Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
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    • Lot103
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions223 x 102 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR3,224
    Three hooked diamonds are joined along the central axis of the camel field. The salmon border contains a vine bearing serrated leaves and geometric, stylised flowers. – Original selvedges, remains of the kilim finishes survive at the ends, both upper corners restored.
    • Lot104
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions186 x 139 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR7,095
    In addition to the large Heriz carpets exported to Western countries as of circa 1870, smaller formats were produced in Heriz and its surrounding area. Examples piled in wool reflect the local tradition and were probably made for home use. The small Heriz silk rugs woven in designs based on individual cartoons by master draughtsmen were produced on commission. – Piled in wool in the dozar format, this Heriz displays a very rare design. A white-ground shield form takes up the whole of the deep blue field. Angular vines bearing stems and blossoms emanate in a spacious arrangement from a central star-shaped blossom drawn in the typical Heriz style. Four abstract human figures are standing at each end of the shield medallion. The surrounding field is filled with flowering stems. The blue-green main border and the two light red guard borders contain geometric, stylised vines attached to leaves and blossoms. – Small repaired areas, very good overall condition.
  • Yazd Silk Rug

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    • Lot106
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions187 x 132 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR9,920
    This elegant silk rug featuring a tree of life design and an arch is artistically influenced by Kerman. It was probably made in the city of Yazd situated north west of Kerman. The knotting structure, the use of light blue silk warps and the specific palette suggest this attribution. In a German private collection since 1897, the rug has always been used as a wall hanging and is thus well preserved.
  • Chinese Palace Carpet

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    • Lot107
    • OriginWest China, Ningxia
    • Dimensions278 x 182 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR22,320
    At the centre of the reddish-brown field, a large disc medallion with a lustrous ground woven from metal-wrapped brass yarn is superimposed upon a lattice filled with diamonds. The blue five-clawed dragon in the medallion is depicted in front view and in a circular movement, as usual chasing the flaming pearl hovering before him. In the spandrels, four serpentine blue dragons are seen in side view against a ground similarly brocaded in metal. The wide ochre border contains a frieze-like design of short stems bearing blossoms and leaves. – Comparatively coarse in weave, this rug with a silk pile on a cotton foundation is an early example of the group of so-called palace carpets. It lacks the all but obligatory Chinese inscription at the upper end denoting the place for which it was destined in the imperial palace. Lorentz has dated a very similar example as far back as the 18th century. A further palace rug with an identical border, albeit a slightly different lattice design, has been published by Bausback. – Very good condition.

    LORENTZ, HANS ACHIM, Chinesische Teppiche. 17.-20. Jahrhundert. Munich 1975, no. 59 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte und antike chinesische Knüpfkunst. Mannheim 1980, pl. p. 17

  • Fachralo Prayer Kazak

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    • Lot109
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions167 x 125 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR9,300
    A tall, towering green mihrab with a red Fachralo medallion at its centre stands alone in the red field. The re-entrant opening at the lower end encloses a white star, and the small, pointed triangular arch is crowned with a double hook. The mihrab field is surrounded by geometric, stylised palmettes resembling beetles. The halved stepped triangles outlined in serrated leaves are a popular design which also occurs in Borjalou Kazak prayer rugs. An almost identical Fachralo prayer rug from the Ulmke Collection was published in "Azerbaidjanisch-Kaukasische Teppiche". – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    AZADI, SIAWOSCH U., KERIMOV, LAFIF & ZOLLINGER, WERNER, Azerbaidjanisch–Kaukasische Teppiche. Sammlung Ulmke aus der Schweiz. Hamburg 2001, no. 167

  • Yomut Main Carpet

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    • Lot110
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions270 x 155 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,860
    This early Yomut main carpet shows a dyrnak gül design against a red-brown field ground. A clear distinction between primary and secondary güls does not exist in this design type, and accordingly the two different kinds of dyrnaks arranged in offset rows are almost equal in size. The white border presents a very rare design of rectangles and hourglass devices. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, one small hole, new overcasting along the sides. In the lower section of the field, a strip some two centimetres wide and 150 centimetres long is missing on both sides at the boundary between the field and border. The two long cuts have been sewn up.
  • Yomut Main Carpet

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    • Lot111
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions265 x 148 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR5,580
    A classic Yomut dyrnak gül main carpet, with ashik güls in the white main border and two very beautiful elems in different designs. The captivating feature of this finely woven example is the superior quality of its materials and colours. The rug was exhibited by Herrmann in 1984 and discussed in detail in the accompanying publication, SOT VI. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VI. Munich 1984, no. 83

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot113
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions216 x 171 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR7,440
    In this Bokhara suzani, the floating lightness of the directional field design of large flowering plants creates an appearance of great elegance. The blossoms are attached to golden stems and surrounded by two slender curved leaves. The same airiness is seen in the composition of the wide main border, where star-shaped blossoms and smaller fan-shaped blossoms are enclosed within a diamond lattice composed of green leaves. – Very good condition, no fabric backing.
  • Tekke Khalyk

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    • Lot114
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions76 x 75 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR12,900
    Small-format knotted trappings of this kind are known as khalyks. Most of the surviving examples were woven by the Tekke tribe. On the day of the wedding, a khalyk would be attached to the opening of the litter in which the bride, mounted on a camel, was led to the bridegroom’s family. Guarded as a textile family treasure and only reused at weddings, khalyks have often survived in good condition. Seeing that they were precious and highly prestigious traditional objects, the excellent quality of nearly all the circa 100 khalyks currently known is not surprising. Their most distinctive feature is their U-shape, with an upper horizontal panel, two vertical arms which often differ in design from the panel, and a central triangular flap attached between the arms. There are considerable differences in terms of ornamentation, dimensions and palette. Red is the predominant ground colour, but a number of white-ground Tekke khalyks also exist. This example is very finely woven from velvety pile wool. The lower triangular flap shows a detached inverted triangle which is a rare feature. The long fringes are preserved intact and complete. – Very good condition.

    PINNER, ROBERT, The Rickmers Collection. Turkoman Rugs. Berlin 1993, no. 44 *** PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. London 1980, ill. 395 *** McMULLAN, JOSEPH V. & REICHERT, DONALD O., The George W. V. and Belle Townsley Smith collectio

  • Karadashli Torba

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    • Lot116
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions51 x 113 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,934
    A torba woven by the Karadashli tribe, with nine chuval güls and chemche secondary motifs in a red-brown field. The border shows small flowering plants within square compartments. A fine weave, brilliant colours. – Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat reduced at the top and bottom, new overcasting along the sides.