Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
  • Turkmen Tent Band

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    • Lot61
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions1235 x 36 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,900
    The design of this beautiful Turkmen tent band (jolami) – mostly elongated tree forms as well as sections decorated with lattices – has been knotted on a warp-faced plainweave ground. As our knowledge of jolamis has increased, so has the uncertainty regarding their attribution to specific tribes. Since they all use the same technique, it is not possible to apply structural analysis as a means of identification. – The item has been cut horizontally in one place and rejoined, but it is likely that not much of the original length has been lost. Slight signs of age, damage to the sides and tears, good overall condition.
  • Qashqa’i

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    • Lot62
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions250 x 146 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR4,300
    This large rug by the Bolvardi tribe presents a Herati design on a dark blue field as well as three diamond medallions in red and green. The firm knotting structure indicates that the Bolvardi did not weave the rug for their own use, but produced it for sale in the bazaar or on commission. – Minimally reduced ends, good overall condition.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, no. 7 *** PAKZAD, MOHAMMED, Persische Knüpfkunst von Anbeginn bis Gegenwart. Hanover 1978, ill. 206, p. 281 *** MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 93

    • Lot63
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions208 x 132 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    This elegant carpet from one of the Tehran master workshops displays a carefully drawn repeat of overlapping diamonds and hexagons, with blossoms and palmettes at their intersections, as well as graceful flowering twigs that cover the red ground of the field. The white-ground border contains a lively vine decorated with arabesque leaves and palmettes. This finely woven example probably dates from the 1920s, the late phase of Tehran production. Later wages increased so sharply in the rapidly growing capital of the Iranian Empire that carpet manufacturers relocated elsewhere. – New overcasting along both sides, good overall condition.
  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot64
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions308 x 204 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    Large-format flatweaves of this kind are known as dragon sumakhs on account of their striking design of expansive ornaments derived from older workshop carpets. Woven in the East Caucasian region of Kuba, our example is characterised by massive angular ornaments and a light palette. – Signs of age, various old repairs. Worn areas, damaged and torn, especially in the upper right-hand quarter.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot65
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions336 x 224 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    Unusually wide, this blue-ground pillar rug depicts a huge golden yellow dragon surrounded by clouds, chasing the flaming pearl with its mouth wide open. A garland of pearls constitutes the finish of the upper end of the field, while the mountain and waves design that is obligatory in this type is seen at the bottom. The small white pearls represent the spray of the raging ocean. Such rugs were commissioned from the Ningxia workshops by West Chinese monasteries and woven to exact specifications. Their dimensions needed to correspond to the height and diameter of the respective pillars they were destined for (71 centimetres in this case). When used for its original purpose, the dragon’s body would have appeared like a closed shape winding around the pillar. – Two small holes; one missing section has been backed with fabric at the lower end. Several low spots in the pile, good overall condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL (publ.), Antique Chinese Carpets, Masterpieces from the Te-Chun Wang Collection. Basel 1978, nos. 7 and 8 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 7. Munich 1985, no. 92

  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Face

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    • Lot66
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Khamseh region
    • Dimensions64 x 64 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    This sumakh bag face by the Khamseh Shahsavan once formed part of a khorjin. A rectangular gül with a central star adorns the field, its outline accentuated by white cotton. It is enclosed in a blue octagon decorated with stars and hook shapes that takes up the entire surface. Judging by the mellow patinated colours and well drawn ornaments, this is evidently an early example. A comparative piece has been published by Wertime. – Good condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 6

  • Shahsavan Jijim

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    • Lot67
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions258 x 282 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,300
    This large kilim cover was woven by one of the Shahsavan tribal groups in the area surrounding Bijar and Mianeh. The abstract design consists of narrow stripes of alternating colours. The cover is very firmly woven and thus heavy. Tanavoli has illustrated a comparative piece. – Good condition.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 41

  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Half

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    • Lot68
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Hashtrud – Mianeh region
    • Dimensions49 x 38 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,150
    Woven in the reverse sumakh technique, this bag face once belonged to a small-format khorjin. A design of horizontal stripes containing serrated diamonds and large syrga motifs adorns the field. The fuchsin dye used for several design details provides an indication of the date. Tanavoli has published a complete double bag in the same group, ascribing it to the region between Mianeh and Hashtrud and interpreting the massive syrga motifs as dragon symbols. – Very good condition, brilliant colours.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 222

  • Shahsavan Sumakh Mafrash

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    • Lot69
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions50 x 109 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    A side panel of a mafrash by the Moghan Shahsavan, finely woven in the sumakh technique. Wertime has published a complete mafrash that is almost indistinguishable from our side panel in design and palette. – Very good condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 59

  • Reyhanli Kilim

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    • Lot70
    • OriginSouth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions182 x 106 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    A small, colourful kilim from South East Anatolia near the border with North Syria. A dense repeat of diamonds arranged in offset rows covers the white field. Elibelinde motifs divided in two by colour change are aligned in the wide brown-ground border, several of them accentuated by outlines woven in yarn of a different colour. – Original finishes all around, good condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 6. Munich 1984, no. 4