Major Spring Auction
Saturday 29. May 2010 at 3 p.m.
Bijar KilimAdd to wishlist
A large Kurdish kilim from the Bijar region woven on a cotton warp. The open brown field is filled by a powerful ogival medallion displaying large blossoms in light colours on a rose ground. The azure corners, linked at the sides, contain abstract floral designs and stepped diamonds. Original finishes all around, good condition.
- North West Persia, Kurdistan
- 307 x 163 cm
- Ca. 1900
KordiAdd to wishlist
A coarsely woven Kurdish carpet from Khorasan with a two-tone field. A blue rectangle enclosing a huge medallion decorated with four arrows sits at the centre. Both ends show three red-brown horizontal stripes adorned with Memling güls and diamonds. The border consists of two stripes in white and red enclosing simple vines with flowers. Original finishes all around, several creases.
- North East Persia, Khorasan
- 251 x 163 cm
- Ca. 1920
Azeri KilimAdd to wishlist
A large, single-panel slit tapestry woven in the southern Caucasus, with a dense, hermetical repeat of hexagons in constantly changing colours enclosing diamonds whose outlines are decorated with polygons. The narrow, white-ground border merges with the field design at the long sides, whereas it is set off from the field by a red-and-white dividing line at the narrow sides. Several stains and darned areas. The warp threads have been braided into wide plaits at both ends.
- South Caucasus Azerbaijan
- 255 x 190 cm
- Second half 19th century
Shahsavan MafrashAdd to wishlist
A large bag by the Moghan Shahsavan in sumakh technique, with a design of horizontal stripes containing hooked diamonds and syrga motifs all around. Called „mafrash“, such bags served to store household effects such as bedding and as transport bags during the migrations of the tribe. Old photographs show camels fully loaded with mafrash bags and Shahsavan women sitting on top of them. In its current condition, this mafrash has been separated into its components (the two faces, the kilim bottom of red and brown stripes and the two separate side panels). Signs of age and wear.
- South East Caucasus, Moghan region
- a = 55 (56) x 53 cm, b = 142 x 100 cm
- Late 19th century
HEGENBART, HEINZ, Seltene Webtaschen aus dem Orient. Sammlung Adil Besim. Munich 1982, pl. 20
Luri Bakhtiari Bag Side PanelAdd to wishlist
Side panel of a large packing bag, formerly part of a khorjin. The upper section is woven in sumakh technique, with two rows of hooked diamonds on a blue ground and a wide border of three stripes decorated with geometric designs. A piled pattern panel at the bottom contains octagons filled with stars on a blazing red ground. Slight signs of age and wear, upper and lower finishes a little reduced.
- Western Central Persia
- 70 x 103 cm
- Early 20th century
HerizAdd to wishlist
Sides newly overcast, minimally reduced ends, slight signs of wear.
- North West Persia, Azerbaijan
- 198 x 137 cm
- Ca. 1910
Ningxia Pillar RugAdd to wishlist
This Ningxia pillar rug, originally made for one of the monasteries in the west of China, shows a rare form of the dragon with feathers at the end of its tail. The example illustrated by Herrmann is drawn in the same style, but less detailed in ornamentation, and may therefore date from a later period. Obvious signs of wear, the pile is badly worn in places, reduced at the upper end.
- West China
- 256 x 155 cm
- Ca. 1800
HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 8. Munich 1986, no. 120
Tibetan Meditation MatAdd to wishlist
A very small meditation mat with a chequerboard design in beige and dark brown surrounded by a meander border. Slight signs of wear, edged with an old fabric all around.
- South Tibet
- 40 x 69 cm
- Ca. 1900
Ningxia FragmentAdd to wishlist
Fragment of a bench runner with an offset arrangement of cloud medallions on a golden yellow field and a salmon border of drop-shaped pearls. Such long bench runners were often cut into sections before export from China, and new outer borders were added to make the fragments appear like complete rugs. Full pile preserved.
- West China
- 163 x 68 cm
- Late 19th century
LARSSON JR., LENNART, Carpets from China, Xinjiang & Tibet. London 1988, no. 51
Chinese Silk EmbroideryAdd to wishlist
A precious silk textile composed of two panels, with a mirror image design finely embroidered in silk and gold thread. Twelve small circular dragon medallions have been placeed at the centre; the upper and lower ends show wide friezes in which two large dragons with golden bodies, curled like snakes, chase a flaming pearl that floats in front of them. They are flying through clouds above a foaming sea surrounding sacred Mount Meru. The absence of borders along the sides may mean that the textile originally belonged to a longer pictorial panel. The sides have been edged with a wide trim of gold brocade. Very good condition.
- 103 x 145 cm
- 18th / 19th century