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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
    • Lot91
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions172 x 127 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,500

    The corners of the reddish light brown field curve inwards and are accentuated by a light blue V-shaped vine. It contains five disc medallions composed of blue stems and lotus blossoms surrounded by stems bearing peonies. The golden yellow main border shows a floral vine, the inner secondary border is decorated with pearls. – Slight signs of age and wear, original selvedges, somewhat reduced ends.


    Literature:
    HOLT, ROSA BELLE, Oriental & Occidental Rugs. Antique & Modern. New York. 3rd edition 1937, pl. following p. 114

  • Ningxia Antependium

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    • Lot92
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions314 x 99 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Estimate EUR20,000 - 24,000

    Woven to commission for a Buddhist monastery in the Ningxia workshops, this extraordinarily rare rug was hung before an altar and is thus an antependium. The symbolism of the design makes reference to its religious context and its use as a sacred object. Herrmann purchased the rug at a New York auction in 1985, exhibited it in Munich one year later and gave a detailed explanation of its iconography in the catalogue. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, but very good overall condition in view of its great age.


    Literature:
    DUMAS, HILLARY, Trefoil. Guls, Stars & Gardens. Oakland, CA 1990, no. XXXIII

    Published:
    CHRISTIE'S New York, auction of 19 November 1985, lot 11 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VIII. Munich 1986, no. 123

  • Chinese Rank Badge

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    • Lot93
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions28 x 28 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600 - 750

    A small square silk embroidery on a black silk fabric. The outlines of the design are accentuated by thin gold threads. At the centre of the field, a large bird (crane or heron) spreading its wings stands on a rock in the sea, stretching its neck to the top left and looking up to a red pearl. The waves of the sea are raging beneath it, and the sky is densely filled with clouds. – Known as "rank badges" in literature, these embroideries indicated the rank of imperial officials (mandarins). Made in pairs, they were stitched to the chest and back of the robes worn by officials over their garments during state receptions. Different birds were used to identify the nine ranks of civil officials. – Good condition, framed under glass.


  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot94
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions239 x 161 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,800 - 3,400

    In this Bokhara suzani, four large flowering bushes are aligned diagonally towards the corners of the field, and four bushes are placed at the field centre. The same field design is often encountered  in Nurata suzanis. The single-band border shows large circular and fan-shaped blossoms surrounded by green leaves. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition, no fabric backing.


    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Susani. Stickereien aus Mittelasien. Mannheim 1981, ill. p. 29

  • Karshi Suzani

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    • Lot95
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions216 x 161 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500 - 4,000

    A large eight-pointed star with a radial interior design of red poppy blossoms, green leaves and blue irises lies at the centre of the field. Four shrubs in abundant flower emanate from it in the diagonal direction, extending as far as the corners of the field. The main border design of blossoms placed within double surrounds, the light palette and the secondary borders of blue flowers are characteristic features of Karshi suzanis. A very similar piece was sold by us in 2010. – Good condition, reverse backed with a white fabric.


    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 76, 4 December 2010, lot 224 *** FLING, RUSSELL S., Khans, Nomads & Needlework. Suzanis and Embroideries of Central Asia. Columbus, Ohio 2012, no. 25

  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot96
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions221 x 143 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,500

    The two embroidery centres, Bokhara and Nurata, often used very similar compositions where large diagonal shrubs were placed in the corners of the field. The suzanis made in Nurata almost always show more open designs than the works produced in Bokhara further to the south. Here, a number of flowering plants are spaced widely apart at the centre of the field. The small figure of a water carrier holding two ewers is seen at the left-hand side. The abundantly flowering shrubs placed in the corners are flanked by two curved panicles. In the single-band border, a vine with green leaves twines around blossoms depicted in top view and side view. – Slight signs of age and wear, good condition. The white cotton fabric backing constitutes the original condition.


    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Susani. Stickereien aus Mittelasien. Mannheim 1981, ill. p. 29

  • Ersari Main Carpet

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    • Lot97
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions266 x 183 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 4,000

    A rare Ersari presenting six rows of thirteen small octagonal güls in an aubergine-ground field. The spaces between them contain small eight-pointed stars in steel blue and dark green, their tips decorated with light dots. In the narrow main border, an undulating vine runs around halved offset ashik designs. – Good condition.


  • Ura Tube Joynamoz

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    • Lot98
    • OriginCentral Asia, North East Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions100 x 72 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 2,500

    A small-format prayer suzani (joynamoz) made in Ura Tube. The blossoms and leaves are embroidered in the basma technique, the outlines are in the ilmoq stitch. The narrow, tower-like mihrab field topped by a small pointed arch is empty except for a flowering shrub bearing red poppy blossoms and black irises positioned directly below the arch. The wide border and the large area above the arch are densely patterned in red blossoms encircled by green leaves. Botehs, buds and further irises fill the spaces between them. – In good condition except for small repaired areas, mounted onto canvas and attached to a frame.


    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 100, 29 May 2021, lot 105

    • Lot99
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions169 x 83 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 4,800

    A blue-ground Tibetan tiger rug woven in the khaden format. The tiger is depicted in top view and two-dimensionally rather than three-dimensionally, although its head is in front view. With its paws outstretched and a snarling expression on its face, it seems intent on springing at the viewer. The drawing of a very few bold lines in shades of brown appears simple, like a woodcut. Instead of a border, the field is surrounded by a red outer band.  – Good condition.


  • Yomut Asmalyk

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    • Lot100
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions83 x 133 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500 - 2,000

    Nine geometrically stylised trees decorated with erre güls adorn the white field of this pentagonal Yomut asmalyk. The serrated leaves form a diagonal lattice design. In the petrol main border, red ashik güls are placed between pairs of arrow shapes; the red guard borders show khamtoz designs. The asmalyk displays strikingly balanced proportions and a fine weave. Purchased by the consignor at Galerie Eberhart Herrmann, Munich, before 1994. - Good condition, original finishes all around, one small hole, slight signs of wear.


    Literature:
    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 44