Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
    • Lot61
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions301 x 127 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    This immaculately drawn Akstafa displays four eight-pointed star medallions enclosing cruciform motifs and pairs of large white Akstafa birds. A wealth of smaller designs covers the dark blue ground almost completely. – Reselvedged in places, otherwise in very good condition.
    • Lot62
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions314 x 147 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    The three-row tree design in the light red field is composed of shield palmettes, hooked diamonds and white V-shaped motifs which may be abstract animal figures. Alternating at regular intervals, the three devices are positioned at the same height in the two outer trees, whereas those of the central tree are offset against them, lending the composition a varied and animated character. Spaciously arranged, rectilinear vines decorated with hooks surround the trees and create an irregular framework of lines on the ground. The sumakh may have been woven in the Baku region, as the style of the border designs would suggest. The serrated leaves drawn in specific colours are often encountered in Baku pile rugs. Another example of this very rare group has been published by Boralevi. – Slight signs of age and wear, original finishes all around.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 5

    • Lot63
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions186 x 133 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This Sehna kilim is almost identical with the Vok kilim CP 70 sold by us in 2016, not only in terms of design, but also with regard to the extremely fine weaving structure, pile wool and palette. Perhaps the two kilims were produced as a pair. – Perfectly preserved except for two short stitched tears and one small hole at the centre of the field.

    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, CP 70 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 88, Vok Collection, Selection 2. Wiesbaden 2016, lot 168

    • Lot64
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions206 x 133 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    Woven as finely as a cloth, this Sehna kilim presenting an elegant, perfectly drawn Herati design on a turquoise ground and a golden yellow main border is a prime example of the refined taste of the Persian upper class during the reign of the Qajar dynasty. Such precious luxury textiles were status symbols and carefully guarded in wealthy Persian families. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Munich 1980. no. 349 *** BESIM, ADIL (publ.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Vienna 1999, no. 47 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Kelim. Antike orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim & Munich 1983, pl. 146

    • Lot65
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions43 x 33 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,150
    The pile-woven face of an Afshar shoulder bag. The midnight blue field is almost completely filled by a large plant with closely spaced, diagonal stems which lend the motif a zoomorphous appearance. Very good wool, brilliant colours. This rare example used to belong to the private collection of John Collins, Newburyport. – Good condition.
    • Lot66
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions219 x 135 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    Drawn in the Qajar period portrait style, this pictorial rug was woven in one of the Kerman master workshops. The composition follows an established pictorial type, and all the surviving examples of the group are largely similar. The persons depicted are Naser ad-Din Schah (ruled 1848-1896), the five princes and his three most important officials. Wearing his robe and crown in the attitude of an audience, the Emperor is seated on the Peacock Throne with his legs tucked up under him. A pillared hall is suggested in the background. Three princes are standing to his left and in the background, and a dignitary is seen on his right. A second group of people is depicted beneath them: two princes and two dignitaries are grouped around a vase abundant with flowers, symbolising wealth and prosperity. The wide border is a frieze of hunting scenes. A fine weave, beautiful pastel colours. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 44, 11/05/1996, lot 137

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    • Lot67
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions154 x 133 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A green mihrab stands alone in the red field. It is surrounded by palmettes. The main border contains serrated diagonal leaves and offset halved diamonds on a white ground. – Original sides and upper kilim finish, marginally reduced at the lower end, full pile preserved, one small rewoven area at the top left.

    EDER, DORIS, Orientteppiche. Volume 1: Kaukasische Teppiche. Munich 1979, no. 24

    • Lot68
    • OriginNorth East Persia
    • Dimensions146 x 74 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    This large double bag with knotted faces, a knotted connecting panel and kilim backs was woven in Semnan, a city situated east of Tehran. A white-ground star-shaped blossom stands alone at the centre of each burgundy field, and three smaller star-shaped blossoms adorn the blue bridge. In the characteristic style of urban weavings, the border design of two floral vines and two secondary borders is drawn with precision. Only a very few Semnan khorjins have survived. This example has been in a German private collection for over forty years. – Perfect condition, stuffed to make a cushion.
    • Lot69
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions208 x 123 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    Comparatively coarse in weave and knotted on largely brown warps, this rug was made by an Arabi tribal group of the Khamseh nomads. The dark blue field, with a notched outline created by halved stepped polygons placed along the sides and ends, contains a dense repeat of hens and small decorative motifs characteristic of Arabi weavings. – Good condition, original sides, minimally reduced ends.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland 1981, pl. p. 77

    • Lot70
    • OriginWest Persia, Hamadan region
    • Dimensions197 x 119 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,200
    In the midnight blue field, a large ivory central medallion with attached pendants extends as far as the lateral borders. It is surrounded by boldly drawn flowering stems. Each of the sand-coloured spandrels contains a red vase aligned diagonally to the field which holds flowering stems. The two wide red leaves of an arabesque growing from each of the vases separate the spandrels and the field. The composition and style of drawing are characteristic of the Malayer carpets finely knotted in a single-weft structure in the south of the Hamadan region. The rare main border of this antique example is particularly striking. Large birds and rosettes have been incorporated into a vine of flowering stems. – Cut sides, replaced cords, both ends slightly reduced. Otherwise well preserved, with a high velvety pile.