Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
    • Lot101
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions169 x 101 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    In this Kazak with a blazing red ground, the small format and the two-row design of hooked diamonds drawn in the kilim style are unusual features. A very narrow border of reciprocal trefoils in brown and white. – Good condition, the original polychrome selvedges survive, remnants of the kilim ends remain at the upper and lower finishes.

    STRAKA, JEROME A. (ed.), The Oriental Rug Collection of Jerome and Mary Jane Straka. Washington, D.C. 1978, no. 118 *** JOSLYN ART MUSEUM (publ.), A Rich Inheritance. Oriental Rugs of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. Omaha, Nebraska 1974, pl. p. 44

  • Fachralo Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot102
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions154 x 109 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This prayer Kazak has a white mihrab in a tower-like shape, a pointed arch and a central box medallion. The number 131 repeated four times in two white cartouches placed next to the arch probably does not signify a date; instead it represents a religious invocation in numerological code. Following recent research into number symbolism, not all the woven numbers encountered in Oriental carpets are now assumed to be dates. – Good condition.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH U., KERIMOV, LAFIF & ZOLLINGER, WERNER, Azerbaidjanisch–Kaukasische Teppiche. Sammlung Ulmke aus der Schweiz. Hamburg 2001, no. 141

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche. Die Bilder des Orients. Volume II. Heidelberg 1978, no. 324

    • Lot103
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions223 x 102 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    Three hooked diamonds are joined along the central axis of the camel field. The salmon border contains a vine bearing serrated leaves and geometric, stylised flowers. – Original selvedges, remains of the kilim finishes survive at the ends, both upper corners restored.
    • Lot104
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions186 x 139 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    In addition to the large Heriz carpets exported to Western countries as of circa 1870, smaller formats were produced in Heriz and its surrounding area. Examples piled in wool reflect the local tradition and were probably made for home use. The small Heriz silk rugs woven in designs based on individual cartoons by master draughtsmen were produced on commission. – Piled in wool in the dozar format, this Heriz displays a very rare design. A white-ground shield form takes up the whole of the deep blue field. Angular vines bearing stems and blossoms emanate in a spacious arrangement from a central star-shaped blossom drawn in the typical Heriz style. Four abstract human figures are standing at each end of the shield medallion. The surrounding field is filled with flowering stems. The blue-green main border and the two light red guard borders contain geometric, stylised vines attached to leaves and blossoms. – Small repaired areas, very good overall condition.
    • Lot105
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions279 x 184
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    The field of this rare pictorial rug woven in one of the Kerman master workshops depicts a garden of paradise. The white field terminating in arch shapes at both ends is densely covered in flowering stems. A pavilion of four columns supporting three domes is seen at the bottom, with two cypresses and one palm tree standing inside. Above it, a dark blue cartouche filled with rose stems is flanked by two peacocks perched on branches. The upper section is dominated by a dark blue, ogival medallion. The dark blue main border is a surrounding frieze of horned animals, giraffes and lions placed between flowering trees. – Three long bands with white calligraphic inscriptions in Persian are positioned at the sides and top. The upper inscription roughly translates as follows: “Old people and young people will come to buy our wall hanging (pardeh) from both Arabs and Persians”. The two inscriptions at the sides are identical in wording and have been juxtaposed in mirror image: “Move the curtain (pardeh) aside so that the Sun of the World comes in, and thus the beauty of the Kings of Kayan” (an old term for the most ancient mythical rulers of Persia). - Slight signs of wear, minor repiled areas, somewhat low spots in the pile. Good overall condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot106
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions187 x 132 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    This elegant silk rug featuring a tree of life design and an arch is artistically influenced by Kerman. It was probably made in the city of Yazd situated north west of Kerman. The knotting structure, the use of light blue silk warps and the specific palette suggest this attribution. In a German private collection since 1897, the rug has always been used as a wall hanging and is thus well preserved.
  • Chinese Palace Carpet

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    • Lot107
    • OriginWest China, Ningxia
    • Dimensions278 x 182 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR18,000
    At the centre of the reddish-brown field, a large disc medallion with a lustrous ground woven from metal-wrapped brass yarn is superimposed upon a lattice filled with diamonds. The blue five-clawed dragon in the medallion is depicted in front view and in a circular movement, as usual chasing the flaming pearl hovering before him. In the spandrels, four serpentine blue dragons are seen in side view against a ground similarly brocaded in metal. The wide ochre border contains a frieze-like design of short stems bearing blossoms and leaves. – Comparatively coarse in weave, this rug with a silk pile on a cotton foundation is an early example of the group of so-called palace carpets. It lacks the all but obligatory Chinese inscription at the upper end denoting the place for which it was destined in the imperial palace. Lorentz has dated a very similar example as far back as the 18th century. A further palace rug with an identical border, albeit a slightly different lattice design, has been published by Bausback. – Very good condition.

    LORENTZ, HANS ACHIM, Chinesische Teppiche. 17.-20. Jahrhundert. Munich 1975, no. 59 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike chinesische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1980, pl. p. 17

  • North West Persian Khorjin

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    • Lot108
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions120 x 52 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This rare double bag originates from the border region between Persia and the Caucasus. It was purchased in the small town of Amrullah over forty years ago. A large Lenkoran medallion takes up the whole of the pile-woven, dark blue faces and is framed to good effect by a white main border with a leaf and calyx vine drawn in the Caucasian style. The kilims backs of wide and narrow horizontal stripes are alternately woven in cotton and wool. – Very good condition, stuffed to make a cushion.
  • Fachralo Prayer Kazak

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    • Lot109
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions167 x 125 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A tall, towering green mihrab with a red Fachralo medallion at its centre stands alone in the red field. The re-entrant opening at the lower end encloses a white star, and the small, pointed triangular arch is crowned with a double hook. The mihrab field is surrounded by geometric, stylised palmettes resembling beetles. The halved stepped triangles outlined in serrated leaves are a popular design which also occurs in Borjalou Kazak prayer rugs. An almost identical Fachralo prayer rug from the Ulmke Collection was published in "Azerbaidjanisch-Kaukasische Teppiche". – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH U., KERIMOV, LAFIF & ZOLLINGER, WERNER, Azerbaidjanisch–Kaukasische Teppiche. Sammlung Ulmke aus der Schweiz. Hamburg 2001, no. 167

    • Lot110
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions270 x 155 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,600
    This early Yomut main carpet shows a dyrnak gül design against a red-brown field ground. A clear distinction between primary and secondary güls does not exist in this design type, and accordingly the two different kinds of dyrnaks arranged in offset rows are almost equal in size. The white border presents a very rare design of rectangles and hourglass devices. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, one small hole, new overcasting along the sides. In the lower section of the field, a strip some two centimetres wide and 150 centimetres long is missing on both sides at the boundary between the field and border. The two long cuts have been sewn up.