Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

298 Lots
  • Ferdows Baluch

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    • Lot211
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions158 x 90 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    Due to the Persian Herati design in the steel-blue field and the border ornamentation of large rosettes and sickle leaves on a light red ground derived from Khorasan models, such rugs from the Ferdows region are also known as "Herati Baluch". Using a comparatively coarse knotting structure on a wool warp and colours unusually diverse for Baluch weavings, this type is very different from the other weavings of these tribes. – Good condition, both ends minimally reduced.

    HALI 30, ill. p. 93 *** MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures of the Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 157 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 94, 17/11/2018, lot 214

  • Bokhara Nim Suzani

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    • Lot212
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions158 x 109 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A very pretty nim suzani made in Bokhara. In the field, a slightly irregular diamond lattice composed of green leaves, with small rosettes placed at the points of intersection, encloses various blossoms and flowering stems drawn in top view and side view as well as blue irises. The same leaves, although drawn in a sweeping curvilinear style, form a vine in the border which undulates around circular blossoms and palmettes. – Slight signs of age and wear, backed with calico.
  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot213
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions236 x 154 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,500
    This classic suzani from the town of Nurata north east of Bokhara displays four large, diagonal flowering trees in the corners of the field and a floral star at the field centre. Six flowering shrubs are grouped around it. To the left and right of the central medallion we see a feline predator with a polychrome striped body and a tail held high. They are probably depictions of lions. While many suzani designs incorporate small birds or snakes, larger animals such as lions, tigers or elephants are fairly rare. In the wide main border, slender green leaves form a diamond lattice whose compartments are filled with different leaves and palmettes. - Slight signs of age and wear, backed with calico.

    GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection. New York 2003, no. 11

  • Tekke Mafrash

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    • Lot214
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions29 x 69 cm
    • AgeCa. 1850
    • Estimate EUR1,250
    This Tekke tent bag woven in a miniature format presents six primary güls and chemche secondary motifs in a red field. The elem and upper finish show a design of delicate flowers, and a tree decorated with bird’s heads appears at both sides. A very fine weave; several design details are knotted in ruby silk. – Signs of age and wear, heavily patinated.
  • Caucasian Silk Embroidery

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    • Lot215
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions74 x 74 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This square silk embroidery in the format of a bokçe uses the "surface darning" technique on a fine cotton foundation. The endless repeat of the field consists of equal-sided crosses in subtle pastel shades, each arm ending in a triangular point, and a second, reciprocal design layer of star motifs which recedes into the background. A narrow, pale blue border of small cartouches and cruciform flowers surrounds the field. Schürmann described this type of Azerbaijani silk embroideries in very pale colours as "Surahani", citing the surroundings of Baku as the provenance. – Slightly damaged edges, the corners are not quite complete, otherwise well preserved. Mounted onto fabric.
  • Tekke Bridal Rug

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    • Lot216
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions138 x 98 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,700
    This small-format Tekke wedding rug was woven with love and the greatest care by a young bride. During the celebrations, the newly wed couple would be seated on this rug, after which the precious piece would not be used again. – The field is hermetically covered in a dense design of square compartments enclosing cruciform motifs. The fact that every other compartment is regularly outlined in white and thus accentuated has resulted in diagonal, vertical and horizontal relationships in the tile-like design. The delicate grid is embellished with minutely detailed, five-spot dice. A horizontal border and a narrow elem complete the sitting rug at both ends. Thompson has illustrated another example of this rare group. – Very well preserved, original finishes all around.

    THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles from New York Collections. New York 2008, pl. 36

  • Salor Jollar

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    • Lot217
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions41 x 121 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This Salor trapping features a cassette design of 64 compartments identical in size which each hold an octagon enclosing an eight-pointed star. A fine, dark blue outline separates the compartments from the red ground of the field which is just visible between them, resulting in a square grid. In some compartments the ground is woven in ruby silk that is now heavily corroded. The ground of the main border also consists of corroded ruby silk. Consequently, the white butterfly forms and the red-and-blue rectangles of the border design stand out in relief. Hooked diamonds with centres likewise woven in silk are lined up in the elem. – This small-format jollar is one of the rarest surviving Salor weavings. It compares best to the fragment published in Rageth’s book, which was assigned a date in the 17th/18th century by radiocarbon analysis, and the jollar from the Jenkins Collection (see Mackie/Thompson). The example published by Thompson in "Carpet Magic" seems considerably later in date. – Signs of age and wear, slightly reduced all around, the original width is only partly preserved on the right.

    RAGETH, JÜRG, Turkmenische Teppiche. Ein neuer Ansatz. Basel 2016, volume 1, no. 10 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 13 *** THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, ill. p. 90

  • Arabachi Jollar

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    • Lot218
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions49 x 141 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    A trapping woven by the Arabachi tribe in a kejebe design and star motifs. – Signs of age and wear, low pile; the elem is missing at the bottom, restored sides.

    HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993. no. 95 *** TZAREVA, ELENA, Teppiche aus Mittelasien und Kasachstan. Leningrad 1984, no. 108

  • Saryk Ensi

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    • Lot219
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions176 x 132 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    The design of Saryk tent door rugs, comprising numerous borders, horizontal stripes and multiple panels, covers the field more closely than those of ensis by other Turkmen tribes. Although it remained almost unchanged for a long period, it steadily increased in density over the course of time. This ensi compares well with a piece from the Rickmers Collection dated to the third quarter of the 19th century by Pinner. – Slight signs of age and wear, cut and newly overcast sides, minimally reduced at the bottom.

    PINNER, ROBERT, The Rickmers Collection. Turkoman Rugs. Berlin 1993, pl. 3

  • Shakhrisyabz Suzani

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    • Lot220
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions316 x 214 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    Suzanis featuring a niche design and an empty field flanked by lateral borders are known as "ruijo". The small-format examples were bridal sheets spread on the bed during the wedding night, whereas the large ruijo suzanis were hung behind the bridal couple’s bed. The empty white field of this item was cut out at a later date, perhaps in order to use the suzani as a decorative door surround. – The thirteen huge circular blossoms and green leaf vines are drawn in the characteristic Shakhrisyabz style. The large design sections mostly use the basma stitch; small areas are embroidered in the kanda khayol stitch; and the brown outlines of the leaves were created in the ilmoq stitch. – Slightly damaged edges, very good overall condition.