Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
    • Lot81
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Karapinar region
    • Dimensions342 x 75 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    Half of a two-panel village kilim woven by the Hotamis Turkmen of the Karapinar region. Six hexagonal güls with lateral arms and decorated with small stepped polygons lie in the white field. The design of large carnations in the wide elems is a typical feature of this kilim group. - Signs of age and wear, a number of missing sections, mounted onto canvas.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER, Yayla. Form und Farbe in türkischer Textilkunst. Frankfurt 1993, pl. 72 *** BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 27 *** RAGETH, JÜRG (ed.), Frühe Formen & Farben. Gewebe aus Anatolien. Symposium Basel. Die Ausstellung. Riehen 1990, pl. 18

    BÖHMER, HARALD, Nomaden in Anatolien. Begegnungen mit einer ausklingenden Kultur. Ganderkesee 2004, ill. p. 229

    • Lot82
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions411 x 136 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    The white field of this large Hotamis Turkmen kilim is almost completely filled by three huge hexagonal medallions with long hooked arms. The brown border contains hooked diagonal crosses, and the red-ground elems are decorated with gülbudak designs. Small additional devices in the brocading technique are scattered across the entire surface. Although the kilim was woven in a single piece, it only has one lateral border. Either the other border was never made, or it has been lost. – Very good condition.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER, Yayla. Frankfurt 1993, pl. 60 *** BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 38 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Frühe türkische Tapisserien. Nuremberg 1984, pl. 38 *** THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, ill. p. 74

    • Lot83
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions304 x 156 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    Finely outlined serrated stars arranged in steep colour diagonals are closely spaced in a red field that is only a little more open along the sides. In addition there are small white embroidered designs. Star motifs also fill the dark blue border. Very finely woven, brilliant colours. – Very well preserved.
    • Lot84
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions480 x 169 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,500
    This large Hotamis Turkmen kilim, with five huge hook designs in the field and wide borders, belongs to the same group as a two-panel example published in "100 Kilims". In her description, Balpinar mentions the region between Aydin and Denizli as the area of origin. Our three-panel example has a field woven in one piece. This has avoided the misalignment of the design along the vertical axis which is often observed in two-panel kilims. The borders were woven separately and later sewn on. The difference in brightness between the field and borders is explained by the fact that large sections of the white field ground consist of cotton yarn. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, One Hundred Kilims. Masterpieces from Anatolia. Munich 1991, no. 65 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Anatolische Kelims. Nuremberg 1982, ill. 16 *** BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, The Undiscovered Kilim. London 1977, pl. 16

    • Lot85
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama region
    • Dimensions145 x 89 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This rare rug in a double niche design was made in the village of Kelez, inhabited by Turkmen, in the east of the greater Bergama region. Due to the fine weave, the small-format design comprising a wealth of minutely detailed motifs appears very precise. Used only as a tablecloth for decades, the rug is almost perfectly preserved except for one small inserted section in the outer border on the left, with the pile at its original height, unfaded colours and the original finishes all around.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER & BÖHMER, HARALD, Teppiche der Bauern und Nomaden in Anatolien. Hanover 1980, no. 80

  • Sivas Prayer Kilim

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    • Lot86
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions221 x 125 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,800
    A gorgeous Sivas prayer kilim, finely woven in mellow colours and in designs that are drawn to perfection. The olive-green mihrab with a pointed arch accentuated by two brown hooked vines lies at the centre of a red field densely patterned in offset rows of diamonds. Double amulets alternate with gül-like designs in the vertical bands of the light brown main border, while diagonal crosses adorn the horizontal bands. White cotton details provide emphasis in the overall picture. – Very good condition.
    • Lot87
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions327 x 123 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    A wide blue design bar of nine box shapes enclosing large stars within octagonal surrounds lies on the vertical axis of the red field. The primary design is flanked on both sides by eight-pointed stars which alternate with octagons enclosing crosses. A fragmented example of this rare type was exhibited at the 2004 ACOR Conference held in Seattle (described as a Karapinar in the accompanying catalogue). Willborg labelled a piece published by him as a “Sizma (Ladik)”. Three rugs of this rare group have been offered at our auctions, including this piece in A 75, then still unrestored and purchased in that condition by a Swiss collector. – Sigs of age and wear, both ends and sides expertly restored, now in good condition.

    MYERS, HAROLD R., Four Exhibitions at ACOR in Seattle. Seattle, Washington 2004, no. 1 *** WILLBORG, PETER, Textile Treasures from five centuries. Stockholm 1995, no. 14 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 47, 24 May 1997, lot 51; A 56, 19 May 2001, lot 91

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 75, 29 May 2010, lot 171

  • Caucasian Prayer Rug

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    • Lot88
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions172 x 104 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    This prayer rug features a pointed arch outlined in blue which is positioned high up, with a horizontal bar attached at the top, and a dominant central octagon enclosing a cruciform floral cluster. It belongs to a small homogenous group of very similar weavings. The white-ground central motif framed by four triangles is one of their distinctive features. Octagons, hexagons, Talish rosettes, small stars and amulets fill the light red ground of their fields. Their cartouche borders are usually dark brown or sometimes white. Striking qualities in all the surviving examples are their fine knotting structure using silk wefts, their lustrous pile wool and their rich palette. Their woven dates placed within small cartouches allow us to assign them to the early 19th century. Our example shows a date and inscription in the bottom right corner that are difficult to read. The Kuba region was considered the place of origin in the past, but now the southern Caucasus is assumed to be the provenance. – Obvious signs of age and wear, the pile is worn away in places, leaving the foundation visible. The outer border is missing along the sides.

    ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L’Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1983, no. 156 *** KING, STEVEN, Prayer Rugs. Concord, MA 1983, cover illustration *** RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, A 30, 18 November 1989, lot 115; A 37, 14 November 1992, lot 140; A 68, 18 November 2006, lot 67 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 2. Munich 1990, no. 31 *** KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, no. 70

    • Lot89
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions355 x 124 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,300
    Three huge elongated diamonds with blue hooked outlines lie on the central axis of a blazing red field. Diamonds with yellow hooked outlines truncated by the border are offset against them, protruding into the gaps from the sides. In the wide apricot border, stepped polygons alternate with pairs of blossoms. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, a number of major repiled areas along the sides, the original selvedges are partially restored.

    GÜLGÖNEN, AYAN, Konya Cappadocia Carpets from the 17th to 19th centuries. Istanbul 1997, no. 14 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 97, Zaleski Collection. 30 November 2019, lot 64

    • Lot90
    • OriginWestern Central Anatolia
    • Dimensions217 x 148 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A two-panel kilim from a Yerli village in the Kütahya region. Woven in just two colours and lacking any ornamentation, its effect is abstract and minimalist. A wide, earth-brown horizontal stripe borders the empty mustard yellow field at both ends. The surface is enlivened by abrash in a number of places. Based on their purpose, such blankets are known as “bulgur kilims” among the inhabitants of Turkish villages, because they were used to dry boiled wheat (bulgur in Turkish) and prepare it for winter storage. – Signs of age and wear, various missing sections. Mounted onto canvas.