Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

253 Lots
    • Lot61
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions56 x 95 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800 or earlier
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    This unusual bag face showing every sign of great age cannot be assigned to any of the tribal groups defined to date. It is finely and regularly woven in the asymmetrical knot open to the right, and the foundation is not depressed. The handle is flexible, the pile as soft as velvet, and the ground colour a reddish-brown hue. The rare format – smaller than a chuval and higher than a torba – does not match any of the common classifications of size. This bag face can probably be attributed to the large Yomut family whose sub-groups have by no means been exhaustively studied. – Four horizontal rows of six Memling güls, each with a central star, constitute the primary design of the field. They are superimposed on a second design layer of diamonds with double hooks attached to their points; drawn in restrained colours and with a sparse interior design, they seem almost insubstantial. – Memling güls are used as the primary design in many bags woven by various Turkmen tribes, for example in Salor and Saryk weavings. However, an item immediately comparable to our bag has not been published anywhere. The torba from the Hecksher Collection illustrated in the "Atlantic Collections" catalogue is similar in field design, but unmistakably a Saryk weaving. Torba no. 8 in Rageth is a Salor weaving. The example published as no. 61 in Mackie/Thompson and described as a "Bridal camel trapping, Yomud" has a very different field design, but the same height as our bag face and a similar palette. These two enigmatic pieces may have been woven by the same tribe. – The pile has survived at its full height, but the many repiled areas distributed across the entire surface indicate that the bag face was once badly damaged by moths.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L.,JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 215 *** RAGETH, JÜRG, Turkmenische Teppiche. Ein neuer Ansatz. Basel 2016, no. 8 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and

    • Lot62
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Afghanistan
    • Dimensions348 x 210 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Timuri main carpets are almost always woven in a dark palette offering little contrast. For this reason their designs are somewhat difficult to make out at first glance. Here, large two-dimensional palmettes, each enclosing a tree, and shield forms with salmon centres have been placed on a midnight blue ground covered in cruciform motifs and small arrowheads. According to Thomas Cole who studied the group, these distinctive rugs are from the area around Chakhansur, an Afghan town now situated in Sistan Province, north of the current border with Pakistan. The different designs used in the two kilim ends of this rug are an unusual feature. – Corroded light brown sections, slight signs of age and wear, several stitched tears and minor repairs. Original finishes all around.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH, Teppiche in der Belutsch-Tradition. Munich 1986, no. 9 *** BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 59 *** COLE, THOMAS, Raising the Bar. In: HALI 128, London 2003, ill. p. 83 *** WISDOM, GARY A., Baluch Tribal

    • Lot63
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions145 x 127 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    This Tekke animal-tree ensi woven in light colours, a silky pile and an approximately square format was previously published in "Turkoman Studies". At the time it was still owned by Raymond Benardout, the well-known London gallery owner, then it changed hands three times and has now been consigned from a German private collection. – Both ends somewhat reduced, new overcasting along the sides, several small repairs.

    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, no. 330

    • Lot64
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions31 x 72 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A Tekke mafrash very finely woven in the ak su design. The silky pile includes highlights in ruby silk. The narrow elem displays nine delicately drawn tree forms. – Slight signs of age and wear. No back.
    • Lot65
    • OriginNorth West Turkey
    • Dimensions128 x 110 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    In this rare prayer rug, the mihrab field is defined by a striking surround of white cartouches which turns into a flat arch at the top. Resembling a large portal, this frame protectively encloses the deeply symbolic design of the burgundy field. The tree on the central axis expresses an ancient transitional belief; the four grey-green box shapes flanking it are stylised candle holders; and two water jugs are seen at the top. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot66
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions163 x 70 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    Half of a prayer rug which was woven in two vertical panels because a loom of sufficient width was not available. This peculiarity resulting from technical constraints is rather common in East Anatolia, particularly in the long divan rugs. Decorated only with four blossoms, small diamonds and a water jug, the bright red field is topped by a flat stepped arch. The orange-ground border contains large hexagonal forms. – Damaged and incomplete lower finish, somewhat reduced upper finish, slight damage along the edges. Otherwise well preserved.
    • Lot67
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions73 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    This high-quality six-gül Tekke chuval presents designs drawn in the style of Salor models. A very fine weave and a thick velvety pile. The elem is densely patterned with minute flowering trees. – Somewhat reduced upper and lower finishes, new overcasting along the sides, otherwise very well preserved.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Pinner Collection. 15 May 2004, # 91 *** WALKER, DANIEL, Oriental Rugs of the Hajji Babas. New York 1982, no. 30

    • Lot68
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions150 x 114 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    The field of this suzani in the nim format is covered in a diamond lattice of green serrated leaves enclosing a variety of circular blossoms. The wide main border contains circular blossoms surrounded by long curved leaves. – Slight signs of age and wear, parts of the embroidery are worn. The foundation had several frayed spots which have been replaced with a different cotton fabric. Backed with fabric.
    • Lot69
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions298 x 152 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR14,500
    This white-ground Moghan has a lattice design of narrow, dark blue lines decorated with rosettes at their points of intersection. The compartments vary in shape and either contain single flowers, or pendulous flowers attached to short horizontal stems, or larger cruciform floral clusters. Triangular stylised birds are depicted in the red main border. – The published examples of this very rare type are virtually indistinguishable in terms of ornamentation and colour scheme, but are woven in long rug formats. This carpet in the kelleh format is an exception in that regard. – Slight signs of age and wear, partial repairs to the blue selvedges, both ends minimally reduced. Good overall condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 33 *** BURNS, JAMES D., The Caucasus. Traditions in Weaving. Seattle 1987, ill. p. 13 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 61, 15 November 2003, # 54 *** CHRISTIE’S London, auction of 17 October 2002, # 157

    • Lot70
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions190 x 103 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A white-ground Saliani with a diamond lattice design and palmettes. The wide red-ground border contains very beautifully drawn Talish rosettes. – Original finishes all around, minimal signs of wear in the field, good condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, pl. p. 98