Major Spring Auction

Saturday 23. May 2009 at 3 p.m.

260 Lots
  • Embroidered Antependium

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    • Lot41
    • OriginSwitzerland
    • Dimensionsa=131x134, b=133x52
    • AgeDated 1616
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Preserved in two sections, this embroidered wool and silk hanging is executed in landscape format. Originally it served as a cover (antependium) for the altar or pulpit of a church. Stylistic idiosyncracies suggest that it was made in the workshop of a Swiss monastery. A checkerboard design with blossoms covers the grey-blue field, which has a large, blue-ground rectangle set into it. It contains a red circular medallion framed by a green laurel wreath enclosing the standing figure of saint, identified as Saint Peter by its attribute (a large key). A date, "1616", appears on either side of his head. The main border design – a red double vine with hooked diamonds interspersed with blossoms – was probably inspired by Turkish carpets, while the two cloud band secondary borders go back to precursors in medieval European textile art. – The sides have been folded back and stitched in place all around, some damage due to age.
  • Ersari Main Carpet

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    • Lot42
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions400 x 156 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    A rare Ersari carpet presenting a compartment design in two rows; each compartment contains a dyrnak gül set inside a stepped polygon. The framing bands are decorated with small trees. The best known example of this small group is the carpet in the Meyer-Müller Collection, also woven in a long narrow format. Far too long for use in a tent, such carpets were probably made by the Ersari for houses in oasis towns, and were possibly commissioned. – Various restored areas, several creases, signs of wear in the pile, partially renewed selvedges.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Zentral-Asiatische Teppiche. Frankfurt am Main 1969, no. 25

  • Sauj Bulag

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    • Lot43
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions218 x 123 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    “Sauj Bulag” is now an established generic term for Kurdish carpets made around Lake Urmia; the name derives from a town where such pieces, made in the surrounding area, were sold in the bazaar. A tree with a red trunk and decorated with large, diagonal pairs of leaves entirely fills the narrow, black-brown field. Its ground is almost completely covered with floral filler motifs. The light red border shows a leaf and calyx vine, while the two white-ground secondary borders have an angular vine decorated with abstract birds. Sauj Bulags are considered beautiful Kurdish pieces due to their brilliant colours. – The corroded brown ground of the field has been rewoven in places, the sides have been expertly restored, both ends somewhat reduced.
  • Sarab Long Rug

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    • Lot44
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions430 x 105 cm
    • AgeCa. 1880
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    The camel field shows the area’s typical design of diamond medallions with attached pendants and filled with flowers, embedded in elongated shield forms covered with geometrically stylised, white branches. The three-stripe border has a central band with a double vine creating “X’” forms on a white ground, flanked by two reciprocal trefoil borders. – Sides newly overcast, slighly reduced ends, slight signs of age and wear.
  • Genje Long Rug

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    • Lot45
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions394 x 99 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A long rug from the Genje area with a rare design of vertical stripes – ten narrow bands in white, red, green, yellow and blue containing small plant motifs. A narrow, single stripe border of rosettes on a red ground. – Restored upper finish, original selvedges. Low pile, several rewoven areas.
  • Kurdish Kelley

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    • Lot46
    • OriginNorth West Persia
    • Dimensions448 x 167 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,500
    Carpets of this format were always made for Persian houses whose main room was long and comparatively narrow. The yellow field shows a small-format repeat of highly stylised palmettes, flowers and leaves that is also encountered in the Caucasus, where it is called "Kirdaghayd". The small ogival medallion with pendants is not placed at the centre, as would be expected, but offset slightly to the bottom. A characteristic feature of Kurdish carpets from the northern tribal region is the border of colourful rosettes that appear to revolve. – Several restored areas, signs of wear in the pile.
  • Kirsehir Prayer Rug

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    • Lot47
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions168 x 120 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    The original finishes have been preserved all around. Heavily corroded brown, low pile.

    ASLANAPA, OKTAY, One Thousand Years of Turkish Carpets. Istanbul 1988, ill. III, 71, p. 179

  • Balikesir Kilim

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    • Lot48
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions371 x 157 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    A two-panel kilim from Balikesir, with only about 40 percent of the length of one panel surviving. Damaged sides and corners, signs of age and wear. Backed with canvas.
  • Tashkent Suzani

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    • Lot49
    • OriginUzbekistan
    • Dimensions212 x 106 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A narrow, three-panel Tashkent Suzani of the "paliak" type, densely covered with purple-red circles and slightly smaller circular blossoms framed by dark green twigs. They are interspersed with brilliantly colourful flowers. – Several stains, minimal signs of age, otherwise in good condition.
  • Bergama Gebetsteppich

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    • Lot50
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions135 x 114 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    Good condition with the original, red-and-blue striped kilim finishes and the pile at its original height. Both sides have been repiled and reselvedged.