Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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    • Lot178
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions286 x 104 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR682

    This Talish features a Lenkoran design in the dark brown field and a white main border in which stepped polygons combine into a design chain. A beautiful antique example, finely woven in pretty colours. – Marked signs of age and wear, pile worn away in places, corroded brown, the original selvedges survive.

    SCHÜRMANN, ULRICH, Caucasian Rugs. Ramsdell 1974, no. 58

  • Armenian Apron

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    • Lot180
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions88 x 78 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Result EUR5,208

    A rare Armenian apron in an upright rectangular format made in the southern Caucasus. Finely embroidered in wool and silk, with some design details picked out in gold thread. The foundation is a dark blue woollen tabby fabric. – The small blue field at the lower end contains a cross and eight birds arranged diagonally around it, probably a tree of life motif. It is framed by a border of stepped diamonds, and above it there are several horizontal stripes that vary in width and design. The wide border of hooked diamonds only surrounds the lower end and the sides. Above the central field, the border continues and runs on into empty space. – These precious and very elaborately worked textiles were worn by Armenian women exclusively on religious holidays and festivals. A comparative apron is in the History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan (no. 828839). The example offered here was published by Bausback in 1983 (and described as "Aleppo"). – Good condition, mounted on a wooden frame.

    HALI 179, London 2014, p. 100, ill. no. 12 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 38, 15 May 1993, lot 180 *** YOHE, RALPH S. & McCOY JONES, H., Turkish Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1968, no. 82

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Kelim. Antike orientalische Flachgewebe. Mannheim & Munich 1983, pl. 91, p. 158

    • Lot182
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama
    • Dimensions106 x 82 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,750

    In the village of Kozak situated north of Bergama, small-format rugs were woven in geometric designs that bring to mind Caucasian weavings. The villagers allegedly immigrated from the Kazak region some time ago, hence the name of the village. On the central axis of the red field, there are two box shapes decorated with four arrows and divided into four inner segments which resemble certain Shahsavan güls. Six light green bracket forms surround the primary motifs. The leaf and calyx vine in the white-ground border is similarly Caucasian in character. The mellow patinated colours indicate an early date. The rug was purchased at Galerie Eberhart Herrmann, Munich, in 1979. – Slight signs of age and wear, original finishes all around, damage to the lower kilim end.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Von Uschak bis Yarkand. Seltene Orientteppiche II. Munich 1979, no. 13

  • Karapinar Kilim Fragment

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    • Lot184
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions326 x 141 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR15,000

    This white-ground kilim displays six large double niches in three different colour combinations. Decorated with long parmakli outlines, the niches each contain a smaller analogous form. There are only a very few published kilims presenting this very precisely drawn, abstract and decidedly graphic design which completely dispenses with any additional decorative motifs (see below). This rare type was always woven in two narrow panels. – The two examples published by Cootner/Muse and Werd/Pelz differ from our kilim in terms of their slightly divergent palette. A fragment in an Italian collection is closely related (published in Concaro/Levi, one panel), as is the fragment recently published by Tuna (also one panel). Whereas the region between Konya and Karapinar has been assumed as the provenance to date, Tuna states Sivas in East Anatolia as the region of origin. – Our kilim has been cut into nine individual pieces. Allegedly, one of its previous owners intended to use them as cushion faces. Fortunately this scheme was not carried out. In our attempt at a photographic reconstruction, we arranged the separate parts so as to visualise the overall composition. A comparison with the other four kilims, which all present seven double niches, reveals that one niche has been lost at the field centre of our kilim. – Signs of age and wear.

    COOTNER, CATHRYN & MUSE, GARRY, Anatolian Kilims. The Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Collection. San Francisco-London 1990, pl. 8 *** ZINS, GÜNTER & DE WERD, GUIDO, Gewirkt - Geschweisst. Linie und Farbe im Raum. Stahlplastik von Günter Zins und der anatolische Kelim auf Zollverein. Essen 2001, no. 22 *** CONCARO, EDOARDO & LEVI, ALBERTO, Sovrani Tappeti. Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX seculo. Milan 1999, no. 92 *** TUNA, ALI RIZA; From Myth to Art. Anatolian Kilims. Geneva 2022, pl. 10

  • Konya Yastik

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    • Lot185
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions103 x 59 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,193

    The aubergine-ground field is almost completely covered by a red shield medallion with a cruciform interior drawing. Three eight-pointed stars adorn each end of the field. – Signs of age and wear, low spots in the pile; the lower elem has been repiled and the upper elem restored.

    MOREHOUSE, BRIAN, Yastiks. Cushion Covers and Storage Bags of Anatolia. Philadelphia 1996, no. 63

    • Lot186
    • OriginWest Anatolia
    • Dimensions221 x 139 cm
    • Age17th century
    • Result EUR34,720

    This very rare Ushak presents a four-lobed star medallion on a blazing red ground, a large blue triangular form outlined in white at the ends of the field, and bold two-tone crosses placed between them. The geometric style of drawing indicates that this Ushak was woven in a village workshop around the same time as the classic Medallion and Star Ushaks were produced in urban manufactories. A detailed interpretation of the design can be read in the book by Herrmann, who published the rug in 1991. – Slight signs of age and wear, well preserved in view of its great age.

    HERRMANN, EBERHART, Asiatische Teppich- und Textilkunst 3. Munich 1991, no. 7 *** CHRISTIE'S London, auction of 23 April 2013, lot 171

    • Lot187
    • OriginNorth East China, Suiyuan
    • Dimensions378 x 271 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR5,208

    A large Pao Tao with a design influenced by Art Nouveau, probably woven to a cartoon drawn by a European designer. - Very good condition.

  • Chinese Palace Carpet

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    • Lot189
    • OriginNorth East China, Beijing
    • Dimensions222 x 124 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR12,400

    This silk rug depicting five dragons was woven for use in one of the rooms of the imperial palace in the "Forbidden City". The brocaded grounds of the medallions and corners consist of metal-wrapped threads. The rare design of elongated ornamental stylised dragons in the yellow main border is a striking feature. – The previous owner’s father, a German Reichswehr staff officer and close associate of Colonel-General Hans von Seeckt, was stationed in China from 1928 as a member of the German military mission and adviser to General Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Kuomintang. He purchased the carpet in Nanjing in 1930. – Good condition, original finishes all around.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 65, 28/05/2005, lot 55

  • Aksaray Kilim

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    • Lot192
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya
    • Dimensionsa = 313 x 72, b = 330 x 75 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,960

    A two-panel white-ground kilim of the double niche type woven in the Aksaray area. Due to the different lengths of the panels, the halves of the niche fields do not align exactly in some places, a phenomenon frequently seen in the two-panel kilims of Anatolia. The high quality of the colours allows us to date it to the first half of the 19th century. A kilim published by Brüggemann displays the same designs in the narrow horizontal dividing stripes. – Well preserved except for slight damage along the edges.

    BRÜGGEMANN, WERNER, Yayla. Form und Farbe in türkischer Textilkunst. Frankfurt 1993, pl. 51 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 60, 17 May 2003, lot 98

  • Baluch Prayer Rug

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    • Lot193
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions110 x 79 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,225

    A Baluch prayer rug of the head-and-shoulders type. In the camel field, a tree of life is crowned by a large flower that fills the space under the bridge-shaped arch. The wide three-band border is recessed at right angles at the upper end to form the arch. This creates two small rectangular compartments in the upper corners which each contain a flowering plant. – Good condition, original selvedges, remains of the kilim finishes survive at both ends. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore