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Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

253 Lots
    • Lot1
    • OriginWest Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions50 x 58 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR170
    A bag face by the Jaff Kurds. The field shows the obligatory repeat of hooked diamonds closely spaced in offset rows, the white border contains stars. A high pile of superb glossy wool. – Cut and newly overcast sides, somewhat reduced lower finish with new overcasting.
    • Lot2
    • OriginWest Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions57 x 54 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR650
    A Kurdish bag half with a knotted face in which most of the brown-ground central field is decorated in large rosettes. The knotted section below the closure band shows an unusual change in design: the field and border designs are divided into two different sections. This bag from the surroundings of Kolyai was probably woven by two women. – Good condition, the plain red kilim back is preserved.
    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensionsa = 52 x 53 cm, b = 60 x 64 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    Two Shahsavan bags woven in different techniques. A = Knotted face, a palmette design in the camel field, a wide white border containing a double vine, new overcasting all around. The monochrome kilim back is not original, stuffed to make a cushion. Slight signs of wear. B = Half of a khorjin in the reverse sumakh technique, a dark blue field with a repeat of octagons enclosing "spider güls", original kilim back in brown and red. Good condition.
    • Lot4
    • OriginWest and South Persia
    • Dimensionsa= 60 x 66 cm, b= 60 x 70 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR170
    Two bag halves with the original kilim backs, slight signs of wear. A = Kurdish, Bijar region, B = Afshar, Kerman region.
    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensionsdiverse
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR700
    These three Afshar bags with knotted faces and original kilim backs are all halves of double bags. – Signs of age and wear, slight damage to the sides, good overall condition.
    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions200 x 155 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    Woven by sedentary Afshars, this rug displays a version of the Persian garden theme based on urban models which is only known to have been used in the Neyriz region. The boughs of a mighty three-trunked tree flanked by two vases fill the whole of the sulphur-yellow field. Birds perch in its branches, and four small goats are seen at the lower end of the field. The wide blue border is decorated with diagonal botehs. – Slight signs of age and wear, the sides and upper finish are original but show minor damage. The lower finish is somewhat reduced.

    Literature:
    EDWARDS, A. CECIL, The Persian Carpet. London 1975, no. 325 *** HALI 34, London 1987, cover *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 42 *** RIPPON BOSWELL Geneva, auction of 31 May 1987, # 31

    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions195 x 93 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    A white-ground Akstafa prayer rug in the characteristic long and narrow format. The field design consists of angular botehs arranged in offset rows; the bridge-shaped arch enclosing a comb motif has been placed high up and touches the horizontal border. The black-brown main border displays an ascending design of triangles in diverging colours aligned vertically and each decorated with two bird’s heads. – Slight signs of age and wear, one major repair at the centre and several minor repairs. Uniformly low pile. Slightly reduced at the bottom, remains of the original kilim survive at the top.
    • Lot8
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions151 x 89 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    The narrow yellow field contains a repeat of palmettes and shield forms arranged in offset rows and interspersed with small filler motifs. The palmettes appear like stylised animal figures, which is why this particular Kuba design is also known as the "frog" motif. The angular S-forms in the main border may be abstract dragon figures. In Caucasian rugs, floral designs are frequently revealed to derive from abstract animals. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile. Both upper corners and one strip along the right-hand side have been repiled.

    Literature:
    LEVI, ALBERTO, Antica Arte Tessile – Antique Textile Art. Milan 2000, no. 13

    • Lot9
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions169 x 115 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    The Alpan design has been drawn to an impressively large scale in the midnight blue field of this Kuba. The design appears to have been firmly established among carpet weavers in the Kuba region by the 19th century. It obviously derives from Caucasian silk embroideries. Almost literal translations of older textile designs into knotted rugs are a phenomenon often observed in the Caucasus. – Original finishes all around, only slight signs of age and wear, somewhat low spots in the pile, corroded brown, good overall condition.
    • Lot10
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions205 x 97 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    In the blue field, twelve Memling güls have been arranged in rows of two; they differ from the usual type in the large crosses placed at their centres. Large abstract birds stylised to S-forms are lined up in the narrow white-ground main border. Colourful rosettes form a floral chain in the black-brown secondary borders. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    COHEN, GUISEPPE, Il Fascino del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1968; pl. 71