Major Spring Auction

Saturday 27. June 2020 at 3 p.m.

187 Lots
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0.906 GBP1 Euro
1.121 USD1 Euro
  • Igdir Chuval

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    • Lot118
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Turkestan
    • Dimensions84 x 111 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,976
    The field design of this bag face – nine chuval güls and cruciform secondary motifs – is identical to that of the chuval published as no. 51 in the 1993 Hamburg Turkmen exhibition, which was attributed to the Igdir tribe in the accompanying publication. They differ in terms of border design. The elems are undecorated in both items. – Very well preserved, full pile. The original finishes survive at the sides and upper end, the kilim back is missing.

    Hamburgisches Museum für Völkerkunde (publ.), exhibition catalogue: Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Hamburg 1993, no. 51

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 47, 25/05/1997, lot 142

  • Luri Gabbeh

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    • Lot119
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars region
    • Dimensions191 x 117 cm
    • AgeDated 1350 = 1931
    • Result EUR3,750
    A symmetrically conceived tree of life with strong blossoming branches grows from a small yellow vase. It stands out strikingly from the blue-black ground of the field. There are several depictions of animals: at the bottom, two red feline predators are crouching next to the tree; three birds are perched in its branches; a further four birds adorn the red spandrels. In the light blue main border, exceptionally large carnations are linked by a vine drawn in a geometric style. More finely woven than other gabbehs in pile wool of superb quality, this Luri gabbeh dated 1350 (= 1931) is an excellent example of this pictorial type which is well documented in literature. – Very good condition.

    MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures of the Black Tent. Woodbridge 1997, pl. 95 *** TANAVOLI, PARVIZ & AMANOLAHI, SEKANDAR, Gabbeh. The Georges D. Bornet Collection, Part 2, Zug and Wesel 1990, no. 71

  • Khamseh Bag Face

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    • Lot120
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions40 x 40 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR496
    The piled face of a small shoulder bag woven by the Khamseh nomads. A green diamond decorated with four arrowheads lies at the centre of the dark blue field, with four hens arranged around it. – Both ends somewhat reduced, new overcasting along the sides, high pile.
  • Qashqa’i Kilim

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    • Lot121
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions230 x 141 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472
    Three grass-green diamonds with blue-and-white outlines and accentuated corners are aligned on the central axis of the open sand-coloured field. Eight analogous diamonds are offset against them along the sides of the field and truncated by a surrounding inner design band of small halved diamonds. The green and yellow colour scheme and the fine weave indicate that this Qashqa’i kilim is a weaving of the Safi Khani tribe. – Very good condition, original side and end finishes, the braided warp threads survive at both ends.
  • Khamseh Bag Face

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    • Lot122
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions65 x 56 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,356
    The dark blue field contains a dense design of botehs, star-filled octagons and small blossoms; halved hooked diamonds are lined up along the sides. A green diamond with a white arrowhead at each corner, resulting in a motif of cruciform appearance, has been integrated into this basic design. Four large hens are arranged around the diamond. A fine weave, brilliant colours. – Good condition.
    • Lot123
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions191 x 130 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR9,920
    In the yellow field, a repeat of cypresses, botehs, palmettes and rosettes is embedded in a dense network of flowering stems. Commonly seen in Sarough, Farahan and Malayer carpets, this design is rather rare in Sehna weavings. According to Cecil Edwards, the main border of large white-ground cartouches enclosing a flowering shrub is characteristic of 19th century Sehna rugs. A fine weave, very beautiful colours including light shades of green. – Good condition, the original finishes survive all around.

    EDWARDS, A. CECIL, The Persian Carpet. London 1953 , ill. 119, p. 127

  • Silk Kashan

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    • Lot128
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions205 x 130 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR8,640
    This elegant Kashan workshop carpet with a lustrous silk pile is woven in the souf technique. Its pile stands out like a relief from the flatwoven light blue ground of the field and main border. The ascending field design of a large vase and two trees placed at the lower end, their flower-laden branches rising in a mirror-image arrangement up to the sweeping arch at the upper end of the field, symbolises a garden of paradise. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.
  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot130
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions257 x 91 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,340
    This red-ground pillar rug depicts a large dragon chasing the flaming pearl among clouds and Buddhist emblems. Holy Mount Meru rises from clouds and waves at the lower end of the field. Four strings of beads with auspicious symbols at their ends are suspended from a canopy at the upper finish of the field. The mask above the dragon’s head portrays his son Jiao Tu (alternative spelling: T'ao-tieh). – The design only makes sense when the rug is wrapped around a pillar of suitable diameter. The dragon’s body then appears as a spiral winding upwards. Almost perfectly preserved, this dragon rug was purchased at Galerie Hirschberg, Cologne, in 1998.
  • Ningxia Seat Cover

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    • Lot131
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions77 x 75 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,890
    In the dark blue field of this square seat cover, probably a section of a long bench runner, four lion dogs circle around a colourful ball placed at the centre of the field. The corners are decorated with lotus stems, and the red border contains a yellow meandering vine. The theme of the field can be traced back four hundred years, as far as the large square Abadjian carpet (see Franses) dating from the Ming period. Several 19th century bench runners comparable in iconography show the design as a continuous succession, without any division into compartments. – Very good condition.

    FRANSES, MICHAEL & WATERHOUSE, RUPERT, Lion-dogs, Hundred Antiques: Classical Chinese Carpets I. London 2000, pl. 2 *** LARSSON JR., LENNART, Carpets from China, Xinjiang & Tibet. London 1988, no. 44 *** RIPPON BOSWELL (publ.), Antique Chinese Carpets. Ma

  • Ningxia Seat Cover

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    • Lot133
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions74 x 75 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR868
    In the golden yellow field of this seat cover, four blue dragons drawn in side view circle a disc medallion in which a dragon is depicted in front view. The clouds distributed across the ground indicate that this is happening in a heavenly sphere. Mount Meru rises eight times from the waves and clouds of the comparatively narrow border. The rug formerly belonged to the Danker Collection, Wiesbaden. – Both ends minimally reduced, otherwise very well preserved.