Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

253 Lots
  • Ningxia Sitting Rug

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    • Lot41
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions64 x 69 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    A dragon with a spiralling body surrounded by blue leaves takes central place in the yellow field of this small sitting rug. The blue meandering lattices placed in the corners and open to the inside serve a function similar to a frame, drawing the eye to the central motif. As is always the case in early Chinese rugs, the design composed of just a few ornaments only appears simple at first glance. Its perfect balance and high degree of sophistication are only revealed in meditative contemplation. – Several areas of moth damage, otherwise well preserved.
    • Lot42
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions278 x 183 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A large floral disc medallion lies at the centre of the sand-coloured field which is densely patterned in small diagonal diamonds and tiny crosses (grain-of-rice design); the spandrels contain floral vines in shades of blue and white blossoms. The narrow inner border features a meandering vine drawn to perspective, the main border shows flowering stems. – Original sides. The upper and lower finishes are slightly damaged and have been edged in fabric. Signs of age and wear, thin spots in the pile, minor repairs.
    • Lot43
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions225 x 99 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,800
    A rare pile-woven Shahsavan rug. The design of the narrow field consists of wide horizontal stripes in varying colours which contain syrga motifs drawn in the style of the tribes’ flatweaves. The white-ground border features a leaf-and-calyx vine. – Both ends minimally reduced, largely original selvedges, slight signs of wear in the pile.
  • Bergama Sofreh

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    • Lot44
    • OriginNorth West Turkey
    • Dimensions205 x 131 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A very finely woven sofreh with an intensely blood-red field. The eye is caught by the stepped four-armed diamond placed at its centre. – Minor rewoven areas in the middle of the field, slight damage along the sides. Original finishes all around, good overall condition.

    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, 100 Kelims. Meisterwerke aus Anatolien. Munich 1991, no. 12

  • Kurdish Bag Face

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    • Lot45
    • OriginWest Persia, Kermanshah region
    • Dimensions75 x 117 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    Kurdish bags were frequently produced in a horizontal format similar in size to Turkmen chuvals. In this gorgeous example with a high and lustrous pile, a salmon diamond is surrounded by four white motifs at the centre of the dark brown field, which is framed by three borders of octagonal blossoms. The narrow additional design stripe at the lower end – effectively an elem – contains cartouches and diamonds. – Original sides, slightly reduced lower finish. Good overall condition.
    • Lot46
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Baku region
    • Dimensions298 x 148 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    The deep blue field contains three elongated medallions with stepped outlines – two in red and a central one in light blue –which each enclose a central flower and smaller blossoms. The field ground is covered in large star-shaped blossoms and palmettes, angular Afshan forms and many flowers. The design of red and white diagonal stripes in the narrow main border is an identifying feature of Khila rugs, as are the white cotton selvedges. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot47
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions246 x 119 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    This Kuba shows a dense design of hooked diamonds aligned on the central axis of the narrow, dark blue field, surrounded by smaller diamonds, flowers, a number of animal figures and amulets. The wide border consists of five bands. – Slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown, original finishes all around.
    • Lot48
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions244 x 135 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,600
    Made in the Shirvan region judging by its structure, this finely woven rug is a knotted version of a Kuba kilim and a literal translation, as it were, of its design, style and colour scheme. In the blue-black field, large geometric abstract palmettes with jagged outlines combine into an offset repeat. The serrated band composed of S-forms in the narrow white border is another feature adopted from kilim models. A rare collector’s piece. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19.Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. Munich 1993, no. 28 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, ill. p. 55 (example of a kilim)

  • Mujur Prayer Rug

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    • Lot49
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions183 x 130 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR5,500
    The great age of this Mujur prayer rug can be deduced from the superb colours and the quality of the drawing in the confidently proportioned design. Only a very small number of such early examples woven around 1800 have survived. – Obvious signs of age and wear. Six small inserted areas and one large repiled section in the border at the bottom left. Both ends incomplete and damaged, sides damaged.
  • Balikesir Kilim

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    • Lot50
    • OriginNorth West Turkey
    • Dimensions226 x 155 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A kilim from the Balikesir region woven in a single panel. The empty, blazing red field is surrounded by a bold, dark blue trefoil border. – The lateral edges have been restored in several places, otherwise well preserved.

    GALERIE SAILER (publ.), 10 Jahre Galerie Sailer Salzburg. Salzburg 1986, cover