Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
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  • Sehna Kilim

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    • Lot64
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions206 x 133 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,216
    Woven as finely as a cloth, this Sehna kilim presenting an elegant, perfectly drawn Herati design on a turquoise ground and a golden yellow main border is a prime example of the refined taste of the Persian upper class during the reign of the Qajar dynasty. Such precious luxury textiles were status symbols and carefully guarded in wealthy Persian families. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    PETSOPOULOS, YANNI, Der Kelim. Munich 1980. no. 349 *** BESIM, ADIL (publ.), Mythos und Mystik. Alte und antike Textilkunst. Vienna 1999, no. 47 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Kelim. Antike orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim & Munich 1983, pl. 146

  • Afshar Bag Face

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    • Lot65
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions43 x 33 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,054
    The pile-woven face of an Afshar shoulder bag. The midnight blue field is almost completely filled by a large plant with closely spaced, diagonal stems which lend the motif a zoomorphous appearance. Very good wool, brilliant colours. This rare example used to belong to the private collection of John Collins, Newburyport. – Good condition.
  • Kerman Pictorial Rug

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    • Lot66
    • OriginSouth Persia
    • Dimensions219 x 135 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472
    Drawn in the Qajar period portrait style, this pictorial rug was woven in one of the Kerman master workshops. The composition follows an established pictorial type, and all the surviving examples of the group are largely similar. The persons depicted are Naser ad-Din Schah (ruled 1848-1896), the five princes and his three most important officials. Wearing his robe and crown in the attitude of an audience, the Emperor is seated on the Peacock Throne with his legs tucked up under him. A pillared hall is suggested in the background. Three princes are standing to his left and in the background, and a dignitary is seen on his right. A second group of people is depicted beneath them: two princes and two dignitaries are grouped around a vase abundant with flowers, symbolising wealth and prosperity. The wide border is a frieze of hunting scenes. A fine weave, beautiful pastel colours. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 44, 11/05/1996, lot 137

  • Fachralo Prayer Kazak

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    • Lot67
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions154 x 133 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR5,208
    A green mihrab stands alone in the red field. It is surrounded by palmettes. The main border contains serrated diagonal leaves and offset halved diamonds on a white ground. – Original sides and upper kilim finish, marginally reduced at the lower end, full pile preserved, one small rewoven area at the top left.

    EDER, DORIS, Orientteppiche. Volume 1: Kaukasische Teppiche. Munich 1979, no. 24

    • Lot69
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions208 x 123 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR2,580
    Comparatively coarse in weave and knotted on largely brown warps, this rug was made by an Arabi tribal group of the Khamseh nomads. The dark blue field, with a notched outline created by halved stepped polygons placed along the sides and ends, contains a dense repeat of hens and small decorative motifs characteristic of Arabi weavings. – Good condition, original sides, minimally reduced ends.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland 1981, pl. p. 77

    • Lot73
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions287 x 107 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472
    In the dark blue field, two rows of 26 octagons in total form a repeat which is comparatively rare in Talish rugs. It is interrupted by three large, golden yellow cartouches with a cruciform interior drawing. The white border shows stepped polygons in different colours. – New overcasting along the sides, slightly damaged corners, one repiled area. Otherwise in very good condition, the original finishes survive all around.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 58

    • Lot76
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions246 x 119 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472
    This densely patterned Kuba has hooked diamonds aligned on the central axis of the narrow, dark blue field and smaller diamonds, blossoms, several animal figures and amulets distributed around them. A wide five-band border. – Slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown, original finishes all around.
    • Lot77
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions247 x 186 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR14,160
    This large red-ground Kazak of the three-medallion type has been in a German private collection since 1904. It was purchased as an "antique Kazak" even then. Compared to the other Kazaks of this fairly large group, a striking fact is that here all three medallions are equal in size. In most three-medallion Kazaks the central medallion is considerably smaller. The green motif with two lateral double hooks within the two white octagons is frequently seen in this type, whereas the red box motif in the blue central octagon is rather rare. The sections of the field not covered by the primary motifs are decorated in a rich variety of rosettes, diamonds, rectangles and star motifs as well as several animals, among which the two white camels stand out. – Slight signs of age and wear, a number of horizontal creases. Well-preserved pile, original finishes all around.

    ENGELHARDT, EVA, Teppiche. Die Bilder des Orients. Volume II. Heidelberg 1978, no. 302 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Meisterstücke orientalischer Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1975, ill. p. 115 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 44, 11/05/1996, lot 107; A 55, 18/11/2000, lot 32;

  • Ningxia Seat Cover

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    • Lot79
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions79 x 86 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR620
    Originally the field of this seat cover would have been light red, but over the course of time it has faded to an ochre hue. Caused by patination, this change in colour is a characteristic feature of many antique Ningxia rugs. Four yellow dragons in lively movement shown in side view circle a dragon depicted in front view at the centre of the field. Part of the standard repertoire of Chinese carpets, this composition occurs in a number of different variations. The field is surrounded by a wave and cloud border in which Mount Meru rises eight times, its peak always pointing towards the central dragon figure. – Slight signs of age and wear, new overcasting along the sides, both ends somewhat reduced.

    ROSTOV, CH.I. & J.GUANYAN, J., Chinese Carpets. New York 1983, no. 66

  • Ningxia Runner Fragment

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    • Lot80
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions146 x 78 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR3,224
    A fragment of an early Ningxia bench runner woven in a continuous design, i.e. one which was not divided into compartments, of spaciously arranged clouds on a light yellow ground. Instead of a border there is only a narrow ochre stripe; the brown outer edge and all the brown sections of the design are completely corroded. – Obvious signs of age and wear, strongly patinated colours. Cut at both ends.

    SABAHI, TAHER, China. Antichi tappeti dal Celeste Impero. Antique Rugs of the Celestial Empire. Turin 1998, no. 36