Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 05. December 2020 at 3 p.m.

246 Lots
    • Lot141
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions261 x 150 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    A gorgeous Azeri decorative cover with an elaborate design embroidered on a red foundation in the brocading technique. Offset rows of large diamonds in brilliant and diverse colours cover the whole of the field. The diamonds are notched at the centre and surrounded on all sides by blue hooked vines. The border contains light red and green triangles facing in opposite directions. The exceptionally rich range of colours is reminiscent of Turkish flatweaves, but the netted warps at both ends rather indicate that this zili was woven in the southern Caucasus. – Well preserved except for slight signs of wear and age as well as minor damage to the edges, the original finishes survive.
    • Lot142
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions76 x 142 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800 or earlier
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    Embroidered trappings of this kind have traditionally been ascribed to the Tekke, because the Russian scholar and collector S.M. Dudin saw such embroideries when visiting the Merv Oasis in 1901/1902. However, the various design concepts would indicate that probably not all of them can be attributed to the Tekke. One thing is certain: these either four- or five-sided embroideries, which always have a white ground, performed the ceremonial decorative function of asmalyks. – Previously unpublished, our asmalyk is an early example of outstanding artistic merit that slumbered in a French collection for many decades. It is one of the rectangular examples which are far rarer than the pentagonal asmalyks with a gable. Embroidered in light and harmonious colours, the field design consists of five bold blossoming trees of two different types aligned side by side. The lively effect of the airy composition is created by changes in motif between trees with upturned blossoms and those with curved drooping branches laden with an abundance of bell-shaped flowers (“bleeding heart” = lamprocapnos spectabilis). In the wide, lavishly decorated border, large star-shaped blossoms alternate with small diamonds surrounded by four undulating red flowers. – A particularly fascinating feature for connoisseurs of Turkmen folk art is the figural representation at the centre of the upper border. We see two horsemen mounted on a blue and a red horse who face one another. They are holding bows in their hands and are either warriors or huntsmen. Three red male figures are depicted standing between them in front view: two musicians playing the Turkmen lute (dutar bash) on the left and right, with a dancer shown in movement slightly higher in the centre. The iconographic significance of the scene relates to wedding celebrations. Embroidered in silk yarn in diverse colours (red, yellow, orange, two shades of green), with small details in red and blue wool, the design has been applied to an ivory cotton foundation in warp-faced plainweave. The thin stems and other design details embroidered in black silk have almost disappeared due to corrosion. The following stitches can be found: ilmoq stitch has been used for the smaller blossoms and all the leaves, while the large calyx flowers at the top of the trees are very finely worked in the basma stitch. – Small sections of the embroidery are missing in the upper left corner. Very good overall condition, the original selvedges survive all around. The only damage is to the flatwoven, decorative woollen bands with a silk fringe which are attached to a thin fabric backing along the sides and bottom.

    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, pl. XIX = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Pinner Collection, 15/05/2004, lot 1 *** HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 34 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. Munich 1982, no. 91 *** SHAFFER, DANIEL & OAKLEY, PENNY, Recognition and reconsideration. In: Hali 180, London 2014, p. 126, ill. 2

  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot143
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions300 x 160 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    The brown-red field has an outline indented in several places by halved diamonds protruding from the sides. It contains three large diamonds with white serrated outlines which are joined along the central axis. Each corner of the large motifs is decorated with a smaller white diamond, creating a cruciform appearance. Sadighi attributes this kilim to the Yalameh tribal group. Purchased by the consignor at Galerie Neiriz, Berlin. – Very good condition.

    SADIGHI NEIRIZ, HAMID & HAWKES, KARIN, Kelims und andere Flachgewebe aus der Sammlung Neiriz. Calbe 2014, no. 113

  • Qashqa’i Camel Cover

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    • Lot144
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions285 x 131 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    This long, two-panel flatweave is one of the few surviving camel covers of the Qashqa’i nomads. Heavily patinated and darkened with age, the ivory ground is in the warp-faced plainweave technique, similar to Turkmen tent bands. Small two-tone diamonds quartered by colour change are arranged in widely spaced rows. The narrow, fully knotted border shows triangles aligned above one another. – Well preserved, original finishes all around, the braided warps survive at both ends.
  • Khampa Dzong Khaden

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    • Lot145
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions166 x 90 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,100
    The dark blue field contains three stems bearing a large two-dimensional lotus blossom and tulip-shaped leaves bisected by colour change. A water-and-waves motif and a mountain motif are diagonally opposed in the corners. The border shows a water and waves design. Brilliant and diverse colours. – Good condition, backed with a blue fabric.

    HARRER, HEINRICH, MAUCH, PETER & FORD, JIM, Tibeter-Teppiche. Innsbruck 1987, ill. p. 47

  • Khampa Dzong Makden

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    • Lot146
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions130 x 65 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    A saddle bottom (makden) composed of two halves woven separately, with deeply notched corners at one side. The halves are joined at the centre by a wide, grey-blue fabric panel, and the edges are secured with red felt in the typical way. The blue fields each show a curved stem growing from a vase which bears a large peony flower as well as smaller blossoms and leaves. – Very good condition.
  • Pao Tao Saddle Rug

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    • Lot147
    • OriginNorth East China, Suiyuan Province
    • Dimensions144 x 64 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR750
    A dark blue Pao Tao saddle bottom composed of two trapezoid halves. The centre is accentuated by a yellow bar with hooked outlines edged in red, and the field design of the two halves is conceived in mirror image along this axis. Outstanding quality, the velvety pile wool is from Mongolia. – Very good condition.
  • Ningxia Throne Rug

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    • Lot148
    • OriginWest China
    • DimensionsA = 69 x 67 cm, B = 70 x 69 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,300
    This red-ground throne rug woven in a dragon design consists of a square seat cover and a backrest cover ending in an arch at the top. Now separated, the two sections were originally joined and woven on a continuous warp in a single operation. Their field designs are identical in iconography, but they have different borders. In the seat cover, four blue dragons circle an equally blue dragon depicted in front view. The cloud and waves border featuring Mount Meru is oriented towards the field on all sides. The backrest shows three dragons and the wave design as a frieze along the lower end. In the border, auspicious Buddhist symbols are aligned in a row. – Very good condition.

    LARSSON JR., LENNART, Carpets from China, Xinjiang & Tibet. London 1988, no. 97

  • Two Ningxia Seat Covers

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    • Lot149
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions162 x 80 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    Two undivided sections from one of the long bench runners produced in Ningxia for the Buddhist monasteries of Tibet. Each of the red-brown fields displays a disc medallion enclosing two fo dogs of different sizes and colours as well as clouds. It is framed by a meander border with accentuated corners. The wide, golden yellow main border comprises flowering stems and a number of Buddhist symbols. - Very good condition.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot150
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions229 x 132 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000
    The pillar rugs woven in the workshops of Ningxia for Buddhist monasteries in Tibet were often produced in pairs. This blue-ground pillar rug with a dragon design is the pair of the example we sold in May 2019 (A 96, lot 195). Here, the dragon figure is aligned to the left. – Slight signs of age and wear, small stitched tears, somewhat low pile in places. Slightly reduced at both ends.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 96, 25/05/2019, lot 195