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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
  • Rasht Embroidery

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    • Lot171
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Gilan Province
    • Dimensions203 x 142 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    Rasht, the capital of the Persian province of Gilan on the Caspian Sea, was an important centre of the silk industry. The city looked back on a long tradition of patchwork embroidery production. The field grounds were made up from multi-coloured sections of wool flannel which was imported from Britain. The floral or figural designs were finely embroidered in silk and wool in the chain stitch technique. Depending on their sizes and designs, these distinctive textiles were used as wall hangings, prayer mats, blankets or tablecloths as well as saddle cloths and cushions. Even tents with walls made of Rasht patchwork embroideries are known to exist. – In this embroidery, a blue ogival medallion lies at the centre of a red field, surrounded by sweeping branches decorated with blossoms and leaves as well as four parrots. The composition, with arches at the ends of the field and curved sides creating a shield-shaped field outline, is a concept derived from Persian codex covers. A vine bearing palmettes, rosettes, smaller blossoms and leaves and teeming with parrots adorns the red main border. The four corners each depict a quartered sun motif, known as "khorshid khanoom" (smiling sun lady) in Persia. – Slight signs of age and wear, some of the seams are undone. Edged with a red felt all around and backed with a blue fabric.
  • Tajik Kilim

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    • Lot172
    • OriginNorth Afghanistan
    • Dimensions475 x 209 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    Woven in a single piece on a goat hair warp, this very large kilim was made for home use by Tajiks in northern Afghanistan. A chequerboard design of huge red, yellow, green and blue rectangles with striking serrated outlines fills the white field. The compartments are empty spaces except for an S-shaped motif placed at their centres. The Tajiks used these heavy kilims as floor rugs in their houses. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition.
  • Konya Kilim Fragment

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    • Lot173
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions220 x 72 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    A fragment of an early Konya kilim, originally woven in two panels in a double niche design. The surviving piece, a section of one of the two panels, shows five halved niches decorated with striking parmakli designs within horizontal bands which vary in ground colour. Kilims presenting horizontal double niches are often described as "saf", but this is misleading because they did not constitute multiple prayer rugs. Very beautiful colours. – Mounted onto canvas.
  • Hotamis Kilim

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    • Lot174
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Karapinar region
    • Dimensions400 x 170 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    The white field of this large kilim contains two vertical rows of cartouches in five different colours, each enclosing a cross motif, and three vertical rows of blue hooked diamonds. The diamonds also run between the cartouches in horizontal rows, creating a grid effect. Associated with Lotto carpets by Brüggemann, this memorable field design is encountered in the kilims of various Anatolian tribal groups. Our kilim was probably woven by the Sabanli nomads, members of the Turkmen Hotamis tribes who lived in the area south of Karapinar. The field and the two wide borders were woven separately, so the kilim is in three sections. – The whole of the horizontal border is missing at one end, the sides are partially damaged, otherwise well preserved.

    Literature:
    ESKENAZI, JOHNNY (publ.), Kilim anatolici. Milan 1984, no. 14 *** BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 24 *** ÖLÇER, NAZAN, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art: KILIMS. Istanbul 1989, pl. 29

  • Reyhanli Kilim

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    • Lot175
    • OriginSouth East Anatolia, Gaziantep-Aleppo region
    • Dimensions333 x 77 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    Half of a Reyhanli kilim with a design of wide horizontal panels separated by white dividing bands. The white sections are woven in cotton. The polychrome panels contain interlocked box shapes with parmakli outlines. According to Balpinar/Hirsch, kilims of this group were woven by Turkmen. – Signs of age and wear, reduced at one end, several missing sections, damaged edges. Mounted onto canvas.

    Literature:
    BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 50

  • Aksaray Kilim

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    • Lot176
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions366 x 154 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A two-panel kilim presenting eight large hexagons in a red-ground field. The vertical bands of the white border contain stylised animal forms in an alternating rhythm; in the horizontal bands, a vine twines around large blossoms with serrated outlines. An early example in clear and brilliant colours. – Obvious signs of age and wear, various missing sections have been backed with a red fabric in the field and with a white fabric in the border. Mounted onto canvas.
  • Brocaded Camel Cover

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    • Lot177
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions300 x 123 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    This long and narrow flatweave is a camel cover which was placed across the animal’s back. It was made by Central Anatolian nomads, possibly in the vicinity of Obruk. A brocaded design of closely spaced pale green, pale blue, ochre and brown-red diamonds with brilliant white outlines hermetically covers the field. Amulets are depicted in the narrow elems. Such camel covers woven in specific tribal designs served a practical as well as a heraldic purpose. – Good condition.

    Literature:
    BÖHMER, HARALD, Nomaden in Anatolien. Begegnungen mit einer ausklingenden Kultur. Ganderkesee 2004, ills. pp. 248 and 250 *** PLÖTZE, KARL-MICHAEL, Welt der Kelims. Barsinghausen 2001, no. 42

  • Karapinar Long Rug

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    • Lot178
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions395 x 118 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    A red-ground long rug woven in Karapinar. Five nested diamonds with blue hooked outlines adorn the narrow field, with halved hooked diamonds aligned along its sides. The brown border shows large transverse arrow shapes in an alternating rhythm. – Various repairs and repiled areas, sections of the original flatwoven selvedges have survived.
  • Hotamis Kilim

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    • Lot179
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Aksaray region
    • Dimensions418 x 176 cm
    • AgeCa. 1850
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    The field of this kilim, probably woven by Hotamis Turkmen, displays a meticulously drawn design of large gülbudak motifs arranged in sets of four in horizontal rows of varying colours. The white ground of the field combines with the primary motifs to establish a second, reciprocal design layer of large intersecting figures and horizontal dividing lines. The field was woven in one piece to avoid the misplacement of the design along the centre which often occurs in two-panel kilims; the brown-ground borders were woven separately and then sewn on. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    DAVIES, PETER, The Tribal Eye. Antique Kilims of Anatolia. New York 1933, pl. 12

  • Milas Prayer Rug

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    • Lot180
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions153 x 107 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    This Milas prayer rug woven in pastel shades shows a strikingly rare design in the wide main border. In the narrow, towering mihrab field, a design chain of five diamonds ascends as far as the apex of the arch. The white area above it is decorated with seven large rosettes. – Slight signs of age and wear, minor repiled areas and repairs, both ends somewhat reduced, good overall condition.