Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

108 Lots
Exchange rate
0.855 GBP1 Euro
1.293 USD1 Euro
  • Karabagh Kelleh

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    • Lot114
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions520 x 195 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR24,400
    This large carpet in the kelleh format was woven during the 18th century in one of the workshops of the Khanate of Karabagh, which belonged to the Persian Empire at the time. It was sold at auction on two previous occasions, first by us in May 1993 and later by Christie’s of London in April 2003. In his detailed description, William Robinson, an eminent connoisseur of classical carpets, traces the design to Tabriz models, but goes on to state that no directly comparable examples are known. In particular, the colour scheme of this impressive Karabagh is a unique feature. All the designs have been woven in subtle pastel shades; the white-ground field and the equally white ground of the border appear to merge into one another. – Various restored areas and signs of wear in the pile; however, the item is well preserved for a carpet of its size and age.

    RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, auction 38, 15 May 1993, lot 127 *** CHRISTIES London, auction 2. April 2003, lot 40

    • Lot115
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions553 x 326 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR10,980
    An extremely large Mahal with a spaciously conceived floral repeat of palmettes and blossoms joined by twigs. In style and colour scheme, this highly decorative item resembles the contemporaneous Ziegler carpets, although the latter are more finely woven. – Obvious signs of age and wear, torn in places, one major hole.
  • Luri Bakhtiari Gabbeh

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    • Lot118
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions140 x 79 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR3,050
    This small white-ground gabbeh shows an abstract compartment design of polychrome rectangles arranged in rows; most are plain-coloured, but some are bi-coloured. In nine of the compartments, the centre has been accentuated by a small box motif. The brown-white chequerboard border surrounds the rug on just three sides. A very pretty, authentic example. – Good condition.
  • Jaff Bag Face

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    • Lot125
    • OriginWest Persia
    • Dimensions63 x 67 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR793
    This pile-woven bag face by the Jaff Kurds displays the typical, dense, hermetic repeat of hooked diamonds, woven in dark colours in this case; their splendour unfolds when the item is viewed in bright sunlight. The centre of the field is accentuated by a brilliant white diamond. A glossy pile of excellent quality. – Very good condition.
  • Karshi Suzani

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    • Lot126
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions226 x 155 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR9,760
    A Karshi Suzani showing an eight-pointed, central floral star and two large blossoming trees whose branches extend in fan shapes to the sides and corners of the field. Four large leaf shapes have been arranged diagonally in the corners and filled with polychrome overlapping circles. Unlike the dynamic, lively design of the field, the border of circular and cruciform flowers, each surrounded by four green lancet leaves in a diamond shape, appears calm and static. – Good condition, backed with fabric.
    • Lot130
    • OriginWest Persia, Malayer region
    • Dimensions205 x 135 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR7,320
    This finely woven rug was made in Jozan, a village situated between Malayer and Sultanabad. The bold design seen in the field has been produced by means of the souf (relief cut) technique: the rose and salmon twigs appear as three-dimensional shapes rising from the golden yellow ground, where the pile has been cut shorter. The ground of the border has been cut back as well. – Good condition.
    • Lot131
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions203 x 136 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR2,196
    In the midnight blue field, a repeat of palmettes and rosettes is framed by lattice-like red lines that form compartments of different shapes. The light red main border shows a sweeping vine of large pairs of leaves and circular flowers. Firmly knotted on a wool warp. – Both ends somewhat reduced, new overcasting along the sides. Good overall condition.
  • Luri Sumakh Bag

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    • Lot135
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions58 x 61 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR610
    A single bag, coarsely woven in the sumakh technique, with a repeat of hooked diamonds similar to Jaff pieces. The colour scheme and border design identify the bag as a weaving by the Luri of Fars. – Well preserved.
    • Lot136
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions169 x 141 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR9,760
    This red-ground Kazak displays three cartouche medallions enclosing animal representations. The wide, white-ground main border presents the so-called crab design of large star-shaped blossoms, each with four diagonal buds. An authentic village rug woven in beautiful colours. – One hole, several minor repairs, good overall condition.
  • Yomut Ensi

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    • Lot142
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions177 x 150 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,392
    A Yomut tent door rug displaying the hatchlu cross design on a brown field, with very beautifully drawn pekvesh flowers in the four segments. The design seen in the vertical bar – diamonds filled with crosses – is a rare feature. A fine weave, velvety wool. – Several major repiled sections in the field and along the sides, both ends minimally reduced, good overall condition.