Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

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  • Borjalou Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot1
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions151 x 107 cm
    • AgeDated 1303 AH = 1886 AD
    • Result EUR11,685
    This red-ground Borjalou prayer rug shows a re-entrant motif at the bottom and a prayer arch positioned high up. The field centre is accentuated by two diamonds decorated with hooks and two hexagons enclosing tree motifs, with a number of small ornamental designs distributed around them. Three hexagons with a cruciform interior drawing are seen at the lower end of the field, and the same motif is repeated twice at the top. The three-band border presents the typical Borjalou design of reciprocal trefoils and hooks. - Small repiled sections, good overall condition, original selvedges.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Konya bis Kokand. Seltene Orientteppiche III. München 1980, Nr.20

    • Lot2
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan region
    • Dimensions206 x 105 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR9,225
    This fascinating rug displays a design of multi-coloured diagonal stripes in the field and reciprocal trefoils composed of triangles in the wide, white main border; it was probably made by a Moghan Shahsavan tribal group. Indications are the slightly irregular weave and the style of the field design which does not appear static, but conveys a sense of movement created by the undulating bands of varying widths. The design of the outer, yellow-and-red secondary border is also encountered in Shahsavan flatweaves. According to Herrmann, a very similar rug was produced in the north eastern Caucasus. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile. Good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. München 1993, Nr.9

    • Lot3
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • Dimensions45 x 49 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,182
    Knotted Shahsavan bag faces are far more rarely encountered than weavings in the sumakh technique. The field is decorated with colourful diagonal stripes containing small diamonds. The wide white-ground border contains motifs shaped like brackets. – Minimally reduced at the bottom, small moth holes, damage to the selvedge along the left-hand side.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. München 1993, Nr.35b

    • Lot5
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions60 x 47 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,706
    Finely woven in the sumakh technique, this Khamseh Shahsavan bag face used to be part of a khorjin. A procession of large mythical creatures is seen in the two horizontal panels of the field which are separated by a dividing band of hooked diamonds. The blue border is decorated with small boxes bearing hooks and crosses as well as chevrons. – Good condition. Mounted and framed.

    LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, Nr.43 *** FRAUENKNECHT, BERTRAM, Schahsavan Sumakh Taschen. Fürth 1993, Nr.34-36 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 72, 29.11.2008, #111; A 89, 28.05.2016, #30

    • Lot6
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Moghan-Savalan region
    • DimensionsA = 50 x 51 B = 49 x 49 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,690
    Two faces of a Moghan Shahsavan double bag, finely woven in the sumakh technique. Offset rows of white, red, dark green and light green box motifs lie on the midnight blue ground, each decorated with four double hooks pointing in the four cardinal directions which give the devices a cruciform appearance. The narrow white border contains a geometric stylised vine. Most of the published examples of this rare group are bag halves. A complete khorjin was sold by us at Auction A 92. – Good condition; the upper closure bands are also woven in the sumakh technique.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, Nr.63 *** GÜGEL, ERNST & WÜHR, RUDOLF, Zweck und Zier. Antike Taschen aus dem Kaukasus und Nordwest-Persien. Traunstein 2010, Abb. S.54 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 40, 14.05.1994, #98; A 92, 25.11.2017, #49; A 94, 17.11.2018, #240

    • Lot8
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions168 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,182
    The colourful Mujur prayer rugs were highly popular during the 19th century and exported to many countries of the Ottoman Empire. Pictures by “orientalist” painters portraying bazaar scenes in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia often included Mujur prayer rugs. The design type featuring a usually undecorated, red mihrab field, a steeply ascending stepped arch and a panel of large red arrowheads above it is remarkably consistent. The same is true for the wide three-stripe border. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, repiled areas in the red field, original selvedges.

    THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, Tf.S.4

  • Mihaliççik Prayer Rug

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    • Lot9
    • OriginWestern Central Anatolia, Eskisehir province
    • Dimensions122 x 100 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,952
    The small town of Mihaliççik situated east of Eskisehir, once home to a mixed Greek and Turkish population, was almost completely destroyed in 1921 during the retreat of the invading Greek troops. It is thus not surprising that so few antique Mihaliççik rugs have survived. Design features characteristic of these small prayer rugs are the red mihrab field containing large blossoms, the unstepped hooked arch, the design of small polychrome triangles above it and the black-brown border decorated with a two-dimensional leaf-and-calyx vine reminiscent of Caucasian carpets. – Corroded and partially repiled black-brown sections, good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    BUTTERWECK, GEORG & ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Wien 1986, Nr.204 *** REINISCH, HELMUT UND LISBETH, Von Bagdad nach Stambul. Nomadenteppiche. Graz 1983, Nr.40 *** BESIM, ADIL (Hrsg.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Band 1 Wien 1998, Nr.5

    • Lot10
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Afyonkarahisar province
    • Dimensions84 x 67 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,952
    This gorgeous yastik from one of the villages in the Dazkiri region is virtually indistinguishable from a parallel piece in the McMullan Collection, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. The tomato red field is dominated by a large star-shaped blossom, its white centre radiating eight blue flowers (possibly hyacinths) placed on a mustard yellow ground. This motif derives from the Ottoman formal repertoire, while the four triangular figures seen in the corners reflect an older pre-Ottoman tradition. – Both end finishes repiled, partially reselvedged, otherwise very well preserved.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, Nr.117 *** MOREHOUSE, BRIAN, Yastiks. Cushion Covers And Storage Bags Of Anatolia. Philadelphia 1996, Nr.9 *** THOMPSON, JON, Timbuktu to Tibet. Exotic Rugs & Textiles From New York Collections. New York 2008, Tf.82

    • Lot11
    • OriginWest Persia, Arak region
    • Dimensions91 x 93 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR14,760
    In this rare saddle cover, the open bottle-green field is flanked on both sides by a narrow white stripe which contains a thin vine bearing botehs and small flowers. The lower corners are accentuated by white triangles decorated with botehs, while the upper ones are marked by two small box shapes with blossoms at their centres. – Original sides, the upper finish has been minimally reduced and edged with fabric. The original purple kilim survives at the bottom. Repiled areas in the border section on the left and right (the places formerly trimmed with leather). Signs of wear in the pile, otherwise well preserved.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 67, 20.05.2006, #136

    • Lot12
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions167 x 117 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,920
    The garden design of five offset green cypresses in a white field, floral stems and small shrubs harks back to Kerman workshop models; here it has been translated into the geometric style of nomad pieces. Particularly appealing in palette, this well-drawn example was woven by an Afshar tribal group who had already settled in the surroundings of Kerman by the mid 19th century. – Well preserved, including the red kilim ends, new overcasting along the sides.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 10. München 1988, Nr.81 *** COLLINS, J.J., Flowers of the Desert. Newburyport 1989, Tf.48 *** BURNS, JAMES D., Visions of Nature. The Antique Weavings of Persia. New York 2010, Nr.66

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 65, 28.05.2005, #32