Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
  • Megri Prayer Rug

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    • Lot111
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions138 x 96 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    The tall, tower-like, poppy red mihrab field is empty except for small hyacinths which adorn its inner sides. The white area above the small stepped arch contains a lattice of hooked vines. In the wide yellow border, an elongated angular vine bearing parallel trusses of small hyacinths undulates around sixteen large star-shaped rosettes. – Obvious signs of age and wear, low pile. The outer secondary border is missing on both sides, both ends slightly reduced.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, Nr. 107

  • Isparta Kilim

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    • Lot112
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Taurus region
    • Dimensions347 x 80 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Estimate EUR2,500
    Half of an early two-panel Isparta kilim. Three large rectangular panels in red and ochre each contain a hexagon with a concentric interior design that is surrounded by star motifs. The three compartments are clearly separated by horizontal bands which branch off from the main border. Diamonds decorated with triangles and thin horizontal bars are aligned in the wide white border. The superb colours and meticulously drawn designs indicate an early date, probably around 1800. - Signs of age and wear, some damage to the sides and small holes, good overall condition. Mounted onto canvas.

    SADIGHI NEIRIZ, HAMID & HAWKES, KARIN, Kelims und andere Flachgewebe aus der Sammlung Neiriz. Calbe, no date (2014), no. 6 *** BÖHMER, HARALD, Nomaden in Anatolien. Ganderkesee 2004, ill. p. 225 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 78, 28 May 2011, lot 72

  • Kirsehir Prayer Rug

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    • Lot113
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions164 x 106 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    A Kirsehir prayer rug woven in the style of the Mecid period featuring large two-dimensional designs and intense colours. A tree of life stands in the cochineal central field, and above it the steep stepped arch rises up to a royal blue panel that is decorated with leaves arranged into gable shapes. The red main border is filled with carnations. – Slight signs of wear, the original selvedges and upper kilim finish survive, the outer secondary border is missing at the lower end.
  • Konya Prayer Rug

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    • Lot114
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions175 x 110 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    This rare prayer rug has a tree of life placed on the central axis of a burgundy field. It is flanked by tall tower-like bands which each contain a green bar filled with hooked diamonds on a white ground. At the upper end there are three white arches crowned with a double hook. The salmon border contains a vine of diagonal serrated leaves. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition, with the original selvedges and remains of the red kilim finishes.
  • Siirt Cover

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    • Lot115
    • OriginSouth East Anatolia
    • Dimensions196 x 142 cm
    • AgeFirst half 20th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    For western viewers, the minimalist design of narrow, parallel horizontal stripes in black and white brings to mind the keys of a piano. Pile of lustrous goat hair, woven in a loop technique, white cotton warps. – Good condition.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Persian Flatweaves. Woodbridge 2002, pl. 121

  • Nigde Kilim

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    • Lot116
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Cappadocia
    • Dimensions323 x 165 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500
    This very finely woven two-panel kilim originates from the area between Nigde and Aksaray in eastern Cappadocia; it is the work of a Turkmen tribal group. One characteristic feature of these kilims is the changing ground colour of the field, in this case two sea-green and two cochineal horizontal panels as well as one central dark blue panel. Offset rows of white hexagonal güls combine into a dense field design. The orange-ground border is embellished with pairs of large carnations. A comparative piece is in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, Istanbul (inv. no. 1409). – Minimal signs of wear, good overall condition.

    ÖLÇER, NAZAN, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art: Kilims. Istanbul 1989, pl. 26 *** PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Ein Handbuch. Munich 1980, no. 158

  • Ladik Prayer Rug

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    • Lot117
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions150 x 124 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    The field design of this rare Ladik prayer rug harks back to 16th century Ottoman models that depict arches supported by sculptural columns. This later village version still preserves the basic idea, but the architectural context was no longer properly understood. Unlike the two examples of the same group published by Herrmann, the two white columns still rest on a base at the lower end of the field. They contain two thin straight-lined trees which join into an arch in the upper section. The surrounding red areas of the field are tall mihrab fields resembling towers ending in a pointed arch at the top and crowned with a hook. The two red ewers (ibrik) in the white area at the upper end of the field serve to remind believers of the precept of purification before prayer. The wide yellow main border comprises star-shaped rosettes and hyacinths on stems. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich, in 1981. – Slight corrosion in the black-brown sections, otherwise very good condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. Munich 1982, no. 5; IDEM, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 15

  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot118
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions62 x 54 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    A Khamseh Shahsavan bag face woven in the sumakh technique, originally part of a khorjin. In the field, four large octagons with an interior design of double hooks are aligned vertically and divided by a white horizontal border of syrga bird motifs. A slightly wider white border comprising the same abstract birds surrounds the field. The original closure band is preserved at the top, and a remnant of the red kilim back survives at the bottom. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich. – Small rewoven areas in the lower corner sections, good overall condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, nos. 14, 15 *** TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 80

  • Chancay Textile

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    • Lot119
    • OriginSouth America, Peru, Central Coast
    • Dimensions50 x 109 cm
    • Age1000 - 1460 AD
    • Estimate EUR3,400
    A shawl made of a very fine, light brown cotton fabric. Six large godheads portrayed in the typical Chancay style are embroidered in wool on this foundation. The hands, feet, eyes, mouths and a narrow horizontal bar with wavy lines at the centre of the bodies of the beige-ground figures are accentuated in white and red. They are placed side by side and one above the other in a strictly symmetrical arrangement. Facing the viewer in front view, they are lifting their hands in a beseeching manner, with splayed feet and wearing striking sickle-shaped headdresses. Purchased by the collector at the Bausback Gallery, Mannheim, in 1998. – Mounted onto a supporting fabric and framed using a perspex cover. Somewhat reduced at the lower end, slightly damaged sides, otherwise well preserved.

    REID, JAMES W., Textile Masterpieces of Ancient Peru. New York 1986, no. 35 *** DE LAVALLE, JOSE ANTONIO & GONZALEZ GARCIA, JOSE ALEJANDRO, Textile Art of Peru. Lima 1991, p. 313

  • Luri Salt Bag

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    • Lot120
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions52 x 47 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    A salt bag (namakdan) woven by Luri nomads, with a knotted face and a red kilim back. These textile containers were used by herders to carry rock salt for their animals. – Slight damage to the lower corners, otherwise well preserved.