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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
  • Aleppo Prayer Kilim

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    • Lot191
    • OriginNorth Syria
    • Dimensions115 x 75 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,250
    Aleppo had been an important centre of textile production for centuries. Many pilgrims travelling to Mecca visited that North Syrian city. They would often purchase prayer kilims such as this pretty example, fine as a cloth and with a light blue mihrab on a white-ground field. – Good condition.
  • Milas Prayer Rug

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    • Lot192
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions155 x 111 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,400
    This classic Milas has a narrow red mihrab field with an arch notched at the sides, creating a shape like an onion dome. It contains two diamonds decorated with buds and two small rosettes. The white area above it is decorated with eleven slanting carnations. While this field composition is a common and almost immutable feature of many Milas prayer rugs, the designs of the wide border sections are remarkably diverse. In the golden yellow main border of this rug, two-dimensional, aubergine and brown diagonal blossoms with serrated outlines alternate with small trees in an in-and-out rhythm. – Slight signs of wear, corroded brown, good overall condition with the original finishes all around.
  • Malatya Long Rug

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    • Lot193
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions390 x 107 cm
    • AgeDated 1269 AH = 1853 AD
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    This Kurdish long rug woven in the Malatya region shows a field design of six rectangles outlined in white which enclose large stepped polygons. Stars adorn the narrow, white main border. Very beautiful colours, a glossy pile. – New overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1977, pl. p. 105

    • Lot194
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions322 x 115 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    The field design of this Shahsavan pile rug consists of three rectangles and four wide horizontal panels. The square motif decorated with four arrows within the rectangles is a familiar design found in sumakh bag faces woven by the Shahsavan tribes. The large cruciform motifs in the brown-ground horizontal panels are often encountered in their flatwoven covers. – Good condition, original finishes all around, slightly damaged edges.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, pl. p. 117

    • Lot195
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions213 x 158 cm
    • AgeCa. 1860
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    This Kazak features a rare field design of two rectangles, each decorated with four double hooks, and six hooked diamonds in an open blue field; it cannot be assigned to any of the known design groups. Its knotting structure is similar to Karachovs. The yellow main border contains star-shaped blossoms composed of four diagonal arrows. – Slight signs of age and wear, minor repiled areas, good overall condition.
  • Kuba Sumakh

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    • Lot196
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions200 x 109 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    This rare small-format sumakh displays four complete medallions and one that is truncated by the upper border against a light red field ground. In formal terms, the large octagons decorated with outer hooks are reminiscent of the medallions in the much older, large-format Holbein carpets. Their interior drawing is an animal-tree motif projected onto the two-dimensional plane, a related form of which is encountered in Chajli rugs. A double bird’s head vine drawn on a black-brown ground frames the field. – Good condition.

    Literature:
    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven Carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 13 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Munich 1993, no. 36

  • Fachralo Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot197
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions144 x 120 cm
    • AgeDated 1315 AH = 1899 AD
    • Estimate EUR300
    A green mihrab stands alone in the red field. In addition to a red Fachralo cartouche medallion, it contains six palmettes, some of them anthropomorphic in appearance, and is surrounded on the outside by further palmettes and four animals. The white-ground main border presents the leaf and calyx design which was widely used in the Caucasus. – Original sides and lower finish, somewhat reduced at the top. Signs of age and wear, major old repairs.
    • Lot198
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions207 x 122 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,500
    Two white diamond-shaped medallions and a halved medallion truncated by the upper horizontal border are aligned on the central axis of an alternately red- and blue-ground field. They contain a large cross with a diamond centre, its four arms ending in palmettes. The cross and the outlines of the diamond are decorated with hooks curved inwards. The horizontal bars filled with hooked vines which separate the three design sections like crossbars derive from the formal repertoire of older Caucasian workshop carpets and are also encountered in Chelaberds. Easily identified not only by its ornamentation, but also its special style of drawing, this Kazak type is very rare. Schürmann has published one example, and a further example from the Smith Collection was sold by us in 1993. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 13 *** McMULLAN, JOSEPH V. & REICHERT, DONALD O., The George W.V. and Belle T. Smith Collection of Islamic Rugs. Springfield, Mass. 1970, no. 31 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 38, 15/05/1993, lot 102

    • Lot199
    • OriginWest Anatolia, Manisa Province
    • Dimensions214 x 155 cm
    • AgeCa. 1850
    • Estimate EUR4,700
    In this large Ghiordes woven in a niche design, the green mihrab field framed by an inner surround of flowers is empty below the steep stepped arch except for a bouquet of flowers. In contrast, the floral design of the light blue section above it is extremely dense. Two panels placed at the lower and upper ends of the field are filled with red cloudbands. The main border of seven white and dusky pink vertical stripes decorated with tiny flowers is a characteristic feature of these workshop weavings. Much in demand during the 19th century, they were produced in large numbers and exported to every region of the Ottoman Empire. They had a decorative function as wall ornaments and were not used as prayer rugs. – Good condition.

    Literature:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 1985, no. 12

    • Lot200
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions178 x 133 cm
    • AgeDated 1262 AH = 1847 AD
    • Estimate EUR12,500
    Dated "1262" (= 1847), this immaculately drawn Dazkiri featuring a green shield medallion in a red field and a green border of star-shaped blossoms largely resembles the example from the Zaleski Collection published in our catalogue A 97 (November 2019). We refer readers to our discussion of that item. – Very good condition, with the pile at its original height; the green flatwoven selvedges and the red and green striped kilim finishes survive.

    Literature:
    ASLANAPA, OKTAY, One Thousand Years of Turkish Carpets. Istanbul 1988, pl. 109 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquarito. Catalogo IV. Turin 1989, no. 4 *** IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cat. nos. 117,