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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
  • Karachov Kazak

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    • Lot201
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions241 x 161 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,700
    Although always consistent in layout, the four-and-one medallion design of Karachovs occurs in a number of variations. In this red-ground example, the very large central motif is not an equal-sided or horizontal octagon, but is aligned vertically and more elongated than usual. The star-filled rectangles are positioned at the very beginning and end of the field. – Slight signs of age and wear, several repiled areas, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, pl. p. 71

  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot202
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions168 x 91 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,700
    Judging by its knotting structure, this white-ground prayer rug was woven in Daghestan although the long format, the field design of angular botehs and the bridge-shaped arch positioned high up initially suggest a provenance in Akstafa. The Daghestan attribution is supported by the main border design of cruciform devices placed on a dark brown ground. The first two rows of botehs are arranged in changing directions, whereas from the third row up all botehs face right and combine into steep colour diagonals. Purchased at Eberhart Herrmann’s Munich gallery in 1984. – New overcasting along the sides, corroded brown sections, good overall condition.
  • Karagashli

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    • Lot203
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions178 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,700
    Three large hexagons are lined up on a pole along the central axis of the blue-black field and crowned at both ends with a serrated red palmette whose interior drawing is zoomorphous in appearance. Eight brilliant, white star-shaped blossoms fill the lateral spaces between them. Instead of the usual bird’s head vine, the yellow main border contains a leaf and calyx design that is comparatively rare in Karagashlis. – Very well preserved, the blue flatwoven selvedges and the netted warps survive.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, pl. p. 89

  • Borjalou Kazak

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    • Lot204
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions274 x 154 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,800
    The repeat in the dark red field comprises offset rows of honeycomb shapes in different sizes and colour schemes enclosing geometric, stylised trees which alternate with horizontal rows of octagons that also vary in shape, size and interior design. The design echoes the tradition of older Borjalou Kazaks (see Schürmann). The style of drawing, border ornamentation and palette suggest that this Kazak was woven by Armenians. The date in the upper right-hand corner is difficult to read. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 10

  • Chinese Silk Fabric

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    • Lot205
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions73 x 67 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    This fragment of a Chinese silk lampas fabric probably constitutes part of a wall hanging very much larger in size. Woven mostly in light shades of brown and beige, its repeat consists of diamonds and somewhat smaller octagons which overlap one another. Their outlines combine into a diagonal double lattice. Rosettes, circles and small squares enclosing designs in subtle blues and greens are placed at the points of intersection. – Slight signs of age and wear, backed with a blue fabric.

    Literature:
    SPINK & SON (publ.), Chinese Textiles. London 1994, no. 26

  • Chinese Rank Badge

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    • Lot206
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions30 x 30 cm
    • AgeLate 18th – early 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    Very finely woven in the kesi technique in silk and gold thread, this small square textile consists of two halves vertically divided at the exact centre and now joined. The goose flying up at the centre of the field, its wings spread wide and its neck outstretched, is the emblem of a civil servant of the fourth rank. The bird is standing on a cliff rising from roaring waves at the lower end of the picture. It is looking up to the red pearl of wisdom enveloped in clouds in the upper left corner. Clouds and bats fill the golden sky. A promontory can be seen on each side, with a peach tree on the right and a peony tree on the left. A graceful key meander border in gold and dark blue frames the emblematic picture. – Stylistic features allow us to establish a time frame. This rank badge dates from the reign of the fifth Emperor of the Manchurian Qing dynasty (Jiaqìng, 1796 - 1821). A 1759 government edict decreed that court officials had to wear simple dark cloaks (usually blue or black) over their splendid robes when attending assemblies in the presence of the Emperor. The rank badges worn by civil or military officials were sewn to the front and back of these cloaks. Since the cloak was open at the front, the front badge had to be in two halves. (We thank Linda Wrigglesworth for her valuable advice). – Very good condition, backed with fabric and attached to a board.

    Literature:
    VOLLMER, JOHN E., In the Presence of the Dragon Throne. Ch’ing Dynasty Costume (1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1977, ill. b, p. 55

  • Ningxia Dragon Rug

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    • Lot207
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions157 x 94 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,000
    This unusually small Ningxia pillar rug was woven on commission for one of the Buddhist monasteries in western Tibet. The yellow dragon stands out in sharp contrast from the blue-black ground of the field. His jaws wide open as usual, he is chasing the flaming pearl hovering before him which he is destined never to catch. Mount Meru rises from clouds and foaming waves at the bottom, and a canopy has been suggested at the top, with strings of beads suspended from it. – Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat low spots in the pile, good overall condition.

    Published:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 1985, no. 92

  • Ningxia Seat Cover

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    • Lot208
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions67 x 68 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR650
    An early Ningxia seat cover woven in very beautiful colours. The field and border are excellently drawn and complement each other to create a harmonious overall image that maintains a perfect balance between tranquillity and momentum. Another example of this comparatively rare group was sold by us in 2001. However, it lacked the white disc medallion with a yin-yang centre which is superimposed on the lattice of this piece. The rug formerly belonged to the Danker Collection, Wiesbaden. – Both ends minimally reduced, otherwise in very good condition.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 56, 19/05/2001, lot 167

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot209
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions243 x 180 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR17,500
    Pairs of lively green leaves, their tips curved inwards, branch off diagonally from a small red rosette in an offset arrangement which creates a diamond lattice in the field of this very elegant suzani. It encloses fan-shaped palmettes in light red and pink. The same motifs adorn the wide main border, complemented by star-shaped and fan-shaped blossoms. In the delicately drawn secondary borders of thin flowering stems, the small aubergine blossoms catch the eye. The basma stitch technique and the golden spirals found all over the field and main border are characteristic features of Bokhara embroideries. – Very good condition, original backing of a finely woven, undyed cotton fabric.
  • Saryk Chuval

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    • Lot210
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions86 x 134 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This early Saryk chuval from the Merv oasis, with twelve large primary güls and chemche secondary motifs arranged into a spacious composition, compares well with the example from the Bogolyubov Collection published by Dodds/Eiland. The border is decorated with kochak motifs, while offset rows of flowers adorn the elem. The white sections are cotton, silk is not found in the pile of this chuval. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, a tear in the upper finish. New overcasting along the sides, somewhat reduced at the top and bottom, no back.

    Literature:
    STONE, PETER (ed.), Mideast Meets Midwest. Ethnographic Rugs from Midwest Collections. Chicago 1993, no. 55