Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
    • Lot111
    • OriginWest Persia, Hamadan
    • Dimensions329 x 234 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 4,700

    In the blue field covered by a lattice filled with blossoms, a large sand-coloured shield form with serrated outlines encloses a dark blue, hexagonal central medallion with pendants. The composition and the style of the devices bring to mind Bijar weavings, but the single-weft knotting structure indicates that this carpet was woven in one of the workshops of Malayer in the southern Hamadan region. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, original finishes all around.

  • Star Kazak

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    • Lot112
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions224 x 163 cm
    • Ageearly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000 - 15,000

    Judging by its border ornamentation, style of drawing and specific colours, this Star Kazak belongs to type C. The field design of large, slightly irregular and seemingly archaic forms appears compact and expressive. The Kazak was probably woven in the early 19th century. – Obvious signs of age and wear, various missing sections, heavily damaged pile. Mounted onto a blue fabric.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, pl. p. 43 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 7. Munich 1985, no. 27 *** RIPPON BOSWELL FFM, auction of 16/11/1985, lot 102 *** A 71, 24/05/2008, lot 79

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 87, 13 June 2015, lot 154

    • Lot113
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions162 x 114 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,000 - 2,500

    A very large red hexagon with two pendants at both ends lies at the centre of the midnight blue field. The colour of the Herati design covering both the medallion and the field coordinates with the different ground colours. The three narrow borders contain floral vines. A fine weave on a wool warp, velvety pile material. – Good condition.

    • Lot114
    • OriginWestern Central Persia, Chahar Mahal
    • Dimensions653 x 403 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000 - 15,000

    The dark blue field of this Bakhtiari is divided by parallel red-and-white lines into twelve wide vertical bands that contain flowering plants in fresh and brilliant colours aligned one above the other. All motifs are drawn to a large scale and thus adapted to the huge dimensions of this Bakhtiari. The same is true for the design of the wide white main border, where palmettes and boteh-like slanting devices are linked by a bold red vine. – Field designs composed of vertical stripes are extremely rare in Bakhtiari carpets. This composition may have been modelled on certain Qashqa’i rugs woven by the Kashkuli tribe. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

  • Haji Jalili Tabriz

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    • Lot115
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions615 x 285 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR12,000 - 15,000

    A large-format Tabriz workshop carpet drawn in the so-called Hajji Jalili style. A huge white medallion of an elongated oval shape lies at the centre of the open red field. It contains a blue central medallion and flowering stems concentrically arranged around it. The white spandrels of floral design are linked by vertical bands at the long sides, creating the shield-shaped outline of the field. The dense border design of palmettes, rosettes and sickle leaves goes back to East Persian models. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, the original selvedges survive.

    • Lot116
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions223 x 138 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 3,500

    An elegant Kerman pictorial rug featuring a rare design. A large tree standing in the narrow white field is topped by a horseshoe-shaped arch enclosing a Persian inscription. Different types of bird are perched in its branches and have been incorporated into the vine design of the white main border, including swans, peacocks and parrots. The figure at the lower end of the field – a crowned human-animal hybrid creature – is a mysterious feature. A very fine weave, subtle pastel shades. – The black-brown sections are partially corroded, good overall condition.

    • Lot117
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions228 x 138 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 3,800

    This finely woven Kerman displays an elegant floral design conceived in meticulous mirror image. The dark red field contains a huge tree of life whose branches are laden with white flowers and complete fill the upper section beneath the horseshoe curve of the arch. Flowering stems and many birds adorn the wide, dark blue main border. – Good condition.

  • Shusha Long Rug

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    • Lot118
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Nagorno-Karabakh
    • Dimensions470 x 103 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400 - 3,300

    Probably woven in an Armenian workshop, this long Shusha rug is a particularly colourful example. The narrow central field is covered in a repeat of wide diagonal stripes in diverse colours which are decorated with botehs and flowering plants. The blazing red main border is filled with large rounded botehs that are arranged horizontally in the vertical bands. Previously published in Schürmann’s standard work on Caucasian carpets. – Signs of age and wear, pile worn away in places, slightly damaged ends, original selvedges.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 40

    • Lot119
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions280 x 112 cm
    • Agedated 1292 AH = 1876 AD
    • Estimate EUR22,000 - 25,000

    A perfectly drawn Lenkoran design lies on the central axis of the royal blue field. It is embedded in a dense basic design of tiny botehs and diamonds drawn to a much smaller scale that also incorporates six human figures and two camels. Stepped polygons combine into a design chain in the white main border. A date, "1292", has been added at the top right. The outstanding quality of the weave, wool and colours cannot be reproduced in any illustration. This is one of the most beautiful  Talish rugs we have ever seen. – The very good condition may be due to the fact that the carpet has always been appreciated as a precious object and rarely used.

  • Sevan Kazak

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    • Lot120
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions230 x 176 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR12,000 - 15,000

    A huge green shield form composed of two merging cruciform devices takes up so much of the field that its red ground is only visible along the sides and in the corners. These spaces left undecorated by the main design each contain two blue triangles. The central axis of the design is accentuated by five white or yellow rectangles, each enclosing twelve box motifs and separated by a row of blossoms. Four white rectangles filled with stars placed within the lateral arms are reminiscent of Karachov Kazaks. The border design of large kochanak hook devices on a dark brown ground is an obligatory feature in this rare type of Sevan Kazaks.  – Slight signs of wear, corroded brown, good condition.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs from Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 70 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. Munich 1992, no. 39 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 27, 7 May 1988, lot 57 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1981, pl. p. 27