Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Yomut Chuval

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    • Lot191
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions80 x 130 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR800 - 1,200

    A bag face in the chuval format. In the brown-red field, sixteen small primary güls are interspersed with chemche secondary motifs; the white main border contains angular blossoms linked by a double vine. A horizontal row of fifteen amulets adorns the elem. – Slight signs of age and wear.

  • Aksaray Kilim

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    • Lot192
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya
    • Dimensionsa = 313 x 72, b = 330 x 75 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500 - 4,200

    A two-panel white-ground kilim of the double niche type woven in the Aksaray area. Due to the different lengths of the panels, the halves of the niche fields do not align exactly in some places, a phenomenon frequently seen in the two-panel kilims of Anatolia. The high quality of the colours allows us to date it to the first half of the 19th century. A kilim published by Brüggemann displays the same designs in the narrow horizontal dividing stripes. – Well preserved except for slight damage along the edges.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER, Yayla. Form und Farbe in türkischer Textilkunst. Frankfurt 1993, pl. 51 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 60, 17 May 2003, lot 98

  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot193
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions110 x 79 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200 - 1,500

    A Baluch prayer rug of the head-and-shoulders type. In the camel field, a tree of life is crowned by a large flower that fills the space under the bridge-shaped arch. The wide three-band border is recessed at right angles at the upper end to form the arch. This creates two small rectangular compartments in the upper corners which each contain a flowering plant. – Good condition, original selvedges, remains of the kilim finishes survive at both ends. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

  • Yomut Tent Band Fragment

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    • Lot194
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions140 x 40 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR600 - 700

    A section from one of the long tent bands that were hung around the inner circumference of the tents. The knotted design of the bands consists of various large devices which were usually arranged in mirror-image segments in facing directions from the middle to the ends of the band. In this Yomut fragment, a long tree motif with a crown at each end is almost completely preserved. – Good condition.

  • Kaitag Embroidery

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    • Lot195
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus, Daghestan
    • Dimensions110 x 57 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,800 - 4,400

    The small-format Kaitag silk embroideries made in the mountainous regions of Daghestan never cease to surprise us by the diversity of their designs, ornaments and compositions as well as their high degree of abstraction. In the lives of the Kaitag, these highly symbolic embroideries played an important part at major events such as birth, marriage and death. In our embroidery, the field is dominated by a large shield motif with a wide white outline. A square lies at its centre, with four circles arranged around it, and two long points extend as far as the ends of the field. – Slight damage to the edges and signs of wear, one small hole, good overall condition.

    CHENCINER, ROBERT, Kaitag. Textile Art from Dagestan. London 1993, no. 23

  • Yomut Ensi

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    • Lot196
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions146 x 124 cm
    • Ageearly 19th century
    • Estimate EUR6,000 - 7,000

    An early Yomut door rug woven in the cruciform hatchlu design. The four segments of the field, the horizontal panel and the inner elem are patterned in pekvesh flowers, a focus on a single motif that is rarely encountered in Yomut ensis. Serrated stars are aligned in the two white borders. The lower elem contains large trees with serrated leaves, a design frequently seen in the elems of Yomut rugs. A very fine weave, a leathery handle on the reverse, brilliant colours. Tsareva dates this rug to the early 18th century; we are somewhat more cautious in this regard. – Slight signs of age and wear, cut and rebound sides, somewhat reduced ends. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister

    HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 18 *** EILAND JR., MURRAY L. (ed.), A World of Oriental Carpets & Textiles. Washington, D.C. 2003, fig. 24, p. 191 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 77

  • Tekke Ensi

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    • Lot197
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions154 x 124 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Estimate EUR17,000 - 20,000

    The light colours suggest that this early Tekke door rug was woven in the area of the Akhal oasis. The four segments of the field are patterned in widely spaced insi kush abstract birds. The inner white border decorated with a Turkmen undulating vine and ashik güls forms a small arch at the upper end of the field. The outer border showing bracket motifs placed within rectangles is a typical feature of Tekke ensis. However, the design of the red main border – trees with feathered leaves resembling bird’s wings – is entirely atypical and thus rare. Nor are the large, delicately drawn trees in the lower elem known from other Tekke door rugs. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister

    EILAND JR., MURRAY L. (ed.), A World of Oriental Carpets & Textiles. Washington, D.C. 2003, fig. 8, p. 175 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 34

  • Göklen Jolami Fragment

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    • Lot198
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Turkestan
    • Dimensions677 x 23 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 4,000

    The Göklen, whose rugs are usually described as "Eagle Group" in literature, lived in the border region between South West Turkestan and North East Persia. The tribe does not appear to have been very large, because the number of their surviving rugs is comparatively small. Only a very few Göklen tent bands are preserved. The fragment offered here is from an old German collection; it constitutes roughly one half of a band originally some 13 - 14 metres long. Always very fine in weave, the narrow Göklen jolami are easily identified by their specific designs and deep luminous colours. Drawn in a particular style, the crosses and diamonds decorated with curled hooks are an unmistakeable feature. – Turkmen decorative bands carried a symbolism specific to the tribe, and were looped through the framework of tent poles so their continuous designs could be seen at full length. – Good condition.

    HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, nos. 33, 43 *** ISAACSON, RICHARD, Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia. Washington, DC. 2007, nos. 5, 6 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 48 a

  • Yomut Main Carpet

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    • Lot199
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions292 x 165 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,600 - 5,600

    This Yomut main carpet features 36 tauk nuska güls arranged in three vertical rows. The secondary güls are flat ashik designs in steel blue and green with star-shaped blossoms attached to their tips. The white main border displays a Turkmen wavy vine that undulates around large curled leaves in the vertical bands and around diamonds in the horizontal bands. – Slight signs of age and wear, low pile, damaged sides, otherwise in good condition.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Zentral-Asiatische Teppiche. Frankfurt am Main 1969, no. 20

    SOTHEBY'S New York, auction of 12 December 1997, lot 39

  • Yomut Asmalyk

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    • Lot200
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions75 x 119 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,500 - 1,800

    This pentagonal white Yomut asmalyk displays nine trees with erre güls placed on their trunks and diagonal serrated leaves that form a diamond lattice. The red main border contains cruciform motifs, the two secondary borders show white stepped polygons. – Good condition, original finishes all around.