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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

257 Lots
    • Lot81
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions495 x 141 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    Narrow and unusually long, this Beshir rug was probably used in one of the houses of the tribe’s winter quarters. Alternatively, it may have been produced on commission for a wealthy merchant in one of the oasis towns. The dark blue field displays a repeat of horizontal rows of large güls resembling ornamental plates, here deeply serrated to form sharp points, with offset rows of smaller diamonds placed between them. The fine vertical lines represent the chains to which Turkmen ornamental plates were attached. A rare and early example woven in beautiful colours. – Obvious signs of age and wear, low pile, several repairs and holes. New overcasting along the sides, somewhat reduced at the bottom.

    Literature:
    LEFEVRE, JEAN & PARTNERS, Central Asian Carpets. London 1976, no. 19 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, pl. p. 193

  • Two Yomut Ok Bash

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    • Lot82
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensionsa = 68 x 62 cm, b = 68 x 58 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,100
    Two Yomut tent pole bags that have been opened, i.e. unstitched along the sides, decorated with the characteristic design of diagonal serrated leaves. As identical as twins, the two items were produced as a pair. Known as ok bash, the containers were pulled over the ends of tent poles when tied together and loaded onto camels. They prevented the bundles of poles from coming apart, reducing the danger of injury for both people and animals. – Very good condition.
    • Lot83
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions358 x 191 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A large Ersari with a brick-red field presenting a repeat of geometric, stylised fan palmettes arranged in rows, alternating with stylised botehs resembling bottle shapes. Large-format Ersari carpets of this kind were used in the houses of the winter quarters or offered for sale in the bazaars of the oasis towns. – Obvious signs of age and wear, creases, holes, moth damage.
  • Tekke Torba

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    • Lot84
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions40 x 120 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    An antique Tekke torba with a design of six large primary güls and chemche secondary motifs, as well as a border of kochak hooks. – Cut vertically along the centre and rejoined, somewhat reduced at the upper and lower ends, damaged sides.
    • Lot85
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions265 x 130 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    Finely woven from velvety wool, with a flexible handle and rich, luminous colours, this Ersari showing a vertical stripe design on an aubergine ground is probably one of the oldest weavings of the tribe. The sharply serrated or dotted outlines of most of the ornaments are a striking stylistic feature. – Obvious signs of age and wear, the pile is very low in places.

    Literature:
    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 92

  • Tashkent Suzani

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    • Lot86
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions238 x 179 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    As is typical of Tashkent Suzanis, large sections of the ground have been left unembroidered, making the designs stand out in an especially striking way. Four diagonal flowering trees branch off from a violet-red circular flower placed at the centre of the field. The four corners of the wide main border are each accentuated by a circular flower, with small, widely spaced flowering trees aligned either horizontally or diagonally placed between them. – Signs of age and wear, many stains, torn in places, two damaged corners. Not backed with fabric; the damaged sections have been stabilised with adhesive tape on the reverse.

    Literature:
    VOK, IGNAZIO (publ.), Suzani 2. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. Munich 2006, no. 55 *** KALTER, JOHANNES & PALALOI, MARGARETA, Usbekistan. Erben der Seidenstraße. Stuttgart 1995, ill. 550

  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot87
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions234 x 145 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This Nurata Suzani has large, diagonal flowering trees placed into the corners. Unlike the usual style, however, the centre of the field has not been accentuated by a central motif; instead it contains flowering trees and long panicles arranged side by side or offset against one another. All the ornaments of the field design are small and delicate. Fourteen miniature birds have been distributed across the field. In the border of circular flowers and palmettes linked by an elongated vine of green lancet leaves, the larger scale of the designs is striking. – Two damaged corners, various tears and holes, backed with fabric.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Susani. Stickereien aus Mittelasien. Mannheim 1981, pl. p. 29 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. Munich 1994, no. 20

  • Pskent Suzani

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    • Lot88
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions246 x 210 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,700
    This large Suzani composed of six panels was made in Pskent, a city in the north east of Uzkebistan that once belonged to the Emirate of Kokand. The embroidery covers the ground completely. Characteristic of the provenance, the design is known as “paliak” (moon). It consists of violet-red circular flowers of varying sizes, either undecorated or enclosing crosses, stars or concentric circles. The pivotal element of the composition is the central circular flower enclosing a large sun design and surrounded by a square. This Pskent Suzani appears lighter than comparable examples on account of the high proportion of golden yellow and peach sections. – Good condition, not backed with fabric.

    Literature:
    YIGAL, YANAI, Suzani. Central Asian Embroideries. Tel Aviv 1986, fig. 25, p. 36

    • Lot89
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions235 x 115 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    A Talish with a red met hane field, its inner sides decorated with a thin blue serrated band. The wide, grass-green main border shows the design of large rosettes interspersed with pairs of squares that is typical of the provenance. In the white-ground secondary borders, small squares, each decorated with a hook, are linked by thin, black-brown lines; possibly they are representations of highly abstract birds. Judging by its confident division of space and first-rate colours, this Talish is likely to be one of the oldest surviving examples of its group. It is comparable to a Talish in the Burns Collection (published by Eiland). – The original finishes have been preserved all around; several restored areas, signs of wear and low spots in the pile.

    Literature:
    EILAND, MURRAY (ed.), Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections. San Francisco 1990, no. 214 b.

  • Shusha Karabagh Kelleh

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    • Lot90
    • OriginSouth Caucasus
    • Dimensions600 x 230 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR17,500
    This very large kelleh displays a Harshang repeat of huge palmettes with jagged outlines in brilliant and diverse colours on a midnight blue field, complemented by rosettes, swirling motifs, shrubs and many different types of flower. During the 19th century, the Shusha workshops specialised in the production of such weavings, which were often exported to the Czarist Empire. – Both sides have been cut and the cords replaced. Both ends somewhat reduced and torn in places. Several old repairs and inserted sections.

    Literature:
    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, vol. 1, folio XII