Major Spring Auktion

Saturday 25. May 2019 at 3 p.m.

166 Lots
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    • Lot56
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions161 x 98 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,722
    The Kurdish and Baluchi tribal groups living in Khorasan have mutually influenced each others’ rug designs. The dark palette and elaborate flatwoven finishes of this rug resemble Baluch weavings, but the diamond lattice design filled with stepped polygons in the field and the border ornamentation rather suggest a Kurdish provenance. The comparative piece published by Boucher is described as a "Kurd Baluchi" and supposed to originate from the Nishapur-Sabzevar region. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 52

    • Lot58
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions265 x 116 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR984
    This Baluch features a version of the mina khani design whose brilliant white flowers brighten the very dark blue-black field and a wide red border. It was woven in the Kashmar region situated west of Torbat-e-Haydari. Comparative examples have been published, for instance, by Boucher and Herrmann. – The sides and kilim finishes are badly damaged, otherwise well preserved with a high pile, heavily corroded brown.

    BOUCHER, JEFF W., Baluchi Woven Treasures. Alexandria, VA 1989, pl. 19 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VIII. Munich 1986, no. 95

    • Lot60
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions114 x 65 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,599
    This Baluch prayer rug is woven in a strikingly tall and narrow format. A delicately drawn tree of life on a camel ground fills the whole of the field, and the "Hand of Fatima", an Islamic protective symbol, is depicted twice next to the box-shaped arch. A very fine weave and a pile as soft as velvet. – Good condition, original selvedges, remnants of the kilim finishes have survived.
    • Lot61
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions56 x 95 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800 or earlier
    • Result EUR10,455
    This unusual bag face showing every sign of great age cannot be assigned to any of the tribal groups defined to date. It is finely and regularly woven in the asymmetrical knot open to the right, and the foundation is not depressed. The handle is flexible, the pile as soft as velvet, and the ground colour a reddish-brown hue. The rare format – smaller than a chuval and higher than a torba – does not match any of the common classifications of size. This bag face can probably be attributed to the large Yomut family whose sub-groups have by no means been exhaustively studied. – Four horizontal rows of six Memling güls, each with a central star, constitute the primary design of the field. They are superimposed on a second design layer of diamonds with double hooks attached to their points; drawn in restrained colours and with a sparse interior design, they seem almost insubstantial. – Memling güls are used as the primary design in many bags woven by various Turkmen tribes, for example in Salor and Saryk weavings. However, an item immediately comparable to our bag has not been published anywhere. The torba from the Hecksher Collection illustrated in the "Atlantic Collections" catalogue is similar in field design, but unmistakably a Saryk weaving. Torba no. 8 in Rageth is a Salor weaving. The example published as no. 61 in Mackie/Thompson and described as a "Bridal camel trapping, Yomud" has a very different field design, but the same height as our bag face and a similar palette. These two enigmatic pieces may have been woven by the same tribe. – The pile has survived at its full height, but the many repiled areas distributed across the entire surface indicate that the bag face was once badly damaged by moths.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L.,JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 215 *** RAGETH, JÜRG, Turkmenische Teppiche. Ein neuer Ansatz. Basel 2016, no. 8 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and

    • Lot63
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions145 x 127 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Result EUR4,797
    This Tekke animal-tree ensi woven in light colours, a silky pile and an approximately square format was previously published in "Turkoman Studies". At the time it was still owned by Raymond Benardout, the well-known London gallery owner, then it changed hands three times and has now been consigned from a German private collection. – Both ends somewhat reduced, new overcasting along the sides, several small repairs.

    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, no. 330

    • Lot66
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions163 x 70 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,968
    Half of a prayer rug which was woven in two vertical panels because a loom of sufficient width was not available. This peculiarity resulting from technical constraints is rather common in East Anatolia, particularly in the long divan rugs. Decorated only with four blossoms, small diamonds and a water jug, the bright red field is topped by a flat stepped arch. The orange-ground border contains large hexagonal forms. – Damaged and incomplete lower finish, somewhat reduced upper finish, slight damage along the edges. Otherwise well preserved.
    • Lot69
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions298 x 152 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR14,760
    This white-ground Moghan has a lattice design of narrow, dark blue lines decorated with rosettes at their points of intersection. The compartments vary in shape and either contain single flowers, or pendulous flowers attached to short horizontal stems, or larger cruciform floral clusters. Triangular stylised birds are depicted in the red main border. – The published examples of this very rare type are virtually indistinguishable in terms of ornamentation and colour scheme, but are woven in long rug formats. This carpet in the kelleh format is an exception in that regard. – Slight signs of age and wear, partial repairs to the blue selvedges, both ends minimally reduced. Good overall condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 33 *** BURNS, JAMES D., The Caucasus. Traditions in Weaving. Seattle 1987, ill. p. 13 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 61, 15 November 2003, # 54 *** CHRISTIE’S London, auction of 17 October 2002, # 157

    • Lot70
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions190 x 103 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,412
    A white-ground Saliani with a diamond lattice design and palmettes. The wide red-ground border contains very beautifully drawn Talish rosettes. – Original finishes all around, minimal signs of wear in the field, good condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, pl. p. 98

    • Lot72
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions240 x 131 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR4,428
    The tile-like field design of this Kurdish rug from Khorasan consists of eighteen large Memling güls filled with stars and placed in square red-ground compartments. In the border, stepped reciprocal trefoils in red and white form a surrounding frieze. – Kurdish tribes have lived in Khorasan for a very long time. A major relocation movement took place around 1600, during the reign of Shah Abbas, when Kurds from Azerbaijan migrated east to escape the constant battles between the Ottoman and Safavid armies. They settled in the North East Persian border area close to Central Asia and from then on protected the border from Uzbek and Turkmen raids. The Memling gül probably belonged to the traditional design repertoire of the Azerbaijani Kurds, and this is why it is so frequently encountered in Kordi rugs. – Good condition, a high pile, new overcasting along the sides.
    • Lot75
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions234 x 107 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,150
    The dark brown field is filled with a repeat of stars arranged in offset rows and drawn in diverse colours which do not follow a specific pattern. The heavily corroded ground makes the motifs stand out like a sculptural relief. The border of two bands which differ in width, with designs and colours typical of the provenance, and the knotting structure are characteristic Zeikhur features; however, the field design is very rarely encountered in this rug group. – Good condition, original finishes all around.