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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

108 Lots
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    • Lot27
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions336 x 113 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR6,100
    In the narrow blue-black field, seven shrubs, each interspersed with a row of three rosettes, combine to form an ascending tree design. The wide, brilliantly white main border of star-shaped blossoms, each with four diagonal arms bearing buds (crab border), is an eye-catcher. Rugs in this format, with compositions emphasising the border, were woven in various regions in the South East Caucasus; many Talish and Saliani examples are known. Judging by its knotting structure, palette and glossy wool, the provenance of our example is probably the Moghan region. – Minimally reduced ends, good overall condition.
  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot29
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions218 x 146 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR9,150
    A classic Nurata Suzani embroidered in light glossy colours. A large flowering tree with golden yellow and peach blossoms outlined in red and royal blue serrated leaves constitutes the centre of the composition. Six further flowering trees embroidered in a different colour and decorated with circular flowers and palmettes, most of them in red, have been arranged around it. In this Suzani, the delicately drawn twigs decorated with ivy leaves are striking. – Good condition, backed with fabric.
  • Arabachi Chuval

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    • Lot31
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions69 x 152 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR10,980
    An Arabachi tent bag presenting three large, complete primary güls as well as six that are halved by the border. Interspersed between them are the typical Arabachi secondary motifs seen in chuvals of this kind – octagons filled with a star and decorated with four dark green arms. Excellent colours and a glossy pile. Comparable pieces are the Ballard chuval, now in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and an example published by Herrmann. – Reduced all around, the sides have been backed with fabric, slight signs of wear, the back is missing.

    Literature:
    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington D.C. 1980, no. 54 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 7. Munich 1985, no. 76

    • Lot33
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions276 x 184 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,124
    A large floral disc medallion lies at the centre of a sand-coloured field densely patterned in small diagonal diamonds and squares (grain-of-rice design); vines bearing peony flowers adorn the spandrels. The inner border displays a perspective view of a meandering vine; the main border contains flowering twigs. – Original sides. Damage to the upper and lower finishes, which have been backed with fabric. Thin spots in the pile, signs of age and wear.
  • Kashmir Shawl

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    • Lot34
    • OriginNorth West India
    • Dimensions320 x 140 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,172
    This gorgeous Kaschmir shawl of extremely fine weave was made in sections that were later joined. Two panels at the ends of the field, each divided into three arched compartments, are filled with a dense design of slender palm trees, palmettes and botehs. A central box-shaped block divided into four squares by colour change contains motifs that have been aligned diagonally. The colours, the style of drawing and the characteristic harlequin shawl ends suggest that the item probably dates ca. 1845 to 1850. – Several minor holes and tears, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, MONIQUE, The Cashmere Shawl. Milan 1987, pl. p. 113

  • Arraiolos Embroidered Tapestry

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    • Lot35
    • OriginSouthern Europe, Portugal
    • Dimensions209 x 109 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR2,196
    For centuries, tapestries were embroidered in a particular technique in the southern Portuguese town of Arraiolos, situated in the Alentejo region near Evora. Often they were produced as commissions for the aristocracy, rich citizens or church dignitaries. These beautiful embroideries used to adorn the walls of stately homes or served as tablecloths and bedcovers. In our 18th century example, many animals are grouped around a box-shaped central medallion in the ochre field. Large birds form a design band in the black-ground border. – Signs of age and wear, various restored areas.

    Literature:
    DE OLIVEIRA, F. BAPTISTA, História e Técnica dos Tapetes de Arraiolos. Lissabon 1983, fig. 95

  • Fachralo Kazak

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    • Lot37
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions275 x 198 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR8,784
    In this Fachralo Kazak, the red field containing two cartouche medallions outlined in white is smaller than in comparable examples of the same group. The wide, three-band border section is rather dominant, not least because of the large proportion of white areas. – Original finishes all around, the lower right-hand corner has been restored. Very good overall condition.

    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1977, pl. p. 33

  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot40
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions217 x 137 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,660
    An antique Qashqa’i kilim presenting an abstract tile design in light patinated colours. A lattice of stepped lines covers the entire field like a net. In this piece, the diagonal colour scheme of the diamonds frequently seen in this type has not been stricly adhered to, lending the kilim its special appeal. One of the diamonds has been accentuated by a blue cross. – Slight signs of wear, new overcasting along the sides in places, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    AMPE, PATRICK & RIE, Textile Art. A personal choice (Kailash Gallery). Antwerp 1994, no. 8

  • Shahsavan Kilim

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    • Lot41
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions398 x 156 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,538
    Highly expressive in design, this large kilim was woven by a Shahsavan tribal group in the Bijar region. The field design consists of zig-zag panels in diverse colours divided by horizontal stripes containing hexagons and triangles. A kilim closely related in design, palette and format has been published by Galerie Neiriz. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    GALERIE NEIRIZ (publ.), Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens. Berlin 1990, ill. 16 *** POHL-SCHILLINGS, HANS, Persische Flachgewebe. Bilder aus Iran. Cologne 1994, no. 53

  • Azeri Cover

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    • Lot44
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions203 x 165 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,440
    Composed of two joined panels, this flatwoven cover showing a compartment design is a piece by the Azeri groups of Azerbaijan. The brocaded ornaments consist of wool while the white ground is cotton. A fine traditional weaving in good colours. Original finishes all around, good condition.