Major Spring Auction

Saturday 23. May 2009 at 3 p.m.

260 Lots
  • Rollakan Täcke

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    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth Sweden, Skane district
    • Dimensions226 x 147 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    The Swedish word "täcke" means “blanket”, and thus describes the purpose of this beautiful flatweave made in Rollakan technique (the Swedish word for a kilim using this interlocked weft weaving technique) in a southern Swedish farming household. The strictly symmetrical design of twelve white octagons outlined in brown and enclosing a cruciform motif, and quartered diamonds linked by a lattice of yellow lines, has been placed on a pastel green ground. The blanket is finished off at each end with a wide horizontal band showing a colourful zig-zag design. – Very good condition.
  • Swedish Tapestry

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    • Lot2
    • OriginMalmö
    • Dimensions56 x 103 cm
    • AgeDated 1923
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    From an art historic point of view, this small tapestry is still attributable to the Arts and Crafts movement; it was made in 1923 in the Malmöhus Lans Hemslojd weaving cooperative of Malmö (see initials at the lower left-hand edge). The weaver has inscribed his own initials, "EP", and the date on the bottom right. The fairytale-like design in the style of late medieval tapestries shows a red, leaping horse, the legendary "Backahastar", at the centre of the field, flanked by trees with dense foliage and with a jungle-like background. A dark night sky with glittering stars and three plummeting birds is seen at the top. – Backed with black fabric and framed. Very good condition.
  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Face

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    • Lot3
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Khamseh region
    • Dimensions45 x 47 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This small sumakh face, once part of a double bag, belongs to the rare type with an animal border surrounding a white, box-shaped field containing octagons and further stylised animals. Its pictorial character is fascinating. The field ground and several design details are flat-woven from white cotton. – Sides newly overcast, damaged ends.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 2

  • Tibetan Seat Cover

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    • Lot4
    • OriginSouth Tibet
    • Dimensions63 x 77 cm
    • Ageca. 1930
    • Estimate EUR350
    The orange field shows a dragon medallion, the yellow border contains two phoenixes and two dragons pursuing a flaming pearl. – Red felt edging, blue cotton fabric backing.
  • Borjalou Kazak

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    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions203 x 153 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000
    A Borjalou showing three hooked hexagons on a red field, with colourful boxes, octagons, diamonds and rosettes scattered around them. The wide, white-ground main border with its striking halved hook shapes arranged in an alternating sequence is a distinctive feature of this Kazak group. Its zig-zag rhythm makes it appear dynamic and full of energy. The secondary borders of small triangles separated by red diagonal stripes appear in identical form in Pinwheel Kazaks, which also show the same palette as this Borjalou. – Restored sides and ends, low spots in the pile, several stitched tears.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1980, PL. p. 20 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 64, 20th November 2004, # 149

  • Epirus Embroidery

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    • Lot6
    • OriginBalkan, North West Greece
    • Dimensions18 x 89 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This very beautiful fragment of a Greek Epirus embroidery was sold by Sotheby's, London, in 2006, and is discussed in detail in the catalogue. A first rate collector’s piece. – Backed with canvas and framed.
  • Aleppo Silk Weaving

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    • Lot7
    • OriginSyria
    • Dimensions216 x 74 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR800
    A fine silk weaving with a light red field containing horizontal stripes of varying width and colours; the sparkling stripes woven in silver and gold are especially striking. A diamond has been placed at the centre of the field. – Slightly reduced at one end, otherwise in very good condition.
  • Chinese Silk Hanging

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    • Lot8
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions200 x 68 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    Black-ground Chinese silk and metal thread embroidery worked in landscape format. This embroidery, whose original measurements we were unable to verify due to the current tape edging and the fact that it is framed behind glass, probably served as an altar hanging or antependium. Its design of two dragons shown in lively movement above a raging sea has been executed twice, in two panels of different height. The top frieze, distinctly lower, depicts the dragons on a smaller scale to suit the format. – Good condition.
  • Ottoman Embroidery

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    • Lot9
    • OriginAnatolia
    • Dimensions83 x 81 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Silk embroidery on a linen ground, with four large blossoming twigs in a diagonal arrangement. Square wrapping cloths of this kind were used for various purposes in Turkey and have survived in a remarkable variety of designs. – Framed, slight signs of age, good overall condition.
  • Hotamis Kilim

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    • Lot10
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions430 x 177 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,700
    The field of this kilim, woven in a single piece, is divided into three white and two brown blocks enclosing five huge hooked ornaments in contrasting colours. – Some of the corroded brown sections have been rewoven, good condition.