Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 24. November 2012 at 3 p.m.

170 Lots
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0.810 GBP1 Euro
1.298 USD1 Euro
    • Lot302
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions333 x 140 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR7,320
    A large chichi showing a Khirdagyd design on a midnight blue field as well as the extra-wide border section that is typical of the provenance. – New overcasting along the sides, repiled lower finish. Corroded black-brown sections, signs of wear in the pile.
  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot304
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions167 x 97 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR915
    A prayer rug of the head-and-shoulders type depicting a tree-of-life in the camel field. This example boasts a special feature – an inner border containing a row of 83 four-legged animals. Their number is probably associated with the number symbolism of the Islamic religion. – Good condition, original finishes all around, but only remnants of the kilim ends have survived.
  • Ersari Jollar

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    • Lot305
    • OriginCentral Asia, central Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions35 x 150 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR732
    A red-ground Ersari trapping in which the narrow field is almost entirely taken up by the motifs of the kejebe design, which resemble towers and houses. The successful composition and clear colours make this jollar a lovely collector’s piece. – Good condition, original finishes all around, the tassles of the decorative fringe survive at the bottom.

    BOGNER, GERMAN, Alte und antike Knüpfarbeiten der Turkmenen (Bernheimer exhibition catalogue). Munich 1977, p. 35, ill. 4

  • Wedding Blanket

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    • Lot306
    • OriginNorth India, Rajasthan
    • Dimensions202 x 105 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR488
    A cover composed of three narrow, red-ground panels embroidered in lustrous silk. A dense design of ivory diamonds arranged in offset rows and apricot leaves stylised to resemble herringbones completely covers the ground. – Good condition, backed with satin fabric.
  • Tuduc Double Niche Carpet

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    • Lot309
    • OriginEastern Europe, Romania
    • Dimensions184 x 124 cm
    • Age1925 - 1940
    • Result EUR2,684
    This Ushak copy (modelled on a classic Ushak with a double niche design and a small central medallion dating ca. 1600, e.g. cat. 21 in the Vienna museum) is probably from Teodor Tuduc’s Bucharest workshop, where it would have been woven in the interwar period. Current knowledge allows us to quickly identify this example as a fake: the structure, wool, deviations in drawing and use of chemical dyes leave us in no doubt. In the past, the rug community was not prepared for such fakes and did not recognise them at first. Tuduc copies were often mistaken for antique originals and included in the collections of major museums or important private collections. – Good condition.

    VÖLKER, ANGELA, Die orientalischen Knüpfteppiche im MAK. (Catalogue of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna). Vienna, Cologne & Weimar 2001, no. 21

  • Tuduc Niche Carpet

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    • Lot312
    • OriginEastern Europe, Romania
    • Dimensions182 x 124 cm
    • Age1925 - 1940
    • Result EUR1,952
    A copy of a common West Anatolian type of Transylvanian prayer rug featuring a single niche and a cartouche border. Teodor Tuduc, the Bucharest master forger, had comprehensive knowledge of the carpets kept in the Protestant churches of Transylvania, using them as models for his weavings. Original carpets such as cat. 139 (Bruckenthal Museum ) or cat. 140 (Schässburg Monastery Church) illustrated in Ionesco’s book may have inspired this fake. – Low pile, the brown sections have been deliberately shorn low.

    IONESCU, STEFANO, Handbook of Fakes by Tuduc. Rome 2010, pl. p. 73 (fake) *** IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die Osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cats. 139 and 140, ill. p. 138 (two originals)

    • Lot315
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions203 x 132 cm
    • AgeCa. 1920
    • Result EUR610
    A Kashan rug showing a directional design beneath an arch at the upper end of the field. A large vase containing a flowering plant has been placed at the bottom. It is flanked by two trees whose branches, laden with flowers, almost fill the entire field. A lamp is suspended from the apex of the arch. – New overcasting along the sides, damage to the lower left corner.
  • Wedding Blanket

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    • Lot316
    • OriginNorth India, Rajasthan
    • Dimensions224 x 136 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR512
    A cover composed of four dark red cotton panels, with a design embroidered in silk yarn. Ivory and salmon triangles, their interior structured like a herringbone design, have been arranged into reciprocal, interlocked horizontal rows. Thin green vertical lines provide a direction in the dense, hermetic composition. – Slight signs of wear.
    • Lot317
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions262 x 165 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR244
    The field is covered in a dense repeat of diamonds enclosing smaller diamonds, each decorated with four arrows. The stars seen in the brown-ground main border are characteristic motifs of Varamin pieces. As this region south of Tehran is inhabited by various ethnic groups that have intermingled, it is difficult to say whether this rug was woven by Lurs, Kurds or Shahsavan. – Signs of age and wear, reduced at the top, the fringe has been replaced.
  • Luri Gabbeh

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    • Lot319
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions217 x 139 cm
    • Age1317 A.H. = 1900 A.D.
    • Result EUR1,098
    A blue-ground Gabbeh showing a kilim design of blazing red diamonds with wide stepped outlines. The date has been repeated twice at the upper end of the field. A splendidly colourful and impressively graphic example produced by the Lurs in the Fars region. – Both ends somewhat reduced, original selvedges, slight signs of wear in the pile.