Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

252 Lots
  • Salor Chuval Fragment

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    • Lot81
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions68 x 104 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Estimate EUR5,500 - 7,000

    This fragment of an early Salor chuval has been cut all around; the left-hand side and upper border are missing. The field displays a spacious design of 16 large sary güls arranged in four vertical rows and interspersed with smaller chuval güls. Remnants of the primary motifs survive along the left-hand side, allowing us to calculate the original width of some 140 centimetres. A very fine weave using asymmetrical knots open to the left. Colours and wool of outstanding quality, many design sections woven in ruby silk. Pile in good condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 7 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Antique Rugs. London 1983, no. 60 *** CASSIN, JACK & HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Tent Band. Tent Bag. Coburg 1988, no. 3 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 32, 10 November 1990, lot 155 *** BAUMANN, PETER, Knüpfarbeiten der Saloren aus oberösterreichischem Besitz. Linz 2008, no. 12

  • Saryk Chuval

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    • Lot82
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions89 x 122 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Estimate EUR14,000 - 17,000

    The area of the Merv oasis, where this large Saryk chuval was woven around 1800, was inhabited by some Salor tribes at the time. Their designs had a major influence on the Saryk, to the point where ornaments were adopted literally, as seen in this bag face using Salor primary güls and secondary güls. On the other hand, the style of the borders and the additional design stripes at both ends is typical of Saryk rugs, as are the dark colours that differ greatly from those used by the Salor. The very high proportion of ruby silk in the güls is unusual and lends this very rare chuval a splendid appearance. A comparative example was published by Grote-Hasenbalg in 1922. – Signs of age and wear, various repiled areas; the original finishes are missing all around, the whole of the left border is lost, no kilim back. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister

    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, volume III, pl. 82

    SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK, Sale 6518 on 16 December 1993. Turkmen and Antique Carpets from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Jon Thompson, Lot 26 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 22

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot83
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions235 x 169 cm
    • Ageca. 1800 or earlier
    • Estimate EUR18,000 - 22,000

    The field of this very old Bokhara suzani displays a very dense design of green stems that constantly divide and branch off in different directions. They bear dark green leaves as well as large fan-shaped blossoms and small semi-circular blossoms. The elaborate design drawn in a flamboyant style is full of movement. The blossoms appear to sway as if blown by the wind. The golden outlines of the stems and leaves as well as the ubiquitous golden spirals are one of the identifying features of Bokhara embroideries. – Heavily patinated, damage to the foundation in various places, embroidered sections in good condition. Backed with a white fabric.

  • Tekke Chuval

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    • Lot84
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions79 x 123 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,800 - 3,400

    This large Tekke tent bag has a compact field design of 24 flat chuval güls and chemche secondary güls. The narrow main border is flanked by minor borders along the vertical sides only. The most interesting feature of this chuval is the flowering tree design of the elem, which contains ten delicately drawn trees with large crowns. A very fine weave, velvety pile, light and brilliant colours. Minimal signs of age, small stains and repairs, good overall condition, the kilim back has not survived.

    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, volume III, pl. 84 *** HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 24 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Pinner Collection, 15 May 2004, lot 32

    • Lot85
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions165 x 108 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,200 - 2,800

    A very finely woven Baluch from the Torbat-e-Haydari region. The diamond lattice in the dark blue field is filled with large star-shaped blossoms arranged to form flat colour diagonals. The brown-red main border shows an angular vine with gül-like designs and white mina khani blossoms. – Slight signs of age and wear, heavily corroded brown, good overall condition with the original selvedges and the long flatwoven finishes.

    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 5

    • Lot86
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions182 x 132 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR3,500 - 4,000

    In this Baluch, the wide format and the large scale of the design are striking features. Three vertical rows of different güls adorn the midnight blue field, and the ground is dotted with small flowers. The design of the main border – a Turkmen wavy vine undulating around highly abstract palmettes – frequently occurs in Baluch rugs from the Torbat-e-Haydari region. – Good condition, the flatwoven finishes have survived in their full length.

  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot87
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions221 x 106 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Estimate EUR1,800 - 2,400

    The beamed ceilings in the halls of Buddhist monasteries were supported by a large number of pillars. These pillars were wrapped in carpets whose motifs carried religious meaning. In the red field of this pillar rug, eight Buddhist symbols are spaciously arranged in three horizontal rows. In the upper row we see two symbols placed at the centre as well as a rat on the left and a stag on the right. The lower finish with the obligatory design of waves, clouds and Mount Meru is wider than usual in this item. Five strings of beads holding a bell are suspended from the upper horizontal border. – Very good condition.

  • Ningxia Bench Runner

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    • Lot88
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions185 x 63 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Estimate EUR1,700 - 2,200

    Three interconnected panels of bench runner from a Tibetan monastery that was originally much longer. The rosewood-coloured fields show a design of abstract clouds. – Original upper finish, repiled lower finish, high pile, good condition.

  • Khampa Dzong Khaden

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    • Lot89
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions153 x 76 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Estimate EUR2,600 - 3,200

    A Tibetan sleeping or sitting rug (khaden), woven without borders and with a light green field showing multiple abrash. The design consists of various Buddhist symbols in a spacious arrangement. Judging by its structure, a coarse weave on a wool ground, this rug belongs to the Khampa Dzong group. – Slight red discolouration, good condition, original finishes all around.

    HARRER, HEINRICH, MAUCH, PETER & FORD, JIM, Tibeter-Teppiche. Innsbruck 1987, ill. p. 64 left

  • Khotan Khorjin

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    • Lot90
    • OriginCentral Asia, East Turkestan
    • Dimensions138 x 62 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Estimate EUR2,400 - 2,800

    This rare double bag from East Turkestan (now Xinjiang) is an Uyghur weaving. The faces, each with a small blue field containing a lotus blossom and four corner motifs, and the wide connecting panel with a floral design are pile-woven; the back is a thick white cotton fabric. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, damaged corners and sides.

    REINISCH, HELMUT, Satteltaschen. Graz 1985, no. 68