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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
  • Malatya Heybe

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    • Lot51
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions267 x 69 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400
    A completely preserved double bag woven in a horizontal stripe design by East Anatolian Kurds. The faces use the brocading technique, while the backs are woven in the slitless kilim technique. Outstanding quality, beautiful vibrant colours, immaculately drawn and detailed designs. – Very good condition, no longer joined at the sides.

    Literature:
    BANDSMA, AREND / BRANDT, ROBIN, Flatweaves of Turkey. London 2003, pl. 100

    • Lot52
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions270 x 110 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,800
    Four large Akstafa star medallions lie in the midnight blue field, with six white box motifs enclosing an inner diagonal cross offset against them. A facing pair of peacocks is seen at each end of the field. Unlike most Akstafas, the second smaller-scale design layer of this item consists of floral devices rather than geometric designs. The box-shaped motifs with two long vertical double hooks which adorn the white main border are one of the identifying features of this rug group. – A number of creases and minor damage along the left-hand side, slight signs of wear, good overall condition.
    • Lot53
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions191 x 157 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR8,500
    A classic Chelaberd from the Karabagh area presenting two large white-ground sunburst medallions in a red field. The narrow white main border contains the vine and small star-shaped blossoms which are characteristic of this type. – Very good condition, high pile, original selvedges and lower kilim finish. Slight damage to the upper end.

    Literature:
    ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L'Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1983, no. 92 *** THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, ill. p. 113 *** TABIBNIA, MOSHE, Kazak del XIX Seculo. Milan 1995, pl. 30

  • Kermina Suzani

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    • Lot54
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions200 x 140 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    A silk embroidery on a cotton foundation composed of four wide inner panels and two very narrow outer panels. All the motifs are finely embroidered in the yurma technique, while the outlines are in the ilmoq technique. The suzani was probably made in Kermina; the golden spirals point to an area close to Bokhara. The style of drawing and the presence of botehs bisected by colour indicate that this may be a Lakai piece. – Slight signs of age and wear, a number of stains, small holes. Mounted onto canvas.

    Literature:
    GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection. New York 2003, no. 6

  • Samarkand Suzani

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    • Lot55
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions278 x 165 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800
    This Samarkand suzani is embroidered in the yurma stitch all over. The repeat of the field comprises offset rows of eleven large circular blossoms with a radial interior drawing that changes a number of times. They are encircled by green stems. Two further blossoms at the end of the field are depicted as halved motifs, emphasising the infinite nature of the design. Typical features of the Samarkand style are the shape of the leaves attached to the stems and the calyx-shaped extension at one end of the stems. The narrow border of fan-shaped blossoms linked to an undulating vine in an in-and-out rhythm is another characteristic of Samarkand embroideries. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. No fabric backing.

    Literature:
    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani 2. Munich 2006, no. 56 = RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 88. Vok Collection. Selection 2. A 88, 12 March 2016, lot 100

  • Imperial Rank Badge

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    • Lot56
    • OriginChina
    • DimensionsKreisrund
    • AgeCa. 1850 - 1875
    • Estimate EUR1,300
    In order to curb the excessive luxury of high-ranking officials’ clothing, a 1759 imperial edict decreed that court officials from the Emperor down had to wear simple plain cloaks. The wearer’s position was indicated by rank badges attached to them. Vertically divided down the middle, this round badge used to adorn the front of a dark blue imperial robe. Woven largely of gold thread, the magnificent horned dragon is floating among clouds above the sacred Mount Meru. Above his head we see a golden shou emblem which promises longevity. – Slightly fragmented at the upper end, otherwise very well preserved.

    Literature:
    VOLLMER, JOHN E., In the Presence of the Dragon Throne. Ch’ing Dynasty Costume (1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1977, catalogue cover and ill. p. 69

    • Lot57
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions182 x 119 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    An antique Baluch from the Torbat-e-Haydari region, finely woven in silky pile wool. The dark brown field contains a diamond lattice design with large hooked diamonds in the typical dark colours. The immaculate drawing of the Turkmen wavy vine in the wide red main border is striking. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile. The original selvedges and kilim ends survive.

    Literature:
    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 9

  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot58
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions124 x 79 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    A Baluch prayer rug from the Sarakhs region. The camel field comprises a strictly symmetrical tree of life and two large hooked diamonds placed at its lower end. The two panels flanking the arch contain small trees with birds perched on their branches. A comparative example has been published by Boucher. – Good condition, the kilim finishes are preserved.

    Literature:
    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 38

  • Baluch Sofreh

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    • Lot59
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions132 x 74 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,800
    This rare pile-woven sofreh was probably made by the Salar Khani tribe in the Torbat-e-Haydari region. One indication for this attribution is the complex geometric vine in the wide red main border. The camel field is empty except for three blossoms placed on the central axis. Its inner sides are edged with heavily corroded brown triangles, creating a serrated outline. The wide elems, with design stripes in the kilim and brocading techniques , are finely and meticulously woven. - Sofrehs were used as tablecloths on which the dishes were served. Sumptuous examples of artistic merit such as this sofreh were certainly not intended for everyday use. It may be a dowry piece. Purchased by the collector at Eberhart Herrmann’s gallery, Munich, in 1998. – Very well preserved centre, signs of age in the kilim ends, original selvedges.

    Literature:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 1985, no. 68 *** MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures of the Black Tent. Woodbridge, 3rd edition 2017, pl. p. 125

  • Timuri Prayer Rug

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    • Lot60
    • OriginNorth West Afghanistan, Herat region
    • Dimensions127 x 89 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    The composition of a rectangular mihrab field and and an upper head-and-shoulders arch is identical to prayer rugs woven by the Baluch tribes of Khorasan. However, the design of the red main border, the lower elem featuring kochak crosses and triangles as well as the dense design of small botehs in the camel field, with larger plants placed in the arch, indicate that this rare example was woven by Timuri in the Herat area. – Slight signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 68, 18 November 2006, lot 71; A 97, Zaleski Collection, 30 November 2019, lot 29 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VIII. Munich 1986, no. 99