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VOK COLLECTION, Selection III

Saturday 25. March 2017 at 3 p.m.

94 Lots
  • Konya Kilim

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    • Lot267
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions399 x 146 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000 - 14,000
    VOK Collection: Anatolia 77

    The composition of this white-ground two-panel kilim is bracketed by two blue bands with striped polychrome outlines resembling huge parentheses. Converging and diverging in a steep diagonal ascent, the bands are linked by a short transversal bar in the places where they run close, creating an elongated closed hexagon at the centre of the field. The nested hexagons enclosed within, adapted to their surround in size and shape and outlined in many sharp points, are the obvious focus of the composition. They are flanked by two analogous, somewhat smaller hexagons aligned on the central axis. Six serrated diamonds and two parmakli lozenges adorn the lateral areas and ends of the field, which terminates in wide white-ground elems and an inner horizontal border in green and purple. The eighteen blue triangles, each with four suspended chains, are a rare feature not seen in the five comparative pieces from the same kilim group. They may be amulets. Hirsch, who interprets the designs of this kilim as symbols of Neolithic religious beliefs, reads the motifs as bowls pouring water. – Mounted onto canvas, good condition.

    Literature:
    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Ein Handbuch. München 1980, Nr. 137 *** BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER, Yayla. Form und Farbe in türkischer Textilkunst. Frankfurt 1993, Tf. 63 *** PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, 100 Kelims. Meisterwerke aus Anatolien. München 1991, Nr. 82 *** TÜRCK, ULRICH, Anatolische Kelim im Schloß Lembeck. Marl 1995, Tf. 7 *** HULL, ALASTAIR & LUCZYC-WYHOWSKA, JOSE, Kilim. The Complete Guide. London 1993, Nr. 204

    Published:
    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Anatolia. Kilims und andere Flachgewebe aus Anatolien. (Text: Udo Hirsch) München 1997, Nr. 77

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot268
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions222 x 165 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR22,000 - 26,000
    VOK Collection: Suzani 18

    This gorgeous Bokhara embroidery in subtle pastel shades and a highly elegant design was purchased by Vok at Galerie Herrmann. The catalogue of the 1984 exhibition describes it as a piece from Bokhara. In the past, suzanis presenting this composition were almost reflexively designated "Nurata", without considering that the design occurred in Bokhara at an earlier stage and probably originated there. This suzani displays a rare variation of the design. A large diamond separated from the corners by diagonal floral bands occupies the centre of the field. It encloses a circular central medallion surrounded by bell flowers like rays. Its shape – a rosette that appears to rotate – will remind Western viewers of the large round windows set into the facades of Gothic cathedrals (e.g. Notre Dame in Paris or Chartres). Eight flowering shrubs growing in all directions are diagonally arranged around the rosette. The delicate stems reminiscent of fern leaves embroidered into the design in several places are a very beautiful and rare detail. The unusual diamond lattice in the spandrels is particularly striking. Formed by slender pale green leaves, it contains red circular blossoms or gold and beige star-shaped blossoms in an offset arrangement. – Very good condition. Mounted onto canvas.

    Published:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VI. München 1984, Nr. 92 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. (Text: Jakob Taube) München 1994, Nr. 18

  • Ura Tube Suzani

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    • Lot269
    • OriginCentral Asia, North East Uzbekistan, Khanate of Ko
    • Dimensions172 x 142 cm
    • AgeCa. 1750 or earlier
    • Estimate EUR40,000 - 48,000
    VOK Collection: Suzani 2, 50

    Ura Tube, a city located at the intersection of important transit routes at the entrance to the Ferghana valley, is the provenance of the oldest suzani in the Vok Collection. Highly accomplished in workmanship, it is a precious example of courtly elegance. Surrounded by two borders of equal width, the field with slanting lower corners presents an image of a flowering garden; it contains two types of large shrubs slightly curving outwards along the sides. Slender stems bearing deep blue irises or pink flowers grow from clumps of light green leaves. Arranged in an ascending repeat of offset rows, the flowering shrubs are enclosed within ornate, baroque-style golden frames with raspberry-red outlines. Although never in immediate contact with one another, they are linked at four points by raspberry-red floral stars. Curved frames of this kind constitute the basic structure of the field layouts seen in many Mughal carpets. The design of the inner border consists of small cartouches, each filled with a shrub bearing red flowers. The alignment of the shrubs has been adapted to the direction of the border so they always point outwards. In the outer border, a long undulating vine links large slanting palmettes decorated with lancet leaves, making them appear like feathered motifs. Short diagonal stems bearing light green wisteria blossoms have been inserted into the free spaces between the palmettes – a distinctive feature indicating that the suzani is from Ura Tube. Although the influence of Indian textiles from the Mughal period can be perceived in other suzanis, it is very rarely as obvious as in this item. It is manifested in the extremely fine style of drawing, the subtle pastel shades and certain designs, such as the curved frames and cartouches. Only a very few comparative pieces are known, and none of these appear to be as early and artistically accomplished as the Vok suzani. When exhibited at the Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, in 1993 and sold by Nagel the following year (where it was purchased by Vok), the suzani was still edged in a brocaded silver trim, probably a later addition subsequently removed. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. Mounted onto canvas.

    Literature:
    SOTHEBY'S New York, Auktion 2. April 2004, Lot 66 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. München 1982, Nr. 96

    Published:
    LINDEN-MUSEUM (Hrsg.); Die Gärten des Islam. Suttgart 1994, Abb. 165 *** NAGEL, Auktion 7. Mai 1994, Lot 1232 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani 2. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. (Text: Jacob Taube). München 2006, Nr. 50

  • Large Medallion Suzani

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    • Lot270
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan, Emirate of Bo
    • Dimensions283 x 177 cm
    • AgePre 1800
    • Estimate EUR60,000 - 70,000
    VOK Collection: Suzani 2, 78

    There are only two known group C examples, both of them published as C1 and C2 in Frances’ monograph "The Great Embroideries of Bukhara". Formerly in the McCoy Jones Collection, suzani C1 is now in the M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco (see HALI 30). Suzani C2, consigned to us from a Paris private collection at the time, was purchased by Vok in November 1998 and is now back on the market. – In group C, the interior design of the large, fully embroidered medallions largely corresponds to groups A and B in terms of ornamentation and colour, but the medallion has a different shape. Unlike group A, it is not a shield and unlike group B, it does not fill the entire field; instead it is a huge straight-sided box with rounded corners and slightly curved ends slanting towards one side, creating an irregular trapezoid shape. It does not cover the whole of the field, leaving space for two "salamander" figures and three blossoms each at the top and bottom. The outside of the medallion is surrounded by a golden spiral. The wide main border accompanied by narrow secondary borders is an even more obvious feature than the differences in medallion shape for distinguishing group C from groups A and B. Twelve large blossoms, alternately top-view discs and side-view fan-shaped palmettes, are encircled by the same zoomorphous "salamander" vines as those seen in the field. The fan-shaped palmettes are surrounded by the golden spirals so characteristic of Bokhara. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. Mounted onto canvas.

    Literature:
    COOTNER, CATHRYN M., Gardens of Paradise. In: HALI 30, 1986, Nr. 3, S. 47, und Titelbild

    Published:
    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani 2. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. (Text: Jacob Taube). München 2006, Nr. 78 *** FRANSES, MICHAEL, The Great Embroideries of Bukhara. London 2000, C2, S. 69