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Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
    • Lot81
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions408 x 113 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    The field design of narrow vertical stripes in brilliant and diverse colours is an identifying feature of Kirsehir rugs which are often woven in a long format. Each of the stripes is embellished with a delicate geometric vine and tiny flowers. The white stripes provide structure in the hermetic, dense design. Large and closely spaced blossoms are lined up in rows in the golden yellow border. The two red elems at the ends of the field each contain nine shield forms enclosing tree motifs. – Small repiled areas, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER & BÖHMER, HARALD, Teppiche der Bauern und Nomaden in Anatolien. Hannover 1980, Nrn.29,39

    • Lot82
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions256 x 155 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR24,000
    A splendid Sehna very finely woven on a polychrome silk warp. The white field shows a design of large, lively and elegantly drawn botehs arranged into offset rows to form a repeat. They are interspersed with filigree stems bearing tiny blossoms and botehs. The very narrow, red main border is decorated with a floral vine that is characteristic of Sehnas dating from that period. Outstanding quality, a masterpiece of Persian weaving. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Orientteppiche. Braunschweig 1978, Tf. S.339

    • Lot83
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions242 x 150 cm
    • AgeDated 1277 AH = 1861 AD
    • Estimate EUR15,000
    A mighty tree with flower-laden branches extending across the whole of the blazing red field grows towards a sweeping arch right at the top. The two yellow-ground spandrels above the arch are each filled with a large palmette. As is always the case in this type, two large flowering vases stand next to the trunk at the bottom. The design layout is strictly mirror-symmetrical. The composition may have been modelled on the silk Kashan in the Tehran museum (see Azadi), allegedly woven in the Mohtashem workshop, or an analogous example. – This rare carpet was commissioned from a Bakhtiari workshop that worked exclusively for the tribal chieftains. Woven in very beautiful calligraphy, the white inscription band on a red ground which constitutes the upper finish provides the following details: Written by Sayyed Ahmad by order of Mo’tamad Al-Soltan (an honorary title: he upon whom the ruler relies) Agha-ye Soltan Mohammad Khan Mo’in Homayoun (another honorary title: assistant to the monarch), work of the Bakhtiari in the year 1277. The khan mentioned here, a member of the Ilkhan family, was a very important tribal leader and a Persian politician in his day. He was born in 1862 and died in Paris in 1924. The fact that the inscription also mentions the name of the calligrapher is a detail which does not occur in any other khan carpet. The date, 1277 (1861) poses a mystery. The carpet was probably woven around 1900. The date may state the year in which Soltan Mohammad Khan was born. – We sold a white-ground example of this elite group in 1987, as well as two yellow-ground khan carpets in 2004 and 2018. – Very well preserved, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 26, 14.11.1987, #89; A 63, 15.05.2004, #100; A 930, 02.06.2018, #100 *** AZADI, SIAWOSCH ULRICH, Persian Carpets. Vol. 1. Teheran, Iran 1977, Nr. 21

    • Lot84
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions141 x 109 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    An antique Bijar rug woven in the zaronim format. The blue-black field displays a large-scale Harshang repeat composed of flowers in varying shapes and colours, small trees and the characteristic "pinwheel" devices. The white main border contains a geometrically drawn vine decorated with blossoms, leaves and bird’s heads. – Slight signs of wear, low spots in the pile, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    BIGGS, D. (Hrsg.), Discoveries from Kurdish Looms. Evanston 1983, Nr.18 *** THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles From New York Collections. New York 2008, Tf.69

    • Lot85
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions372 x 112 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    In this Karaja woven in the characteristic long format, the outstanding quality of the wool and colours are captivating features. An almost identical example is illustrated in Eder. A very fine weave; the pile survives at its original height. – Good condition, original selvedges and upper kilim finish, minimally reduced at the bottom.

    Literature:
    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, Band 2, Tf.43 *** EDER, DORIS, Orientteppiche. Band 1: Kaukasische Teppiche. München 1979, Nr.194

    • Lot86
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions180 x 150 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This unusual rug was either produced in Cappadocia or the adjacent Sivas region to the north east. It may be a Kurdish piece. Conceived in mirror image, the field design – a geometric, abstract tree placed on the central axis, with a cruciform box shape superimposed upon it in the lower section, as well as elongated panels arranged vertically and horizontally – is highly unusual. The weaver began the border by drawing S-shaped stepped figures (possibly representations of animals) on an orange-red ground. Then she changed her mind in favour of a different design featuring diamonds and leaves on a white ground. Very beautiful colours. – A number of old restored areas, signs of wear in the pile, both ends somewhat reduced, original selvedges.

    Published:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Teil II, 15.05.2004, #93

    • Lot87
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions228 x 138 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Estimate EUR11,500
    In this very rare village rug from the Konya region, two powerful octagons in red and grass-green take up almost the whole of the brown field. They each enclose a large star motif with hooked arms, an earlier form of which occurs in an older fragment from the "Orient Stars" Collection (16th century). The survival of ancient ornaments and designs over long periods of time is a phenomenon often observed in Central Anatolian rugs. The wide, salmon main border contains hooked diamonds drawn in the kilim style. – Good condition, a high pile and the original multi-coloured flatwoven selvedges. The upper kilim finish is complete, while remnants survive of the lower one.

    Literature:
    KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart-London 1993, Nr.143

    • Lot88
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions134 x 113 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Architectural in appearance, the field design of two straight-lined blue bands bent at right angles, their ends expanding into hexagons, and a central vertical band running through the apex of a roof-like arch at the upper end of the field harks back to a much older Central Anatolian type. The prayer rug from the Konya region published by Alexander illustrates the original composition of the type. As in many Anatolian prayer rugs, here, too, the direction of the pile runs counter to the direction of the design. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile; otherwise well preserved, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    ALEXANDER, CHRISTOPHER, A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art. The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets. Berkeley 1993, Abb. S.127

    • Lot89
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions113 x 97 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    Designs and ornaments whose origins go back far into the past of the Anatolian weaving tradition continued to survive in the rugs of the Bergama region well into the 19th century. This red-ground prayer rug featuring two white coupled columns and a tower-like mihrab field is a good example. Instead of a lamp, a white carnation is suspended from the apex of the arch. The composition ultimately harks back to 16th century Ottoman models. A diamond with a quatrefoil interior drawing marks the centre of the field, and the two blue motifs seen next to the arch are highly abstract water jugs. Published by Herrmann as early as 1982, this prayer rug belongs to a small group closely related in colour and design. – Slight signs of wear, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Konya bis Kokand. Seltene Orientteppiche 3. München 1980, Nr.4 *** REINISCH, HELMUT UND LISBETH, Von Bagdad nach Stambul. Nomadenteppiche. Graz 1983, Nr.46 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d’Antiquariato. Catalogo III. Turin 1988, Nr.8 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 68, 18.11.2006, #179

    Published:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 4. München 1982, Nr.4

    • Lot90
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions271 x 223 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR13,500
    A light blue, diamond-shaped central medallion with pendants attached to its four points stands alone on the camel ground of the shield-shaped field. It has an interior design of light red vines and encloses a small, dark brown diamond decorated with flowers. Light red vines resembling lattices fill the light green spandrels which are linked by a narrow band running along the sides of the field. Simply drawn blossoms and leaves adorn the light red main border. The wide camel outer surround is not encountered elsewhere except in Sarab and Hamadan rugs. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, somewhat reduced ends, the original selvedges survive.

    Literature:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. München 1991, Nr.28 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquariato. Catalogo IV. Turin 1989, Nr.22