Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

108 Lots
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0.855 GBP1 Euro
1.293 USD1 Euro
  • Salor Main Carpet Fragment

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    • Lot47
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions262 x 263 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR15,860
    This early Salor main carpet from an American private collection is published here for the first time. Generous in composition, it displays a design drawn to great perfection in vibrant colours, constituting an impressive example even in its fragmented state. Ruby silk – highly corroded – is only encountered within the secondary güls. – Cut at the lower end, which is probably missing three rows of güls; the original border has been reattached. Several long, stitched vertical tears. The pile is extremely low in places; various old repairs, new overcasting along the sides.

    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 17 *** MACDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures Of The Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 1

  • Salor Chuval

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    • Lot48
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions83 x 137 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,392
    This nine-gül Salor chuval is one of the pieces woven with an asymmetric knot open to the right around the mid 19th century, and thus does not belong to the so-called S-group (asymmetric knot open to the left). Although the design does not differ significantly from the S-group in the details of the drawing or the layout, the lack of silk at the centre of the primary güls is striking. The warps are barely depressed, giving the weaving a softer and more flexible handle than S-group examples. A related Salor chuval has been published in “Atlantic Collections”. – Original but slightly damaged sides and upper kilim finish, somewhat reduced at the bottom. Low pile.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L., Jr. (ed.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 200, p. 177

  • Qashqa’i Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot50
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions54 x 106 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,318
    Known as "mafrash", such large bags resembling suitcases were required by Persian nomad tribes for their migrations, and were used as storage containers in their tents. This red-ground, knotted mafrash side panel, with a white lattice design of stylised twigs enclosing botehs in the field, was woven by a member of the Kashkuli tribe. It probably constitutes the “face", while the base, back and two narrow sides were woven in the kilim technique. Finely woven and with silk wefts, this is a rare collector’s item. A comparative example has been illustrated by Black & Loveless. – None of the original finishes have survived; the sides have been rebound. Restored in places, creases.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, no. 46

  • Saltillo Serape

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    • Lot54
    • OriginNorth Mexico
    • Dimensions229 x 121 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR12,200
    An extremely finely woven blanket of soft and supple wool, produced in two panels and joined at the centre. Vertical stripes with stepped serrated outlines run across the field in a dynamic zig-zag design. A huge medallion of concentric diamonds with jagged outlines dominates the centre of the field, its lateral points extending below the narrow, single-band border of tiny diamonds that form a dense diagonal grid. The very vibrant colours include a high proportion of cochineal. – Known as “Saltillo serapes”, such textiles were woven for the Spanish upper class in northern Mexico. A true mounted “caballero” wore his serape over his shoulder like a wide sash, enabling him to use it as a blanket providing warmth at night or to carry it, rolled up, behind his saddle. Three comparable Saltillo serapes are in the Alberto Ulrich Collection, New York (published in HALI). – A missing section near one corner, the three other corners are slightly damaged. Several tears, minor holes and old repairs. Remains of the original braided warp ends have been preserved at one end. Backed with red fabric.

    COLBURN, KATHRIN, The Saltillo Serape. In: HALI 79, London 1995, nos. 3, 5 and 8

  • Chinese Kesi Fragment

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    • Lot56
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions100 x 52 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR1,220
    Fragment of a Chinese silk kilim woven in the kesi technique. The blue field depicts a five-clawed golden dragon which is chasing the flaming pearl, surrounded by clouds. The traditional mountain-and-waves design is seen in the lower section of the field. The fragment may have been part of a robe. The silk brocade frame sewn onto the outer edge is a 19th century addition. – Mounted and framed under glass.
  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot57
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions236 x 150 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,490
    In the field of this Bokhara Suzani, circular and fan-shaped blossoms, lancet leaves and many small flowers have been arranged in a dense surface design surrounding a central floral star. The structure of the composition is created by delicately drawn green leaves that frame the motifs or groups of motifs. The designs of the main border are larger and more spaciously arranged. Faded to yellow, the heavily patinated cotton ground and the warm colours of the design suggest a rather early date. – Signs of age and wear, several holes and tears. The original fabric backing and ikat bands along the sides have been preserved.
    • Lot59
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions136 x 85 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,392
    A small, white-ground Daghestan with a diamond lattice design enclosing large palmettes arranged in offset rows. In the light blue main border, hooked diamonds alternate with cross motifs and designs resembling butterflies. Beautiful patinated colours, glossy wool. – Good condition, including the original blue selvedges and the original end finishes, slight signs of age. One section has been repiled at the bottom left of the border; both lower corners have been restored.
  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot64
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions308 x 204 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,660
    Large-format flatweaves of this kind are known as dragon sumakhs on account of their striking design of expansive ornaments derived from older workshop carpets. Woven in the East Caucasian region of Kuba, our example is characterised by massive angular ornaments and a light palette. – Signs of age, various old repairs. Worn areas, damaged and torn, especially in the upper right-hand quarter.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot65
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions336 x 224 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Result EUR8,540
    Unusually wide, this blue-ground pillar rug depicts a huge golden yellow dragon surrounded by clouds, chasing the flaming pearl with its mouth wide open. A garland of pearls constitutes the finish of the upper end of the field, while the mountain and waves design that is obligatory in this type is seen at the bottom. The small white pearls represent the spray of the raging ocean. Such rugs were commissioned from the Ningxia workshops by West Chinese monasteries and woven to exact specifications. Their dimensions needed to correspond to the height and diameter of the respective pillars they were destined for (71 centimetres in this case). When used for its original purpose, the dragon’s body would have appeared like a closed shape winding around the pillar. – Two small holes; one missing section has been backed with fabric at the lower end. Several low spots in the pile, good overall condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL (publ.), Antique Chinese Carpets, Masterpieces from the Te-Chun Wang Collection. Basel 1978, nos. 7 and 8 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 7. Munich 1985, no. 92

  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Half

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    • Lot68
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Hashtrud – Mianeh region
    • Dimensions49 x 38 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR824
    Woven in the reverse sumakh technique, this bag face once belonged to a small-format khorjin. A design of horizontal stripes containing serrated diamonds and large syrga motifs adorns the field. The fuchsin dye used for several design details provides an indication of the date. Tanavoli has published a complete double bag in the same group, ascribing it to the region between Mianeh and Hashtrud and interpreting the massive syrga motifs as dragon symbols. – Very good condition, brilliant colours.

    TANAVOLI, PARVIZ, Shahsavan. Flachgewebe aus dem Iran. Herford 1985, no. 222