Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 24. November 2012 at 3 p.m.

170 Lots
Exchange rate
0.810 GBP1 Euro
1.298 USD1 Euro
  • Sample Book

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    • Lot129
    • OriginJapan, Kyoto
    • Dimensions31 x 21 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,660
    Extremely rare and extraordinarily well preserved, this sample book compiled by a fabric manufacturer or kimono tailor was probably made in Kyoto, and may be dated ca. 1850. Bound in the Japanese style (the spine points to the right, the book opens on the left), the sample book has a Japanese inscription, ‘te-hon-gire’ (translating as ‘fabric collection’), on the front cover. Pasted onto the sheets that make up the book are 181 samples of the most precious silks, most of them gold brocade weavings. The fact that the Imperial coat-of-arms – a golden chrysanthemum – and the aoi nomon – the wild ginger trefoil coat-of-arms used by the Tokugawa shogunate – appear several times indicates that the book related to deliveries to the Imperial court and the Japanese high nobility. Accordingly, the fabrics are precious, displaying exquisite colours and the most subtle designs. Fabrics decorated in rather large-scale designs were destined for the elaborate costumes worn by actors of the Nô theatre. They were used to tailor the hakama trousers. – The lot also includes a compilation of kara kami paper (translating as Chinese paper). The holes that have been punched for a Japanese binding suggest that the sheets also served as a sample book. The 15 heavy paper sheets still show many traces of gilded and embossed fan motifs, animal and tree designs as well as ‘tsuba’ (sword hand guard) designs. Mostly produced in Kyoto, such papers were used as wall coverings for interior designs. Provenance: Karl Friedrich Graf Eckbrecht von Dürckheim-Montmartin (1896-1988), who worked in the German diplomatic service in Japan from 1937 to 1945.
  • Bakhshaish

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    • Lot134
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions320 x 143 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,294
    The Bakhshaish provenance is usually associated with large-format rugs of open design that resemble Heriz carpets and used to be rival products. However, an entirely different and probably older tradition existed in the region of which this kelleh, with a spaciously conceived Herati design on a midnight blue field, is a good example. – Corroded brown sections, good overall condition.

    HOPF, ALBRECHT, Eine Sammlung Edler Orientalischer Teppiche. Tübingen 1961, no. 36

    • Lot135
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions390 x 150 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR14,030
    An elegantly drawn repeat of rosettes enclosed in a hexagonal lattice of tiny chains of botehs has been executed in pastel shades on the midnight blue field. Three stepped polygons have been aligned along the central axis; quarter sections of an analogous motif accentuate the corners. – Original upper and lower finishes, new overcasting along parts of the selvedges, signs of wear in the pile.
  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot137
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions146 x 121 cm
    • Age1294 A.H. = 1878 A.D.
    • Result EUR6,710
    The provenance of this prayer rug in the Daghestan rather than the Shirvan region can be deduced from slight variations in structure – a coarser weave and a more flexible handle. In consequence, the various designs are drawn to a larger scale. There are virtually no differences in composition and colour scheme. – New overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    BAUSBACK, FRANZ (publ.), Sammlung Franz Bausback. Erlesene Teppiche seit 1925. Mannheim 2000, ill. p. 124

  • Kurdish Rug

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    • Lot138
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions228 x 135 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,660
    The light-brown field is covered in a repeat of geometric, stylised designs: two rows of large solid crosses have been interspersed with stepped polygons and diamonds. The main border consists of diagonal polychrome compartments. The carpet appears very old, not least due to the outstanding quality of its colours and their combinations. The field ground is completely corroded. Although non-functional on account of its condition, it is an important reference piece for dedicated collectors of Kurdish weavings. – Obvious signs of age and wear, damaged sides. Backed with fabric on the reverse in several places.
  • Pskent Suzani

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    • Lot139
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions260 x 202 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,928
    A six-panel silk embroidery from the oasis of Pskent. The embroidered design covers the ground completely. Ten blazing red circles of slightly different shape and size, outlined in golden yellow, appear to gyrate around a huge circle placed at the centre of the field. The circles enclose either star-shaped blossoms or spoke designs. All the spaces left undecorated by the primary design are filled by smaller, yellow and red circles, botehs and flowering plants surrounded by green vines. In Uzbekistan, these distinctive circles are known as paliak (moon), and the design is called oi paliak (moon sky). – Minimal repairs, in good overall condition. The edges have been backed with fabric.

    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. Munich 1994, no. 3 *** GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection. New York 2003, no. 28 *** RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, A 80, 19/05/2012, # 207

  • Afshar Khorjin

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    • Lot140
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions132 x 85 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,196
    A complete Afshar double bag woven in the horizontal format that is typical of the tribe. The faces display two offset rows of large shield-shaped palmettes interspersed with red trees. The polychrome closure bands are woven in the sumakh technique. Plain red kilim backs. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition.
  • Sarough Farahan

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    • Lot141
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions194 x 130 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,928
    A large tree has been placed on the central axis of the light red field, its branches and huge leaves extending across the entire surface. Two slim columns at the sides of the field support a gable of stepped outlines. The light blue spandrels above it are each decorated with a diagonal branch. A fine weave, a very beautiful and harmonious palette. – The outermost border is missing all around, otherwise in good condition.

    PAKZAD, MOHAMMED, Persische Knüpfkunst von Anbeginn bis Gegenwart. Hanover 1978, pl. 138

  • Ningxia Wall Hanging

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    • Lot146
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions179 x 150 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR3,416
    This yellow-ground rug woven in Ningxia once served as a wall hanging in a Tibetan monastery. A priest seated on a throne is depicted at the centre of the field, flanked by Buddhist symbols: two endless knots and two shells. A canopy with hanging tassels has been suggested at the upper end of the field, while the lower end displays the mountain-and-waves design. – Good condition. The upper and lower finishes have been edged in fabric tape.
  • Saryk Torba

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    • Lot148
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions43 x 102 cm
    • Age18th century or earlier
    • Result EUR23,790
    Extremely rare, this Saryk torba displaying the kejebe design was probably woven as early as the 18th century, although it could be even older. The design, with a powerful box motif placed at the centre of the field, has been drawn to a large scale that allows all the motifs to develop freely. This feature clearly distinguishes the torba from later examples of this type. Early Salor trappings displaying the kejebe design show similar design concepts, for instance the item published by Loges. The composition is accentuated by brilliant white cotton outlines, with small design details picked out in silk. – Signs of age and wear, somewhat reduced all around. Mounted and framed.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 20

    CASSIN, JACK & HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Tent Band. Tent Bag. Classic Turkmen Weaving. Coburg 1988, pl. 6