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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    • Lot139
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions390 x 260 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    The design, palette and drawing style of this old Tabriz are influenced by East Persian models. The Tabriz workshops were set up for the execution of a great variety of commissions, and were able to meet almost all requests from clients. – Slight signs of wear in the pile, new overcasting along the sides. Good overall condition. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot140
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions208 x 120 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,600
    This antique Kerman workshop carpet displays a garden design drawn in the town’s elegant style. The yellow-ground field contains a repeat of slim blue cypresses arranged into offset rows, surrounded by a dense garden design of flowering branches and shrubs on which many birds are perched. – Replaced selvedges, both ends minimally reduced. Uniformly low pile. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection

    ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L'Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1983, no. 237

  • Arraiolos Rug

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    • Lot141
    • OriginSouthern Europe, Portugal
    • Dimensions404 x 170 cm
    • Age17th century
    • Estimate EUR18,000
    From the 17th century or earlier, the small town of Arraiolos in southern Portugal produced embroidered rugs whose designs often hark back to oriental models. The originals were well-known in Portugal because the merchants of that great seafaring nation travelled all over the Orient and brought back carpets. The complex repeat of cloudbands, arabesques, sickle leaves, palmettes, rosettes and many small flowers is drawn in the slightly angular style of Tabriz carpets and executed in discreet colours. Composed of two wide and two narrow panels, this very rare example probably dates as early as the 17th century. Viewed from the front, the embroidery of opposed lines appears like a sumakh weaving. – Fully preserved, many restored sections.
  • Kermina Suzani

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    • Lot142
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions243 x 165 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR11,000
    Delicate spiralling vines decorated with circular and fan-shaped blossoms traverse the field of this elegant Kermina Suzani, appearing almost weightless. Brilliant colours (purple, orange, rose, azure) and silk of a metallic lustre. – Small restored areas. Backed with canvas.

    GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. New York 2003, no. 20

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot143
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions239 x 192 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,500
    In this extraordinary Suzani, the sea-green ground weave creates an appearance quite unlike white-ground Suzanis, despite the familiar design. The field displays a diamond lattice of diagonal twigs running in straight lines. Two complete cruciform floral clusters constitute the centre of the composition while six further cruciform floral clusters are cut by the border. The twelve large circular blossoms in the wide main border assume a fascinating intensity of colour against the green background, appearing all the more conspicuous because the vines resembling creepers, drawn in a two-dimensional style and all of them embroidered in blues and greens, barely stand out from the ground. This exotic Suzani resembling a polychrome wallpaper is dominated by its splendid colours (poppy red, pink, purple, rose, ochre, yellow and several shades of blue) while the graphic aspects recede into the background. – Well preserved, no fabric backing. The inner sides of the edges are backed with an old ikat fabric.
  • North West Persian Kelleh

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    • Lot144
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions572 x 178 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR70,000

    The midnight blue field displays a spaciously conceived Harshang floral design of impressively large palmettes, rosettes and diagonal cartouches, each decorated with four arabesque leaves. The design of the red-ground main border – palmettes and rosettes framed by sickle leaves – is drawn in the same vibrant style. Woven in the kelleh format of classical 16th and 17th century Persian workshop carpets, this North West Persian floral carpet is one of the most beautiful surviving examples of its kind. The colours and materials employed are of the highest quality. A comparative piece, formerly owned by Joseph McMullan, is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, New York.

    The carpet was sold by us in 1990 and 1998, and then again by Christie’s in London in 2003. In its "Auction Report", the specialist HALI magazine commented as follows: "A splendid northwest Persian Harshang design carpet ... It was in excellent condition and had wonderful colour, including a triple abrash in the elegant main border from pale green-blue to pale blue to royal blue. One of the most impressive examples of its kind we have seen." (HALI 55, p. 163). – Very well preserved, only minor restored areas. The ends have been backed with a fabric tape.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, no. 27

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 32, 10/11/1990, # 174 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 50, 21st November 1998, # 193 *** CHRISTIE'S London, Auction of 16th October 2003, # 71

  • Karapinar Kilim

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    • Lot145
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions447 x 157 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    Firmly woven in a single panel, this kilim is from one of the villages of the Karapinar region. It was produced without borders. The white-ground field is divided into four sections containing huge nested serrated diamonds that fill the format. The segments are separated by horizontal stripes. Two Karapinar kilims that compare well have been published by Balpinar & Hirsch and Petsopoulos respectively. Frauenknecht has published an especially early fragment belonging to the same group. – Good condition.

    BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 6 *** PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, 100 Kelims. Meisterwerke aus Anatolien. Munich 1991, no. 41 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Frühe türkische Tapisserien. Nuremberg 1984, pl. 45

  • Sumakh Horse Cover

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    • Lot146
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions180 x 135 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    Woven partly in the sumakh and partly in the brocading technique, this horse cover from Russian Azerbaijan is a weaving either by the Azeri or by one of the Shahsavan tribal groups. The lower white-ground section of the cover which was placed on the horse’s back shows typical Shahsavan designs, while a horizontal band at the upper end and the left-hand chest tab are decorated with diamonds on a red ground, a familiar design of Azeri covers. The right-hand chest tab repeats some of the motifs of the field. A rare collector’s item. – Very good condition.
  • Mujur Prayer Rug

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    • Lot147
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions170 x 125 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,350
    Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile. Minimally reduced ends, original selvedges. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot148
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions232 x 100 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A seemingly archaic shepherd’s rug from Central Anatolia. Its appearance is dominated by the wide horizontal stripes woven in wefts of different colour, while the few coarsely knotted sections – three rectangles with a long fur-like pile – recede into the background. – Signs of age and wear.