Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot121
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions230 x 141 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,900
    Three grass-green diamonds with blue-and-white outlines and accentuated corners are aligned on the central axis of the open sand-coloured field. Eight analogous diamonds are offset against them along the sides of the field and truncated by a surrounding inner design band of small halved diamonds. The green and yellow colour scheme and the fine weave indicate that this Qashqa’i kilim is a weaving of the Safi Khani tribe. – Very good condition, original side and end finishes, the braided warp threads survive at both ends.
  • Khamseh Bag Face

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    • Lot122
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions65 x 56 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,450
    The dark blue field contains a dense design of botehs, star-filled octagons and small blossoms; halved hooked diamonds are lined up along the sides. A green diamond with a white arrowhead at each corner, resulting in a motif of cruciform appearance, has been integrated into this basic design. Four large hens are arranged around the diamond. A fine weave, brilliant colours. – Good condition.
    • Lot123
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions191 x 130 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    In the yellow field, a repeat of cypresses, botehs, palmettes and rosettes is embedded in a dense network of flowering stems. Commonly seen in Sarough, Farahan and Malayer carpets, this design is rather rare in Sehna weavings. According to Cecil Edwards, the main border of large white-ground cartouches enclosing a flowering shrub is characteristic of 19th century Sehna rugs. A fine weave, very beautiful colours including light shades of green. – Good condition, the original finishes survive all around.

    EDWARDS, A. CECIL, The Persian Carpet. London 1953 , ill. 119, p. 127

  • Sultanabad

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    • Lot124
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions579 x 478 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR17,500
    The burgundy field contains a repeat of large palmettes, rosettes and many smaller blossoms linked by short stems. Similar floral motifs fill the wide, grass-green main border. These large decorative carpets were woven for export in the workshops of Sultanabad, some of them by companies controlled by Europeans (such as Ziegler). – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, reknotted areas.
    • Lot125
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions165 x 156 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,900
    In this nearly square Afshar, three large medallions with stepped outlines, each enclosing a cartouche, are aligned on the central axis of the camel field. Halved or quartered forms of analogous motifs take up the sides and corners. This composition is not unusual in Afshar rugs, but what makes this example stand out is the large number of small horned quadrupeds (possibly rams or ibexes) which populate the ground. Woven on a wool foundation and soft in handle, this rug appears more "nomadic" than other Afshar village weavings. – Slight signs of age and wear, low pile, the original finishes survive all around.
  • Sehna Kilim

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    • Lot126
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions187 x 132 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    In this finely woven Sehna kilim, a white central medallion lies on a dark blue field patterned in botehs all over; polychrome diagonal stripes adorn the spandrels. A Sehna kilim published by Bausback shows the same designs in a different layout. – Small repairs, good overall condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Kelim. Antike orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim & Munich 1983, pl. 147

    • Lot127
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions190 x 130 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    Five offset blue cypress trees growing from vases and surrounded by flowering stems combine into an ascending repeat in the cream field of this elegant Kerman workshop carpet. Two lateral cypresses cut by the border are represented as halved forms. A flat arch with arabesque outlines completes the field at the top. The main border is embellished with red cartouches, dark blue rosettes and flowering stems. – Slight signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 41, 12/11/1994, lot 52

  • Silk Kashan

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    • Lot128
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions205 x 130 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    This elegant Kashan workshop carpet with a lustrous silk pile is woven in the souf technique. Its pile stands out like a relief from the flatwoven light blue ground of the field and main border. The ascending field design of a large vase and two trees placed at the lower end, their flower-laden branches rising in a mirror-image arrangement up to the sweeping arch at the upper end of the field, symbolises a garden of paradise. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot129
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions195 x 115 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,700
    The design of this red-ground pillar rug consists of clouds and Buddhist symbols placed on cloudbands in a symmetrical composition centring on the vertical central axis. A wide frieze at the lower end contains clouds and waves with Mount Meru rising among them. The upper finish shows three horizontal borders above a canopy hung with strings of beads. – Very well preserved.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot130
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions257 x 91 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,500
    This red-ground pillar rug depicts a large dragon chasing the flaming pearl among clouds and Buddhist emblems. Holy Mount Meru rises from clouds and waves at the lower end of the field. Four strings of beads with auspicious symbols at their ends are suspended from a canopy at the upper finish of the field. The mask above the dragon’s head portrays his son Jiao Tu (alternative spelling: T'ao-tieh). – The design only makes sense when the rug is wrapped around a pillar of suitable diameter. The dragon’s body then appears as a spiral winding upwards. Almost perfectly preserved, this dragon rug was purchased at Galerie Hirschberg, Cologne, in 1998.