Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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  • Göklen Main Carpet

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    • Lot151
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Turkestan
    • Dimensions262 x 189 cm
    • Ageca. 1700
    • Result EUR62,000

    The rugs woven by the Göklen tribes living in south western Turkmenistan have been described as “Eagle Group” ever since Rautenstengel & Azadi released their seminal study. A close examination of their knotting structures, materials and colours has led to a division into three sub-groups. Published on a number of previous occasions, this main carpet with a field design of three primary güls used to belong to Marino dall' Oglio (Wher Collection) and then entered the collection of Peter Hoffmeister. In the study, it was assigned to Eagle Group 1 and is considered one of the best examples of its kind. Unsurpassed in quality and of great beauty, it is one of the most important works of Turkmen weaving that have survived. Radiocarbon dating conducted by ETH Zurich supports a date around 1700. – A number of missing sections have been backed with fabric, damaged sides, new selvedges. Pile in very good condition, original kilim ends. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister

    RAUTENSTENGEL, ANNETTE & VOLKER & AZADI, SIAWOSCH, Studien zur Teppich-Kultur der Turkmen. Hilden 1990, ill. 6 *** HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 32 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 88

  • Ura Tube Suzani

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    • Lot152
    • OriginNorth East Uzbekistan, Kokand
    • Dimensions226 x 169 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR8,680

    The field of this Ura Tube suzani is surrounded by two wide borders. The design of sprawling green vines connecting red blossoms encircled by green leaves, with identical shapes and colours used both in the field and in the borders, is so dense that the two-border concept is only apparent at a second glance. – Good condition except for small stains, no fabric backing.

    FLING, RUSSELL S., Khans, Nomads & Needlework. Suzanis and Embroideries of Central Asia. Columbus, Ohio 2012, no. 30

  • Ura Tube Suzani

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    • Lot153
    • OriginCentral Asia, North East Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions234 x 140 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,500

    Unlike other suzanis of the ruijo type, this item lacks the pointed arch at the upper end of the field. The horizontal band of the inner secondary border creates a straight-lined finish. Beneath it, a diamond lattice of thin stems with small green leaves and golden yellow blossoms at the points of intersection is filled with red poppy blossoms. The design runs on into empty space at the bottom, and the same phenomenon occurs at the lower end of the lateral borders decorated with red poppy blossoms, green leaves and many small motifs. Their abundant floral design merges seamlessly into the wide panel at the upper end of the field. – Slight signs of age and wear, a number of stains, otherwise well preserved. No fabric backing. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    GRUBE, ERNST J., Keshte. Central Asian Embroideries. The Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection. New York 2003, no. 23

    • Lot155
    • OriginCentral Persia
    • Dimensions177 x 125 cm
    • Ageearly 20th century
    • Result EUR5,456

    A rare Kashan woven in one of the city’s master workshops. The elegant floral design is drawn in a particular style of baroque appearance. It was conceived by a talented artist and executed to great perfection.  The dark palette of several subdued pastel shades distinguishes this Kashan from most of the city’s other carpets. It was probably produced as a commission. Excellent quality wool, a very fine weave. – Very good condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    • Lot156
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions194 x 136 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,720

    Slight signs of age and wear, low pile, replaced selvedges on both sides.

  • Petag Dragon Rug

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    • Lot157
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Tabriz
    • Dimensions289 x 199 cm
    • Ageca. 1935
    • Result EUR6,000

    This Petag reproduction of a Caucasian rug with a dragon design is modelled on the famous dragon rug of Theodor Graf in the Berlin Museum. The original was burnt almost completely on 11 March 1945 during an Allied bomb raid on the vault of Berlin’s Numismatic Collection, where it had been stored together with other classical rugs. Two major fragments are all that is left. – The Petag workshop used a colour plate published in the work by Sarre & Trenkwald (see below) as a template, although this only shows the lower half of the carpet measuring 678 x 230 centimetres. A comparison of the Petag rug with the illustration in the book reveals that the design has been rendered true to detail, but with small deviations from the original. For instance, in the Graf carpet the two dragons are placed along the sides of the field and face one another, whereas in the Petag reproduction they have been moved further to the centre and face away from each other. The Petag signature, three red balls in this rug, is located in the upper left corner of the field. – Very good condition.

    SARRE, FRIEDRICH & TRENKWALD, HERMANN, Alt-Orientalische Teppiche. Vienna and Leipzig 1926 - 1928, volume 2, no. 3

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot158
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions239 x 165 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472

    In the field of this colourful suzani, two trees twine upwards like large creepers to the very top end of the field. Their green branches bear lively leaves and a large number of blossoms in varying shapes, sizes and colours, including blue irises. The wide border contains fifteen red circular blossoms placed between flowering stems. – Good condition.

    HASSON, RACHEL, Flowering Gardens Along the Silk Road. Embroidered Textiles from Uzbekistan. Jerusalem 2001, ill. p. 17 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Alte orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim 1977, ill. p. 61

  • Two Ushak Fragments

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    • Lot159
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • DimensionsA = 58 x 49, B = 49 x 43 cm
    • Age17th century
    • Result EUR2,232

    Two small fragments of antique Ushak carpets. The larger fragment is part of a Star Ushak, the smaller one is from a Medallion Ushak. – Signs of age and wear. Mounted and framed.

    • Lot161
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions230 x 158 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Result EUR21,080

    The most prominent feature of this rug group is the extra wide border presenting huge jagged devices; described as geometric abstract palmettes in older literature, they were interpreted as animal forms by Herrmann. Their development is easily traced on the basis of the surviving examples. In the oldest examples dating from the 17th/18th centuries, the red field was wider and had an octagon at its centre. Over the course of the next few decades, the field became a narrow panel densely filled with rosettes. Our carpet and two other examples (Bausback 1987, Herrmann 1989) document a later development in which a new field design supplanted the previous one. – Obvious signs of age and wear, very low pile, various older repiled areas, rebound sides.

    SPUHLER, FRIEDRICH, KÖNIG, HANS & VOLKMANN, MARTIN, Alte Orientteppiche. Munich 1978, no. 21 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 66. 20 May 2006, lot 97 *** JACOBY, HEINRICH, Eine Sammlung orientalischer Teppiche. Berlin 1923, pl. 25 *** BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback 1987/88. Mannheim 1987, pl. p. 22 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 1. Munich 1989, no. 8

  • Lotto Carpet

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    • Lot162
    • OriginWest Anatolia, Ushak
    • Dimensions167 x 118 cm
    • Agesecond half 17th century
    • Result EUR30,000

    A small-format Ushak with a "Lotto" design drawn in an ornamental style. The large scale of the yellow arabesques is striking. The field and the wide border decorated with halved blue medallions along its inner sides show the same red ground colour. An example that compares well, formerly owned by Emil Schmutzler, has been published by Ionescu. In the latter, the arabesque design is offset to one side of the field and lacks a central symmetrical axis. It creates an even stronger impression of viewing a detail from an endless repeat than does our Lotto. – Signs of age and wear, uniformly low pile, corroded brown.

    IONESCU, STEFANO (ed.), Die osmanischen Teppiche in Siebenbürgen. Rome 2006, cat. 47, p. 103