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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 23. May 2009 at 3 p.m.

260 Lots
  • Chodor Main Carpet

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    • Lot21
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions253 x 147 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Judging by its weave, this small Turkmen main carpet was probably made by the Chodor tribe. The brown field has three rowns of ten tauk nuska güls interspersed with solid crosses used as secondary ornaments. The border contains massive curled leaves attached to a serrated vine as well as ashik güls in the horizontal panels. The elems are decorated in different designs, with large trees at the bottom. – Several rewoven areas, cut sides, reselvedged.
  • Beshir Chuval

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    • Lot22
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions118 x 167 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    The tent bags of the Beshir Turkmen are often surprisingly large. Influenced by ikat textiles, their repeat designs of primary motifs indented at the tips and interspersed with offset diamonds required space to unfold. The chuvals mentioned below (Wiedersperg, Besim, Rippon Boswell, Sotheby’s Collections) form a homogeneous group, with only slight variations in details. – Sides in need of repair in places. Slight signs of wear. Part of the kilim finish is preserved at the bottom.

    Literature:
    PINNER, ROBERT & EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr., Between the Black Desert and the Red. Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection. San Francisco 1999, pl. 63 *** BESIM, ADIL (ed.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Wien 1998, no. 76 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auction of 15th May 1999, # 48 +++ SOTHEBY’S London, auction of 12th October 2005, # 5

  • Konya Kilim

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    • Lot23
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions402 x 160 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    Large-format Central Anatolian tribal kilims rarely have a yellow field. The field of this example, woven in two panels, contains two parallel bars composed of diamonds ending in amulet symbols. At the sides they are decorated with horizontal hooks. Judging by the tripartite overall concept, with the extra wide, striped elems forming self-contained pattern blocks at the top and bottom, this splendid kilim woven in intense colours was probably a camel trapping. – Good condition, several insignificant repairs.

    Literature:
    KELIM-CONNECTION AACHEN (eds.), Kelim: Textile Kunst aus Anatolien. Aachen 2002, no. 41

  • Lori Pambak Kazak

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    • Lot24
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions289 x 177 cm
    • AgeDated 1334 = 1916
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    A large Lori Pambak with three octagonal medallions in green and white covering the entire length of the field; these contain the solid crosses that are characteristic for this Kazak group. The central medallion has an inscribed date, "1334". The three borders of equal width contain geometrically stylised vines with abstract animal forms. – Both ends somewhat reduced, original selvedges. Corroded brown, minor creases and several repairs.
    • Lot25
    • OriginNorth Africa, Morocco
    • Dimensions498 x 193 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,000
    Only a very small number of antique pile carpets from Morocco survives, which is not surprising in view of their coarse structure and the soft wool used for their pile. It is assumed that Rabat carpet production did not begin until the 18th century. Their format, usually long and narrow, was adapted to the proportions of rooms in town houses. This colourful example, possibly woven as early as the first half of the 19th century, has a characteristic, crowded design of motifs derived from Turkish models made in Milas, Mujur, Kirsehir and other Anatolian weaving centres. At the time, Turkish carpets were widespread throughout the Ottoman Empire, and obviously shaped the style of urban production in Rabat. – Several restored areas, signs of wear in the pile.

    Literature:
    EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr. & EILAND, MURRAY III, Oriental Carpets. 4th edition, Boston 1998, no. 344 *** FISKE, PATRICIA, (ed.), From The Far West: Carpets And Textiles Of Morocco - De L'Extreme Occident: Tapis Et Textiles Du Maroc. Washington, D. C. 1980, no. 1

  • Bijar Kilim

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    • Lot26
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions207 x 151 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    A finely woven Bijar kilim with "lazy lines" in the midnight blue field, which is dominated by a large, white-ground medallion with attached pendants. The wide, light red border has floral forms that appear almost piled on top of one another. The corners are emphasised by large floral formations protruding into the field. All the authors who have published similar examples describe the special style of this kilim as "baroque" or "rococo". It is considered an established fact that stylistic influences from Europe, probably transmitted through French fabrics, gave rise to this design, which is not in line with the oriental tradition. Kilims of identical design were also produced in Sehna, but these are much more finely woven and sometimes made of silk. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    HULL, ALASTAIR & LUCZYC-WYHOWSKA, JOSE, Kilim. The Complete Guide. London 1993, no. 371 *** PLÖTZE, KARL-MICHAEL, Welt der Kelims. Barsinghausen 2001, no. 100

  • Ottoman Garment

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    • Lot27
    • OriginSouth East Europe, Bosnia
    • Dimensions107 x 181 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    A splendid red velvet coat, lavishly embroidered in complex designs of gold and silver thread. The garment was made during the period when the Turks ruled large parts of the Balkan peninsula, probably in Bosnia. – Very good condition.
  • Art Deco Carpet

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    • Lot28
    • OriginCentral France, Aubusson
    • Dimensions196 x 197 cm
    • AgeCa. 1930
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    The field of this square Art Deco carpet is dominated by a circle with a black ground enclosing an asymmetrical design composed of segments in shades of beige, grey and brown, as well as pink and dusky pink. Eight grey and black protrusions link the circle with the plain, solid black border. – Good condition.
  • HALI Compilation

    HALI Compilation

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    • Lot29
    • OriginN/A
    • DimensionsN/A
    • AgeN/A
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    HALI. Specialist magazine of carpets and textiles. Published in London as of 1978. The subtitle of the magazine changed several times after the first publication. Initially published in quarterly issues designated “vol.” by year. After the sixth year, issues were numbered consecutively (from HALI 25). Offered here are vols. I to VI (24 issues) and issues 25 to 88, as well as issue 90. – Very well preserved, hardly used.
  • Art Deco Carpet

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    • Lot30
    • OriginMorocco
    • Dimensions296 x 197 cm
    • AgeCa. 1930
    • Estimate EUR5,500
    A rare Art Deco carpet knotted in Morocco ca. 1930 to a design by French artist Jules-Henri Derche, who lived in Casablanca and worked as an Orientalist painter, gallery manager and designer. Influenced by the abstract designs of North African Berber carpets like other designers of his day (e.g. Ivan da Silva Bruhns), Derche developed a characteristic style in his designs, using typical Art Deco elements. In this piece, these are two wide, blue panels extending across the field in parallel, but not symmetrical, lines like slightly bent railway tracks, imbuing the composition with a rhythm all its own. The artist’s initials are inscribed in the top left corner. – A smaller Derche carpet (201 x 100 cm) of similar design (only one blue bar), owned by John Jesse (previously Karl Lagerfeld, sold by Sotheby's, Monaco, in 1995) was sold by Sotheby's, London, in 2006. – A heavy carpet with a high pile, very well preserved.

    Literature:
    SOTHEBY'S LONDON, John Jesse, The Pursuit of Style. Auction of 22/02/2006, lot 225