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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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  • Sauj Bulag

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    • Lot21
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions202 x 149 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    The sandy yellow field shows a rural version of a Harshang floral design. The weaver began a design of four large cartouches in the wide lower horizontal band of the main border, but then decided to change to a far narrower border of rosettes when she realised that she would otherwise be unable to execute the field design in the traditional size she was familiar with. – Slight signs of age and wear, several small repairs.
  • Lakai Suzani

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    • Lot22
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions307 x 217 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,500
    The Lakai tribes inhabiting the surroundings of Bokhara produced Suzanis very different designs. Aside from their style of drawing, one of the distinctive features of their work is their use not only of silk, but also of poppy red wool as embroidery material. In this Suzani, a narrow panel containing a circular blossom and two trees constitutes the field. The extremely wide border section shows eight further circular blossoms as well as large diagonal twigs decorated with flowers and botehs. The open composition is more typical of Samarkand Suzanis, but the "Chinese" style of the vines surrounding the circular blossoms is a typical feature of Lakai pieces. – Small holes and several repaired sections, backed with fabric.
  • Silk Kashan

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    • Lot23
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions200 x 128 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    This very finely woven silk rug was produced in one of the Kashan master workshops. The rare royal blue of the ground is a striking feature. An ogival central medallion with attached pendants, densely filled with flowering branches, lies at the centre of the open field. The spandrels, also of floral design, are separated from the field by lively rose-coloured arabesques. Flanked by three inner and three outer secondary borders, the dark blue main border contains a floral vine decorated with palmettes and sickle leaves. This precious Kashan was purchased from Engelhardt in Mannheim in 1958. – Minimal signs of wear, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.
  • Specialist publication: Franses

    Specialist publication: Franses

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    • Lot24
    • OriginN/A
    • DimensionsN/A
    • AgeN/A
    • Estimate EUR175
    FRANSES, MICHAEL, The Great Embroideries of Bukhara. London 2000 (library case) – As new.
  • Specialist publications: Christie's, Gantzhorn, Lo

    Specialist publications: Christie's, Gantzhorn, Lo

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    • Lot25
    • OriginN/A
    • DimensionsN/A
    • AgeN/A
    • Estimate EUR45
    CHRISTIE'S LONDON, auction catalogue: The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets. Auction of 14th February 1996 *** GANTZHORN, VOLKMAR, Der christlich orientalische Teppich. Eine Darstellung der ikonographischen und ikonologischen Entwicklung von den Anfängen bis zum 18. Jahrhundert. Cologne 1990 *** LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978
  • Specialist publication: Grote-Hasenbalg

    Specialist publication: Grote-Hasenbalg

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    • Lot26
    • OriginN/A
    • DimensionsN/A
    • AgeN/A
    • Estimate EUR475
    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Three volumes. Berlin 1922 (half leather edition, example no. 324) – Slight signs of age.
  • Specialist publication: Herrmann (4)

    Specialist publication: Herrmann (4)

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    • Lot27
    • OriginN/A
    • DimensionsN/A
    • AgeN/A
    • Estimate EUR125
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1 - 4. Munich 1989 - 1992 – Very good condition.
  • Tekke Mafrash

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    • Lot28
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions33 x 68 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    The face of a very finely woven Tekke mafrash. Its field design consists of ak su motifs while double arrows are aligned in a row in the narrow main border. Although the drawing and palette of this bag face are clearly influenced by Saryk models, the structure of asymmetric knots open to the right indicates it is a Tekke weaving. The design appears striking due to the high proportion of white cotton in the pile. – Rewoven corner at the top right, minimal damage to both lower corners, good overall condition.
  • Chodor Ensi

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    • Lot29
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions160 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    This door rug by the Chodor tribe stands out on account of its high quality. It is finely woven in excellent colours. – Slight signs of age and wear, several somewhat low spots in the pile, various minor restored sections. Cut sides, the lateral cords were attached at a later date.

    Literature:
    HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 74

    • Lot30
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions164 x 124 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Judging by its knotting structure, this unusual rug must have been woven in the eastern Caucasus. Its design derives from Kurdish models made in the surroundings of Sehna, as illustrated by an example in Burns. – Minimal repairs, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. A Historical Legacy of Woven Art. London 2002, no. 280