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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

108 Lots
Exchange rate
0.855 GBP1 Euro
1.293 USD1 Euro
  • Luri Kilim

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    • Lot210
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions245 x 138 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,586
    In this Luri kilim, two diamonds with a cruciform interior drawing have been placed at the centre of the field while six offset diamonds are cut by an inner border of polychrome, reciprocal halved diamonds. Small stepped polygons are distributed across the ground. The border design of reciprocal trefoils is a distinctive feature of such kilims from Fars, as are the upper and lower finishes of brocaded domino motifs. – Some damage to the sides, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    GALERIE NEIRIZ (publ.), Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens. Berlin 1990, ill. 60

  • Afshar Bag Face

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    • Lot211
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions46 x 77 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,586
    Finely woven in the sumakh technique, this Afshar bag face shows three offset horizontal rows of flowering trees flanked by red branches. The border displays a vine of leaves and flowers. A comparative piece, albeit with a boteh design, was exhibited at the Textile Museum in 1969, and a pile carpet of identical field design was on view in Vienna in 1996. – The original finishes are missing all around, both lower corners are torn. One inserted section in the field.

    Literature:
    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W. R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 40 *** TKF-WIEN (publ.), Antike Orientteppiche aus österreichischem Besitz. Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Textil–Kunst-Forschung. Vienna 1986, no. 96

  • Qashqa’i Sumakh Shoulder Bag

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    • Lot212
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions27 x 27 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,074
    A small Qashqa’i shoulder bag. The face, with a repeat of blue-black double arrows arranged in offset rows, displays an extremely fine weave in the sumakh technique, whereas the red back, with a green surround and a blue-ground polygon at the centre, is plainwoven. The fine quality and high degree of patination are indications of an early date. It is remarkable that such everyday items, only produced for home use, have survived at all. – Signs of age, minor damage.
  • Varamin Khorjin

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    • Lot213
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions110 x 48 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR671
    A rare double bag from the Varamin region woven in a mixed technique, with knotted horizontal design stripes alternating with plain white kilim sections. A white-ground knotted panel of tree forms is seen at each end. The connecting panel shows a brocaded design of small diamonds. – The cords at the sides have been attached at a later stage; slight signs of wear, good condition.
  • Shahsavan Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot214
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions49 x 91 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR854
    Side panel of a flatwoven mafrash with a typical design of horizontal stripes. The white-ground central panel, decorated with offset polygons, is woven in the kilim technique while the three bands at the upper and lower ends are brocaded. A visually impressive nomad textile in beautiful colours. – Good condition.
    • Lot217
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions294 x 102 cm
    • AgeDated 1320 = 1903
    • Result EUR3,294
    Five large hexagons have been joined to form a pole design, each end crowned by a red flame palmette, along the central axis of the midnight blue field. Small pairs of diamonds decorated with double hooks complete the main design. The wide main border of polychrome diagonal stripes in an unusual feature in this type. – In good condition, except for several small repairs along the sides.
  • Shahsavan Cover

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    • Lot223
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions184 x 168 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,318
    A white-ground flatwoven Shahsavan cover with a cotton ground composed of eight narrow panels. The directional narrative design consists of large flowering trees, four crosses decorated with double hooks at the centre of the field and many animal representations distributed across the surface; in addition there is a wealth of small ornaments, including lucky amulets. The designs have been woven in wool yarn in the brocading technique. Made for home use, weavings of this kind focus on old totemistic beliefs. At the same time they document the nomadic tribes’ longing for a flowering garden populated by many animals. – A number of old repairs, several stains.

    Literature:
    HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. An introduction to the Weavings of the tribes of Iran. London 1978, pl. 15

  • Shahsavan Sumakh Chanteh

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    • Lot224
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions54 x 21 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,098
    A fully preserved sumakh bag by the Moghan Shahsavan in the miniature format known as “chanteh”. Each of the two red-ground faces is largely filled by a blue-and-white Lesghi star and surrounded by a midnight blue border of small stars that changes to sea green on one side. The kilim back shows a rare design of vertical stripes with striking zip-like outlines. – Good condition.
  • Shahsavan Sumakh Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot225
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Hashtrud – Mianeh region
    • Dimensions39 x 54 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR1,098
    This small panel in the reverse sumakh technique used to be one of the narrow sides of a mafrash. The striking design consists of three wide horizontal stripes containing three Memling güls and polygons with jagged outlines. The stripe design would have continued to surround all four panels. The effect of the piece in its original context is seen in an illustration of a complete mafrash in John Wertime’s excellent book. – Very well preserved.
  • Qashqa’i Khorjin

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    • Lot228
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions85 x 37 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,342
    In this complete double bag by the Kashkuli tribe, both the knotted faces display a repeat of white star-shaped blossoms in a diamond lattice. The closure bands have been woven in the sumakh technique. The kilim backs show wide horizontal stripes. A complete khorjin of this type used to be in the Käbisch Collection (published by Reinisch). – Good condition.

    Literature:
    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, nos. 31 and 32 *** DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., Jr. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 291, p. 233 *** REINISCH, HELMUT, Satteltaschen. Graz 1985 (Sammlung Dr. Gerhard Käbisch), no. 41*** MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 101