Major Spring Auction

Saturday 23. May 2009 at 3 p.m.

116 Lots
Exchange rate
0.878 GBP1 Euro
1.397 USD1 Euro
  • Swedish Tapestry

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    • Lot2
    • OriginMalmö
    • Dimensions56 x 103 cm
    • AgeDated 1923
    • Result EUR4,392
    From an art historic point of view, this small tapestry is still attributable to the Arts and Crafts movement; it was made in 1923 in the Malmöhus Lans Hemslojd weaving cooperative of Malmö (see initials at the lower left-hand edge). The weaver has inscribed his own initials, "EP", and the date on the bottom right. The fairytale-like design in the style of late medieval tapestries shows a red, leaping horse, the legendary "Backahastar", at the centre of the field, flanked by trees with dense foliage and with a jungle-like background. A dark night sky with glittering stars and three plummeting birds is seen at the top. – Backed with black fabric and framed. Very good condition.
  • Shahsavan Sumakh Bag Face

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    • Lot3
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Khamseh region
    • Dimensions45 x 47 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,562
    This small sumakh face, once part of a double bag, belongs to the rare type with an animal border surrounding a white, box-shaped field containing octagons and further stylised animals. Its pictorial character is fascinating. The field ground and several design details are flat-woven from white cotton. – Sides newly overcast, damaged ends.

    WERTIME, JOHN T., Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia & Transcaucasia. London 1998, no. 2

  • Borjalou Kazak

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    • Lot5
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions203 x 153 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,270
    A Borjalou showing three hooked hexagons on a red field, with colourful boxes, octagons, diamonds and rosettes scattered around them. The wide, white-ground main border with its striking halved hook shapes arranged in an alternating sequence is a distinctive feature of this Kazak group. Its zig-zag rhythm makes it appear dynamic and full of energy. The secondary borders of small triangles separated by red diagonal stripes appear in identical form in Pinwheel Kazaks, which also show the same palette as this Borjalou. – Restored sides and ends, low spots in the pile, several stitched tears.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1980, PL. p. 20 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 64, 20th November 2004, # 149

  • Epirus Embroidery

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    • Lot6
    • OriginBalkan, North West Greece
    • Dimensions18 x 89 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR3,172
    This very beautiful fragment of a Greek Epirus embroidery was sold by Sotheby's, London, in 2006, and is discussed in detail in the catalogue. A first rate collector’s piece. – Backed with canvas and framed.
  • Aleppo Silk Weaving

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    • Lot7
    • OriginSyria
    • Dimensions216 x 74 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Result EUR793
    A fine silk weaving with a light red field containing horizontal stripes of varying width and colours; the sparkling stripes woven in silver and gold are especially striking. A diamond has been placed at the centre of the field. – Slightly reduced at one end, otherwise in very good condition.
  • Chinese Silk Hanging

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    • Lot8
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions200 x 68 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR12,200
    Black-ground Chinese silk and metal thread embroidery worked in landscape format. This embroidery, whose original measurements we were unable to verify due to the current tape edging and the fact that it is framed behind glass, probably served as an altar hanging or antependium. Its design of two dragons shown in lively movement above a raging sea has been executed twice, in two panels of different height. The top frieze, distinctly lower, depicts the dragons on a smaller scale to suit the format. – Good condition.
  • Ottoman Embroidery

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    • Lot9
    • OriginAnatolia
    • Dimensions83 x 81 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,050
    Silk embroidery on a linen ground, with four large blossoming twigs in a diagonal arrangement. Square wrapping cloths of this kind were used for various purposes in Turkey and have survived in a remarkable variety of designs. – Framed, slight signs of age, good overall condition.
  • Anatolian Carpet

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    • Lot11
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions155 x 119 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,660
    A coarsely woven village rug from Central Anatolia that is impressive for the simplicity of its design, consisting of a very few, massive motifs. The open camel field shows a hexagonal medallion. The corners have been emphasised by anchor-shaped designs in light blue and red. The narrow borders are decorated with rosettes. – Original sides and lower kilim finish, slight damage due to age at the upper end. Good condition.
  • Asmalyk Eagle II Group

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    • Lot13
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions79 x 127 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,440
    Since publication of Rautenstengel’s and Azadi’s monograph containing examinations based on exact structural analyses, Turkmen pieces belonging to the Eagle group can be distinguished from other Yomut carpets. Based on their findings, this rare asmalyk belongs to the Eagle II group. A comparative piece is in the Berlin museum, donated by Irmgard Bidder, wife of Hans Bidder, the collector and German embassador to China. – Good condition with the original finishes all around, and even with some of the decorative tassels preserved at the lower edge. Only minor signs of wear, slight damage to the upper corners.

    PINNER, ROBERT, The Rickmers Collection. Turkoman Rugs. Berlin 1993, no. 49

    • Lot15
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions241 x 184 cm
    • AgeCa. 1700
    • Result EUR14,640
    Coarsely woven and with soft wool used for the pile, historic carpets of China had little chance of survival when they began to leave the country in the 19th century; in the West, they were often insensitively used as floor coverings. This Ningxia, too, shows highly visible signs of improper use. Nevertheless it still constitutes an important reference piece for the great carpet art of China. Its yellow leaf and vine lattice linking peony blossoms on a blue ground is reminiscent of the “Zadah peony vine carpet” exhibited in Cologne in 2005, and published in "Splendour of the Sons of Heaven". Both pieces share the same swastika meander border that immediately adjoins the field, and is not separated by guard stripes. The former outer finish, an unpatterned dark brown edge, is missing. – Heavily worn.

    Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln (ed.), Glanz der Himmelssöhne. Kaiserliche Teppiche aus China 1400 – 1750. Text by Michael Franses und Hans König. London 2005, no. 14