Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Farahan Zaronim

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    • Lot71
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak
    • Dimensions150 x 101 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,400

    The light red field shows a very beautifully drawn Herati design in mellow pastel shades. In the dark blue main border, circular blossoms and palmettes are linked by a vine of flowering stems. A fine weave. – Both ends minimally reduced, very good overall condition, original selvedges.

  • Qashqa’i Rahimlu

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    • Lot72
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions243 x 138 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,800 - 3,500

    In the midnight blue field, flowering shrubs arranged in offset rows form a dense basic design into which three large hexagonal medallions have been incorporated along the central axis. Each medallion encloses a “Qashqa’i gül“. Judging by the knotting structure with a soft handle, the angular style of drawing and the characteristic design of the main border, this impressive example of nomad weaving may be attributed to the Rahimlu tribe. Two comparative examples have been published by Engelhardt and Parham. – Good condition, a high pile, original selvedges.

    ENGELHARDT, TEPPICH- (publ.), Perlen unter den Teppichen des Orients. Mannheim 1976, no. 567 *** PARHAM, CYRUS, Masterpieces of Fars Rugs. Tehran 1996, no. 7

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 92, 25 November 2017, lot 184

  • Ladik Prayer Kilim

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    • Lot73
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions180 x 107 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,200 - 1,600

    This rare prayer kilim has an empty brown mihrab field with long-stemmed carnations attached to its inner sides. The green area above the stepped arch is filled with blossoms, and the red horizontal panel above it contains five flowering plants. The design of the pale yellow main border consists of large rosettes. The layout of the field design, with a panel placed at the upper end, suggests a provenance in the Ladik area. – Signs of age and wear, significant damage in the upper section and at both ends.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback. Mannheim 2000, ill. p. 61

  • Ushak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot74
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions139 x 122 cm
    • Agefirst half 18th century
    • Estimate EUR14,000 - 16,000

    A rare early Ushak prayer rug, almost square in format and woven on blue warps. In the small red central field, two double columns support a pointed arch. Their capitals have been converted into green triangles. The white section above the arch is embellished with flowers. The design of the wide yellow main border consists of palmettes, rosettes and smaller floral ornaments drawn in a geometric style. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, damaged sides, somewhat reduced ends.

  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot75
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions273 x 142 cm
    • Agedated 1307 AH = 1900 AD
    • Estimate EUR8,000 - 10,000

    A red-ground dragon sumakh woven in an unusually narrow format. The main border design of cartouches alternating with S-shaped abstract animals is rather rare in sumakhs; another example is the famous Grote-Hasenbalg medallion sumakh that later entered the Vok Collection, and was sold by us in 2016. – Slight signs of age and wear, partially restored dark brown sections, a number of rewoven areas. Good overall condition, original finishes all around. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 30 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 88. Vok Collection. Selection 2. 12 March 2016, lot 133

    • Lot76
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions134 x 116 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,000 - 4,000

    A small-format Chichi with a very narrow field surrounded by a white frame and an extra wide border. - Slight signs of age and wear, a number of ripples and short creases, somewhat reduced and damaged ends, original selvedges.

  • Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot77
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions117 x 113 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 4,800

    Three joined rectangles outlined in white form a rare bar design at the centre of the burgundy field; a small bridge-shaped arch is placed above it. The surrounding areas are embellished with rosettes, rectangles, squares and hooked diamonds. The narrow border shows a leaf and calyx vine on a white ground. Woven in an unusually wide format. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, no. 23

    • Lot78
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions285 x 130 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR4,000 - 4,800

    Changes in designs and motifs during the knotting process are not infrequent in Caucasian village rugs, but usually these take the shape of minor modifications in the borders or in the proportions of the field design. This Talish is a different case. Here, a carpet with a completely different design had been planned, but after some 60 centimetres there is an abrupt break, and all the motifs as well as the composition change completely. It is possible that a different weaver continued working on the piece. – Replaced selvedges, slightly reduced ends, otherwise in good condition.

  • Caucasian Sumakh

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    • Lot79
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions263 x 90 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500 - 4,400

    The field of this very rare sumakh displays a design of yellow and dark brown diagonal stripes decorated with small flowers. Hooked diamonds are aligned in the red main border. It is probably a Shahsavan weaving. The brocaded additional panel at the top indicates that it served as a door hanging for a tent. – Signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides.

  • Shirvan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot80
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions142 x 103 cm
    • Agedated 1272 AH = 1856 AD
    • Estimate EUR6,500 - 7,500

    This very finely woven, yellow-ground Shirvan prayer rug has a diamond lattice composed of stepped dark blue diagonals outlined in red. Their somewhat irregular pattern creates a lively appearance in the static design. The lattice compartments are filled with delicate shrubs and small diamond-shaped blossoms with a chequerboard interior drawing. The red arch decorated with hooks along the top lies in a space left blank by the basic design; it is unusually small and almost inconspicuous. A woven date, "1272", appears above it, and two lateral bars at the end of the field contain red inscriptions. – Slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown, the original flatwoven selvedges in red and blue-green have survived. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore