Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
    • Lot51
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions206 x 148 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR11,500
    Two huge octagons with hooked outlines, each filled to its full extent by a large central star, are aligned on the central axis of the red field. Two halved diamonds at the sides of the field and four triangles in the corners are similarly decorated with long hooks, creating a relationship with the two primary designs. The wide border is composed of two bands, an inner one of shield motifs on a white ground and an outer one of double hooks aligned in rows and placed in variously coloured compartments. Closely related examples are a Konya from the "Orient Stars" Collection identical in design, a Konya published by Battilossi and the Aksaray offered as lot 63 in this catalogue. – Small rewoven sections, partially restored sides, remains of the original kilim finishes survive at both ends.

    KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart-London 1993, Nr.183 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquariato. Catalogo V. Turin 1990, Nr.5

    • Lot52
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama region
    • Dimensions96 x 80 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    Known as "ceyrek" in Anatolia, this small format is typical of carpets woven in the village of Kozak north of Bergama which can differ widely in terms of design. Produced in light colours that create a cheerful appearance, this example shows a honeycomb-shaped double niche at the centre of the apricot field. The tips of its arches are decorated with red double hooks, and two panels placed at its sides contain a sequence of small interlocked mihrabs. A further example of this group was comprehensively discussed by Brüggemann. – Very well preserved, the red kilim ends are somewhat reduced.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER/BÖHMER, HARALD, Teppiche der Bauern und Nomaden in Anatolien. Hannover 1980, Nr.79 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 58, 11.05.2002, #109 *** ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche - Die Bilder des Orients. Heidelberg 1977, Nr.81

    • Lot53
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Mugla province
    • Dimensions133 x 80 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Three geometric, abstract trees rooted in a bowl stand in a midnight blue shield form outlined in yellow which takes up most of the brown field. Their angled branches bear star-shaped blossoms. This pretty woven picture is framed to good effect by a yellow inner border of serrated leaves and blossoms and an outer white-ground border of slanting carnations. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VI. München 1984, Nr.6

    • Lot54
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions191 x 152 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    An early small-format Bakhshaish woven in transparent colours. Separated from the azure spandrels by steep stepped gables, the light red, shield-shaped field contains a dark blue, hexagonal central medallion with a smaller white-ground hexagon nested within it. All the examples cited below display the same composition. The austere geometric style of drawing and the high proportion of undecorated spaces are a characteristic feature of these rural rugs made in the villages of the Bakhshaish region. Their closeness to the neighbouring Caucasus is manifested in the design of the white main border, which shows a double vine decorated with abstract birds. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, a number of small repiled areas. Both ends minimally reduced, original selvedges.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. München 1982, Nr.52 *** ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L'Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Mailand 1983, Nr.164 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 71, 24.04.2008, #244

    • Lot55
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions360 x 287 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR11,000
    The central medallion design of this antique Heriz is largely woven in pastel shades. A discrete white shield form with stepped outlines lies on a dusky pink ground filled with spaciously arranged, geometric stems and flowers. The red-ground, hexagonal central medallion has two pendants composed of large, light green leaves and four red palmettes branching away from its sides. It contains a smaller, light blue medallion with an arabesque outline and a cruciform floral interior drawing. In the red-ground main border, large two-dimensional palmettes are linked by a straight-lined vine. – Slight signs of age and wear, small repairs and inserted sections, good overall condition in view of its age.
    • Lot56
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions64 x 72 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    This knotted bag face may have been woven by a Shahsavan tribal group in the Bijar area. Indications in favour of this assumption are the border design, the palette and the light red, coarsely woven kilim back which has partially survived. The field design – offset horizontal rows of syrga motifs (abstract birds) on a dark blue ground – is considered a reliable identifying feature of Shahsavan weavings. – Slight damage and signs of wear at the sides and corners, otherwise in good condition. Mounted onto a black fabric.
    • Lot57
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions380 x 106 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    Meshkin rugs were made in the surrounding villages of Meshkin Shar, a small town situated between Tabriz and Ardabil. Antique examples have now almost completely disappeared from the market. The white field of this Meshkin is decorated with six vertical rows of small rounded trees placed upside down. The narrow, dark red main border contains slanting rhomboids, each decorated with two hooks resembling claws, and box and cone shapes inserted between them. The superb glossy pile wool greatly enhances the brilliance of the colours. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot58
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Cappadocia
    • Dimensions398 x 166 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    Probably made in a village inhabited by Kurds in the area between Kayseri and Nigde, this large kilim consists of a white field and two wide borders which were woven separately. It belongs to the same group as two kilims from the Orient Stars and Vok Collections sold by us. However, an example published by Petsopoulos and described by the author as an Aydin kilim from West Anatolia is even closer in terms of design. – The white field is decorated with small brocaded blossoms arranged to form colourful horizontal rows as well as eight large, superimposed hooked diamonds. In the vertical borders, pairs of rectangles enclosing hexagons and drawn with lateral parmakli outlines are separated by dark brown horizontal stripes which each contain two white S-motifs. A frieze of perfectly drawn elibelinde figures adorns the elems. Finely woven with meticulous precision, this kilim displays a rich range of strong and brilliant colours that add to its charm. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 86, Vok Collection I, 11.04.2015, #4 *** A 52, Orient Stars, 02.10.1999, #43 *** PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Ein Handbuch. München 1980, Nr.133

    • Lot59
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions299 x 244 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR14,500
    Many of the large and always red-ground medallion design sumakhs were made in the Kuba region, often in the workshops of the small town of Kusary which used to be a centre of sumakh production. Boralevi made a compelling case for this in his 1986 monograph. In this very finely and meticulously woven sumakh with a perfectly balanced composition, four dark blue medallions with octagonal centres and yellow octagons laterally offset against them combine into a design block which is separated by large arrows pointing to the field centre from the wide outer sections decorated in a wealth of different motifs. – Very good condition, the original finishes are preserved all around.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florenz 1986, Nr.7 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 55, 18.11.2000, #127

    • Lot60
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions170 x 135 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,500
    A repeat of small flowering plants in restrained colours hermetically covers the midnight blue field of this rare Marasali prayer rug. The inconspicuous prayer niche with a triangular apex is only perceived upon closer inspection. A decisive factor in attributing this very finely woven Shirvan to the Marasali group is the design of the narrow white-ground main border of abstract birds. – Good condition, original finishes all around.