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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    • Lot109
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions215 x 138 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,900
    In this rare Konya village rug, a re-entrant design has been suggested in blue lines on the red field. The central axis is accentuated by a light green pole motif. The striking main border contains a geometric stylised floral vine. – Original finishes with remains of the kilims at both ends. Uniformly low pile, the corroded brown pile sections have been partially rewoven. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
  • The Kalman Tekke Khalyk

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    • Lot110
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions72 x 52 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    Known as khalyks, most of the surviving small-format knotted trappings of this kind were woven by the Tekke tribe. Almost all them are red in ground colour. Common features shared by all khalyks are their U-shape including vertical arms, a lower triangular flap and a fringe, originally present in every example. They differ widely in terms of ornamentation. – During the wedding procession, a khalyk was attached to the small door of the veiled bridal litter and apparently not used once the ceremony was over, but preserved by the family as a textile treasure. The number of surviving khalyks is low; some 70 examples are known. The rarity and beauty of khalyks as well as their appreciation as cult objects of highly symbolic significance among the Turkmen, have made these miniature rugs coveted collector’s pieces. – Formerly in the collection of the Canadian architect Thomas Kalman, this khalyk was sold by us in May 1996 and is now being resold by the then purchaser. It is one of the rare white-ground examples. Displaying a curled leaf design and a crescent border, this khalyk appears like a miniature version of a kapunuk. A further white-ground example, the Bailey Khalyk, was sold by us in May 2014. A third white-ground example has been published by Eskenazi. – Very well preserved, original sides all around; the fringe is almost complete.

    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, ill. 409 and pl. XXV = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 84, 31st May 2014, # 127 *** ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L'Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 19

    RIPPON BOSWELL, auction A 44, 11th May 1996, lot 59

  • Mushwani Baluch

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    • Lot111
    • OriginNorth West Afghanistan
    • Dimensions171 x 103 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Baluch rugs presenting this bold design of concentric hexagons filled with diagonal hooked vines and nested diamonds with serrated outlines are ascribed to the Mushwani tribe. Two white-ground diamonds aligned on the central axis catch the eye, imbuing the dense hermetic composition with a sense of tranquillity and neatness. – Good condition, original end and side finishes, excellent pile wool and colours.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs. Nomadic and Village Weavings from the Near East and Central Asia. Portland 1992, no. 13.21, pl. p. 241

  • Kordi Kelleh

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    • Lot112
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions367 x 156 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    A red-ground kelleh by the Khorasan Kurds. A large box shape and four stepped polygons aligned on the central axis at the centre of the field are surrounded by star-filled stepped polygons and flowers; a horizontal bar of three star-shaped blossoms is seen at each end of the field. The main border displays striking reciprocal trefoils in red and white. – In "Kordi", Stanzer illustrates an analogous example which he purchased in the Meshed bazaar. According to the information provided by the local rug dealers, his rug was woven by Kurds in Darreh Gaz in the north of Khorasan. – Somewhat low pile, two stitched creases, two inserted sections, reduced ends.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Vienna 1988, pp. 70 f.

  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot113
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions270 x 140 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    The field design of wide horizontal stripes in diverse colours containing comb motifs is part of the standard repertoire of Luri and Qashqa’i kilims. The comparatively dense weave and specific palette suggest that the kilim was woven by one of the Qashqa’i tribal groups. The border design of plain midnight blue horizontal bars that appear like piano keys is a rare feature. – Very good condition, including the original finishes all around and the braided warp ends.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, The Undiscovered Kilim. London 1977, no. 46

  • Shahsavan Mafrash

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    • Lot114
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions36 x 105 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    A complete cargo bag (mafrash) by the Khamseh Shahsavan woven in the sumakh technique. The design of surrounding horizontal stripes includes large hooked diamonds in the wide central band. The lower corners are decorated with red tufts of wool. – Slight signs of age and wear.
  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot115
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions250 x 150 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A white-ground Qashqa’i kilim with a memorable graphic repeat of plain-coloured serrated polygons arranged into steep colour diagonals and interspersed with small solid crosses. Light and brilliant colours. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition.
    • Lot116
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions205 x 120 cm
    • AgeDated 1279 AH = 1863 AD
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    This knotted rug by the Shahsavan of the Moghan region displays a very rare design of geometric stylised palmettes, each enclosing an “S”-figure. The palmettes are arranged into steep colour diagonals and stand out very clearly from the earth brown, partially corroded ground. The angular drawing style of the motifs indicates that the design derives from kilim models. – Some of the brown sections have been repiled; good condition.
  • Rollakan Täcke

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    • Lot117
    • OriginSouthern Sweden, Skåne
    • Dimensions168 x 124 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,800
    Composed of two panels, this beautiful flatweave in the rollakan technique is a bröllops täcke, i.e. a bedspread for a bridal couple. Its provenance is the Gärds or Villand district of north eastern Skåne. Small male and female figures, drawn in detail in their traditional costumes, have been inserted into the design and distributed across the entire surface of the field. Very finely woven in clear and brilliant colours, this is a masterpiece of Swedish folk art. – Very good condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, p. 17 *** WILLBORG, PETER, Skånsk Allmogevävnad 1700-1850. Stockholm 1989, no. 42 *** HANSEN, VIVEKA, Swedish Textile Art. Traditional Marriage Weavings From Scania. The Kha

  • Khamseh Bag Face

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    • Lot118
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions56 x 64 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR750
    A bag face by the Bassiri tribe. A hexagonal white-ground medallion with attached pendants lies at the centre of the dark blue field which is densely filled with large red poppy blossoms and pomegranates. The design appears to have been chiefly used by the Bassiri. It occurs in combination with a number of different border solutions (see examples in literature). – Cut and newly overcast sides, somewhat reduced at the top and bottom.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, no. 38 *** REINISCH, HELMUT, Satteltaschen. Graz 1985 (Dr. Gerhard Käbisch Collection), no. 43 *** COLLINS, JOHN J., Persian Piled