver wire or woven in silk or cotton yarn. A related niche kilim was purchased by the London Victoria and Albert Museum as early as 1899 (no. 276 - 1899, published by Petsopoulos); a further example is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York; and a third kilim in this rare group was sold by us in November 2012. – The original selvedges have been preserved; slight signs of age and wear as well as restored sections.

    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Ein Handbuch. Munich 1980, no. 71 *** DIMAND, MAURICE S. & MAILEY, JEAN, Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. New York 1973, p. 217, no. 147 *** RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, A 81, 24/11/2012, # 205

  • Saltillo Serape

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    • Lot54
    • OriginNorth Mexico
    • Dimensions229 x 121 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    An extremely finely woven blanket of soft and supple wool, produced in two panels and joined at the centre. Vertical stripes with stepped serrated outlines run across the field in a dynamic zig-zag design. A huge medallion of concentric diamonds with jagged outlines dominates the centre of the field, its lateral points extending below the narrow, single-band border of tiny diamonds that form a dense diagonal grid. The very vibrant colours include a high proportion of cochineal. – Known as “Saltillo serapes”, such textiles were woven for the Spanish upper class in northern Mexico. A true mounted “caballero” wore his serape over his shoulder like a wide sash, enabling him to use it as a blanket providing warmth at night or to carry it, rolled up, behind his saddle. Three comparable Saltillo serapes are in the Alberto Ulrich Collection, New York (published in HALI). – A missing section near one corner, the three other corners are slightly damaged. Several tears, minor holes and old repairs. Remains of the original braided warp ends have been preserved at one end. Backed with red fabric.

    COLBURN, KATHRIN, The Saltillo Serape. In: HALI 79, London 1995, nos. 3, 5 and 8

    • Lot55
    • OriginNorth West China
    • Dimensions320 x 209 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR26,000
    The province of Kansu extends from Central China to the far north west bordering on Inner Mongolia and East Turkestan. As the designs of Kansu rugs often resemble those of the carpets from East Turkestan, it is assumed that they were woven in this northern region. In this Kansu, the red field is densely covered in flowering shrubs. A vase is depicted at both the upper and lower ends of the field. Four large butterflies have been arranged round the central disc medallion. Examples comparable to our piece in terms of design layout, style and ornamentation are a Kansu in the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City (published by König), a Kansu in the Röhss Museum of Gothenburg (published by Larsson) and three pieces published by Lee Yu-kuan (somewhat optimistically dated to the 12th century). – Very well preserved, original finishes all around, a high pile.

    KÖNIG, HANS, Gansu. In HALI 138, London 2005, p. 60, no. 17 *** LARSSON JR., LENNART, Carpets from China, Xinjiang & Tibet. London 1988, no. 141 *** LEE YU-KUAN, Art Rugs from Silk route and Great Wall areas. Tokyo 1980, pls. 50 to 52

  • Chinese Kesi Fragment

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    • Lot56
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions100 x 52 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR1,400
    Fragment of a Chinese silk kilim woven in the kesi technique. The blue field depicts a five-clawed golden dragon which is chasing the flaming pearl, surrounded by clouds. The traditional mountain-and-waves design is seen in the lower section of the field. The fragment may have been part of a robe. The silk brocade frame sewn onto the outer edge is a 19th century addition. – Mounted and framed under glass.
  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot57
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions236 x 150 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,300
    In the field of this Bokhara Suzani, circular and fan-shaped blossoms, lancet leaves and many small flowers have been arranged in a dense surface design surrounding a central floral star. The structure of the composition is created by delicately drawn green leaves that frame the motifs or groups of motifs. The designs of the main border are larger and more spaciously arranged. Faded to yellow, the heavily patinated cotton ground and the warm colours of the design suggest a rather early date. – Signs of age and wear, several holes and tears. The original fabric backing and ikat bands along the sides have been preserved.
  • Shahsavan Sumakh Khorjin

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    • Lot58
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Hashtrud region
    • Dimensions123 x 47 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    A complete double bag by the Hashtrud Shahsavan woven in the reverse sumakh technique. The faces display a hexagonal lattice design enclosing small stepped polygons in changing colour combinations. The narrow white-ground border contains interlinked hexagons enclosing ‘S’-forms. The wide brown-ground connecting panel is decorated with offset rows of polychrome stepped polygons. The kilim back is decorated with dark brown and sandy yellow horizontal stripes. A rare piece of excellent quality exhibiting a rich range of colours. Several design details have been woven in cotton yarn. – Very good condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1982, pl. p. 76 *** WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, nos. 52 and 92

    • Lot59
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions136 x 85 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    A small, white-ground Daghestan with a diamond lattice design enclosing large palmettes arranged in offset rows. In the light blue main border, hooked diamonds alternate with cross motifs and designs resembling butterflies. Beautiful patinated colours, glossy wool. – Good condition, including the original blue selvedges and the original end finishes, slight signs of age. One section has been repiled at the bottom left of the border; both lower corners have been restored.
  • Chodor Main Carpet

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    • Lot60
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions380 x 226 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This large Chodor main carpet is impressive on account of the perfection of its craftsmanship. It was probably woven in one of the tribal workshops. The carefully drawn design presenting 100 tauk nuska primary güls interspersed with stepped polygons stands out boldly from the aubergine ground of the field. Each end has a wide elem of five horizontal stripes decorated with ashik motifs. – Original sides, original upper and lower finishes. Both right-hand corners are damaged. Two inserted sections, several minor repairs. Slight signs of wear in the pile, several creases.

    HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Turkmenische Teppiche in Franken. Edinburgh 1980, no. 7