Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Chodor Torba

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    • Lot101
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions44 x 92 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500 - 2,000

    A small Chodor tent bag woven in the torba format, completely preserved with the kilim back and the original seams along the sides. Two large blue ertmen güls lie in the light brown field, while six ertmen güls in white and light red that differ in interior design are offset against them and cut by the border. The border contains small eight-pointed stars within rectangular compartments. Torbas of identical design were also woven by the Yomut. – Good condition.

    HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 27 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Pinner Collection, 15 May 2004, lot 89

  • Yomut Ensi

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    • Lot102
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions161 x 135 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200 - 2,600

    The wide cruciform motif which divides the field of this antique Yomut door rug into four sections is known as "hatchlu". The segments contain pekvesh flowers arranged in offset rows. The horizontal panel has been shifted downwards to a significant degree, so the two lower sections are only half the size of the upper ones. The three-band border and the cross are decorated with syrga designs on a white ground and an undulating vine on a red ground. A double elem of tree forms, so-called “Yomut pines”, provides the lower finish. Beautiful colours, a fine weave. – Cut sides, replaced cords, somewhat reduced ends.

  • Mushwani Main Carpet

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    • Lot103
    • OriginCentral Asia, North West Afghanistan
    • Dimensions280 x 149 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500 - 2,500

    A large main carpet by the Mushwani Baluch in the characteristic, very dark palette. The field shows a dense design of nested hooked diamonds, the main border displays cartouches with dotted outlines. – The kilim finish is missing at the lower end; damage to the edges and inserted areas along both sides, otherwise well preserved.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs. Portland 1992, no. 13.21, p. 241

  • Abdal Chuval

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    • Lot104
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions82 x 111 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000 - 7,000

    The brown-red field contains nine large primary güls of the chuval type. The secondary güls are white or yellow diamonds quartered by inner diagonals, with light red outlines and double hooks at their tips. Four of them are rendered as complete motifs while a further twelve are cut by the border. The elem is undecorated. – Tsareva surmised that this large tent bag was a weaving by the Igdyr tribe. However, nowadays it is thought more likely that it was woven by the Abdal, a different Yomut sub-group. An almost identical example was exhibited in Hamburg in 1993. It only differs in the design of its secondary borders. The rare design of the white-ground main border is an unmistakeable feature of Abdal rugs. It is also encountered in one of the tribe’s main carpets published by Mackie/Thompson. – Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat sinuous, no kilim back. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister

    HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 60 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 68 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 66, 20 May 2006, lot 42

    TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 102

  • Kuba Kilim

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    • Lot105
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions363 x 195 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600 - 4,500

    This very large Kuba kilim features the design of alternately wide and narrower horizontal stripes that is typical of the provenance. The three midnight blue bands each contain four hexagons enclosing a diamond decorated with long hooks. This device is known as "tarantula" or "spider" gül. Each of the four narrower red-ground bands shows six stepped diamonds with double hooks at their tips that are lined up in a row. – Also known as "pallas", kilims of this kind were used like tapestries in the villages of the Kuba region. They were hung on the walls of homes for decoration and as protection against the cold. The published examples of this group are almost indistinguishable. – A number of holes and darned areas, slight damage to the edges, otherwise in very good condition.

    BLACK, DAVID / LOVELESS, CLIVE, The Undiscovered Kilim. London 1977, pl. 38 *** ESKENAZI, JOHN J., Kilim. Milan 1980, no. 15 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 5 = RIPPON BOSWELL, Vok Collection. Selection 2. A 88, 12 March 2016, lot 131

  • Talish Kilim

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    • Lot106
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions340 x 156 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 2,800

    A large and finely woven slit tapestry from the Talish region. A rare design of elongated, diamond-shaped botehs placed in offset rows adorns the midnight blue field. The distribution of colours in the botehs creates steep colour diagonals. The wide white main border with sawteeth outlines contains a row of stars; the two guard borders of reciprocal trefoils are conceived in mirror image. – Cut and rebound sides, both ends somewhat reduced, minor repairs.

  • Dragon Verneh

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    • Lot107
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions300 x 180 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000 - 12,000

    Formerly called sileh and now known as dragon verneh, these large flatweaves woven in the sumakh technique originate from the southern Caucasus. They are sometimes assigned to the Baku district, but this attribution is unproven. Finely woven on red warps, our particularly beautiful verneh is impressive on account of the quality of its materials, drawing and colours. As in an example published by Herrmann, each of the 16 abstract dragons incorporates a two-headed figure of totemistic appearance. – Slight signs of age and wear, various minor repairs, partially replaced selvedges, otherwise well preserved.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VI. Munich 1984, no. 41

  • Jolami Fragment

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    • Lot108
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions750 x 53 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,500 - 5,500

    A fragment of a knotted tent band with a probable original length of 13 to 14 metres. At a width of 53 centimetres, this band is significantly wider than most other bands. Many design details are woven in light brown silk, and some are ruby silk or white cotton. Tribal attributions of tent bands are often hypothetical because they have been insufficiently studied. We would rather not attempt to place this band. – Signs of age and wear, damaged sides, a number of major stains.

  • Yomut Tent Band

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    • Lot109
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions1400 x 38 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR10,000 - 12,000

    This Yomut tent band shows very beautiful designs in a comparatively spacious arrangement. The strong patina of the ivory ground suggests considerable age. – Slight signs of age and wear, minor tears, damaged sides. Cut horizontally in one place and then rejoined. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister

    HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 38 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 164

    • Lot110
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions356 x 232 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR9,000 - 11,000

    According to information supplied by the consignor, one of the previous owners purchased this large Tabriz in the local bazaar in 1890. The perfectly drawn design is a composition mirrored in both the vertical and horizontal directions, with a very small and inconspicuous medallion placed at the midpoint. It was woven to cartoons drafted by a designer. The restrained colour scheme using pastel shades is atypical of Tabriz, and a rare feature. – Slight signs of age and wear, damaged edges, good overall condition.