Major Autumn Auction

Saturday 05. December 2020 at 3 p.m.

162 Lots
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    • Lot103
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions361 x 245 cm
    • AgeSecond quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR3,250
    The light red field presents a repeat of white arabesques and many blossoms, some of them surrounded by wreaths. The border is dark blue and embellished with a floral vine. Excellent quality, a firm weave, beautiful colours. – Good condition, high pile, the sides and ends retain the original finishes.
  • Sarkoy Kilim

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    • Lot106
    • OriginSouth East Europe, Thrace
    • Dimensions215 x 156 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR2,500
    The sprawling branches of a tree of life conceived in mirror image fill almost the whole of the cherry-red field. Two vases are placed at the lower end. The white border is decorated with abstract animals. – Good condition.

    STANKOV, DIMITRAR, Heritage Artistique Bulgare: Carpettes et Tapis. Academie Bulgare des Sciences, Institut des Arts. Sofia 1975, no. 276

  • Kermina Suzani

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    • Lot107
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions214 x 155 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,000
    The embroidery technique using chain stitch, the specific palette including shades of blue and gold and the style of drawing suggest that this suzani composed of six panels was made in Kermina. The design of four diagonal flowering shrubs in the corners of the field, with smaller shrubs and sprigs placed between them, is often associated with Nurata. – Backed with a Russian calico, good condition.
  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot108
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions240 x 178 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR8,750
    A Bokhara suzani of the Nurata design type using the basma stitch to fill in larger areas and the chain stitch for outlines. Each corner of the field contains a large blossoming tree aligned diagonally, while eight gorgeous, individually designed variations of flowering plants adorn the field centre. Two of the plants are rooted in oval vases whose honeycomb-style interior drawing and red colour are reminiscent of pomegranates. The wide border displays a variety of red and apricot blossoms in side view, attached to fine golden stems and framed by light green leaves. Full of movement, the border design highlights the explosive growth of flowers in the spring. – The cotton ground fabric was damaged in several places and has been restored. In the middle of the field various smaller inserted spots, at the lower end some larger inserted areas and restored spots. Backed with white fabric.
  • Armenian Dragon Rug

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    • Lot109
    • OriginWest Anatolia, Manisa Province
    • Dimensions166 x 139 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR10,000
    The rugs of this specific group are attributed to Armenian workshops in West Anatolia. What remains to be established is whether these were situated in Ushak (as suggested by the red warps) or in the Kula-Ghiordes region. The use of colours rather indicates a provenance in Kula-Ghiordes. The memorable design of huge devices is obviously influenced by Caucasian dragon rugs. Willborg has published an almost identical example. A further West Anatolian dragon rug from the Wollheim collection was sold by us and described in detail in November 2016. – Signs of age and wear, various repaired and repiled sections, comparatively well-preserved pile, new overcasting along the sides.

    JACOBY, HEINRICH, Eine Sammlung orientalischer Teppiche. Berlin 1923, pl. 30 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Orientteppiche. Brunswick 1978, pl. p. 59 *** WILLBORG, PETER, 1980-1990. "Ten Years" Jubilee Exhibition. Stockholm 1990, no. 21 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 90, 03/12/2016, lot 45

  • Beshir Chuval

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    • Lot113
    • OriginCentral Asia, middle Amu Darya valley
    • Dimensions104 x 191 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,375
    A very large Beshir chuval featuring a mina khani design in the field, a border of rosettes and forked leaves that is typical of the provenance, and a rare elem design of small hooked diamonds. – Minor signs of age and wear, original finishes all around, slight damage along the lower edge.

    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 89

  • Tekke Ak Chuval

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    • Lot115
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions78 x 106 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,625
    A large Tekke tent bag of the ak chuval type. Always very finely and elaborately woven, these pieces were produced in a mixed technique: wide, plain, dark red kilim stripes alternate regularly with narrow, white-ground pile-woven stripes comprising border designs. One characteristic feature is the wide elem, with a white cotton ground which strikingly sets off the tree forms. – Good condition, missing back.

    WALKER, DANIEL, Oriental Rugs of the Hajji Babas. New York 1982, no. 31 *** MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington D.C. 1980, no. 33

  • Tekke Asmalyk

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    • Lot116
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions73 x 59 x 140 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Result EUR27,500
    Embroidered in a field design of five large trees resplendent with blossoms and crowned with a light red calyx flower, this pentagonal Tekke asmalyk is one of the best pieces of its kind. Its remarkable features include the perfection of drawing and balanced composition. The richly detailed design appears lively rather than static, consummately expressing the burgeoning growth of the plants. – The asmalyk was sold together with its pair by Sotheby's, London, in 1979 and published by Pinner & Franses in "Turkoman Studies I" in 1980. – Various asmalyks of the group have been published since, often in auction catalogues. An article in HALI 180 depicted nine Tekke asmalyks, and a comparison clearly illustrates the differences in their designs. There is a further compilation in "Atlantic Collections". – This asmalyk found its way into a well-known German private collection via the London Textile Gallery . It was sold to Michael & Amy Rothberg’s Californian collection in 1993 and purchased by our consignor at the James Blackmon gallery, San Francisco, in 2001. – Very good condition, minimal restored areas, professionally mounted and attached to a wooden frame. Covered with a perspex frame.

    DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L. JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, nos. 122 - 125

    SOTHEBY’S London, 10/01/1979, lot 59 *** PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, pl. XXVIII *** HALI 109, March-April 2000, ill. p. 37 *** SHAFFER, DANIEL & OAKLEY, PE

  • Shakhrisyabz Suzani Joynamoz

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    • Lot117
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions142 x 105 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR6,250
    This small-format Shakhrisyabz suzani is a prayer mat. The type is known as "joynamoz" in Uzbekistan. Only a very small number of antique examples are still extant because the fragile textiles did not survive prolonged use. A suzani from the Vok Collection which compares well was sold at our auction A 91 and described in detail at the time. – Slight signs of age and wear, several stains, two repaired areas. Backed with a calico fabric.

    YANAI, YIGAL, Suzani. Central Asian Embroideries. Haaretz Museum, Tel Aviv 1986, fig. 13 *** DODDS, DENNIS & EILAND, MURRAY L. JR. (eds.), Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections. Philadelphia 1996, no. 260 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, auctions A 78, 28/05/2011, lot 35; A 87, 13/06/2015, lot 134 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani 2. Munich 2006, no. 73 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 91, 25/03/2017, lot 223

  • Shakhrisyabz Suzani

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    • Lot118
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions265 x 197 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR23,750
    A magnificent Shakhrisyabz silk embroidery largely worked in the kanda khayol technique. The field shows a classic four-and-one composition symmetrically conceived around both the vertical and horizontal central axes. A large, red circular blossom enclosing a central rosette surrounded by eight small water jugs marks the mid-point of the field. Eight fan palmettes radiate from it on long thin stems. The four circular blossoms in the corners are ringed by dark green stems resembling wreaths which bear the green, cruciform or curled leaves characteristic of Shakhrisyabz. Eight birds and two water jugs are depicted in the field. In the very wide main border, seven large circular blossoms alternate with seven diagonal floral crosses. The surrounding stems of four of the circular blossoms are decorated with blue flowers. – Slight signs of age and wear, several small areas backed with fabric. Good overall condition, calico backing.

    LINDAHL, DAVID & KNORR, THOMAS, Uzbek. Lörrach-Tüllingen 1975, pl. 20 *** GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn Wolf Collection. New York 2003, no. 15 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 79, 26/11/2011, lot 138