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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
    • Lot61
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions70 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    This pentagonal asmalyk displays a field design of five large trees with slightly curved leaves that point downwards and are only serrated at the bottom. These motifs are also known as "Yomut pines". They completely fill the five vertical, alternately red and blue bands. Three sides of the field are framed by a white-ground syrga border; in the gable area, the border turns into a very narrow band decorated with rhomboids. Superb colours. – New overcasting all around, several inserted sections, otherwise well preserved.

    Literature:
    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Teppiche aus dem Orient. Wiesbaden 1976, ill. p. 198 *** ELMBY, HANS, Antikke Turkmenske Tæpper II. Copenhagen 1994, pl. 19

    • Lot62
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions77 x 110 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500
    The brown-red field presents nine chuval güls and chemche secondary motifs. The red-ground border shows flat stepped polygons, the elem is undecorated. A fine weave, symmetrical knots. – Slight signs of age and wear, original sides, somewhat reduced at the top, remnants of the kilim back survive at the bottom.

    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 29, 6 May 1989, lot 138

  • Pseudo-Chodor Main Carpet

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    • Lot63
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions250 x 197 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR15,000
    Very finely woven from velvety pile wool in intense colours, this very rare main carpet is one of the so-called pseudo-Chodor weavings. It is now assumed that they were woven by a Chodor tribal group which cannot be specified by name. The features they share with actual Chodor rugs are the palette, the ornamentation and style as well as the general expression. The quality of the materials, which is distinctly higher in P-Chodor rugs, is considered the main difference. – The only immediately comparable main carpet was exhibited in Washington, DC, in 1980. Both examples show a dense repeat of five vertical rows of primary güls in the shape of flat octagons linked by a pole, but they use different secondary güls. In the example published by Mackie / Thompson, the vertical and horizontal borders differ in design whereas in our example, the Turkmen wavy vine with curled leaves surrounds the whole of the field. – The red outer border has been expertly reknotted all around; one long vertical tear at the centre of the field has been restored almost invisibly. Now in very good condition.

    Literature:
    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 48

    • Lot64
    • OriginWest China, Ningxia
    • Dimensions335 x 194 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Estimate EUR5,000
    This large wall hanging woven in Ningxia was produced for the imperial palace in Beijing. In the light red-brown field, a huge blue horned dragon with wide-open jaws is chasing the flaming pearl. Unlike dragon rugs made for the Tibetan monasteries, the snake-like body of the dragon is represented three-dimensionally, so it does not appear flat. The dynamic nature of its movement is emphasised by the conspicuous white outline. Dragons similar in style are found on imperial robes (see Vollmer). Clouds and five large bats fill the ground. The impressive image is framed by a swastika meander border. Provenance: Count Vitzthum von Eckstädt, owned by the family for 120 years. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    VOLLMER, JOHN E., In the Presence of the Dragon Throne. Ch’ing Dynasty Costume (1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1977, ill. p. 52

    • Lot65
    • OriginNorth East China
    • Dimensions208 x 128 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600
    Above a wide frieze of foaming waves, a blue dragon depicted in front view is chasing the flaming pearl at the centre of the beige-ground field. Small clouds of varying shapes and sizes are floating in the sky in an asymmetric arrangement. The main border is decorated with a classic key meandering vine. – Good condition, high pile, slightly damaged edges.
  • Ningxia Throne Seat Cover

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    • Lot66
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions64 x 75 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,100
    The backrest of a throne seat cover for a lama. The light brown field terminating in an upper arch shows a large fo dog depicted in side view at its centre, surrounded by Buddhist emblems and floral stems. Mount Meru rises from the sea at the lower end. The equally light brown border contains a floral vine. – Obvious signs of age and wear, pile worn away in places, damaged edges.

    Literature:
    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 98 a

    • Lot67
    • OriginNorth East China, Suiyuan
    • Dimensions205 x 127 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000
    A floral repeat of stems bearing large peony blossoms and circular floral medallions adorns the blue field. The white main border displays blue lotus blossoms, pomegranates, leaf vines and shou symbols. Its finer weave and traditional design set this Pao Tao apart from the large number of rugs woven for export around 1900. – Well preserved.
    • Lot68
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions47 x 46 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR850
    The knotted face of a single bag; judging by its structure, ornamentation and palette, it is from the same region in the Kuba area as Chichi rugs. – Good condition.
    • Lot69
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions167 x 86 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This expressive graphic Tibetan rug features an abstract repeat of wide, wave-like, blue-black tiger stripes arranged in offset rows on the brilliant orange ground; it belongs to the borderless type. - In Tibet, the mystical tiger rugs were considered symbols of power. Their use was reserved to a small group of high-ranking dignitaries. These tiger rugs were not exported to western countries before 1979. From then on, some 200 examples left the country in the wake of political and social upheavals. The group became widely known through a monograph published by Mimi Lipton. – Slight discolouration, very good overall condition, with the pile at its original height and the original finishes all around. Backed with a fabric tape at the upper and lower ends.

    Literature:
    LIPTON, MIMI, The Tiger Rugs of Tibet. London 1988, nos. 11, 12 and 29

    • Lot70
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions192 x 119 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR7,500
    This white-ground Beshir has survived in an old Austrian collection. The field is dominated by eight large palmettes arranged in offset rows. Their sprawling sickle-shaped leaves are reminiscent of headdresses worn by harlequins. The same delicately drawn pomegranate trees that also occur in Beshir prayer rugs are placed between them. The light red border is decorated with fan-shaped blossoms as well as a number of shrubs in the horizontal bands. The way the vertical borders are expanded in the corners is a very rare feature. – In the absence of any immediate parallels in specialist literature, this rug is obviously a one-off. Similar palmettes are encountered in a Beshir prayer rug sold by Christie's in 2013 and in a larger, chequerboard design Beshir published by Reuben. Unlike the rugs of other Turkmen tribes who adhered to their time-honoured designs, those of the Ersari Beshir group often display outside influences and use designs that are not originally Turkmen, for instance motifs from Khorasan. The shape of the huge palmettes brings to mind similar motifs in Uzbek suzanis attributed to the Lakai (see example below). – Signs of age and wear, stitched tears in the lower left area; the outer border is missing along the vertical sides.

    Literature:
    CHRISTIE'S London, auction of 8 October 2013, lot 72 *** REUBEN, DAVID M., Gols and Guls II. London 2001, no. 14 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 2. Munich 1990, no. 66 (example of a suzani) ***