Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 24. November 2012 at 3 p.m.

170 Lots
Exchange rate
0.810 GBP1 Euro
1.298 USD1 Euro
  • Daghestan Sumakh

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    • Lot79
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions270 x 175 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR10,980
    Judging by its rather coarse structure and specific palette, this very beautiful and remarkably well preserved sumakh from an old Paris private collection was probably woven in Daghestan. Three large medallions of a rare type, with wide horizontal arms, have been aligned along the central axis of the light red field, with geometric and floral ornaments arranged around them. Boralevi illustrates a sumakh showing comparable medallions. – Good condition, original finishes all around, only a few small repairs.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 17

    • Lot80
    • OriginWest Persia
    • Dimensions196 x 120 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,270
    Cut sides, replaced selvedges. Minor repairs. Good overall condition.
    • Lot82
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions193 x 146 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,928
    Good condition, original finishes all around, only slight signs of wear.
    • Lot83
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions150 x 103 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,100
    This antique Sehna woven in the saronim format shows a hexagonal, light blue central medallion on a red shield-shaped field. The entire surface is covered in a dense Herati design drawn in mellow pastel shades. – Both ends somewhat reduced, slight signs of age.
  • Qashqa’i Kashkuli

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    • Lot84
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions145 x 95 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,880
    A Qashqa’i Kashkuli of extremely fine weave, including purple silk wefts. In the cream field, a midnight blue shield medallion encloses the Qashqa’i gül, flanked by two flowering trees growing from small vases. The branches in the field and the entire border design show the stylistic influence of North Indian Mughal period carpets. The rug was published by Herrmann as early as 1979. – Slight signs of age and wear, small repairs, good overall condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Uschak bis Yarkand. Seltene Orientteppiche 2. Munich 1979, no. 77

    • Lot85
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions200 x 128 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR14,640
    This classic Farahan features a diamond-shaped medallion with serrated outlines and two attached vases in a white field, accompanied by four vertical trees and two analogous medallions cut by the border. The extra-wide border shows floral designs on a midnight blue ground as well as vases and star-shaped blossoms drawn in a strikingly expressive style: the overall effect of the border is one of rampant, abundant flora. Also popular in Tabriz, the design symbolises the eternal cycle of nature. The central motif represents the live-giving sun at its zenith, which brings out the flowers in nature; the cut designs show sunrise and sunset. – Very good overall condition.

    BESIM, ADIL (publ.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Vol. 2, Vienna 1999, no. 49

  • The Herrmann RKO Carpet

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    • Lot86
    • OriginWest China, Ningxia
    • Dimensions172 x 85 cm
    • AgeLate 17th century
    • Result EUR67,100
    In the sand-coloured field, short straight lines combine to form horizontal rows or segments of arches. Originally dark brown, most of them are now heavily corroded so the white foundation is visible, producing a relief-like effect in the design. At the centre of the field lies a disc medallion in shades of blue, composed of the bodies of two dragons, their heads opposed like yin and yang – a mysterious symbol exuding a numinous aura. – Comprising only a very few surviving early examples, this rug group was named RKO (based on the logo of an American radio station) by Ellis in 1967 as their basic design reminded him of radio waves. The type became more widely known after Hans König published his seminal article in HALI. The RKO carpet offered here was made in Ningxia, and may be the oldest surviving example of its kind. It was published by Herrmann in 1989 and exhibited in Cologne in 2005. – Corroded brown, signs of age and wear, several small repairs, low pile.

    KÖNIG, HANS, The RKO Family. In HALI, issue 110, London 2000, pp. 96 ff.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 70 *** Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln (publ.), Glanz der Himmelssöhne. Kaiserliche Teppiche aus China 1400 – 1750. London 2005, no. 39

    • Lot87
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions133 x 69 cm
    • AgeEarly 18th century
    • Result EUR6,710
    This rare Ningxia features a blue lattice (longevity design) in a yellow field, symbolising the hope for a long life in the Chinese imagination. In the larger cruciform compartments, pairs of bats alternate with peach blossoms while the smaller intervening diamond-shaped compartments contain small rosettes. The field is surrounded by a meander border. Two larger carpets from the same group as well as a seating mat were exhibited at the Cologne Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst in 2005. From a very old Italian collection, our carpet in format resembles a piece in the Krystal-Aston Collection published in HALI. – Original sides and upper finish, repiled lower finish. Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile.

    Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln (publ.), Glanz der Himmelssöhne. Kaiserliche Teppiche aus China 1400 – 1750. London 2005, nos. 55 - 57 *** HALI ANNIVERSAY EDITION 25 YEARS, London 2004, ill. p. 64

    • Lot88
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions125 x 108 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,196
    A rare carpet from the Genje region. The knotting structure and palette is akin to Kazaks, while the format and diamond lattice design are reminiscent of Shirvan prayer rugs. – Good condition, original finishes all around, the red selvedges have been repaired in places. One rewoven area in the left-hand outer border.
    • Lot89
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions214 x 145 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,392
    A brown-ground Kuba displaying a lattice design of yellow serrated leaves enclosing flowering shrubs. The white-ground main border displays star-shaped blossoms with diagonal twigs and buds. – Both ends repiled, repairs; the corroded brown sections have been rewoven, low pile.