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
    • Lot168
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions205 x 160 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,880
    An antique Kazak of unusually wide dimensions. The rare design seen in the field, with two highly divergent medallions surrounded by crosses, octagons and small filler motifs, cannot be attributed with certainty to any one of the known Kazak groups. – Original selvedges and upper finish, somewhat reduced at the bottom. Several repairs and restored creases, low spots in the pile.
  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot169
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions294 x 163 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR10,370
    The field is covered in a dense diamond lattice design of green serrated leaves enclosing large circular and fan-shaped blossoms in poppy red, cochineal and orange. Two compartments at the upper and lower ends depict highly detailed vases containing flowering twigs. In the main border, circular and fan-shaped blossoms are surrounded by spiralling, lively green leaves. This magnificent Bokhara Suzani displays an impressive quality of craftsmanship and intense, brilliant colours. It is from the collection of the late American textile expert Mary Hunt Kahlenberg. – Several small holes and torn sections, a number of stains. Otherwise in good condition. The sides have been backed with ikat fabric.
  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot171
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions138 x 92 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,220
    The camel field displays a delicately drawn tree-of-life, the ends of its branches decorated with star-shaped blossoms. A band of small stars surrounds the field. Slender trees are depicted in the two field sections next to the box-shaped arch. – Good condition, including the original finishes all around.
  • Tibetan Khaden

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    • Lot176
    • OriginSouth Tibet
    • Dimensions164 x 77 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR854
    Antique Tibetan carpets have only survived in small numbers. The example offered here, woven in the typical khaden format and presenting a design of archaic appearance – white flowers loosely scattered across the aubergine field surrounded by a meander border – is likely to be one of the oldest surviving pieces. The wide red fabric surround attached to the outer edges is a later addition. – Signs of age and wear.
  • Beni Ouarain Woman’s Cape

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    • Lot178
    • OriginMorocco, Central Atlas
    • Dimensions195 x 91 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR854
    The Beni Ouarain are a Berber tribe inhabiting the central Atlas Mountains. This textile, a woman’s cape, presents diverging designs on the front and back. The front displays a finely executed, small-pattern brocaded design of narrow, border-like horizontal stripes in earthy tones, while the back, decorated with long threads, appears like an animal fur. – Well preserved; two of the original fastening cords have survived.

    HULL, ALASTAIR & LUCZYC-WYHOWSKA, JOSE, Kilim. The Complete Guide. London 1993, no. 173

    • Lot179
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions267 x 122 cm
    • AgeDated 1292 AH = 1875 AD
    • Result EUR10,370
    In the midnight blue field, star-shaped blossoms in brilliant and diverse colours form a dense repeat, their sharply serrated outlines lending an eccentric appearance to the design. The green-ground border contains a kufi vine design drawn with great precision. A fine weave and closely cut pile of firm wool. – Very good condition, except for two stitched creases in the left-hand border section; original finishes all around.

    Bausback, Peter, Antike Meisterstücke orientalischer Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1975, p.147 *** Eder, Doris, Kaukasische Teppiche. Munich 1979, no. 253

  • Karachov Kazak

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    • Lot180
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions208 x 144 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR23,180
    This gorgeous green-ground Karachov Kazak was kept at Abbeyleix Castle in Ireland for a long time. Its brilliant clear colours and the characteristic knotting structure of antique Kazaks suggest a date ca. 1850. In the design, the four red triangles surrounding the central white octagon are striking; they have been conceived as plain spaces, unlike most Karachovs, where they contain small-pattern mosaics. The golden yellow main border contains a row of hooked diamonds, another rare design in Karachovs. – Original finishes all around, minimal signs of wear, one repaired area at the upper end, good overall condition.

    OAKLEY, PENNY, Oriental Carpets and Textiles. Catalogue of Bernheimer Fine Arts. London 1987, no. 13

  • Saryk Kapunuk

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    • Lot181
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions90 x 114 x 20 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR7,076
    In design and palette, the kapunuks of the Tekke and Saryk are often deceptively similar, and reliable attribution is only possible on the basis of differences in their knotting structures. Although Tekke kapunuks have been preserved in substantial numbers, Saryk kapunuks are among the rarest surviving Turkmen pieces. The symmetric knotting structure of this example confirms that it is a Saryk tribal weaving. An angular vine with large curled leaves runs through the upper horizontal panel and both the lateral vertical arms. Smaller ashik forms, triangles, crosses and amulets complete the design. Such trappings were probably used on festive days as additional decoration for the door. The high proportion of lustrous ruby silk in the pile (a very expensive material) proves the importance of such prestige objects for their nomadic makers. The accentuation of the designs is greatly enhanced by the fact that the white sections have been picked out in cotton yarn. – Original sides, the upper finish and triangular points of the arms have been slightly reduced, good overall condition.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH, Turkoman Carpets And The Ethnographic Significance Of Their Ornaments. Fishguard 1975, no. 29 *** HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 109

  • Yomut Bokce

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    • Lot182
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions76 x 72 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,196
    A fully preserved, finely woven Yomut bokce presenting the typical design of diagonal bands embellished with border motifs on a white ground. The front consists of four triangular flaps, three of which were sewn together. The fourth flap remained open, similar to an envelope. Bokces reportedly served as storage containers for bread. – Very good condition. Three sides are decorated with the original flatwoven cords, the bottom is decorated with tassels and tufts of wool.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 4. Munich 1982, no. 86

  • Kizil Ayak Jollar

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    • Lot183
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions49 x 138 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,684
    This rare trapping by the Kizil Ayak Turkmen displays a generously conceived field design of motifs derived from the Salor design repertoire. A Salor primary gül lies at the centre of the field, and a further two are cut by the lateral borders. The secondary güls – here, four motifs halved by the vertical borders – are also of Salor origin. The comparatively fine weave, with slightly depressed warps and a ribbed structure, indicates that the weaving was made by the Kizil Ayak rather than the Ersari. – Reduced at the top and bottom, original sides, slight signs of wear, good overall condition.