Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2021 at 3 p.m.

117 Lots
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  • Samarkand Suzani

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    • Lot55
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions278 x 165 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,960
    This Samarkand suzani is embroidered in the yurma stitch all over. The repeat of the field comprises offset rows of eleven large circular blossoms with a radial interior drawing that changes a number of times. They are encircled by green stems. Two further blossoms at the end of the field are depicted as halved motifs, emphasising the infinite nature of the design. Typical features of the Samarkand style are the shape of the leaves attached to the stems and the calyx-shaped extension at one end of the stems. The narrow border of fan-shaped blossoms linked to an undulating vine in an in-and-out rhythm is another characteristic of Samarkand embroideries. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. No fabric backing.

    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Suzani 2. Munich 2006, no. 56 = RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 88. Vok Collection. Selection 2. A 88, 12 March 2016, lot 100

  • Imperial Rank Badge

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    • Lot56
    • OriginChina
    • DimensionsKreisrund
    • AgeCa. 1850 - 1875
    • Result EUR2,356
    In order to curb the excessive luxury of high-ranking officials’ clothing, a 1759 imperial edict decreed that court officials from the Emperor down had to wear simple plain cloaks. The wearer’s position was indicated by rank badges attached to them. Vertically divided down the middle, this round badge used to adorn the front of a dark blue imperial robe. Woven largely of gold thread, the magnificent horned dragon is floating among clouds above the sacred Mount Meru. Above his head we see a golden shou emblem which promises longevity. – Slightly fragmented at the upper end, otherwise very well preserved.

    VOLLMER, JOHN E., In the Presence of the Dragon Throne. Ch’ing Dynasty Costume (1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1977, catalogue cover and ill. p. 69

  • Baluch Sofreh

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    • Lot59
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions132 x 74 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR6,820
    This rare pile-woven sofreh was probably made by the Salar Khani tribe in the Torbat-e-Haydari region. One indication for this attribution is the complex geometric vine in the wide red main border. The camel field is empty except for three blossoms placed on the central axis. Its inner sides are edged with heavily corroded brown triangles, creating a serrated outline. The wide elems, with design stripes in the kilim and brocading techniques , are finely and meticulously woven. - Sofrehs were used as tablecloths on which the dishes were served. Sumptuous examples of artistic merit such as this sofreh were certainly not intended for everyday use. It may be a dowry piece. Purchased by the collector at Eberhart Herrmann’s gallery, Munich, in 1998. – Very well preserved centre, signs of age in the kilim ends, original selvedges.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 1985, no. 68 *** MacDONALD, BRIAN W., Tribal Rugs. Treasures of the Black Tent. Woodbridge, 3rd edition 2017, pl. p. 125

  • Yomut Asmalyk

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    • Lot61
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions70 x 123 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR3,596
    This pentagonal asmalyk displays a field design of five large trees with slightly curved leaves that point downwards and are only serrated at the bottom. These motifs are also known as "Yomut pines". They completely fill the five vertical, alternately red and blue bands. Three sides of the field are framed by a white-ground syrga border; in the gable area, the border turns into a very narrow band decorated with rhomboids. Superb colours. – New overcasting all around, several inserted sections, otherwise well preserved.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Teppiche aus dem Orient. Wiesbaden 1976, ill. p. 198 *** ELMBY, HANS, Antikke Turkmenske Tæpper II. Copenhagen 1994, pl. 19

  • Yomut Chuval

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    • Lot62
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions77 x 110 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,548
    The brown-red field presents nine chuval güls and chemche secondary motifs. The red-ground border shows flat stepped polygons, the elem is undecorated. A fine weave, symmetrical knots. – Slight signs of age and wear, original sides, somewhat reduced at the top, remnants of the kilim back survive at the bottom.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 29, 6 May 1989, lot 138

  • Pseudo-Chodor Main Carpet

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    • Lot63
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions250 x 197 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Result EUR14,880
    Very finely woven from velvety pile wool in intense colours, this very rare main carpet is one of the so-called pseudo-Chodor weavings. It is now assumed that they were woven by a Chodor tribal group which cannot be specified by name. The features they share with actual Chodor rugs are the palette, the ornamentation and style as well as the general expression. The quality of the materials, which is distinctly higher in P-Chodor rugs, is considered the main difference. – The only immediately comparable main carpet was exhibited in Washington, DC, in 1980. Both examples show a dense repeat of five vertical rows of primary güls in the shape of flat octagons linked by a pole, but they use different secondary güls. In the example published by Mackie / Thompson, the vertical and horizontal borders differ in design whereas in our example, the Turkmen wavy vine with curled leaves surrounds the whole of the field. – The red outer border has been expertly reknotted all around; one long vertical tear at the centre of the field has been restored almost invisibly. Now in very good condition.

    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 48

  • Dragon Rug

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    • Lot64
    • OriginWest China, Ningxia
    • Dimensions335 x 194 cm
    • AgeThird quarter 19th century
    • Result EUR18,600
    This large wall hanging woven in Ningxia was produced for the imperial palace in Beijing. In the light red-brown field, a huge blue horned dragon with wide-open jaws is chasing the flaming pearl. Unlike dragon rugs made for the Tibetan monasteries, the snake-like body of the dragon is represented three-dimensionally, so it does not appear flat. The dynamic nature of its movement is emphasised by the conspicuous white outline. Dragons similar in style are found on imperial robes (see Vollmer). Clouds and five large bats fill the ground. The impressive image is framed by a swastika meander border. Provenance: Count Vitzthum von Eckstädt, owned by the family for 120 years. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    VOLLMER, JOHN E., In the Presence of the Dragon Throne. Ch’ing Dynasty Costume (1644-1911) in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto 1977, ill. p. 52

    • Lot65
    • OriginNorth East China
    • Dimensions208 x 128 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,928
    Above a wide frieze of foaming waves, a blue dragon depicted in front view is chasing the flaming pearl at the centre of the beige-ground field. Small clouds of varying shapes and sizes are floating in the sky in an asymmetric arrangement. The main border is decorated with a classic key meandering vine. – Good condition, high pile, slightly damaged edges.
  • Ningxia Throne Seat Cover

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    • Lot66
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions64 x 75 cm
    • AgeEarly 19th century
    • Result EUR1,419
    The backrest of a throne seat cover for a lama. The light brown field terminating in an upper arch shows a large fo dog depicted in side view at its centre, surrounded by Buddhist emblems and floral stems. Mount Meru rises from the sea at the lower end. The equally light brown border contains a floral vine. – Obvious signs of age and wear, pile worn away in places, damaged edges.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche IX. Munich 1987, no. 98 a

  • Chichi Bag Face

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    • Lot68
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba region
    • Dimensions47 x 46 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,178
    The knotted face of a single bag; judging by its structure, ornamentation and palette, it is from the same region in the Kuba area as Chichi rugs. – Good condition.