Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 17. November 2018 at 3 p.m.

159 Lots
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    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions214 x 115 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR338
    In this small red-ground Kazak, the elongated format and rare field design are striking features. Hooked diamonds and larger stepped polygons have been joined into a design bar along the central axis. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, several old rewoven sections. New overcasting along the sides, both ends slightly reduced.
    • Lot2
    • OriginNorth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions169 x 95 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR400
    Four large star devices, embedded in a basic design of small flowers, take up the whole of the blue field in this early Lesghi rug. The white-ground main border is decorated with a leaf and calyx vine. – Obvious signs of age and wear, the pile is low and worn away in places. The sides have been newly trimmed in a blue fabric, both ends reduced.
  • Kordi Sumakh Bag

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    • Lot3
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions42 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR338
    A single bag by the Khorasan Kurds. Woven in the sumakh technique, the face displays the characteristic diamond lattice design enclosing cruciform diamonds in compartments of varying ground colours; the back is a red kilim. A finely and meticulously woven piece of striking visual effect in beautiful colours. Stanzer has illustrated an almost identical example. – Very good condition.

    STANZER, WILFRIED, Kordi. Leben. Knüpfen. Weben der Kurden Khorasans. Kollektion Adil Besim. Vienna 1988, ill. p. 205 bottom

  • Shahsavan Mafrash

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    • Lot4
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions37 x 87 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR160
    A side panel of a small-format Khamseh Shahsavan mafrash woven in the sumakh technique. The design consists of wide horizontal stripes, with syrga motifs (probably abstract representations of birds) in the upper and lower bands and the typical tribal crosses in the central band. – Good condition.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 12 *** HOUSEGO, JENNY, Tribal Rugs. An introduction to the Weavings of the tribes of Iran. London 1978, pl. 33

  • Lakai Horse Cover

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    • Lot5
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions160 x 149 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,690
    The Lakai nomads were an equestrian Uzbek people who used to decorate their horses in splendid cloths on special occasions. In this gorgeous horse cover, the brilliantly colourful field and border designs have been placed on a black wool felt ground. The three large botehs in the central field, surrounded by small botehs, and the border designs of zoomorphous appearance are embroidered in wool yarn in the chain stitch technique. The additional outer border is finely embroidered in silk in the petit point technique. – Good condition.

    KALTER, JOHANNES & PALALOI, MARGARETA, Usbekistan. Erben der Seidenstraße. Stuttgart 1995, no. 319 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 77, Kossow Collection, 26 March 2011, lot 98 *** FITZ GIBBON, KATE / HALE, ANDREW, Uzbek Embroidery. In the Nomadic Tradition. The Jack A. and Aviva Robinson Collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis 2007, pl. p. 81

    • Lot7
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh region
    • Dimensions302 x 123 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,476
    Drawn in the characteristic Lenkoran style, the striking field design of huge palmettes interspersed with cartouches derives from older Caucasian silk embroideries. It is not only encountered in Lenkoran rugs, but was also wide-spread in the Karabagh region and North West Persia. The comparatively loose knotting structure using black-brown wefts and the very narrow main border of stars suggest that this example was woven in the Karabagh region. – The flatwoven selvedges have been partially replaced, both ends minimally reduced, slight signs of wear, corroded brown.

    BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, ills. pp. 62 and 63

  • Kuba Sumakh

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    • Lot10
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions282 x 188 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,059
    The red field displays three huge cartouches outlined in white and enclosing smaller analogous devices. The sections of the field left undecorated by the main design are densely covered in octagons, hooked diamonds, rosettes, box motifs and small ornamental devices. – Slight signs of age, minor restored areas, good overall condition.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florenz 1986, no. 10 *** WILLBORG, PETER, & ALBERTSON, INGEMAR, Woven Magic. A Book About Kilims. Stockholm 1992, no. 48

  • Azeri Zili

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    • Lot11
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions177 x 144 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,722
    A brocaded Azeri cover (shadda) presenting the typical compartment design of the region, woven in red, light brown and medium brown on a polychrome warp. – Good condition, original finishes all around.
    • Lot12
    • OriginCentral Caucasus, Elisabethpol region
    • Dimensions245 x 124 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,599
    This antique Genje from the surroundings of Elisabethpol shows a design emphasising the border. The red-brown field is a narrow panel in which three box shapes have been placed between stars and diamonds. Two green double hooks mark the ends of the field. The wide border section is composed of five bands. Stepped polygons and pairs of half-triangles adorn the white main border, which is flanked by narrow yellow-ground borders containing chains of tiny diamonds. The inner and outer sides of the border section each terminate in a reciprocal trefoil border. – Good condition, except for one crease along the left side; the original finishes have survived all around.
    • Lot15
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions257 x 146 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR6,765
    A repeat of rounded botehs is arranged in offset rows in the ivory field. Known as "ashkali", the design of the dark blue main border consists of small hooked diamonds lined up on a pole. The rug is an early weaving by the Kashkuli tribe and was probably made in one of their workshops as a commission or in payment of tribute to one of the Khans. The fine weave using silk wefts allowed a high degree of precision in the drawing, which is particularly striking in the delicate border motifs. – Signs of age and wear, several old restored areas and repiled sections; the foundation is somewhat fragile, the ends are slightly damaged.

    PARHAM, CYRUS, Masterpieces of Fars Rugs. Tehran 1996, no. 17 *** THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. The art of carpets from the tents, cottages and workshops of Asia. London 1983, ill. p. 17