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Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 05. December 2020 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
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0.903 GBP1 Euro
1.216 USD1 Euro
  • Tekke Khalyk

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    • Lot131
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions37 x 18 x 68 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR19,375
    Small-format knotted trappings of this kind are known as "khalyks"; most of the surviving examples are weavings of the Tekke tribe. They were affixed to the opening of the veiled bridal litter during wedding processions and carried great symbolic meaning. – Our khalyk belongs to the rarest sub-group comprising only a few known examples. It has a white ground, is less finely knotted than the red-ground pieces and not as minutely detailed in drawing. Large curled leaves in brown-red, steel blue and petrol linked by an angular vine adorn the horizontal panel and short arms. The Bailey khalyk we sold in 2014 is almost indistinguishable from the example offered here. – Very well preserved, original finishes all around, remnants of the lower decorative fringe and the lateral cords survive.

    Literature:
    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, ill. 409 and pl. XXV *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 44, 11/05/1996, lot 59; A 84, 31/05/2014, lot 127

  • Tekke Khalyk

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    • Lot132
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions67 x 33 x 68 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR11,250
    This khalyk belongs to a rare subgroup comprising only a few surviving examples. Their minutely drawn design always consists of small calyx-shaped blossoms in varying colours arranged to form colour diagonals. Without interruption, it extends across the whole surface of the arms and upper horizontal panel and also fills the lower flap. In our particularly beautiful khalyk, the colours of the blossoms are white, light red, steel blue and petrol. The piece published by Loges is very similar and also has unusually long arms, but wider borders. The design of its arms, with only two blossoms placed side by side, appears slightly more crowded than that of our khalyk, where three blossoms are placed side by side. Loges describes the border design as "sakar gishik". – Very good condition, the pile survives at its original height, original finishes all around.

    Literature:
    LOGES, WERNER, Turkmenische Teppiche. Munich 1978, no. 13 *** EILAND, MURRAY L., Oriental Rugs From Pacific Collections. San Francisco 1990, no. 138 *** HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 29 *** PINNER, ROBERT, The Rickmers Collection. Turkoman Rugs. Berlin 1993, no. 45 *** HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 53

  • Konya Kilim

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    • Lot134
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions445 x 166 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,500
    Woven in a single piece without any borders, this large Konya village rug displays a vibrant design of huge nested diamonds with serrated outlines. It was sold to a well-known Vienna collector at our second auction of the Ignazio Vok Collection (A 88) in 2016 and is now being reoffered. We refer readers to our comprehensive discussion in the catalogue published at the time. – Slight signs of wear, very good overall condition.

    Published:
    MARCUSON, ALAN & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Kilims. The Traditional Tapestries of Turkey. (Exhibition catalogue Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin). London 1979, no. 2 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Anatolia. Kilims und andere Flachgewebe aus Anatoli

  • Çumra Prayer Rug

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    • Lot139
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya region
    • Dimensions174 x 107cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,625
    A light red mihrab field ending in a hooked arch with multiple outlines has been placed slightly above the centre of the field. The green section above it contains two water jugs and three star-shaped blossoms. The wide yellow border of diagonal serrated leaves is a characteristic feature of Çumra prayer rugs. – Signs of age and wear, restored areas, both end finishes repiled.

    Published:
    BUTTERWECK, GEORG / ORASCH, DIETER, Das Standardwerk des anatolischen Knüpfteppichs. Zentral-Anatolien. Vienna 1986, no.13

  • Akstafa Prayer Rug

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    • Lot140
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Shirvan region
    • Dimensions171 x 97 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,000
    The elongated format and the border of calyx-shaped designs, each decorated with two abstract birds, identify this beautiful prayer rug as an Akstafa. The field is covered in a diamond lattice of blue, geometric, abstract leaves, with cruciform blossoms placed at the points of intersection. It encloses flowering plants. The small prayer niche whose arch touches the upper horizontal border contains a comb, and the arch is flanked by two trees resembling skeletons of fish. – Very good condition, original light blue selvedges.
  • Azeri Zili

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    • Lot141
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions261 x 150 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,750
    A gorgeous Azeri decorative cover with an elaborate design embroidered on a red foundation in the brocading technique. Offset rows of large diamonds in brilliant and diverse colours cover the whole of the field. The diamonds are notched at the centre and surrounded on all sides by blue hooked vines. The border contains light red and green triangles facing in opposite directions. The exceptionally rich range of colours is reminiscent of Turkish flatweaves, but the netted warps at both ends rather indicate that this zili was woven in the southern Caucasus. – Well preserved except for slight signs of wear and age as well as minor damage to the edges, the original finishes survive.
  • Tekke Asmalyk

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    • Lot142
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions76 x 142 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800 or earlier
    • Result EUR57,500
    Embroidered trappings of this kind have traditionally been ascribed to the Tekke, because the Russian scholar and collector S.M. Dudin saw such embroideries when visiting the Merv Oasis in 1901/1902. However, the various design concepts would indicate that probably not all of them can be attributed to the Tekke. One thing is certain: these either four- or five-sided embroideries, which always have a white ground, performed the ceremonial decorative function of asmalyks. – Previously unpublished, our asmalyk is an early example of outstanding artistic merit that slumbered in a French collection for many decades. It is one of the rectangular examples which are far rarer than the pentagonal asmalyks with a gable. Embroidered in light and harmonious colours, the field design consists of five bold blossoming trees of two different types aligned side by side. The lively effect of the airy composition is created by changes in motif between trees with upturned blossoms and those with curved drooping branches laden with an abundance of bell-shaped flowers (“bleeding heart” = lamprocapnos spectabilis). In the wide, lavishly decorated border, large star-shaped blossoms alternate with small diamonds surrounded by four undulating red flowers. – A particularly fascinating feature for connoisseurs of Turkmen folk art is the figural representation at the centre of the upper border. We see two horsemen mounted on a blue and a red horse who face one another. They are holding bows in their hands and are either warriors or huntsmen. Three red male figures are depicted standing between them in front view: two musicians playing the Turkmen lute (dutar bash) on the left and right, with a dancer shown in movement slightly higher in the centre. The iconographic significance of the scene relates to wedding celebrations. Embroidered in silk yarn in diverse colours (red, yellow, orange, two shades of green), with small details in red and blue wool, the design has been applied to an ivory cotton foundation in warp-faced plainweave. The thin stems and other design details embroidered in black silk have almost disappeared due to corrosion. The following stitches can be found: ilmoq stitch has been used for the smaller blossoms and all the leaves, while the large calyx flowers at the top of the trees are very finely worked in the basma stitch. – Small sections of the embroidery are missing in the upper left corner. Very good overall condition, the original selvedges survive all around. The only damage is to the flatwoven, decorative woollen bands with a silk fringe which are attached to a thin fabric backing along the sides and bottom.

    Literature:
    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, pl. XIX = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Pinner Collection, 15/05/2004, lot 1 *** HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Turkoman Carpets in Franconia. Edinburgh 1980, no. 34 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IV. Munich 1982, no. 91 *** SHAFFER, DANIEL & OAKLEY, PENNY, Recognition and reconsideration. In: Hali 180, London 2014, p. 126, ill. 2

  • Qashqa’i Camel Cover

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    • Lot144
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions285 x 131 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,750
    This long, two-panel flatweave is one of the few surviving camel covers of the Qashqa’i nomads. Heavily patinated and darkened with age, the ivory ground is in the warp-faced plainweave technique, similar to Turkmen tent bands. Small two-tone diamonds quartered by colour change are arranged in widely spaced rows. The narrow, fully knotted border shows triangles aligned above one another. – Well preserved, original finishes all around, the braided warps survive at both ends.
  • Khampa Dzong Khaden

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    • Lot145
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions166 x 90 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR2,250
    The dark blue field contains three stems bearing a large two-dimensional lotus blossom and tulip-shaped leaves bisected by colour change. A water-and-waves motif and a mountain motif are diagonally opposed in the corners. The border shows a water and waves design. Brilliant and diverse colours. – Good condition, backed with a blue fabric.

    Literature:
    HARRER, HEINRICH, MAUCH, PETER & FORD, JIM, Tibeter-Teppiche. Innsbruck 1987, ill. p. 47

  • Khampa Dzong Makden

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    • Lot146
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions130 x 65 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR1,063
    A saddle bottom (makden) composed of two halves woven separately, with deeply notched corners at one side. The halves are joined at the centre by a wide, grey-blue fabric panel, and the edges are secured with red felt in the typical way. The blue fields each show a curved stem growing from a vase which bears a large peony flower as well as smaller blossoms and leaves. – Very good condition.