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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 25. May 2013 at 3 p.m.

108 Lots
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    • Lot184
    • OriginEast Turkestan
    • Dimensions233 x 130 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR15,860
    This red-ground Khotan shows the same design as the Khotan in lot (5958.03), but is much smaller in size. – Repiled upper and lower finishes, slight signs of wear, good overall condition.
  • Baluch Bag Face

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    • Lot186
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions77 x 83 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,928
    Sixteen stylised, four-legged animals have been depicted in shades of red in the dark brown field; the white-ground border shows abstract trees. By unanimous agreement, the designs seen in Baluch bags are interpreted as birds, either hens or peacocks. Glossy wool, rich and luminous colours. The bag face used to belong to a khorjin. – Original sides, the closure band at the top has been preserved, a remnant of the kilim back survives at the bottom.

    Literature:
    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 48

    • Lot193
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions225 x 137 cm
    • AgeDated 1288 AH = 1872 AD
    • Result EUR13,420
    According to the inscriptions in the two cartouches seen above the arch, this antique rug depicting a large vase, a tree-of-life design, cypresses and a sweeping arch at the upper end of the field was woven at the Zartoshtiyan University of Applied Art, Tehran, in 1288 (1972 in our calendar). They also mention the number “3”. – Slight signs of age and wear, the edges have been backed with a textile tape.
  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot196
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions222 x 171 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR13,420
    Published by Bausback as early as 1981, this large Nurata Suzani represents a rather rare type in which a closed rectangle occupies the centre of the field, with horizontal and diagonal flowering trees arranged around it. Particularly beautiful details of the field design are the two blue panicles with scrolled ends at the top and the ornament consisting of parallel floral chains. – Several small holes, otherwise in good condition. The reverse as been stabilised by means of fabric panels.

    Literature:
    KALTER, JOHANNES & PALALOI, MARGARETA, Usbekistan. Erben der Seidenstraße. Stuttgart 1995, ill. 549 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani. Eine textile Kunst aus Zentralasien. Munich 1994, no. 17

    Published:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Susani. Stickereien aus Mittelasien. Mannheim 1981, pl. p. 33

  • Shakhrisyabz Suzani

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    • Lot197
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions255 x 216 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR140,300
    This large silk embroidery is one of the most beautiful surviving pieces by the Lakai tribe. Made in the surroundings of the oasis town Shakrisyabz (which translates as the “green city”) in the Emirate of Bokhara, it probably dates from ca. 1800, but it may be even older. The composition centres on a disk medallion composed of colour segments and outlined in poppy red; decorated with leaf-shaped botehs divided into two colour sections as well as bottle-shaped botehs, it appears to gyrate like a large wheel. The blue contour line of a vine bearing grapes creates a star shape around the central design. Further botehs and circular flowers executed to a substantially larger scale have been radially arranged around it. Branches laden with grapes twine around the large designs, filling the outer sections of the field. Diagonal sickle leaves decorated with botehs have been placed in the corners. Large semi-circular fan-shaped blossoms and diagonal bi-coloured lancet leaves outlined in a deep green, as well as smaller flowers and botehs adorn the wide main border. – The excellent quality of the embroidery, its elaborate, highly complex and dynamic design expressing ancient cosmological ideas and the richness of the palette are certain indications that the piece was produced on commission for a rich, high-ranking family. – The embroidery was originally backed with a yellow silk fabric that has now largely vanished, exposing the white cotton foundation. – The ornamentation and especially the large number of botehs, appearing either as simple or as composite forms, are indications of the influence of North Indian models, possibly from Kashmir. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the route to India offered the otherwise isolated region of Uzbekistan its only connection with the Islamic culture. – This spectacular Suzani has been consigned from an old Munich private collection; according to the owner, it was purchased in the London art trade in the late 1960s. Directly comparable pieces have not appeared in the market since then. A Suzani from the same group embroidered in a different design has been published by Yigal. – Slight signs of age, very good overall condition. The sides are still backed with the original ikat fabric.

    Literature:
    YIGAL, YANAI, Suzani. Central Asian Embroideries. Tel Aviv 1986, fig. 15, p. 25

  • Hotamis Kilim

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    • Lot204
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions381 x 152 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,318
    This two-panel kilim by the Hotamis Turkmen was woven in one of the villages of the Konya region. Four large hexagons are decorated with lateral double hooks extending far outwards, while an inner design of concentric hooked hexagons largely fills the white field; two further hexagons are cut by the border. A wide, two-panel elem is seen at each end. – Slight signs of age, good overall condition.

    Literature:
    BALPINAR, BELKIS & HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 35

  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot205
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions338 x 166 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,026
    A large antique Qashqa’i kilim with a spaciously conceived tile design of stepped diamonds on an azure abrashed field. Each diamond contains a bold cross of lozenges. The distribution of colours in the diamonds produces various combinations of a diagonal structure, depending on the viewer’s perspective. – Slight signs of wear, good overall condition.
  • Qashqa’i Khan Carpet

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    • Lot207
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions481 x 241 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR17,690
    Woven in the kelleh format, this large Qashqa’i carpet by the Kashkuli tribe was probably made for a tribal leader (khan), either as a commission or in payment of tribute. Its weave is exceptionally fine and meticulous, using silk wefts and finely spun, glossy pile wool. The midnight blue field is covered in a dense Herati repeat; the red-brown main border is decorated with a Herati vine containing palmettes, rosettes and sickle leaves. East Persian Khorasan carpets probably served as models for the Kashkuli weavers. Aside from the knotting structure and palette, the actual provenance is revealed by certain details of the design, in this case the vine in the golden yellow secondary borders and the four botehs in the golden yellow spandrels. – The sides have been backed with canvas. Slight signs of age, low spots in the pile, good overall condition.
  • Varamin Ru Khorsi

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    • Lot208
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions186 x 176 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR5,490
    In this square flatwoven cover, the camel field is embellished with a knotted design of hooked diamonds and a large cross. It was made in the Varamin area, either by a Luri or by a Shahsavan tribe. "Ru Khorsi" (literally: cover over the table) is the Persian word for this kind of textile, which served to cover a charcoal brazier around which the family gathered on cold days. Made for home use, such tribal rugs were rarely sold and are much sought by collectors. – Very good condition.

    Literature:
    GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (publ.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. (Exhibition catalogue) Basel 1980, p. 82 f. *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 9. Munich 1987, no. 51 *** HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. An introduction to the Weavings of the tribes of Iran. London 1978, pl. 141

  • Varamin Bag

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    • Lot209
    • OriginNorth Persia
    • Dimensions80 x 68 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR1,074
    A large single bag from the Varamin region south of Tehran, an area inhabited by various tribes that had become settled (such as the Luri and Afshari). The face is woven in the mixed technique that is typical of the region, with wide knotted horizontal stripes standing out like reliefs from the kilim sections seen in between them. The original kilim back showing a stripe design in red, blue, green and brown has been preserved, as has the upper closure band through which loops were pulled. The pair of this bag was sold by us at auction A 81 (lot 289). – The two lower corners have been restored, otherwise in very good condition.