Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 29. November 2014 at 3 p.m.

263 Lots

Our 2014 autumn auction

The generational change has set in motion a restructuring phase in the art market. Many collections compiled over the course of decades are now being dissolved, none more so than carpet collections. Heirs often feel no affinity with oriental carpets collected by their parents or grandparents and decide to sell them. Experienced older collectors frequently put up their treasures for auction during their lifetimes so as to have a hand in the proceedings themselves. This means that very good objects are returning to the market. Our autumn auction offers numerous examples of this trend.

Most of the fifteen Suzanis included in our A 85 sale have been consigned from the UK. The collector purchased them from leading rug dealers and is now selling them for reasons of age. – An elderly lady from northern Italy with many years of collecting experience has consigned forty-five carpets and textiles, instructing us to apply very moderate guide prices to ensure that preferably all her pieces will find new owners. We have indicated the provenance of this particular collection (Signora Gallo Collection). – Most of the Anatolian kilims are from two private collections. A Palatinate manufacturer was deeply involved in kilims for thirty years, but his children pursue other interests. A Swiss architect discovered his love of Anatolian kilims during many years of living in oriental countries. One of the greatest experts on Islamic architecture, he restored Islamic old towns on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation and came into close contact with oriental textiles during his work. – Since the re-establishment of our company in 1987, Rippon Boswell has been able to successfully auction many rare and valuable Turkmen rugs. A particular highlight of this sale is the Eagle Group I carpet showing a stripe design which has been consigned from the USA.

The items offered at this sale also include several European pieces. The five cushion covers dating from the late Renaissance period were woven in northern German workshops run by Dutch emigrants and are truly lucky finds. The UK consignor purchased them from the famous C. John company in London a long time ago. Moreover, we are pleased to offer two modern French pictorial weavings. Woven ca. 1950 in the tapestry technique, the “Le Tarasque” Aubusson tapestry is based on a design by Jean Lurçat. The Picasso pile rug “Le Vase” was woven at Marie Cutolli’s Paris studio to an original design by Pablo Picasso in 1960.

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  • Three Monastir Yastiks

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    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth Eastern Europe, Macedonia
    • Dimensionsdiverse
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,450
    Yastik is the Turkish word for a pile- or flatwoven cushion cover. These three cushion faces (the backs have not survived) belong to the Monastir group and were made in Macedonia. In palette and technique they are largely consistent, being slit tapestry weavings embellished with narrow brocaded dividing bands. Example A has an open sand-coloured field and red lateral panels decorated with large diamonds. The two other examples show field designs of horizontal stripes. The elems are a typical feature of Monastir yastiks. – The Turkish group who made the three items in the 19th century lived in Macedonia for a long period, but in 1923, after the end of the Greco-Turkish war, they were forced to emigrate to Anatolia as part of a major resettling programme.- Good condition.

    PLÖTZE, KARL-MICHAEL, Welt der Kelims. Barsinghausen 2001, nos. 48 and 48 a *** WILLBORG, PETER, & ALBERTSON, INGEMAR, Woven Magic. A Book About Kilims. Stockholm 1992, nos. 7 and 8

  • Azeri Khorjin

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    • Lot2
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions115 x 45 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    A complete Azeri double bag. The faces and connecting panel are brocaded with a design of offset diamonds, the back is decorated with red, brown and blue horizontal stripes. – Good condition.
  • Sivas Prayer Rug

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    • Lot3
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions155 x 105 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    This rare Sivas prayer rug displays the border of six narrow stripes containing floral vines and amulets that is typical of the region. In the green field, a cochineal mihrab with a steeply stepped arch, its inner sides decorated with blue double hooks, encloses three hooked diamonds. – Restored lower finish, several repiled sections. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot4
    • OriginCentral Asia, East Turkestan
    • Dimensions353 x 190 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,400
    A large, blue-ground Khotan of the three-medallion type with an extremely wide four-band border. The high proportion of purple-red sections, some of them faded, provides an indication of the date. – Slight signs of age and wear, moth damage and corroded brown in places. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection

    COHEN, GUISEPPE, Il Fascino del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1968, pl. CIII

    • Lot5
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions160 x 121 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,800
    A blue-ground Perepedil presenting a wide border section and the design of vurma motifs that is typical of the provenance. – Both ends minimally reduced, otherwise in good condition.
  • Gansu Silk Rug

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    • Lot6
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions261 x 148 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,700
    This silk rug in the kang format is probably a product of one of the workshops of Gansu, a Western Chinese province situated in the extreme north of the Empire bordering on Xinjiang (East Turkestan). Originally ochre in colour, the ground of the field is completely corroded. A box-shaped central medallion depicting a front view of a dragon is superimposed on a symmetrically conceived basic design of blossoms and leaves. – Obvious signs of age and wear, old repiled sections. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
  • Zakatale Yatak

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    • Lot7
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions190 x 135
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,700
    Very coarsely woven, with many wefts inserted between the row of knots, this high-pile rug displays a design of archaic appearance consisting of only a few large shapes. Made in the Zakatale region situated in the extreme north of what is now Azerbaijan, it probably served as a sleeping rug (yatak). – Original finishes all around, somewhat damaged at the lower end where it has been secured with a fabric backing. Several tears, small holes and repairs. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot8
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions190 x 105 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,300
    In the narrow midnight-blue field, four Lesghi star devices are embedded in a wealth of smaller ornaments. The wide border section includes a white-ground main border decorated with star-shaped flowers. – Both ends minimally reduced, new overcasting along the sides. Good overall condition. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot9
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions295 x 130 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,400
    Eight small Lesghi stars aligned along the central axis of the burgundy field are symmetrically surrounded by star-filled octagons, flowers and white mythological animals in the style of Perepedil rugs. The brown-ground main border shows a white kufi vine design. – Several small rewoven sections, good overall condition. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
  • Azeri Kilim

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    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions204 x 167 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,300
    Woven in a single panel, this kilim with a design of horizontal stripes is probably a weaving by the Azeri group. – Very good condition, the long braided warp ends have been preserved at both ends. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection