Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
    • Lot21
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama region
    • Dimensions110 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    The small town of Kozak is situated some twenty kilometres north of Bergama. Its inhabitants are said to have immigrated from the Caucasus, as reflected in the name (Kozak = Kazak). Known as "ceyrek" in Turkey, the small format is a typical feature of this rug group. The field of this item is covered in a colourful chequerboard design, and its compartments contain diagonal crosses with hooks at their ends. The design of the white main border consists of honeycomb-shaped hexagons each enclosing an S-shaped device which combine into a design chain. – Good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot22
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions196 x 132 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    A classic 19th century Sehna, very finely knotted on a silk foundation and with the pile cut short. The cloth-like handle is a characteristic feature of such workshop pieces. A dense and delicately drawn Herati design covers the beige-ground field terminating in arch shapes at both ends as well as the midnight blue, hexagonal central medallion and spandrels. The muted palette of several pastel shades lends this carpet an appearance of noble elegance. – Uniformly low pile, reselvedged on both sides, original end finishes.

    HAWLEY, WALTER A., Oriental Rugs. Antique And Modern. New York 1913, Tf.23

    • Lot23
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions195 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This white-ground Kerman with a very narrow border shows an elegant repeat of large, lively botehs placed in offset horizontal rows and all aligned to the left. The rug is strikingly fine in weave and its pile has been cut short, resulting in a leathery handle. The field design is modelled on the botehs seen in the end panels (pallu) of North Indian Kashmir shawls woven around 1830 – not on the Kerman termeh weavings where the botehs are arranged in facing pairs. Often produced on commission for the Persian upper class, workshop rugs of this outstanding quality were coveted prestige objects during the Qajar period. – Very good condition, except for minimal signs of wear at the corners.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH, Persian Carpets. Vol.1. Katalog Teppich-Museum Teheran. Teheran 1977, Nr.30

    • Lot24
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions126 x 105 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    A large blue-ground diamond with a cruciform interior drawing lies in the burgundy field of this village rug, which was probably woven by Azerbaijani Kurds. The central motif is surrounded by four truncated brown polygons with stepped outlines. The inner blue border is decorated with small offset birds. The upper horizontal border is similarly filled with animals. To our knowledge, a comparative piece has not been published. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition, original selvedges.
    • Lot25
    • OriginWest Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions306 x 125 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,700
    This antique village rug by the Kolyai Kurds is knotted on a wool foundation in a soft structure and subtle transparent colours. A very beautifully drawn mina khani repeat adorns the light red field; the brown border contains a thin red vine which connects rosettes, smaller flowers and serrated diagonal leaves. The large scale of the motifs is a feature characteristic of antique examples from this provenance. A Kolyai illustrated by Burns displays the same field design, while a "Bijar" published by Engelhardt shows the same main border. – Corroded brown sections, new overcasting along the sides. Good overall condition.

    BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. London 2002, Nr.3 *** ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche. Die Bilder des Orients. Band II. Heidelberg 1978, Nr.208 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 90, 03.12.2016, #50

    • Lot26
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions195 x 118 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,900
    In this Baluch from the Torbat-e-Haydari region, the velvety pile wool and first-rate colours are captivating features. The extraordinarily fine weave has resulted in a very precise drawing. Elongated hexagons in two different ground colours combine into a lattice design of steep colour diagonals in the field. The hexagons each enclose a gül-like motif with a central diamond. Harking back to Turkmen models, the wavy vine undulating around highly stylised palmettes in an in-and-out rhythm – particularly accomplished in this item – is a characteristic feature of the Torbat-e-Haydari Baluch rugs. – One major missing section at the lower left side. Good overall condition, includes the original selvedges and elaborate flatwoven end finishes.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Rugs of the Wandering Baluchi. London 1976, Nr.26 *** MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, Tf.152

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    • Lot27
    • OriginSouth West Afghanistan, Sistan region
    • Dimensions235 x 199 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,500
    This unusually large carpet in deep glowing colours was woven for the khan of a Baluchi tribal group living close to the town of Chakhansur in the Sistan border region. Eight huge two-dimensional palmettes drawn in three different styles are arranged in rows of two in the midnight blue field, which is surrounded by a wide three-band border. The design of the carpet employs motifs of the Timuri and Mushwani tribes, placing them into a new compositional context. It is thanks to Thomas Cole that Chakhansur weavings – summarily attributed to the Timuri in the past – can now be identified. – Good condition, original selvedges and striped kilim ends.

    COLE, THOMAS, Raising the Bar. In: HALI 128, London 2003, Abb. S.83 *** BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, Tf.59 *** WISDOM, GARY A., Baluch Tribal Weavings. The Wisdom Collection. Tubac, Arizona 2008, Tf.19

    SORGATO, DAVID, Baluch from the David Sorgato collection. Mailand 2007, Nr.30

    • Lot28
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions126 x 77 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A prayer rug of the "head-and-shoulders" type woven by the Jan Begi tribe. The camel field below the bridge-shaped arch contains a large, exactly symmetrical tree of life with angled branches ending in large star-shaped blossoms. It is flanked on the left and right by a very slender tree. The flowering plant in the box-shaped prayer niche is surrounded by written characters. Two small trees fill the camel-coloured upper rectangles placed next to the arch. A very beautiful antique example, finely woven from velvety pile wool. – Good condition, includes the original selvedges and striped kilim finishes.

    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, Tf.1

    • Lot29
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions114 x 80 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    The camel field of this small-format prayer rug is densely filled with botehs which continue in the box-shaped niche without interruption. A narrow blue-and-white border of reciprocal trefoils provides a sharp contrast, separating the field from the wide main border where diagonal crosses alternate with kochak crosses. The main border is angled inwards at the upper end, repeating the outline of the prayer field. The overall picture is reminiscent of a portal surrounded by a wide frame. The other world unattainable to the living lies beyond its threshold. An example identical in composition has been published by Herrmann and attributed to the Adraskand region in Afghanistan. – Both ends slightly reduced, original sides, small repaired areas.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VIII. München 1986, Nr.99

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 68, 18.11.2006, #71

    • Lot30
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions176 x 146 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,700
    This unusual suzani embroidered in the yurma stitch was probably made by a Lakai tribal group in the Kermina area. The foundation is a beige four-panel cotton fabric which may have been imported from India. The broadly conceived field design lacking a fixed structure appears unorthodox and full of movement. It consists of blossoms in varying sizes, shapes and colours; green curved stems which do not combine into a coherent lattice; and very thin gold vines. The individual devices, the style of drawing and the specific colour combinations seen in various motifs suggest the Lakai provenance. – Good condition, fabric backing on the reverse.