Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
  • Borjalou Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions151 x 107 cm
    • AgeDated 1303 AH = 1886 AD
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    This red-ground Borjalou prayer rug shows a re-entrant motif at the bottom and a prayer arch positioned high up. The field centre is accentuated by two diamonds decorated with hooks and two hexagons enclosing tree motifs, with a number of small ornamental designs distributed around them. Three hexagons with a cruciform interior drawing are seen at the lower end of the field, and the same motif is repeated twice at the top. The three-band border presents the typical Borjalou design of reciprocal trefoils and hooks. - Small repiled sections, good overall condition, original selvedges.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Konya bis Kokand. Seltene Orientteppiche III. München 1980, Nr.20

    • Lot2
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions206 x 105 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,600
    This fascinating rug displays a design of multi-coloured diagonal stripes in the field and reciprocal trefoils composed of triangles in the wide, white main border; it was probably made by a Moghan Shahsavan tribal group. Indications are the slightly irregular weave and the style of the field design which does not appear static, but conveys a sense of movement created by the undulating bands of varying widths. The design of the outer, yellow-and-red secondary border is also encountered in Shahsavan flatweaves. According to Herrmann, a very similar rug was produced in the north eastern Caucasus. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile. Good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. München 1993, Nr.9

    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • Dimensions45 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    Knotted Shahsavan bag faces are far more rarely encountered than weavings in the sumakh technique. The field is decorated with colourful diagonal stripes containing small diamonds. The wide white-ground border contains motifs shaped like brackets. – Minimally reduced at the bottom, small moth holes, damage to the selvedge along the left-hand side.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. München 1993, Nr.35b

    • Lot4
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions182 x 89 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Coarsely woven and soft in structure, this small rug was probably made by Shahsavan in the Moghan region. The field is a very narrow stripe densely patterned with small motifs; the very wide, white border contains large octagons decorated with a central star and four hooks placed at their corners. The composition and ornamentation appear to derive from Talish rugs. – Slight signs of age and wear, both end finishes repiled.
    • Lot5
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions60 x 47 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    Finely woven in the sumakh technique, this Khamseh Shahsavan bag face used to be part of a khorjin. A procession of large mythical creatures is seen in the two horizontal panels of the field which are separated by a dividing band of hooked diamonds. The blue border is decorated with small boxes bearing hooks and crosses as well as chevrons. – Good condition. Mounted and framed.

    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, Nr.43 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, Nr.34-36 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 72, 29.11.2008, #111; A 89, 28.05.2016, #30

    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • DimensionsA = 50 x 51 B = 49 x 49 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    Two faces of a Moghan Shahsavan double bag, finely woven in the sumakh technique. Offset rows of white, red, dark green and light green box motifs lie on the midnight blue ground, each decorated with four double hooks pointing in the four cardinal directions which give the devices a cruciform appearance. The narrow white border contains a geometric stylised vine. Most of the published examples of this rare group are bag halves. A complete khorjin was sold by us at Auction A 92. – Good condition; the upper closure bands are also woven in the sumakh technique.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, Nr.63 *** GÜGEL, ERNST & WÜHR, RUDOLF, Zweck und Zier. Antike Taschen aus dem Kaukasus und Nordwest-Persien. Traunstein 2010, Abb. S.54 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 40, 14.05.1994, #98; A 92, 25.11.2017, #49; A 94, 17.11.2018, #240

    • Lot7
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama region
    • Dimensions222 x 157 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    This village rug is from the mountainous region of Yuntdag situated south of Bergama and north of Manisa. Various antique examples have been discovered in local mosques. A number of different design types are encountered in this group. Here, a huge, light green shield medallion enclosing a blue medallion of analogous shape as its central motif takes up almost the entire surface of the field. In addition to the soft, floppy knotting structure and specific colours, the vine drawn in a distinctive style bearing geometric, stylised palmettes and diagonal leaves is a reliable identifying feature of the provenance. The carpet was published by Bausback as early as 1978. – Replaced cords on both sides, slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Orientteppiche. Braunschweig 1978, Tf. S.97

    • Lot8
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions168 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    The colourful Mujur prayer rugs were highly popular during the 19th century and exported to many countries of the Ottoman Empire. Pictures by “orientalist” painters portraying bazaar scenes in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia often included Mujur prayer rugs. The design type featuring a usually undecorated, red mihrab field, a steeply ascending stepped arch and a panel of large red arrowheads above it is remarkably consistent. The same is true for the wide three-stripe border. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, repiled areas in the red field, original selvedges.

    THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, Tf.S.4

  • Mihaliççik Prayer Rug

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    • Lot9
    • OriginWestern Central Anatolia, Eskisehir province
    • Dimensions122 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    The small town of Mihaliççik situated east of Eskisehir, once home to a mixed Greek and Turkish population, was almost completely destroyed in 1921 during the retreat of the invading Greek troops. It is thus not surprising that so few antique Mihaliççik rugs have survived. Design features characteristic of these small prayer rugs are the red mihrab field containing large blossoms, the unstepped hooked arch, the design of small polychrome triangles above it and the black-brown border decorated with a two-dimensional leaf-and-calyx vine reminiscent of Caucasian carpets. – Corroded and partially repiled black-brown sections, good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Wien 1986, Nr.204 *** REINISCH, HELMUT UND LISBETH, Von Bagdad nach Stambul. Nomadenteppiche. Graz 1983, Nr.40 *** BESIM, ADIL (Hrsg.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Band 1 Wien 1998, Nr.5

    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Afyonkarahisar province
    • Dimensions84 x 67 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,700
    This gorgeous yastik from one of the villages in the Dazkiri region is virtually indistinguishable from a parallel piece in the McMullan Collection, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The tomato red field is dominated by a large star-shaped blossom, its white centre radiating eight blue flowers (possibly hyacinths) placed on a mustard yellow ground. This motif derives from the Ottoman formal repertoire, while the four triangular figures seen in the corners reflect an older pre-Ottoman tradition. – Both end finishes repiled, partially reselvedged, otherwise very well preserved.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, Nr.117 *** MOREHOUSE, BRIAN, Yastiks. Cushion Covers And Storage Bags Of Anatolia. Philadelphia 1996, Nr.9 *** THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles From New York Collections. New York 2008, Tf.82