Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Shahsavan Khorjin

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    • Lot181
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions57 x 22 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600 - 800

    This completely preserved double bag is woven in the kilim technique in a miniature format. The faces are decorated with a diamond lattice enclosing hooked diamonds, and the red backs show brown spikes along the sides. – Slight signs of age and wear, good condition.

    • Lot182
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama
    • Dimensions106 x 82 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,400 - 4,000

    In the village of Kozak situated north of Bergama, small-format rugs were woven in geometric designs that bring to mind Caucasian weavings. The villagers allegedly immigrated from the Kazak region some time ago, hence the name of the village. On the central axis of the red field, there are two box shapes decorated with four arrows and divided into four inner segments which resemble certain Shahsavan güls. Six light green bracket forms surround the primary motifs. The leaf and calyx vine in the white-ground border is similarly Caucasian in character. The mellow patinated colours indicate an early date. The rug was purchased at Galerie Eberhart Herrmann, Munich, in 1979. – Slight signs of age and wear, original finishes all around, damage to the lower kilim end.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Uschak bis Yarkand. Seltene Orientteppiche II. Munich 1979, no. 13

  • Bijov Sumakh

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    • Lot183
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions324 x 119 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 4,000

    This rare sumakh woven in the Kuba region belongs to the group of Bijov weavings. Its long and narrow format is striking. The midnight blue field is covered in a dense repeat of seven flat diamond-shaped medallions with jagged outlines that extend across the whole width of the field. Large blossoms arranged in pairs are placed between them. The subdued colour scheme of the designs (light red, rose, green and blue-green) and the style of drawing are typical Bijov features. The wave design of the white inner border – a characteristic Zeikhur feature – is rarely encountered in Bijov rugs. – A number of rewoven areas, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 16

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 39, 13 November 1993, lot 18

  • Karapinar Kilim Fragment

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    • Lot184
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions326 x 141 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR2,500 - 3,500

    This white-ground kilim displays six large double niches in three different colour combinations. Decorated with long parmakli outlines, the niches each contain a smaller analogous form. There are only a very few published kilims presenting this very precisely drawn, abstract and decidedly graphic design which completely dispenses with any additional decorative motifs (see below). This rare type was always woven in two narrow panels. – The two examples published by Cootner/Muse and Werd/Pelz differ from our kilim in terms of their slightly divergent palette. A fragment in an Italian collection is closely related (published in Concaro/Levi, one panel), as is the fragment recently published by Tuna (also one panel). Whereas the region between Konya and Karapinar has been assumed as the provenance to date, Tuna states Sivas in East Anatolia as the region of origin. – Our kilim has been cut into nine individual pieces. Allegedly, one of its previous owners intended to use them as cushion faces. Fortunately this scheme was not carried out. In our attempt at a photographic reconstruction, we arranged the separate parts so as to visualise the overall composition. A comparison with the other four kilims, which all present seven double niches, reveals that one niche has been lost at the field centre of our kilim. – Signs of age and wear.

    COOTNER, CATHRYN & MUSE, GARRY, Anatolian Kilims. The Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Collection. San Francisco-London 1990, pl. 8 *** ZINS, GÜNTER & DE WERD, GUIDO, Gewirkt - Geschweisst. Linie und Farbe im Raum. Stahlplastik von Günter Zins und der anatolische Kelim auf Zollverein. Essen 2001, no. 22 *** CONCARO, EDOARDO & LEVI, ALBERTO, Sovrani Tappeti. Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX seculo. Milan 1999, no. 92 *** TUNA, ALI RIZA; From Myth to Art. Anatolian Kilims. Geneva 2022, pl. 10

  • Konya Yastik

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    • Lot185
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions103 x 59 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500 - 2,000

    The aubergine-ground field is almost completely covered by a red shield medallion with a cruciform interior drawing. Three eight-pointed stars adorn each end of the field. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile; the lower elem has been repiled and the upper elem restored.

    MOREHOUSE, BRIAN, Yastiks. Cushion Covers and Storage Bags of Anatolia. Philadelphia 1996, no. 63

    • Lot186
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions221 x 139 cm
    • Age17th century
    • Estimate EUR20,000 - 24,000

    This very rare Ushak presents a four-lobed star medallion on a blazing red ground, a large blue triangular form outlined in white at the ends of the field, and bold two-tone crosses placed between them. The geometric style of drawing indicates that this Ushak was woven in a village workshop around the same time as the classic Medallion and Star Ushaks were produced in urban manufactories. A detailed interpretation of the design can be read in the book by Herrmann, who published the rug in 1991. – Slight signs of age and wear, well preserved in view of its great age.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. Munich 1991, no. 7 *** CHRISTIE'S London, auction of 23 April 2013, lot 171

    • Lot187
    • OriginNorth East China, Suiyuan
    • Dimensions378 x 271 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 5,000

    A large Pao Tao with a design influenced by Art Nouveau, probably woven to a cartoon drawn by a European designer. - Very good condition.

    • Lot188
    • OriginNorth East China
    • Dimensions357 x 280 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR7,000 - 8,500

    A blue cloud floating at the centre of the field supports a large pagoda drawn to perspective that is placed on an elevation, with seven steps leading up to it on three sides. This architectural depiction is encircled by small clouds and five long cloudbands attached to large bats. Four birds, further Buddhist symbols and semi-circular stylised waves placed at the lower end of the field complete the design. The border is embellished with cloudbands and Buddhist symbols. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

  • Chinese Palace Carpet

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    • Lot189
    • OriginNorth East China, Beijing
    • Dimensions222 x 124 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,200 - 5,000

    This silk rug depicting five dragons was woven for use in one of the rooms of the imperial palace in the "Forbidden City". The brocaded grounds of the medallions and corners consist of metal-wrapped threads. The rare design of elongated ornamental stylised dragons in the yellow main border is a striking feature. – The previous owner’s father, a German Reichswehr staff officer and close associate of Colonel-General Hans von Seeckt, was stationed in China from 1928 as a member of the German military mission and adviser to General Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Kuomintang. He purchased the carpet in Nanjing in 1930. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 65, 28/05/2005, lot 55

  • Afshar Sofreh

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    • Lot190
    • OriginSouth Persia, Sirjan
    • Dimensions132 x 129 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,200 - 1,500

    This square flatweave was produced by an Afshar tribal group in the Sirjan region. The brilliant light red field, the light green square with serrated vertical sides and the small, dark blue serrated form at its centre are woven in the slitless tapestry technique, while the designs along the sides and the small central motif are brocaded. Four-legged animals (probably rams) and small blossoms adorn the sharp dark blue points that run along the vertical sides. Highly elaborate braided finishes all around. Sofrehs of this type were spread beneath the dough when making bread and later served to wrap the fresh bread to prevent it drying out. – Very good condition.

    MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures of the Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 78