Zaleski Collection

Saturday 30. November 2019 at 3 p.m.

119 Lots
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    • Lot87
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions228 x 138 cm
    • AgeLate 18th century
    • Result EUR15,990
    In this very rare village rug from the Konya region, two powerful octagons in red and grass-green take up almost the whole of the brown field. They each enclose a large star motif with hooked arms, an earlier form of which occurs in an older fragment from the "Orient Stars" Collection (16th century). The survival of ancient ornaments and designs over long periods of time is a phenomenon often observed in Central Anatolian rugs. The wide, salmon main border contains hooked diamonds drawn in the kilim style. – Good condition, a high pile and the original multi-coloured flatwoven selvedges. The upper kilim finish is complete, while remnants survive of the lower one.

    KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart-London 1993, Nr.143

  • Bergama Prayer Rug

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    • Lot89
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions113 x 97 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR7,380
    Designs and ornaments whose origins go back far into the past of the Anatolian weaving tradition continued to survive in the rugs of the Bergama region well into the 19th century. This red-ground prayer rug featuring two white coupled columns and a tower-like mihrab field is a good example. Instead of a lamp, a white carnation is suspended from the apex of the arch. The composition ultimately harks back to 16th century Ottoman models. A diamond with a quatrefoil interior drawing marks the centre of the field, and the two blue motifs seen next to the arch are highly abstract water jugs. Published by Herrmann as early as 1982, this prayer rug belongs to a small group closely related in colour and design. – Slight signs of wear, very good overall condition, original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Konya bis Kokand. Seltene Orientteppiche 3. München 1980, Nr.4 *** REINISCH, HELMUT UND LISBETH, Von Bagdad nach Stambul. Nomadenteppiche. Graz 1983, Nr.46 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d’Antiquariato. Catalogo III. Turin 1988, Nr.8 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 68, 18.11.2006, #179

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche 4. München 1982, Nr.4

  • Bakhshaish

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    • Lot90
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions271 x 223 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR15,375
    A light blue, diamond-shaped central medallion with pendants attached to its four points stands alone on the camel ground of the shield-shaped field. It has an interior design of light red vines and encloses a small, dark brown diamond decorated with flowers. Light red vines resembling lattices fill the light green spandrels which are linked by a narrow band running along the sides of the field. Simply drawn blossoms and leaves adorn the light red main border. The wide camel outer surround is not encountered elsewhere except in Sarab and Hamadan rugs. – Slight signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, somewhat reduced ends, the original selvedges survive.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. München 1991, Nr.28 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquariato. Catalogo IV. Turin 1989, Nr.22

    • Lot91
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions133 x 85 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,476
    This small-format Sarab has an open camel field terminating in a finely stepped arch at each end. A dark blue central medallion has been placed slightly above the middle of the field, and four poles ending in diamonds extend towards it from the sides. Amulets, blossoms and other small ornaments adorn the light blue spandrels. The plain camel band which forms the rug’s outer surround is a typical feature of the provenance. – Good condition, original selvedges.
    • Lot92
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions100 x 100 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Result EUR3,936
    In the golden yellow field of this small and exactly square Afshar nomad rug, two-dimensional palmettes decorated with two sickle leaves at the bottom and a hooked tip at the top combine into a repeat of offset rows. They alternate with botehs which change direction from one row to the next. The scale of the ornaments – essentially far too large in relation to the format – is a characteristic feature of many Afshar weavings, lending their rugs a highly memorable appearance. – Uniformly low pile, new overcasting along the sides.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. München 1992, Nr.76

  • Akstafa Prayer Rug

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    • Lot94
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions161 x 81 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR13,530
    The blue-black field contains a large-scale diamond lattice of white serrated leaves which surround diamonds, hooked diamonds and botehs drawn in the geometric style of the Caucasus. The white arch placed at the upper end of the field is decorated with diagonal crosses in diverse colours. The box-shaped niche encloses hooked diamonds and blossoms as well as a comb motif. The long format and the striking double hooks seen in the brilliant white main border are characteristic features of these Akstafa prayer rugs. – Excellent condition, with the pile at its original height and original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Kaukasische Teppichkunst im 19. Jahrhundert. Ein Bilderbuch. München 1993, Nr.16 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Caucasian Rugs. London 1978, Tf. S.46

  • Pinwheel Kazak

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    • Lot95
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions249 x 166 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR76,260
    The village population of Transcaucasia upheld their traditional rug designs with great persistence. This continuity only ended with the social upheaval caused by the Russian Revolution. So-called "Pinwheel" Kazaks woven in a distinctive design – the eponymous, steel blue forms decorated with spirals to suggest a rotary movement, diagonal green abstract dragons studded with yellow crescents and white rosettes – were produced throughout the 19th century and in the early 20th century, although their quality steadily declined. Nonetheless, only a very few examples were known until circa 1980 so this Kazak type was considered particularly rare. The fact that the size of this rug group is actually far larger only became evident when the Soviet Union ceased to exist and the borders opened. – A comparison of the many examples now published reveals considerable aesthetic differences in the division of space, balance of designs, palette, knotting structure and pile wool used. This Pinwheel Kazak is a perfect classic example. The quality of the brilliant colours and the balanced composition suggest that it was produced around 1850. – Very good condition, the original finishes survive all around.

    McMULLAN, JOSEPH V., Islamic Carpets. New York 1965, Nr. 53 *** KIRCHHEIM, E. HEINRICH, Orient Stars. Eine Teppichsammlung. Stuttgart & London 1993, Nr. 16 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 27, 07.05.1988, #116; A 43, 18.11.1995, #137 *** SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, Die Orientteppiche im Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. München 1987, Nr. 108 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. München 1991, Nr. 17

  • Kurdish Rug

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    • Lot98
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions220 x 133 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,658
    Abrashed in shades of blue and brown and framed by a yellow band, the narrow field contains three red octagons, each enclosing a cross and with blossoms distributed around them. It is surrounded by an exceptionally wide border of large octagons which also enclose cross motifs. Small blossoms and S-figures as well as a number of comb-like amulets are interspersed between them in a seemingly random arrangement. – Small repiled areas, otherwise well preserved, original finishes all around. The lower kilim finish is damaged.
  • Gelveri Yatak

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    • Lot99
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Cappadocia
    • Dimensions222 x 153 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR11,070
    Coarsely woven and with a pile so high that the design appears blurred, this village weaving used to be a sleeping rug. In Anatolia such rugs are known as "yatak" (bed). Produced only for home use, they often display designs in brilliant and diverse colours where perfection of drawing was of secondary importance. In this item, the two huge octagons with an interior drawing of archaic appearance are completely different in size and shape. Large straight-armed crosses adorn the salmon border. Judging by its colours, the rug was probably woven in the small town of Gelveri. – Very good condition, original selvedges and kilim ends.
  • Lakai Suzani

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    • Lot100
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan, Shakhrisyabz
    • Dimensions161 x 121 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR17,835
    Judging by its palette, style of drawing and ornamentation, this suzani in the nim format was made by a Lakai tribal group who had abandoned nomadic life and settled near the oasis town of Shakhrisyabz. The design is embroidered onto a three-panel purple silk foundation in an extremely fine chain stitch technique. The large circular blossom at the centre of the field is encircled by a vine bearing lively leaves, creating an appearance of rotary motion. Two flowering trees grow from it in the vertical direction, and four vines run diagonally from it towards the corners. Four curved zoomorphous figures resembling salamanders stand out at the sides of the field. In the wide border, large circular blossoms varying in colour and interior design are surrounded by green stems arranged to form diamond-shaped compartments. An embroidered ikat fabric in the Wolf Collection displays the same animal figures and secondary borders. – Slight signs of wear in the silk foundation, otherwise very well preserved. Original printed cotton fabric backing.

    GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection. New York 2003, Nr.29