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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    • Lot31
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions288 x 140 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    In this yellow-ground Daghestan with a repeat of Khyrdagyd designs, the inner sides of the field are decorated with horizontal “S”-forms, polygons, diamonds and animals. The wide border is composed of three bands. – Original finishes all around, slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
  • Karabagh Prayer Rug

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    • Lot32
    • OriginCaucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions139 x 74 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    As the knotting structure proves, this yellow-ground prayer rug was woven in the Karabagh region. It is a rare and unusual example because it displays features from very different provenances: the long format is more typical of Akstafas; the diamond lattice of the field and the design of the prayer arch are also seen in Shirvan carpets; the outer border of small squares decorated with hooks is otherwise only seen in Talish rugs. – Minimally reduced lower finish, slight signs of age and wear.
  • Malatya Kilim Fragment

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    • Lot33
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions138 x 84 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A fragment of an early Malatya kilim. Seeing that remnants of the original side finishes survive on both sides, this is a section of one panel of a kilim originally woven in two panels. The plain red stripe at the lower end suggests that this is the point where the central design section began. Thus the kilim may have been a camel cover; such covers often have an undecorated central section which was placed on the animal’s back. In the upper horizontal stripe containing diamonds decorated with hooks, the ground is woven from cotton yarn. – Mounted onto blue fabric. Missing sections along the sides.

    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Ein Handbuch. Munich 1980, no. 238

  • Mujur Fragment

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    • Lot34
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions83 x 115 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR2,900
    A fragment of an early Mujur prayer rug exhibited at Galerie Sailer as early as 1988. An example of a high artistic standard in which the quality of the colours and the rare tree design of the main border are striking features. The upper half of the field and parts of the border have survived. – Cut vertically along the central axis. Mounted and framed.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 10 *** EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr. & EILAND, MURRAY III, Oriental Carpets. Boston, New York, Toronto, London 1998, pl. no. 155

    SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Textile Fragmente - Textile Fragments. Galerie Sailer exhibition catalogue. Salzburg 1988, ill. p. 22

    • Lot35
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions219 x 144 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    The midnight blue field displays a repeat of large angular palmettes arranged into offset rows and woven in a harmonious range of colours; the red main border contains a floral vine. Knotted on a wool warp, this Bijar probably dates before the late 19th century. – The original end finishes and newly overcast sides are slightly damaged; low spots in the pile.
  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot36
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions111 x 69 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    A small-format Baluch prayer rug of the head-and-shoulders type. The camel field shows a tree-of-life design while the wide border section is decorated with diagonal stripes and double hooks. – Signs of age and wear, repiled sections. Preserved kilim ends at the top and bottom.
    • Lot37
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions350 x 250 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    A decorative blue-ground Esfahan with a circular red central medallion and red spandrels. The dense floral design including many spiralling vines and arabesques is drawn in the characteristic lively style of Esfahan. – Slight signs of wear, new overcasting along both side finishes, good overall condition. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
    • Lot38
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions345 x 245 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    Woven in one of the Bakhtiari villages of the Chahar Mahal region, this composition of a large central medallion placed in a white-ground shield-shaped field harks back to Esfahan models. – Slight signs of wear in the pile, new overcasting along the right-hand side finish. Corroded brown, good overall condition. Provenance: Signora Gallo Collection
  • Fachralo Kazak

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    • Lot39
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions187 x 111 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    In this red-ground Fachralo Kazak, a design bar of two cartouches and a central diamond is surrounded by a wide white contour line. The central motif is framed by a bridge-shaped arch at each end of the field. As prayer rugs always have just one arch and, consequently, a directional composition (see the example in Kaffel), this Kazak cannot be attributed to the group of Fachralo prayer rugs, despite unmistakeable similarities in the design. – Good condition.

    KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, no. 23

  • Caucasian Long Rug

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    • Lot40
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions304 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    This red-ground long rug, with a design of five slender trees decorated with colourful hooked diamonds and serrated palmettes, belongs to a rug group whose provenance has not been persuasively established. The structure is reminiscent of Kazaks, but the deviations in the range of colours and designs rather brings to mind Saliani or Chajli rugs. As the published examples closely resemble each other, they were probably all woven in the same region. – Good condition, only minor repairs. Repairs to the selvedges on both sides.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 60, 17th May 2003, # 150