Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

253 Lots
    • Lot191
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions314 x 147 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR16,500
    Four alternately red and blue octagons with hooked outlines and an interior design of stems, flowers and two water jugs take up the whole of the burgundy field. Their vertical points of connection are accentuated by white crosses. The comparative example sold by us in 1995 and exhibited at the Milan ICOC in 1999 was then still described as a Mujur rug. However, the latest findings suggest that this group was probably produced in Ladik, a city whose role as one of the most important Central Anatolian weaving centres has been underestimated thus far and is only being studied now. – Minimal restoration, somewhat reduced ends, the original selvedges are preserved. Very good overall condition and strong unfaded colours.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 43, 18 November 1995, # 65 = CONCARO, EDOARDO & LEVI, ALBERTO, Sovrani Tappeti. Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX seculo. Milan 1999, no. 36

    • Lot192
    • OriginCentral Asia, East Turkestan
    • Dimensions374 x 184 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR35,000
    In this large red-ground Khotan, the powerful impact of the design, the perfectly drawn ornaments and the intense brilliance of the unfaded colours are impressive features. Three azure disc medallions each enclose a mirror-image pomegranate tree growing from a small vase. Four geometric, golden yellow and dark brown lattices open to the inside are associated with each medallion as corner motifs, effectively dividing the field into three square compartments. – The only parallel example we are aware of was sold by Sotheby's in New York in 1994, then published by Halevim and later republished by Herrmann. At first glance the two rugs seem indistinguishable. However, their borders are completely different both in number and ornamentation. Our example with just three borders has a wider field, thus the three medallions are even larger than those of the comparative piece. – Several minor repiled sections, very good overall condition.

    Sotheby's New York, auction of 21 April 1994, # 59 = HALEVIM, DAVIDE (ed.), Oasi. Memorie e fascino del Turkestan Orientale. Milan 1999, pl. p 7 = HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 5. Emmetten 1995, no. 106

    • Lot193
    • OriginNorth East China
    • Dimensions348 x 310 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR3,700
    An elegant carpet from the Beijing workshops. In the early 20th century, these worked exclusively for export to Europe and America where such decorative large-format weavings had come to be greatly in demand. A round medallion composed of two circling phoenixes lies at the centre of the open blue field. In each corner, a dragon with widely extended wings is standing before a square lattice. The field is surrounded by an inner floral vine and peonies. The main border is decorated with a swastika meandering vine. – Cut sides, replaced cords. Otherwise very well preserved.
    • Lot194
    • OriginSouth West Sweden, Skåne
    • Dimensions157 x 54 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    Woven without lateral borders in a rare technique which produces a ribbed texture, this long cushion face may have been made in the Bara district. The design of the black field, which appears very precise, consists of a lattice of octagons with white outlines containing large eight-pointed stars. Red stepped diamonds enclosing stepped polygons have been placed at the intersections of the lattice. – Very good condition.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot195
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions240 x 134 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR13,500
    Blue-ground pillar rugs with dragon designs are far more rarely encountered than examples with a yellow, brown, salmon or red ground. In blue-ground rugs the dragons’ bodies are woven in light colours to achieve the intended contrast against the ground. The design layout only makes sense when the rug is wrapped around one of the wooden pillars of a Tibetan monastery hall: the dragon is then seen as a coherent figure winding around the pillar, and the horizontal design bands merge seamlessly as well. The iconography of dragon rugs follows a fixed pattern: the dragon always chases the flaming pearl hovering before him, its jaws wide open, and the clouds show that this event takes place at a lofty height – above a raging sea whose foaming waves form a wide frieze along the lower end of the field, with Mount Meru depicted at the centre. The canopy of masks and strings of pearls seen at the upper end of the field is another integral part of the iconography of this rug group. The masks portray Jiao Tu, one of the dragon’s nine sons. – A very well preserved collector’s piece of high quality.

    RIPPON BOSWELL (publ.), Antique Chinese Carpets. Masterpieces From the David Te-Chun Wang Collection. Basel 1978, pls. 7 and 8 *** NATSCHLÄGER, HELGA & VÖLKER, ANGELA, Knüpfteppiche aus China und Ostturkestan. Die Sammlung des Österreichischen Museums für

  • Shahsavan Mafrash Face

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    • Lot196
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • Dimensions39 x 35 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    One narrow side of a sumakh mafrash woven by the Shahsavan of the Moghan-Savalan region. The tile-like repeat of small diamonds, each enclosing a cruciform flower, is drawn in subtle and wonderfully patinated pastel shades. A rare collector’s piece. - Minimal signs of age, good condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, nos. 86 and 87

  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot197
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions41 x 43 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A small Shahsavan bag face with a white foundation in warp-faced plain weave. The field design of 25 large eight-pointed stars alternating with miniature stars is woven in the reverse sumakh technique. The field is divided into five bands by fine vertical lines. The yellow-ground border shows a delicate design of tiny stepped polygons. Herrmann has published another example of this very rare group. – Slight signs of age and wear, small rewoven areas, all the corners have been restored.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 41 b

  • Yomut Main Carpet

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    • Lot198
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions289 x 169 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    In the chestnut field of this antique Yomut main carpet, a repeat of immaculately drawn kepse güls is arranged in colour diagonals. The white-ground main border features the “boat“ design surrounded by a wavy vine, and the red minor borders are decorated in a mosaic design of tiny stepped polygons. Erre güls adorn the wide knotted elems. Finely woven in the symmetrical knot, a thick brush-like pile, brilliant colours. – New overcasting along the sides, a number of old restored areas in faded colours along the sides. Good overall condition.

    ELMBY, HANS, Antikke Turkmenske Tæpper IV. Antique Turkmen Rugs. Copenhagen 1998, no. 19

  • Kashgar Saf

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    • Lot199
    • OriginCentral Asia, East Turkestan
    • Dimensions189 x 99 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    A fragment of a multiple prayer rug (saf) from the Kashgar oasis. The surviving section consists of four mihrab fields which are still connected and show three different types of interior drawing on a green, red, dark blue and another red ground. Each field is surrounded on all sides by a narrow yellow border of floral motifs drawn in a geometric style. The number of mihrabs originally present in the saf can no longer be established. – Signs of age and wear, old repairs and missing areas, the vertical outer border on the right has been repiled. Mounted onto canvas.

    SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. Munich 1987, no. 135 *** NATSCHLÄGER, HELGA & VÖLKER, ANGELA, Knüpfteppiche aus China und Ostturkestan. Die Sammlung des Österreichischen Museums für angewandte Kunst in Wien. V

  • Chodor Jollar

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    • Lot200
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions43 x 127 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    A rare brown-ground Chodor trapping. The field contains a repeat of two types of tree which differ in drawing, with white or red crowns and arranged in diagonal rows. A diamond lattice covers the field. – Minor repiled areas along the upper finish, original sides, slight signs of wear in the pile.