Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

253 Lots
    • Lot121
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions276 x 132 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR400
    The very format of this sumakh indicates that it was woven for home use. The blue field contains a central row of diamonds, with two abstract animal forms attached to each of their lateral points, and is densely filled with palmettes, serrated hexagons and many small designs. The palette and style of the border designs suggest a provenance in Daghestan. The sumakh was probably made in a village inhabited by Lesghians. – Obvious signs of age and wear, minor holes. Original end finishes with the warps tied off into nets; the blue original selvedges are damaged in places.
    • Lot122
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions207 x 151 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR300
    Slight signs of age and wear, minor moth damage, somewhat reduced upper finish.
    • Lot123
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions300 x 154 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR400
    The heavily corroded, dark brown field contains three complete and one truncated Lesghi stars within rectangular surrounds; small hooked diamonds and colourful dots are distributed around the primary motifs. Originally from the eastern Caucasus, the Lesghi stars – here, oversized and angular in drawing – have been translated into the style of the coarsely woven Kazaks. A golden yellow inner border with geometric, abstract blossoms and diagonal leaves surrounds the field, while the outer border is decorated with reciprocal hooks in blue and white. - Obvious signs of age and wear, large sections of the foundation are visible in several places; repairs and stitched areas.
    • Lot124
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions258 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR450
    Three large rectangles separated by horizontal borders of Talish rosettes take up the field. Due to lack of space, a fourth rectangle at the upper end could only be added as a halved form. Each rectangle is filled to full format by large hooked diamond with a dense, floral interior design and diagonal hooked shapes in the corners. In the main border, the star-shaped flowers with four diagonal arms ending in buds are drawn to a strikingly large scale. Unlike Karabagh rugs woven at a later date on dark brown wefts, this example dating from circa 1850 has red wefts. Very beautiful colours. – Signs of age and wear, corroded brown, several worn areas. Both ends somewhat reduced, the original selvedges show repairs.
    • Lot125
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions264 x 147 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR350
    At each end of the red field covered in large arabesque palmettes and sickle leaves, a square with a yellow frame contains red snake figures surrounded by red dots. Although this field design – a combination of Persian and Turkmen devices – is very rarely seen, it is not surprising in Beshir rugs which often display design influences from Herat. – Distinct signs of age and wear, low pile, one major repiled section. New overcasting along the sides, damage to the kilim ends, badly soiled.
    • Lot126
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions137 x 88 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR350
    Heavy damage due to age, several stitched tears and inserted sections. Cut horizontally across the lower area and rejoined.
    • Lot127
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions341 x 138 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR350
    Two hexagons and a central shield form fill the red field of this very rare rug, which is probably a Kurdish weaving from the border region between North West Persia and the South Caucasus. The strongly depressed weave using red wefts is reminiscent of early Kazaks. A hooked vine in the style of East Anatolian rugs meanders through the dark brown border whose ground is heavily corroded. – Obvious signs of age and wear, very low pile, various repaired areas. Somewhat reduced ends, damaged sides.
    • Lot128
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions210 x 180 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR300
    A Tekke main carpet with four x eleven primary güls, kurbaghe secondary motifs and a densely patterned border area. Extraordinarily fine in weave, a velvety pile, first-rate colours. – Reduced in width, a vertical cut across the whole of the field has been rejoined along the cutting edges. There are additional cuts. New overcasting along the sides, somewhat reduced ends.

    COHEN, JAMES, Turkoman. Milan 2011, no. 28

    • Lot129
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions255 x 188 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    This large Sevan Kazak with a powerfully drawn shield design, a cartouche border and intensely luminous colours is one of the early examples of this group of village rugs. – Signs of age and wear, several creases, a number of stitched vertical tears. Corroded brown, repairs, the selvedges are still partly original.

    TSCHEBULL, RAOUL, Kazak. Carpets of the Caucasus. New York 1971, pl. 29 *** KESHISHIAN, HAROLD M. (ed.), The Treasure of the Caucasus. Rugs from American Collections. Washington, DC 1992, pl. 4 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 19

    • Lot130
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions320 x 136 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR750
    A Karachov of this particular sub-group, with box medallions and red polygons in a green field, was published as early as 1922 in the three-volume work by Grote-Hasenbalg. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, several creases. Original selvedges, remnants of the kilim finishes have survived.

    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, vol. 2, pl. 27