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Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 05. December 2020 at 3 p.m.

246 Lots
  • Bachtiari Khan Carpet

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    • Lot121
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions195 x 141 cm
    • AgeCa. 1915
    • Estimate EUR10,000
    A mighty tree with flower-laden branches extending across the whole of the white field grows towards a sweeping flat arch at the top end of the field. The two dark blue spandrels above it are each filled with a large palmette. As is always the case in the fixed iconography of this type, two large flowering vases stand at the foot of the trunk. The design layout is strictly symmetrical in mirror image. The composition may have been modelled on the silk Kashan in the Tehran museum (see Azadi), presumably woven in the Mohtashem workshop, or an analogous piece. – We sold an almost identical example in 1987, which was later published in Ian Bennett’s article on Bakhtiari Khan carpets (see below). In that rug, the characteristic inscription ran across the entire width in an inscription band placed above the border finish. Here, the inscription is written in a rectangular cartouche placed at the centre of the upper horizontal border. It reads: "Hasab al amr farmayesh Aghaye Ali Akbar Khan amale Bakhtiari." Translation: By order of Ali Akbar Khan, the work of the Bakhtiari. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 26, 14/11/1987, lot 89; A 63, 15/05/2004, lot 100; A 97, 30/11/2019, lot 83*** BENNETT, IAN, Carpets of the Khans, Part 1. In: HALI 43, 1989, p. 47, ill. 10 *** AZADI, SIAWOSCH ULRICH, Persian Carpets. Vol. 1. Tehran, Iran 1977, no. 21

  • Kirsehir Prayer Rug

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    • Lot122
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions187 x 126 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,900
    A narrow, grass-green mihrab field with a steep arch stepped multiple times contains a tree of life as well as a small water jug placed at the very top. Its inner sides are studded with stars. The pointed arch protrudes into a cochineal compartment with a floral design, and above it there is a panel filled with a light blue octagon enclosing a cruciform floral device. Four monochrome bands separate the field from the border. It is composed of three stripes adorned with floral motifs in the style of Kirsehir rugs. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
  • Mujur Prayer Rug

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    • Lot123
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions181 x 125 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    In this beautiful Mujur prayer rug, the luminous colours and perfection of drawing are appealing features. Its stepped arch is steeper than usual and extended in height by a tower-like spire. – Slight signs of age and wear, minor holes and tears, several repiled areas. New overcasting along the sides, both ends minimally reduced.

    Literature:
    THOMPSON, JON, Orientteppiche. Aus den Zelten, Häusern und Werkstätten Asiens. Herford 1990, pl. p. 4 *** BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Vienna 1986, no. 118

  • Erzurum Prayer Kilim

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    • Lot124
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions179 x 124 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    In the light red mihrab field, a delicately drawn tree of life is topped by a steep stepped arch. The upper green section is densely patterned with carnations. The wide yellow border of tree forms with branches bearing carnations is a typical feature of these Erzurum niche kilims. Very beautiful palette, balanced proportions. – Slight signs of age and wear, small tears and missing areas, corroded brown. Both ends minimally reduced.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Kelim. Antike orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim & Munich 1983, pl. 67 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, FFM 22, 18/11/1985, lot 128

    • Lot125
    • OriginWest Persia
    • Dimensions325 x 147 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR5,300
    Kolyai rugs originate from a region situated west of Hamadan in southern Kurdistan. They resemble Hamadan rugs in terms of their comparatively coarse weave and single weft structure. Here, five large diamonds with stars at their centres and arrowheads on all four corners are spaced apart along the central axis of the open, midnight blue field. Diamonds of analogous size and design are offset against them and truncated by the border, appearing as halved motifs along the sides. – Very good condition, newly overcast sides.
    • Lot126
    • OriginWest Persia
    • Dimensions320 x 175 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    Large diamond-shaped medallions with feathered points are arranged in offset rows on the ivory ground which is covered in a lattice-style, light brown design of twigs and small trees. The wide, plain, camel-coloured outer stripe is a characteristic feature of these antique Hamadan carpets. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, new overcasting along the sides, both ends slightly reduced.
    • Lot127
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions310 x 133 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    Surrounded by a wide expressive border, with representations of abstract birds in the minor borders and serrated polygons in the central black-brown band, the field design of slightly wavy diagonal stripes in cheerful colours resembles a polychrome river. Its flowing movement creates an exciting contrast to the angular shapes of the border. The stripes are separated by embroidered outlines and embellished with tiny dots. The rustic style of drawing, the somewhat irregular weaving structure and the netted warp ends indicate that the kilim was made in a Daghestan village inhabited by Lesghians. – Original finishes all around, good condition.

    Published:
    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 10 *** TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Persian Flatweaves. Woodbridge 2002, pl. 70 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 86, Vok Collection, Selection 1, 11/04/2015, lot 9

    • Lot128
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions311 x 151 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500
    This large, red-ground Kuba kilim with a distinctive cartouche design was sold to a well-known Vienna collector at our second auction of the Ignazio Vok Collection (A 88) in 2016 and is now being reoffered. We refer readers to our comprehensive discussion in the catalogue published at the time. – Slight signs of age and wear, partially corroded brown, minimally damaged ends. Good overall condition.

    Published:
    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 12 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 88, Vok Collection, Selection 2, 12/03/2016, lot 92

    • Lot129
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions80 x 120
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    Nine primary güls and cruciform secondary güls adorn the red-brown field. The border drawing of abstract birds is rare. The elem is undecorated except for a row of amulets positioned high up. – Good condition, missing back.
  • Tekke Main Carpet

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    • Lot130
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions280 x 198 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    This Tekke main carpet presents 4 x 10 perfectly drawn primary güls, chemche secondary güls and a wide main border with a design rich in variation. It quality in both aesthetic and material terms is a remarkable feature. The thick velvety pile survives at its full height. Tiny details are knotted in ruby silk. The comparatively light and unfaded colours lend the rug a luminous appearance. – Minimal repairs, otherwise in very good condition, with the kilim finishes preserved in their original length.