Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
  • Fachralo Prayer Kazak

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    • Lot151
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions132 x 111 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    This prayer Kazak of the Fachralo group shows a dark blue mihrab form in a field with a light red ground. The prayer field, with a re-entrant opening at the bottom, contains a large hooked hexagon and several amulets and stars. The white main border displays a leaf and calyx design. – Good condition, high pile, original selvedges.
  • Lenkoran Long Rug

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    • Lot152
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions379 x 97 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    In the midnight blue field, five large Lenkoran medallions are framed by the four characteristic, stylised lateral dragon figures; small box shapes in the style of Karaja carpets are placed between them. A horizontal row of eight small peacocks is seen at each end of the field. The design of Talish rosettes in the white main border is a rare feature in this rug group. The firm knotting structure using white cotton wefts suggest a provenance in the Persian part of Azerbaijan; Lenkorans woven further north, across the border in the south eastern Caucasus, usually have blue wool wefts. – Restored lower finish, a number of repiled sections in the field.
  • Bijar Kilim

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    • Lot153
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions393 x 159 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    This large Kurdish rug woven in the kelleh format is impressive on account of its minimalist design. Three huge red diamonds with two short arms attached to their sides are linked along the central axis of the vividly abrashed green and sometimes blue field. Any decorative devices have been dispensed with altogether, so there is nothing to distract from the powerful impact of the abstract composition. – Small rewoven areas, good condition, original finishes all around.

    BURNS, JAMES D., Antique Rugs of Kurdistan. London 2002, no. 21

    SADIGHI NEIRIZ, HAMID & HAWKES, KARIN, Kelims und andere Flachgewebe aus der Sammlung Neiriz. Calbe, no date (2014), no. 57

  • Shahsavan Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot154
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Bijar region
    • Dimensions25 x 73 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR950
    A side panel of a small-format Shahsavan mafrash from the Bijar region, very finely woven in the sumakh technique. On both sides of the blue-black field, two large hooked diamonds are each framed by four red triangles with open inner sides; two Lesghi stars lie at the centre. The green border contains a geometrically stylised red vine. A comparison with a comparative example published by Tanavoli shows that our mafrash side panel is missing the main border all around. – Slight signs of age and wear, reduced all around.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 86

  • Afshar Sofreh

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    • Lot155
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions90 x 90 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR600
    This square Afshar pile rug was probably used as a table cover (sofreh). Its rare design is a striking feature. In the light red field, a central block composed of diamonds is surrounded by small dice in an asymmetric arrangement. The border contains cruciform devices; it has a white ground at the upper and lower ends, but a red ground along the sides so that it barely stands out from the field. – Slight signs of age and wear, original finishes all around.
  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot156
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions52 x 54 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200
    This knotted face of a Shahsavan bag used to be part of a khorjin. The midnight blue field contains five offset palmettes and small decorative motifs. The vine bearing small diagonal pairs of botehs in the red main border is not a Shahsavan design, but derives from Karabagh rugs. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich. – Damage to the upper closure band; the remains of the kilim back which survive at the bottom are heavily damaged and rewoven in the corner areas.

    FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Best of Bach. Munich 2000, ill. 3

    • Lot157
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions126 x 91 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,300
    The blue field contains two large Lesghi stars drawn in the rectangular kilim style that is characteristic of Avar pile rugs and flatweaves. A third star is truncated by the upper horizontal border, leaving only the bottom end visible. Two-dimensional diagonal S-figures with stepped outlines, probably abstract animals, fill the black-brown main border. – Slight signs of age and wear, original finishes all around, including the netted warp threads at both ends.
  • Jaff Bag Face

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    • Lot158
    • OriginWest Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions57 x 54 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR250
    A small knotted bag face by the Jaff Kurds, formerly part of a khorjin. The field displays a typical design of hooked diamonds within a three-band border. Beautiful patinated colours. – All corners incomplete, remnants of the closure band survive at the top.
    • Lot159
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions285 x 121 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    In terms of their designs and colours, the published examples of this Shirvan group are as similar as twins, with only slight variations in size. Obviously all woven in the same region or village, they were probably workshop products. This is indicated by the precision of drawing, with successful corner solutions in the main border design, and the almost consistently high quality. A sumptuous, richly decorated tree design incorporating many animals forms adorns the deep blue ground of the field. – The outermost corners at the bottom right and top left are repiled, otherwise very good condition, with a high pile and original selvedges.

    LEFEVRE, JEAN & PARTNERS, Caucasian Carpets. London 1977, no. 34 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 50, 21 November 1998, lot 40; A 73, 25 May 2009, lot 189; A 94, 17 November 2018, lot 190

  • Lori Pambak Kazak

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    • Lot160
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions220 x 190 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,400
    Three large medallions are aligned on the central axis of the red field. The two outer medallions are octagonal and each enclose a powerful green gül motif. The central, hexagonal and somewhat smaller medallion contains red stepped polygons. Many beautifully drawn diamonds and hooked diamonds, stars and small abstract birds make up the secondary design. Diagonal crosses composed of arrows are aligned in the main border, which is flanked by two reciprocal trefoil borders. – Slight signs of age and wear, small restored areas, corroded brown, original finishes all around.

    TSCHEBULL, RAOUL, Kazak. Carpets of the Caucasus. New York 1971, pl. 5 *** BESIM, ADIL (publ.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Vienna 1999, no. 15