Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
    • Lot121
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions305 x 120 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    This Kazak featuring a yellow-ground leaf-and-calyx border belongs to a specific group made by Armenians in the Kazak area. All the surviving examples are woven in the same long format in a design of two parallel red bars decorated with blossoms and terminating in stepped hooked gables. They fill almost the whole of the dark blue field, leaving between them only a narrow panel of blossoms with a small hexagon placed at its centre. Outstanding weave, excellent wool. – Good condition, original end and side finishes.

    HUGH M. MOSS GALLERY (Hrsg.), An introduction to The World of Rugs. London 1973, Nr.16 *** GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (Hrsg.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. Basel 1980, S.41 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 57, 17.11.2001, #92

    • Lot122
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions312 x 112 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,700
    A sumakh woven in a rare long format. In the golden yellow field, a hexagonal lattice design of delicate serrated leaves encloses eight-pointed stars. The lattice is drawn with great care and is self-contained, meaning that it is not conceived as an infinite repeat. Two rows of small fan palmettes have been placed between each of its ends and the horizontal borders. The sides of the field are decorated with minute trefoils. The wave design of the border provides the decisive clue indicating that this sumakh belongs to the Zeikhur group. Finely woven with a great love of detail, superb quality. – Very good condition.
    • Lot123
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions460 x 280 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR22,000
    The floral repeat seen in the white field of this antique Serapi portrays an abundant flowering garden in a geometric, abstract style. Very large palmettes in varying shapes and colours are attached to rectilinear red stems which undulate left and right. Parrots with colourful plumage can be made out among the dense network of stems. Small herringbone-style trees and leaves complete the design. In the light blue border, palmettes with arabesque outlines, rosettes and botehs are linked by a vine. – Signs of age and wear, minimally reduced ends, original selvedges.
    • Lot124
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions320 x 263 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000
    The dark red, shield-shaped field is filled to its full extent by a large green medallion with a cruciform interior drawing. The pink spandrels contain stems and flowers, and the red main border is decorated with arabesque palmettes, rosettes and sickle leaves. - Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition, original selvedges.
    • Lot125
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions302 x 220 cm
    • AgeCa. 1910
    • Estimate EUR18,000
    In Tehran, the capital of the Persian Empire during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, the local workshops produced elegant, high-quality carpets to suit the tastes of the court and upper class. From around 1920, many workshops closed their doors because wages had become too high, relocating to different places. This Tehran featuring an elaborate design – an oval blue central medallion in a white field and dark red spandrels – is very finely woven and has a dense velvety pile. – Good condition.
    • Lot126
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions165 x 118 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    This white-ground Daghestan prayer rug presents a hexagonal lattice design of blue-black lines surrounding flowering plants, with small crosses placed at their intersections. The prayer arch stands out due to the size of the niche. The red main border contains S-shaped devices, probably abstract birds. Glossy pile wool, very good colours. – All four corners and a further area at the upper finish have been repiled, otherwise very well preserved.

    KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, Nr.66 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, Tf. S.25

    • Lot127
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba-Shirvan region
    • Dimensions305 x 119 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    This unusually large Chichi was made in the border area of two East Caucasian regions, Kuba and Shirvan. The comparatively fine weave, the structure without warp displacement, the soft handle and the white cotton overcasting along the sides are characteristic Shirvan features. On the other hand, the dense Khyrdagyd repeat of small sharp-edged designs drawn in a particular style which adorns the midnight blue field, and the white kufic vine seen in the green-ground main border are typical of Kuba rugs. Seeing that the lines between the main groups are fuzzy, it is often impossible to clearly distinguish the various Caucasian provenances; this example is another case in point. Very good quality, brilliant colours. – The pile survives at its original height, original selvedges.
    • Lot128
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions186 x 124 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    This white-ground Shirvan prayer rug is larger than is usual in this group. A hexagonal lattice of serrated leaves filled with flowering plants covers the field below the bridge-shaped mihrab arch, which is positioned so far at the top that its apex touches the horizontal border. Small plants are aligned in a row above the arch. The arch contains a large anchor-like shape as well as a comb which often occurs in prayer rugs as a symbol of purification. The red main border is decorated with abstract S-shaped animals. – Good condition, original selvedges.

    ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L'Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Mailand 1983, Nr.125

    • Lot129
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions179 x 94 cm
    • AgeDated 1320 AH = 1903 AD
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    This very finely woven, white-ground Shirvan prayer rug shows a precisely drawn diamond lattice design enclosing large palmettes. Two red hands ("Hand of Fatima"), two combs and many small animals are depicted next to the bridge-shaped arch positioned high up. The long and narrow format of this group clearly deviates from other prayer rugs made in the Shirvan area. – Good condition, original finishes all around, slight damage to the selvedge at the bottom left.

    GANS-RUEDIN, ERWIN, Orientteppiche des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. München 1975, Tf. S.183

    • Lot130
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Mugla province
    • Dimensions188 x 127 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    The ancient town of Megri situated on Turkey’s Aegean coast looks back on an eventful history. For a time it was held in possession by the Order of St. John which built a fortress on the site. In 1914 its name was changed to "Fethiye". Its predominantly Greek population was forced to emigrate under the terms of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1924. The question of whether Megri rugs were woven by Greeks remains a matter of controversy to this day. – Megris are easily identified by their particular design repertoire and their invariably light and sunny colours. Here, a border section composed of four bands varying in width and ornamentation surrounds a narrow central field in which the towering, tall blue mihrab lies on a golden yellow ground. It is decorated with a tree of life, and its small stepped arch at the upper end ends in a red tip. A comparable Megri from the Danker Collection was exhibited in Wiesbaden in 1966. – Perfectly preserved, including the original selvedges and long striped kilim ends.

    NASSAUISCHER KUNSTVEREIN (Hrsg.), Meisterstücke orientalischer Knüpfkunst. Sammlung Anton Danker. Wiesbaden 1966, Nr.17 *** EILAND, MURRAY L. & EILAND, MURRAY III, Oriental Carpets. A Complete Guide. 4th edition, Boston, New York, Toronto, London 1998, Abb.151, S.185