Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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  • Turkish Cloth

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    • Lot30
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Bergama
    • Dimensions80 x 80 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR516

    A square wrapping cloth composed of two halves joined at the centre. Such cloths were used by women to store their personal items. The foundation consists of fine white linen, and cotton yarn was used for the brocaded design of hooked diamonds in blue and red. – One damaged area, otherwise well preserved.

  • Keçimuhsine Cicim

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    • Lot33
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya
    • Dimensions147 x 116 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Result EUR1,364

    This group of closely related flatweaves is well documented in literature. Produced in the village of Keçimuhsine, they were used in homes as curtains covering wall niches and hung in the opposite direction of the ascending design. All the motifs have been embroidered in the brocading technique onto a tabby foundation woven from ivory wool. Two flat stepped gables extend across the entire width of the field; parts of a third gable at the upper end of the field prove that the design is an endless repeat. The ground is filled with rows of tiny botehs arranged in colour diagonals. The composition is strictly symmetrical, and the stepped gables lend it an ascending movement. Each gable is topped with a Y-form bearing a cypress. This tree is considered a symbol of eternal life in Anatolia and encountered in many Turkish cemeteries. In rugs and flatweaves the cypress is a transitional symbol. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    BALPINAR, BELKIS / HIRSCH, UDO, Flachgewebe des Vakiflar-Museums Istanbul. Wesel 1982, pl. 105 *** ESKENAZI, JOHN J.(publ.), Kilim. Milan 1980, no. 28 *** BANDSMA, AREND / BRANDT, ROBIN, Flatweaves of Turkey. London 2003, pl. 45 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 95, Poppmeier Collection II, 23 March 2019, lot 49

  • Ladik Yastik

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    • Lot34
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions106 x 59 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR1,054

    In the red field, two light blue hexagons with a large cross as their interior motif are linked by a pole. The hooks attached to the outer sides of the hexagons are aligned with the hooks of the motifs in the corners and at the sides. The yellow border contains an angular vine decorated with flowers in the Ladik style, suggesting that the yastik was woven in that region. – Signs of age and wear, damaged sides; a section of the typical Central Anatolian finish of small shield forms survives at the bottom.

  • Karapinar Kilim

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    • Lot36
    • OriginCentral Anatolia, Konya
    • Dimensions412 x 156 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Result EUR3,472

    Woven in a single piece, this large white-ground kilim is from one of the villages in the Karapinar area. Its design consists of four huge "baklava" devices placed within panels separated by horizontal borders. The lateral spaces not covered by the primary motifs contain hooked diamonds and halved elibelinde motifs. The kilim resembles an example published by Koll in terms of its comparatively dark colours and similar horizontal border design. – Obvious signs of age and wear, various missing sections, mounted onto canvas.

    KOLL, HARRY, Die Farben meiner Träume. Frühe Kelims aus Anatolien. Aachen 2011, pl. 49

  • Çal Kilim

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    • Lot38
    • OriginSouth West Anatolia, Denizli
    • Dimensions224 x 185 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,064

    This rare kilim woven on a cotton warp probably originates from the Çal area. It is made up of three narrow panels. The field design consists of four wide horizontal stripes, each composed of three rectangles in light red and yellow that contain a large serrated star motif. The three green bands inserted between them are decorated with three cypress trees aligned horizontally. The vertical and  horizontal borders show different designs and colours. – A number of holes in the field, slightly damaged edges.

  • Karabagh Shadda

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    • Lot39
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions226 x 151 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR6,820

    This red-ground decorative cover with a brocaded design, woven in the tabby technique on a red warp, hails from the southern Caucasus, probably Karabagh. The field shows a chequerboard composition of 24 compartments that distinctly diminish in size towards the top. Eight compartments are empty spaces while 14 compartments contain animals. The wide panel composed of several borders added only on the right-hand side is an unusual feature, creating a strikingly asymmetrical appearance. We are not aware of any comparable examples. – A number of rewoven areas in the field, good overall condition.

  • Shadda with Camel Caravans

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    • Lot41
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions220 x 224 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR5,704

    This large two-piece cover depicting camel caravans was woven in the southern Caucasus. The question of whether it was produced by Azeri, local Shahsavan or other tribal groups is yet to be resolved. It is a slitless tabby weaving on red and dark blue warps using wefts dyed in analogous colours. In the places where the two colours meet the surfaces acquire a purple sheen. The design is woven in the sumakh technique. Four camel caravans traverse the field from left to right, and the same theme appears in the wide blue border. Two panels are striking in that each of the large camels is always followed by a small one. – Good condition.

    SABAHI, TAHER, Kilim. Tappeti piani del Caucaso. Novara 1990, p. 154 *** HERRMANN, EBERHART, Seltene Orientteppiche X. Munich 1988, no. 47 *** GEWERBEMUSEUM BASEL (publ.), Alte Teppiche aus dem Orient. Basel 1980, ill. p. 61 *** LANDREAU, ANTHONY N. & PICKERING, W.R., From the Bosporus to Samarkand. Flat-Woven Rugs. Washington, D.C. 1969, no. 98

  • Armenian Kazak

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    • Lot42
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Karabagh
    • Dimensions311 x 146 cm
    • Agedated 1896
    • Result EUR6,820

    The three-row Memling gül design in the red field displays a somewhat rigid style of drawing and a choice of colours that differs greatly from other Caucasian rugs using the same ornamentation. This phenomenon is explained by the fact that this is an Armenian weaving. An Armenian inscription at the upper end stating the year of production, "1896", extends across the whole width of the field. – Minor repairs, somewhat reduced upper finish, otherwise well preserved.

  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot43
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions311 x 188 cm
    • Agedated 1286 AH = 1870 AD
    • Result EUR7,440

    Since dragon design sumakhs are frequently dated, they are easier to classify chronologically than other Caucasian flatweaves. In addition, the dates allow us to trace the development of the design in the 19th century. A striking fact is its amazing consistency until the dawn of the 20th century. However, there are wide variations in the border designs. Dated "1870", this example has the same border design as the dragon sumakh published by Boralevi, dated "1873". – Signs of age and wear, a number of restored areas, replaced selvedges.

    BORALEVI, ALBERTO, Sumakh. Flat-Woven carpets of the Caucasus. Florence 1986, no. 1

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 38, 15 May 1993, lot 94

  • Rasht Embroidery

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    • Lot44
    • OriginNorth Persia, Gilan
    • Dimensions312 x 156 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,750

    The North Persian port town of Rasht on the Caspian Sea looks back on a long tradition of producing elaborate embroideries. Their designs were embroidered in silk yarn on a patchwork foundation of wool flannel in changing colours. In this splendid example drawn with great precision, the field design consists of large red-ground cartouches with curved outlines which each contain four circles filled with red roses. Convoluted vines decorated with blossoms hermetically cover the ground. This large embroidery was used either as a cover or as a hanging. – Very good condition. An additional red design band which constitutes the finish at both ends has been folded back and stitched to the reverse, so it is not visible in the illustration.