Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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  • Kuba Kilim

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    • Lot135
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions275 x 140 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR8,680

    A dense repeat of very large, two-dimensional shield palmettes arranged in offset rows covers the deep blue field of this rare Kuba kilim. Drawn in brilliant and diverse colours, the motifs stand out sharply from the dark ground of the field. Their serrated and stepped outlines make the design appear full of energy. A diamond with two long vertical points lies at the centre of each palmette. – Unlike comparable Kuba kilims, this piece is dominated by undecorated sections of colour, creating an impression of clarity and tranquillity in this fascinating example. The narrow white-ground border shows comb motifs aligned in an alternating rhythm. They may represent abstract birds. - Minimal signs of age and wear, good condition.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 4. Munich 1992, no. 51

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche VII. Munich 1985, no. 19 = VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 11 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 88, Vok Collection. Selection 2. 12 March 2016, lot 91

  • Göklen Chuval

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    • Lot138
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Turkestan
    • Dimensions84 x 113 cm
    • Agethird quarter 19th century
    • Result EUR2,838

    An Eagle Group 2 chuval woven by the Göklen Turkmen in a design of nine large primary motifs and chemche secondary güls. The main border is decorated with small diamonds (probably highly abstract flowers), and the guard borders show reciprocal wavy lines (running dog). The five large flowering plants drawn in a distinctive style are one of the identifying features of these chuvals, as is the high format. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile, all four corners have been restored, the kilim back has not survived.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 62, Pinner Collection, 15 May 2004, lot 79 *** RAUTENSTENGEL, ANNETTE & VOLKER & AZADI, SIAWOSCH, Studien zur Teppich-Kultur der Turkmen. Hilden 1990, ill. 24 *** PINNER, ROBERT & EILAND, MURRAY L. Jr., Between the Black Desert and the Red. Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection. San Francisco 1999, pl. 30 *** LANGAUER, UDO, Turkmen Collection 2011. Vienna 2011, ill. p. 37

  • Fachralo Kazak

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    • Lot140
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions211 x 154 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR19,840

    A rare blue-ground Fachralo Kazak with a field design of two large, white eight-pointed stars enclosing a red cartouche and a red main border of geometric abstract palmettes aligned in a row. Finely woven, meticulously drawn and balanced in proportions, this Kazak is a particularly beautiful collector’s piece. – Slight signs of wear, partially restored selvedges, replaced upper kilim finish, good overall condition.

  • Caucasian Shadda

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    • Lot142
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus, Baku
    • Dimensions196 x 138 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR8,680

    These decorative covers featuring mythological designs used to be known as animal verneh. Now they are called shadda (the Persian word for "blanket") or zili (based on their weaving technique). The designs are finely woven in the sumakh technique on a foundation with an alternately inky blue or red ground. This systematic change of colour in the compartments is a characteristic feature. The compartments and panels are framed by narrow white borders and contain large birds resembling peacocks, smaller birds and blossoming trees with mighty crowns that are drawn in the typically geometric style of the Caucasus. – For a long time, the question of where and by whom these covers were woven was a matter of controversy. Older literature assumed a provenance in the Shirvan or Akstafa regions, and later the covers were attributed to the Moghan Shahsavan. Now it is certain that they are weavings by the Tat tribe who lived in the Absheron Peninsula. With reference to the piece in the Baku Museum of Folk Art (no. 1134), Kerimov states: “Sileh woven rug, from Khizy village, Absheron, Azerbaijan“. Wertime and Wright call their example a "Baku Zili". – Very good condition.

    THOMPSON, JON, Carpet Magic. London 1983, p. 98 *** KERIMOW, LJATIF, et al., Kaukasische Teppiche. Leningrad 1984, no. 2 *** WRIGHT, RICHARD & WERTIME, JOHN, Caucasian Carpets & Covers. London 1995, pl. VII *** LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W. R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, ill. p. 95 *** VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 25 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 88, Vok Collection Selection 2, 16 March 2016, lot 126

    • Lot143
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions223 x 120 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,736

    Slight signs of age and wear, somewhat reduced ends, good overall condition, the original selvedges survive.

  • Azeri Shadda

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    • Lot144
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions213 x 168 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,500

    A two-panel tabby cover woven on red and dark blue warps which are netted at the ends. Except for a number of small decorative motifs added in the brocading technique, the red field and blue lateral sections are empty spaces, enhancing the strong contrast between the primary colours. Very finely woven from the best wool, this shadda is an example of exceptional quality. – Very good condition.

    WILLBORG, PETER, & ALBERTSON, INGEMAR, Woven Magic. Stockholm 1992, no. 61

    • Lot145
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions268 x 124 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472

    A rare Kazak woven in an elongated format. As in Talish rugs, the blazing red met hane field is separated from the three-band border by a narrow surround of reciprocal trefoils. Large crossed double hooks with a horizontal bar adorn the white main border; they may be abstract animals. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition, the original two-tone selvedges survive.

  • Tuduc Prayer Rug

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    • Lot146
    • OriginEastern Europe, Romania
    • Dimensions168 x 113 cm
    • Ageca. 1925 - 1940
    • Result EUR4,960

    A copy of a prayer rug of the Transylvanian type, with an open red field beneath an arcade of three arches supported by four thin white columns. The central niche is distinctly larger than the two niches at the sides. The carnations suspended from the apexes of the niches have been adapted in scale to the format of their respective niches. The wide light green panel above them is decorated with six lancet leaves and a variety of blossoms. The red-ground border contains large cartouches enclosing a shield decorated with lateral hooks. – The rug was probably woven in Teodor Tuduc’s workshop in Săcele (near Brasov/Kronstadt) and is a deliberate forgery of an antique original. It reflects a combination of motifs, which do not occur in any known example. In fact, Tuduc was proud to create new models. The rug has the hallmarks of the forgeries made in Romania, between the two WW: dull colours probably synthetic, hard wool (not Anatolian), the somewhat lifeless drawing, unusual palette, absence of “lazy lines” in the foundation, abraded surface. The columns look "hospital white", which is not possible in a 300 years old piece. - At the time, Tuduc was very active as a restorer working for the Protestant parishes of Transylvania or private collectors and had good knowledge of the large body of surviving antique originals in Romania and Hungary. In the rugs that he faked he used traditional compositions and designs. Sometimes he put these in a new context so as to create the impression of a particularly rare piece. – The antique examples featuring three niches almost always show double columns and borders with floral cartouches. One exception is the three-niche prayer rug formerly owned by Count Gyula Andrássy, which has four single columns but likewise shows floral cartouches in the main border. The Andrássy carpet may have served as a model for Tuduc. However, he added a different type of cartouche enclosing a palmette with hooks that he also used in other forgeries with three niches and double columns (see Ionescu, pp. 84 and 85). – Uniformly low pile, several re-piled areas, cut sides, replaced selvedges, somewhat reduced ends.

    IONESCU, STEFANO, Handbook of Fakes by Tuduc. Rome 2010, ills. pp. 85 and 85 *** IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cat. 214, p. 168

  • Milas Prayer Rug

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    • Lot148
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia
    • Dimensions165 x 110 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR6,820

    The bizarre composition of a tower-like prayer field in varying ground colours and a potpourri of designs from different periods of Anatolian weaving is a characteristic feature of the style which prevailed during the reign of Sultan Abdul Mecid (1839 – 1861), also known as “Turkish baroque". – Uniformly low pile, original selvedges, both ends somewhat reduced.

    BENSOUSSAN, PAMELA, Melas Rugs from Asia Minor. In: HALI 5, 2. London 1982, pl. V +++ YOHE, RALPH S / McCOY JONES, H., Turkish Rugs. Washington, D. C. 1968, no. 60

  • Karadashli Chuval

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    • Lot150
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions80 x 106 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,935

    The red-brown field contains twelve small primary güls and cruciform secondary designs. The ornamentation of the main border – small rectangular compartments in white and red-brown enclosing a flower – is typical of the tribe. The wide elem is undecorated. – Signs of age and wear, low pile, both sides somewhat reduced, missing back. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    LANGAUER, UDO, Turkmen Collection 2011. Vienna 2011, ill. p. 61