Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
    • Lot41
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions348 x 256 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR14,000
    In the red shield-shaped field, a large star medallion is surrounded by floral stems; the white spandrels each contain a red diagonal arabesque palmette. The pale green main border with palmettes, rosettes, small blossoms and leaves is comparatively narrow in this Heriz. Purchased by the collector at Sotheby's, New York, in 1993. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile.

    SOTHEBY'S New York, auction 16. December 1993, lot 245

  • Shahsavan Bag Face

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    • Lot42
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions48 x 47 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A bag face finely woven in the sumakh technique, originally part of a khorjin. In the midnight blue field, a white cartouche is surrounded by four red octagons and two red trees. Four-legged animals and pairs of birds are arranged next to the central motif. This four-and-one medallion design was part of the traditional Moghan Shahsavan design repertoire. Always very similar in field composition, the surviving examples primarily differ in the design of their borders whose ornamentation was specific to particular sub-groups or tribal clans. Purchased by the collector at Galerie Ostler, Munich. – Good condition.

    STONE, PETER (ed.), Mideast Meets Midwest. Chicago 1993, no. 42 *** KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Stuttgart-London 1993, no. 36 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, no. 19 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 89, 28 May 2016, lot 195; A 90, 3 December 2016, lot 162

    • Lot43
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions151 x 101 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    This high-quality Kuba features a Khyrdagyd repeat in a golden yellow field, surrounded by a narrow blue border of star-shaped blossoms. The white main border decorated with hooked diamonds and horizontal dividing bars is flanked by two minor borders of diagonal stripes. A fine weave, very beautiful colours. – One small inserted area at the field centre, minimally reduced ends, the original flatwoven blue selvedges have survived. Very good overall condition.
  • Sehna Kilim

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    • Lot44
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions213 x 161 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    A repeat of botehs arranged in offset rows fills the midnight blue field. The perfectly drawn motifs are larger than those of Sehna kilims identical in design, but usually smaller in size, hence they have been skilfully adapted to the larger size of this example. The vine design of the golden yellow border is more commonly seen in Bijar rugs and sumakh flatweaves; it very rarely occurs in Sehna kilims and defines the particular appearance of this very finely woven piece. The best Sehna kilims are representative examples of the luxurious taste of the Qajar era. They are depicted in paintings of the period and early photographs that always present them in a court context. – Very good condition.
    • Lot45
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions297 x 175 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,600
    Three white diamond medallions with lateral arms are linked by a pole on the central axis of the midnight blue field. They enclose trees and pairs of birds, and the lower medallion also contains small four-legged animals. The field is notched by triangles protruding into it from the sides. In line with the principle of horror vacui, it is filled with a very dense array of birds, four-legged animals, hooked diamonds, botehs and blossoms in varying shapes and sizes. Three borders approximately equal in width surround the field. – Slight signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. Munich 1982, no. 73

    • Lot46
    • OriginNorth Persia, Varamin region
    • Dimensions305 x 165 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,700
    This antique village rug in the kelleh format was probably woven by a Luri tribal group in the Varamin area. Diamonds in varying ground colours hermetically cover the midnight blue field. The gül-like design within the diamonds is also encountered in Kurdish rugs. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (publ.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. Basel 1980, pl. p. 85

  • Qashqa’i Bag Face

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    • Lot47
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions55 x 65 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,250
    The face of a Qashqa’i bag, formerly part of a khorjin. At the centre of a midnight blue field with a very dense design of hooked diamonds, rosettes, small blossoms and S-devices, a large brown-red diamond with a white hooked outline encloses a floral cross and four representations of animals. A very fine weave, red silk wefts. – The upper closure band survives, somewhat reduced sides and lower finish, small repiled areas.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, ills. 22, 26

  • Hamadan Kelleh

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    • Lot48
    • OriginWest Persia
    • Dimensions452 x 170 cm
    • AgeDated 1311 AH = 1894 AD
    • Estimate EUR4,200
    This antique Hamadan woven in the traditional kelleh format presents a field design of large botehs surrounded by floral chains; arranged in horizontal rows, they grow from small vases that are merely suggested. The angular vine and very thin botehs of the white main border derive from older Serabend rugs. – Slight signs of age and wear, both ends minimally reduced, good overall condition.
  • Mohtashem Kashan

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    • Lot49
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions197 x 138 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000
    A white-ground Mohtashem Kashan of very fine quality. At the centre of a field covered in sprigs and blossoms, a dark blue, ogival central medallion with two pendants encloses a cruciform motif surrounded by floral sprays. The blue main border contains a lively vine linking palmettes, rosettes, blossoms and leaves. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile.
  • Aksaray Kilim

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    • Lot50
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions333 x 162 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Woven in a single piece, this kilim has an open brown-ground centre which contains a huge green lozenge with white parmakli outlines. The lower and upper ends of the field show a dense mirror-image design of eight horizontal bands in comparatively dark colours which vary in width and ornamentation. This rare kilim was previously published by Böhmer. – Very good condition.

    BÖHMER, HARALD, Nomaden in Anatolien. Begegnungen mit einer ausklingenden Kultur. Ganderkesee 2004, ill. p. 227