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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions50 x 40 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,600
    The face of a rare Shahsavan bag woven in the sumakh technique, formerly part of a khorjin. Offset cruciform motifs combine into a repeat in the red field, which is framed to good effect by a border of reciprocal trefoils in brown and white. – Good condition.
    • Lot2
    • OriginEastern Central Anatolia, Sivas Province
    • Dimensions202 x 117 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    This Kurdish rug is from the surroundings of Sarkisla, a town in the province of Sivas. The dense repeat of diamonds arranged in offset rows, their hooked outlines bearing small white blossoms, is as characteristic of the group as are the reciprocal, closely interlocked hook designs of the border. A white-ground example was published by Grote-Hasenbalg as early as 1922. In this item, the field design is drawn on a salmon ground. – The kilim finishes survive at both ends, new overcasting along the sides, corroded brown, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, volume II, pl. 23 *** KREISSL, RAINER, Infinite Variety. Unendliche Vielfalt. Anatolia. Munich 2000, no. 17

    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions227 x 174 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This early Kazak cannot be assigned to any of the known design groups. Decorated with hooked diamonds in varying shapes and sizes, the sea-green field is completed at each end by a wide, white horizontal panel which contains two huge diamonds with four attached double hooks. Two red box shapes embellished with small trees protrude towards the field centre. A wide yellow frame comprising trees, diamonds and blossoms surrounds the field. The narrow white main border with geometrically stylised rosettes is flanked by two reciprocal trefoil borders. – Obvious signs of age and wear, low and partially worn pile, new overcasting along the sides, both ends slightly reduced.
    • Lot4
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan
    • Dimensions68 x 43 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This very rare, finely woven Moghan Shahsavan sumakh bag shows the "turtle gül", which often appears in larger bags, in a halved version adapted to the small format. Such pieces are called "torbeh" by the Shahsavan. Another example was sold by us in 2008. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich. – The striped kilim back has been restored in a number of places, the seams along the sides have not survived. Face in good condition.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 72, 29 November 2008, lot 128

  • Shahsavan Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions55 x 53 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    A narrow panel of a Shahsavan mafrash from the Moghan-Savalan region, finely woven in the sumakh technique. A repeat of flat hexagons in varying ground colours contains stepped polygons studded with tiny blossoms. A vine bearing star-shaped blossoms and diagonal leaves adorns the white border. The two red kilim finishes at the ends prove that this is not a bag face, because the upper finish of a bag would be a closure band. Wertheim has published a bag half identical in design. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich. – Slight signs of age and wear, repaired areas in the upper kilim.

    Literature:
    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 92 *** IL MERCANTE D'ORIENTE (publ.), shahsavan. mafrash & khorjin. Verona 1986, pl. 45

    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions239 x 175 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Two powerful stepped polygons dominate the red field of this early Kazak. A small flat octagon enclosing a central hooked diamond on a yellow ground lies between them at the midpoint of the field. The secondary design consists of eight star-filled octagons. Small diamonds, diagonal crosses and tiny white diamonds resembling snowflakes are distributed across the ground. – Another example of this rare type with the same border design was published by Mumford as early as 1902. - Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, corroded brown. Original selvedges, remnants of the red kilim finishes survive at both ends.

    Literature:
    MUMFORD, JOHN KIMBERLEY, Oriental Rugs. New York 1901 (2nd edition 1902, pl. III *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 75, 29 May 2010, lot 160

    • Lot7
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions296 x 215 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This rare medallion carpet from one of the Tabriz master workshops shows a design in a striking geometric style that creates a more modern effect than other rugs produced in Tabriz during the first half of the 20th century. It was probably a commission woven to a cartoon by a designer who felt bound by tradition on the one hand, but on the other hand wished to explore new approaches. A fine weave, outstanding pile wool, small details knotted in silk, a beautiful palette. – Very good condition.
    • Lot8
    • OriginWestern Central Persia, Chahar Mahal region
    • Dimensions359 x 137 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000
    This long Bakhtiari kilim from one of the villages in the Chahar Mahal region is woven in the single weft interlocking technique, producing a slitless weaving that is more suitable for use as a floor rug than a slit tapestry. The dense, mosaic-style field design of small stepped devices and crosses on a midnight blue ground is known as "starry sky" in Iran. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Persian Flatweaves. Woodbridge 2002, pl. 109

    Published:
    SADIGHI NEIRIZ, HAMID & HAWKES, KARIN, Kelims und andere Flachgewebe aus der Sammlung Neiriz. Calbe, no date (2014), no. 82

    • Lot9
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions187 x 126 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    In this rare Kerman woven in the dozar format, an ogival, burgundy central medallion encloses blue arabesques that encircle a smaller dark blue medallion filled with blossoms. The spandrels of the white field contain pomegranate trees with birds perched on their branches. The most striking feature is the design of the wide white main border: slender cypress trees alternate regularly with guards standing between them and presenting their swords. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, new overcasting along the sides, both ends reduced.
  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot10
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions54 x 58 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A Khamseh Shahsavan bag face finely woven in the sumakh technique, formerly part of a khorjin. In the field, two red and one central blue-green horizontal bands of equal width contain mythical creatures and trees aligned in rows. The white-ground border displays abstract syrga birds linked by a pole. The archaic style of drawing and heavily patinated colours are indications of great age. In most bags of this particular type, the central band is narrower and deviates in design. The closure band is still preserved at the top, and remnants of the red kilim back survive at the bottom. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich. – Slight signs of age and wear, rewoven areas in the upper finish, otherwise in good condition.

    Literature:
    FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, no. 36