Major Spring Auktion
Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.
A finely woven Ghiordes prayer rug with a red central field, two columns studded with flowers and a triple arch at the upper end. The light blue section above it is decorated with filigree stems. The wide, dark blue main border shows the palmettes, rosettes, sickle leaves and flowers that are typical of the provenance. – Signs of age and wear, very low pile, damaged sides, somewhat reduced ends.
- West Anatolia
- 204 x 131 cm
- First half 19th century
A fragment of an early Yomut main carpet, finely woven in superb colours. The field design consists of chuval güls interspersed with smaller dyrnak güls. In the white-ground main border, ashik designs are framed by an angular vine in the vertical bands and short bars in the horizontal bands. The piled elems show a rare design of tree forms placed in offset rows. – Cut horizontally in a stepped shape and rejoined, considerably reduced in length. Low pile, cut and newly overcast sides.
- Central Asia, West Turkestan
- 196 x 149 cm
- First half 19th century
A rare Moghan woven in a long rug format. The white met hane field is surrounded by green trefoils which combine into reciprocal shapes against the ground. The red border contains large star-shaped flowers with four diagonal arms bearing buds. – Signs of age and wear, several holes, the upper right corner is badly damaged.
- South East Caucasus, Moghan region
- 387 x 98 cm
- Second half 19th century
BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1983, pl. p. 55
A red-ground prayer rug with two columns and an arch in the shape of a horseshoe. In the light blue main border, flowers of varying shapes and sizes are flanked by pairs of sickle leaves. A fine weave and delicate pastel shades. Some authors believe that older Ghiordes prayer rugs of this kind still belong to the "Transsylvanian" group. – Uniformly low pile, both ends slightly reduced, original red flatwoven selvedges.
- West Anatolia, Manisa Province
- 160 x 129 cm
- Second half 18th century
The following thirty-seven lots are from the estate of Ulrich Brandt
Ulrich Brandt (1953–2016) began to develop an interest in carpets around 1980 while still a student in Göttingen. He was quick to learn and soon discovered that beside the offering of largely reproducible, new pile rugs woven in workshops, there was another completely different scene in the market. A scene where quality was not primarily measured in knots per unit of surface area. Instead, attention focussed on older and early objects with a specific aura which committed collectors were able to appreciate as testimonies to an independent spirit of expression, with only limited efforts to achieve technical refinement: an artistic spirit of expression rooted in lifestyles initially foreign to us, often attaining remarkable levels in tribal cultures which once flourished and have now vanished.
Brandt’s enthusiams for rugs finally ignited to the full in this setting, where perception was based on an aesthetic approach and a love of inter-cultural discovery. Appreciating the colour quality of many old pieces played a key role. From then on Brandt’s agenda included regular visits to specialist auction houses in Germany as well as paying close attention to developments in the international art trade. This resulted in his first purchases.
Anyone well acquainted with Ulrich will know that he was always driven to explore the subjects of his interest, which numbered quite a few, with a systematic, wide-ranging and in-depth approach, whether in his particular academic field – at the time, his main subject of study was philosophy with a focus on scientific theory – or in quite different areas. Parallel to purchasing textile objects, this inclination led him to compile an unusually comprehensive library on carpets over the course of the years. Moreover, in his case the publications not only filled the shelves of his home, he also had large parts of them in his mind. Not least, this made him a valued conversation partner for real specialists in the community of dealers, collectors and scholars.
Ulrich Brandt died from sudden heart failure in November 2016, shortly before Rippon Boswell’s Autumn Auction which he had naturally wished to attend. His widow, Dr Johanna Brandt, has now consigned the major part of his rug collection, including a museum-quality Holbein carpet, for the 2019 Wiesbaden Spring Auction. It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to commemorate my former fellow student, long-time friend and experienced advisor in rug matters.
LEFEVRE, JEAN & PARTNERS, Turkish Rugs from the 16th to the 19th century. London 1977, no. 9 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 7
Ever since publication of the "Orient Stars" collection, if not before, village rugs from the Konya region featuring archaically simple, large designs on a yellow ground have been classified as “Yellow Group”. The expression was coined by Friedrich Spuhler. In this early example, the yellow central field is divided into three rectangular sections, each containing a powerful cross motif combined with four surrounding triangles. The massive hook forms of the red border are probably highly abstract representations of animals. – Obvious signs of age and wear, heavily worn pile in places, several holes. Damaged and partially incomplete sides and corners. Mounted onto a brown fabric.
- Central Anatolia, Konya region
- 307 x 113 cm
- Ca. 1800
KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart-London 1993, no. 139 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 54, 20 May 2000, # 79 *** GÜLGÖNEN, AYAN, Konya Cappadocia Carpets from the 17th to 19th centuries. Istanbul 1997, no. 39
A yellow-ground Ningxia in which five disc medallions are surrounded by flowering stems and plants. In the corners, diagonal formations of stems open towards the centre of the field. The inner meander border is drawn in two shades of blue on a rose ground; the outer, wider yellow border displays blue leaves and peonies in subtle shades of yellow and beige. The rug was probably woven in the last years of the reign of Emperor Qiánlóng (1735 - 1796), the fourth ruler of the Qing dynasty. - Signs of age and wear, low pile, several creases. Worn areas and damage to the sides, both ends slightly reduced.
- West China
- 274 x 176 cm
- Late 18th century
LORENTZ, H. A., A View of Chinese Rugs from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. London & Boston 1972, no. 40 *** DIMAND, MAURICE S. & MAILEY, JEAN, Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. New York 1973, fig. 285, p. 167
Two fragments of an originally very large carpet from East Persia woven in the jufti knot over three warps. The surviving pieces are a section of the white-ground field decorated with diamonds and a section of the red-ground main border and yellow outer minor border. – Obvious signs of wear.
- East Persia, Khorasan
- a = 77 x 70 cm, b = 140 x 36 cm
- 17th century
A fragment of the field of a blue-ground Medallion Ushak. Part of a mid blue medallion on the left and remnants of a red medallion at the top have survived. – Low pile, old repairs. Mounted onto a brown fabric.
- West Anatolia
- 123 x 53 cm
- Ca. 1700