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
  • Pskent Suzani

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    • Lot88
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions246 x 210 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,904
    This large Suzani composed of six panels was made in Pskent, a city in the north east of Uzkebistan that once belonged to the Emirate of Kokand. The embroidery covers the ground completely. Characteristic of the provenance, the design is known as “paliak” (moon). It consists of violet-red circular flowers of varying sizes, either undecorated or enclosing crosses, stars or concentric circles. The pivotal element of the composition is the central circular flower enclosing a large sun design and surrounded by a square. This Pskent Suzani appears lighter than comparable examples on account of the high proportion of golden yellow and peach sections. – Good condition, not backed with fabric.

    YIGAL, YANAI, Suzani. Central Asian Embroideries. Tel Aviv 1986, fig. 25, p. 36

  • Daghestan Kilim

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    • Lot91
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions521 x 142 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,562
    A red-ground flatweave from the south of Daghestan province presenting the characteristic, long and narrow format. The brick-red field contains four huge, dark blue box shapes with cruciform centres. Consisting mostly of floral motifs, the dense basic design is captivating on account of its richness of detail and the precise drawing resulting from the fine weave. This kilim group uses the weft interlocking technique to avoid slits in the weave, producing a firm, resilient structure. Several, almost identical, comparative pieces can be found in literature. Wertime attributes his published example to a Lesghi tribe, stating Tabasaran in southern Daghestan as the provenance. – Very good condition.

    EBERSOLD, WERNER, “Kelims und Flachgewebe” – Flachgewebe, liebenswerte Naturkinder des Orients. Zurich 1981, cover *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim 1977, pl. p. 38 *** WRIGHT, RICHARD & WERTIME, JOHN, Caucasian Carpets & Covers. The Weaving Culture. London 1995, pl. III, p. 58

  • Azeri Zili

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    • Lot92
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions283 x 198 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,466
    A large red-ground cover brocaded in a compartment design in rich and diverse colour combinations. Thirty-five rectangular compartments are framed by wide design bands decorated with diamonds. The white compartments have been arranged in colour diagonals. An almost identical example, published by Wertime and Wright, is attributed to Shusha in the Karabagh region. The latter is composed of two panels whereas our zili has been woven in a single panel. – Very good condition, including the braided red warps at both ends.

    WRIGHT, RICHARD & WERTIME, JOHN, Caucasian Carpets & Covers. The Weaving Culture. London 1995, no. XVI

  • Qashqa’i Kelim

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    • Lot93
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions281 x 171 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,745
    Visually impressive, this Qashqa’i kilim woven in appealing colours shows a design of horizontal stripes containing interlocked comb shapes. – Complete, original finishes, good condition.

    HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. An introduction to the Weavings of the tribes of Iran. London 1978, pl. 72 *** GALERIE NEIRIZ (publ.), Kelims der Nomaden und Bauern Persiens. Berlin 1990, ill. 33

  • Samarkand Suzani

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    • Lot96
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions207 x 160 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,026
    Embroidered in particularly delicate and light colours, with a high proportion of aubergine, this comparatively small-format Suzani from Samarkand appears to be very old. The cotton ground has faded to yellow with age. – Signs of age and wear, several missing sections and holes. Backed with fabric.
  • Bessarabian Carpet

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    • Lot98
    • OriginSouth Eastern Europe
    • Dimensions307 x 193 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR1,830
    A highly decorative knotted carpet from the lower Moldova region, probably from Bessarabia. The rug displays a design of polychrome flowering twigs and roses both in the brown field and in the wide, black-ground border. – Well preserved, original finishes all around.
    • Lot100
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions249 x 157 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR10,370
    An antique Chelaberd presenting two complete and one cut sunburst medallions in a brown-red field. In the past, the carpets in this distinctive group were described as Eagle Kazaks by the trade, although most of them were woven in the Karabagh region. The main motif derives from the design repertoire of older Caucasian workshop pieces; here it appears greatly enlarged as part of an independent composition. – Two stitched horizontal tears in the lower part of the field, minor darned areas. Original finishes all around, a high pile.

    LEFEVRE, JEAN & PARTNERS, Caucasian Carpets from the 17th to the 19th century. London 1977, no. 16 *** THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, pl. p. 113 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. Munich 1993, no. 50

    • Lot107
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions157 x 127 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,148
    Known as “orduch”, the cruciform shield medallion was a design employed in various Caucasian knotting regions. Examples from the Kazak region (see comparison in Herrmann) as well as the Kuba and Shirvan regions are known. In this example, the knotting structure and characteristic carnation guard stripes suggest a provenance in the Baku region. – New overcasting along the sides, slight signs of wear in the pile.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. Munich 1993, no. 48

  • Rippon Boswell Auction Catalogues (52)

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    • Lot108
    • OriginN/A
    • DimensionsN/A
    • Age1989 – 2012
    • Result EUR915
    Fifty-two auction catalogues of the Spring and Autumn Auctions held by Rippon Boswell Wiesbaden, auction A 29 (May 1989) to auction 80 (May 2012), from a collector’s estate. – As new.
  • Sehna Kilim

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    • Lot111
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions157 x 128 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,270
    As fine as a cloth, this antique Sehna kilim displays a large-scale Herati design, drawn in an exemplary style and woven in pastel shades on a cream field. The yellow main border contains a vine of light red flowers and green diagonal leaves in the typical style of these elegant Kurdish kilims, which in Iran were much in demand as prestige objects during the Qajar period. Original finishes all around, good condition.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche-Die Bilder des Orients. Heidelberg 1977, no. 30