Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
    • Lot91
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions133 x 85 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    This small-format Sarab has an open camel field terminating in a finely stepped arch at each end. A dark blue central medallion has been placed slightly above the middle of the field, and four poles ending in diamonds extend towards it from the sides. Amulets, blossoms and other small ornaments adorn the light blue spandrels. The plain camel band which forms the rug’s outer surround is a typical feature of the provenance. – Good condition, original selvedges.
    • Lot92
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions100 x 100 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    In the golden yellow field of this small and exactly square Afshar nomad rug, two-dimensional palmettes decorated with two sickle leaves at the bottom and a hooked tip at the top combine into a repeat of offset rows. They alternate with botehs which change direction from one row to the next. The scale of the ornaments – essentially far too large in relation to the format – is a characteristic feature of many Afshar weavings, lending their rugs a highly memorable appearance. – Uniformly low pile, new overcasting along the sides.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. München 1992, Nr.76

    • Lot93
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Luristan, Zagros region
    • Dimensions257 x 176 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    A tile-like repeat of small nested diamonds in different colour combinations hermetically covers the field. This memorable design is very often encountered in the rugs and bags of the Kurdish Jaff and Sanjabi tribes who lived in the region west of Kermanshah. Diamond designs identical in drawing but different in colour were also used by the Luri of the Zagros Mountains. Further identifying features of the Luri provenance are the style and ornamentation of the borders as well as the typical striped kilim finishes partially brocaded with small motifs. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot94
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions161 x 81 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    The blue-black field contains a large-scale diamond lattice of white serrated leaves which surround diamonds, hooked diamonds and botehs drawn in the geometric style of the Caucasus. The white arch placed at the upper end of the field is decorated with diagonal crosses in diverse colours. The box-shaped niche encloses hooked diamonds and blossoms as well as a comb motif. The long format and the striking double hooks seen in the brilliant white main border are characteristic features of these Akstafa prayer rugs. – Excellent condition, with the pile at its original height and original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. München 1993, Nr.16 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, Tf. S.46

    • Lot95
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions249 x 166 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR30,000
    The village population of Transcaucasia upheld their traditional rug designs with great persistence. This continuity only ended with the social upheaval caused by the Russian Revolution. So-called "Pinwheel" Kazaks woven in a distinctive design – the eponymous, steel blue forms decorated with spirals to suggest a rotary movement, diagonal green abstract dragons studded with yellow crescents and white rosettes – were produced throughout the 19th century and in the early 20th century, although their quality steadily declined. Nonetheless, only a very few examples were known until circa 1980 so this Kazak type was considered particularly rare. The fact that the size of this rug group is actually far larger only became evident when the Soviet Union ceased to exist and the borders opened. – A comparison of the many examples now published reveals considerable aesthetic differences in the division of space, balance of designs, palette, knotting structure and pile wool used. This Pinwheel Kazak is a perfect classic example. The quality of the brilliant colours and the balanced composition suggest that it was produced around 1850. – Very good condition, the original finishes survive all around.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, Nr. 53 *** KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart & London 1993, Nr. 16 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 27, 07.05.1988, #116; A 43, 18.11.1995, #137 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. München 1987, Nr. 108 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. München 1991, Nr. 17

    • Lot96
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions55 x 54 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    Half of a Khamseh Shahsavan khorjin woven in the sumakh technique. In the field, two frieze-like horizontal panels, one midnight blue and one red in ground colour, contain mythological animals alternating with trees. A narrower red band decorated with hooked diamonds has been placed between them. The style of drawing, animal design and border ornamentation are characteristic features of Khamseh weavings. – The plain red kilim back has been cut off at the bottom and later stitched back on. Good condition.

    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, Nr.43 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, Nrn.34-36

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 65, 28.05.2005, #59

    • Lot97
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions184 x 112 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,700
    The weave and pile wool suggest that this highly unusual rug was woven in the Genje region. The whole of the central field is taken up by horizontal design bands in which rectangles, triangles, diamonds and cone shapes combine into a mosaic of chaotic appearance. The two white-ground panels at the ends of the field, each decorated with five double hooks, provide the vital organising factor; without them the composition would lack a fixed structure. In the narrow brown border, diamonds quartered by colour change have been joined into a design chain. – Uniformly low pile, the brown sections are corroded and have been largely repiled.
    • Lot98
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions220 x 133 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    Abrashed in shades of blue and brown and framed by a yellow band, the narrow field contains three red octagons, each enclosing a cross and with blossoms distributed around them. It is surrounded by an exceptionally wide border of large octagons which also enclose cross motifs. Small blossoms and S-figures as well as a number of comb-like amulets are interspersed between them in a seemingly random arrangement. – Small repiled areas, otherwise well preserved, original finishes all around. The lower kilim finish is damaged.
    • Lot99
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Cappadocia
    • Dimensions222 x 153 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    Coarsely woven and with a pile so high that the design appears blurred, this village weaving used to be a sleeping rug. In Anatolia such rugs are known as "yatak" (bed). Produced only for home use, they often display designs in brilliant and diverse colours where perfection of drawing was of secondary importance. In this item, the two huge octagons with an interior drawing of archaic appearance are completely different in size and shape. Large straight-armed crosses adorn the salmon border. Judging by its colours, the rug was probably woven in the small town of Gelveri. – Very good condition, original selvedges and kilim ends.
    • Lot100
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan, Shakhrisyabz
    • Dimensions161 x 121 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    Judging by its palette, style of drawing and ornamentation, this suzani in the nim format was made by a Lakai tribal group who had abandoned nomadic life and settled near the oasis town of Shakhrisyabz. The design is embroidered onto a three-panel purple silk foundation in an extremely fine chain stitch technique. The large circular blossom at the centre of the field is encircled by a vine bearing lively leaves, creating an appearance of rotary motion. Two flowering trees grow from it in the vertical direction, and four vines run diagonally from it towards the corners. Four curved zoomorphous figures resembling salamanders stand out at the sides of the field. In the wide border, large circular blossoms varying in colour and interior design are surrounded by green stems arranged to form diamond-shaped compartments. An embroidered ikat fabric in the Wolf Collection displays the same animal figures and secondary borders. – Slight signs of wear in the silk foundation, otherwise very well preserved. Original printed cotton fabric backing.

    GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection. New York 2003, Nr.29