Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
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  • Malatya Long Rug

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    • Lot193
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions390 x 107 cm
    • AgeDated 1269 AH = 1853 AD
    • Result EUR2,728
    This Kurdish long rug woven in the Malatya region shows a field design of six rectangles outlined in white which enclose large stepped polygons. Stars adorn the narrow, white main border. Very beautiful colours, a glossy pile. – New overcasting along the sides, good overall condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1977, pl. p. 105

    • Lot195
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions213 x 158 cm
    • AgeCa. 1860
    • Result EUR9,920
    This Kazak features a rare field design of two rectangles, each decorated with four double hooks, and six hooked diamonds in an open blue field; it cannot be assigned to any of the known design groups. Its knotting structure is similar to Karachovs. The yellow main border contains star-shaped blossoms composed of four diagonal arrows. – Slight signs of age and wear, minor repiled areas, good overall condition.
  • Fachralo Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot197
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions144 x 120 cm
    • AgeDated 1315 AH = 1899 AD
    • Result EUR838
    A green mihrab stands alone in the red field. In addition to a red Fachralo cartouche medallion, it contains six palmettes, some of them anthropomorphic in appearance, and is surrounded on the outside by further palmettes and four animals. The white-ground main border presents the leaf and calyx design which was widely used in the Caucasus. – Original sides and lower finish, somewhat reduced at the top. Signs of age and wear, major old repairs.
    • Lot200
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions178 x 133 cm
    • AgeDated 1262 AH = 1847 AD
    • Result EUR12,400
    Dated "1262" (= 1847), this immaculately drawn Dazkiri featuring a green shield medallion in a red field and a green border of star-shaped blossoms largely resembles the example from the Zaleski Collection published in our catalogue A 97 (November 2019). We refer readers to our discussion of that item. – Very good condition, with the pile at its original height; the green flatwoven selvedges and the red and green striped kilim finishes survive.

    ASLANAPA, OKTAY, One Thousand Years of Turkish Carpets. Istanbul 1988, pl. 109 *** BATTILOSSI, MAURIZIO, Tappeti d'Antiquarito. Catalogo IV. Turin 1989, no. 4 *** IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cat. nos. 117,

  • Karachov Kazak

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    • Lot201
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions241 x 161 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,456
    Although always consistent in layout, the four-and-one medallion design of Karachovs occurs in a number of variations. In this red-ground example, the very large central motif is not an equal-sided or horizontal octagon, but is aligned vertically and more elongated than usual. The star-filled rectangles are positioned at the very beginning and end of the field. – Slight signs of age and wear, several repiled areas, good overall condition.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike orientalische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1976, pl. p. 71

  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot202
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions168 x 91 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR9,675
    Judging by its knotting structure, this white-ground prayer rug was woven in Daghestan although the long format, the field design of angular botehs and the bridge-shaped arch positioned high up initially suggest a provenance in Akstafa. The Daghestan attribution is supported by the main border design of cruciform devices placed on a dark brown ground. The first two rows of botehs are arranged in changing directions, whereas from the third row up all botehs face right and combine into steep colour diagonals. Purchased at Eberhart Herrmann’s Munich gallery in 1984. – New overcasting along the sides, corroded brown sections, good overall condition.
  • Borjalou Kazak

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    • Lot204
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions274 x 154 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR8,385
    The repeat in the dark red field comprises offset rows of honeycomb shapes in different sizes and colour schemes enclosing geometric, stylised trees which alternate with horizontal rows of octagons that also vary in shape, size and interior design. The design echoes the tradition of older Borjalou Kazaks (see Schürmann). The style of drawing, border ornamentation and palette suggest that this Kazak was woven by Armenians. The date in the upper right-hand corner is difficult to read. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 10

  • Chinese Silk Fabric

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    • Lot205
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions73 x 67 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR1,375
    This fragment of a Chinese silk lampas fabric probably constitutes part of a wall hanging very much larger in size. Woven mostly in light shades of brown and beige, its repeat consists of diamonds and somewhat smaller octagons which overlap one another. Their outlines combine into a diagonal double lattice. Rosettes, circles and small squares enclosing designs in subtle blues and greens are placed at the points of intersection. – Slight signs of age and wear, backed with a blue fabric.

    SPINK & SON (publ.), Chinese Textiles. London 1994, no. 26

  • Chinese Rank Badge

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    • Lot206
    • OriginChina
    • Dimensions30 x 30 cm
    • AgeLate 18th – early 19th century
    • Result EUR4,216
    Very finely woven in the kesi technique in silk and gold thread, this small square textile consists of two halves vertically divided at the exact centre and now joined. The goose flying up at the centre of the field, its wings spread wide and its neck outstretched, is the emblem of a civil servant of the fourth rank. The bird is standing on a cliff rising from roaring waves at the lower end of the picture. It is looking up to the red pearl of wisdom enveloped in clouds in the upper left corner. Clouds and bats fill the golden sky. A promontory can be seen on each side, with a peach tree on the right and a peony tree on the left. A graceful key meander border in gold and dark blue frames the emblematic picture. – Stylistic features allow us to establish a time frame. This rank badge dates from the reign of the fifth Emperor of the Manchurian Qing dynasty (Jiaqìng, 1796 - 1821). A 1759 government edict decreed that court officials had to wear simple dark cloaks (usually blue or black) over their splendid robes when attending assemblies in the presence of the Emperor. The rank badges worn by civil or military officials were sewn to the front and back of these cloaks. Since the cloak was open at the front, the front badge had to be in two halves. (We thank Linda Wrigglesworth for her valuable advice). – Very good condition, backed with fabric and attached to a board.

    VOLLMER, JOHN E., In the Presence of the Dragon Throne. Ch’ing Dynasty Costume (1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1977, ill. b, p. 55

  • Ningxia Dragon Rug

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    • Lot207
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions157 x 94 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR12,500
    This unusually small Ningxia pillar rug was woven on commission for one of the Buddhist monasteries in western Tibet. The yellow dragon stands out in sharp contrast from the blue-black ground of the field. His jaws wide open as usual, he is chasing the flaming pearl hovering before him which he is destined never to catch. Mount Meru rises from clouds and foaming waves at the bottom, and a canopy has been suggested at the top, with strings of beads suspended from it. – Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat low spots in the pile, good overall condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 1985, no. 92