Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
    • Lot121
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions188 x 146 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 5,000

    A very beautiful Kuba presenting an Afshan design. The brilliant white forked leaves stand out boldly and in sharp detail from the midnight blue ground of the field, which is densely filled with star-shaped blossoms, cartouches, stepped diamonds and many smaller decorative motifs. The midpoint of the composition, conceived symmetrically in both the horizontal and vertical directions, is accentuated by a rather larger red diamond. The main border displays a design of narrow diagonal stripes that is characteristic of the region, while the secondary borders contain blue stems with carnations shown in side view. An almost identical example from the Marsh Collection has been published in "Atlantic Collections". – Both ends minimally reduced, new overcasting along the sides, good condition.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L.JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 75

    • Lot122
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions388 x 137 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,800 - 4,500

    The two-row design in the blue field of this long Davaghin kilim consists of ten very large red blossoms decorated with four arms that bring to mind the pinwheel motifs of other Caucasian rugs. Two small four-legged animals and a pair of birds are standing between the blossoms. The rarest feature of this Avar tapestry is its border design using varying ground colours and multiple changes in motif. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

  • Farahan Horse Cover

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    • Lot123
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak
    • Dimensions178 x 153 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500 - 3,500

    Slightly trapezoid in shape and with the lower corners extending into triangles, this large pile-woven horse cover was made in the Farahan area, possibly in the village of Mushkabad, as the somewhat coarser weave would indicate. Offset hexagons enclosing cruciform floral clusters cover the dark blue field in a dense repeat. The very narrow green border has small botehs lined up in a row. – New overcasting along the sides, slight signs of wear, good condition.

    JOSLYN ART MUSEUM (publ.), A Rich Inheritance. Oriental Rugs of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Omaha, Nebraska 1974, ill. p. 32 *** STONE, PETER (ed.), Mideast Meets Midwest. Ethnographic Rugs From Midwest Collections. Chicago 1993, no. 36

    • Lot124
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions213 x 167 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500 - 3,000

    This two-panel cover woven on red and blue warps displays a brocaded design that expresses a narrative intention. In the open red field, two horizontal rows of animals appear between randomly distributed, small decorative motifs. The lower row consists of eight animals standing in the field and two further animals placed in the wide blue lateral areas so as to face the other animals, as if they were expecting them. In the upper row of four larger animals, the stag and the human figure walking behind it are striking features. The three-band border shows geometric motifs. – Minimal damage to the edges, good condition.

    • Lot125
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions397 x 160 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600 - 4,400

    This large blue-ground Avar kilim from the mountainous region of northern Daghestan is woven in the single weft interlocking technique, so it has no slits and is much sturdier that a slit tapestry. The design of ten large red octagons enclosing abstract animals is decidedly monumental in effect. The vertical bands of the brown border contain double hooks lined up in a row. – Very well preserved except for small damaged areas, original finishes all around.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 79, 26 November 2011, lot 227 *** BURNS, JAMES D., The Caucasus. Traditions in Weaving. Seattle 1987, no. 44

    • Lot126
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman
    • Dimensions240 x 178 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000 - 7,500

    A gorgeous Afshar of outstanding quality. The midnight blue field displays a repeat of shield forms enclosing palmettes that are arranged in offset rows and alternate with small cypresses linked and framed by short angular stems. The border design of several narrow bands, each with a different design, is a characteristic feature of this Afshar group. – Slight signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 4. Munich 1982, no. 72 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 80, 19 May 2012, lot 172

    • Lot127
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • DimensionsA = 69 x 68 cm B = 67 x 66 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 4,800

    A rare double bag woven by the Nafar tribe. The halves have been separated, and the connecting panel is missing. A very fine weave, a thick close pile of the finest quality wool, the typical palette of luminous dark colours. At the centre of each field, a large hexagon with stepped outlines encloses a cruciform motif with a central rosette and a number of animals. Four yellow crosses adorn the lateral spaces. The kilim backs show a design of horizontal stripes. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 77, Kossow Collection, 26 March 2011, lot 137

    • Lot128
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions135 x 103 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,300

    A solitary, red four-legged animal with two long dark blue horns that curve backwards – probably a ram – stands at the centre of an open sand-coloured field framed by a deep blue section all around. The seemingly naive manner of representation, as if drawn by a child, is a characteristic feature of many gabbehs. – Good condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. Munich 1991, no. 41

  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot129
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions284 x 153 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,300

    Comparatively coarse in weave, this Qashqa’i kilim displays large comb motifs in six panels separated by wide white horizontal stripes. The field is surrounded by a dark blue border patterned with small geometric forms in a mosaic style. This colourful kilim appears vibrant and more "nomadic" than other examples woven in the same design, which was popular among the Qashqa’i. – A number of repaired and rewoven areas, otherwise well preserved, original finishes all around.

    • Lot130
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions196 x 144 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,900 - 2,300

    Three white diamonds with lateral arms enclosing birds, four-legged animals and blossoms are linked by short poles in the vertical direction on the central axis of the midnight blue field. The extremely dense basic design of rosettes, palmettes, botehs and many animals is a typical feature of rugs woven by the Arab-Khamseh tribal groups. Both ends display an additional design band of chevron devices. – Signs of age and wear, damaged sides.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs. Nomadic and Village Weavings from the Near East and Central Asia. Portland 1992, no. 11.9, p. 200