Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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  • Shirvan Kilim

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    • Lot68
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions292 x 151 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,250

    The dark brown field is covered in a dense repeat of hexagons in varying colours that each enclose a diamond decorated with eight triangles. The arrangement of the hexagons in colour diagonals has resulted in a composition of three large nested diamonds placed at the centre of the field. The white border shows a design band of interlocked reciprocal trefoils. – Very well preserved, original finishes all around.

    TSCHEBULL, RAOUL E., Qarajeh to Quba. Rugs and Flatweaves from East Azarbayjan and the Transcaucasus. London 2019, no. 47

  • Qashqa’i Shishboluki

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    • Lot69
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions238 x 130 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR5,160

    A large Qashqa’i rug of outstanding quality in brilliant colours, very finely woven and thus precise in drawing. The shield-shaped azure field and the brown spandrels are densely covered in a Herati repeat. The central axis of the composition is accentuated by three large diamond-shaped medallions enclosing the characteristic “Qashqa’i gül“. Judging by the knotting structure and the style of drawing, this is a weaving by the Shishboluki tribe. – Very good condition, original finishes all around.

    BLACK, DAVID & LOVELESS, CLIVE, Woven Gardens. Nomad and Village Rugs of the Fars Province of Southern Persia. London 1979, no. 7

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 92, 25 November 2017, lot 94

    • Lot70
    • OriginWest Persia, Hamadan
    • Dimensions306 x 121 cm
    • Ageearly 20th century
    • Result EUR1,548

    Three large red hexagons, each enclosing an elongated blue diamond with stepped outlines and attached pendants, take up the whole of this Nahawand village rug. The ground of the field is strongly abrashed in several shades ranging between green and blue. – Good condition.

  • Qashqa’i Rahimlu

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    • Lot72
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions243 x 138 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,960

    In the midnight blue field, flowering shrubs arranged in offset rows form a dense basic design into which three large hexagonal medallions have been incorporated along the central axis. Each medallion encloses a “Qashqa’i gül“. Judging by the knotting structure with a soft handle, the angular style of drawing and the characteristic design of the main border, this impressive example of nomad weaving may be attributed to the Rahimlu tribe. Two comparative examples have been published by Engelhardt and Parham. – Good condition, a high pile, original selvedges.

    ENGELHARDT, TEPPICH- (publ.), Perlen unter den Teppichen des Orients. Mannheim 1976, no. 567 *** PARHAM, CYRUS, Masterpieces of Fars Rugs. Tehran 1996, no. 7

    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 92, 25 November 2017, lot 184

  • Ladik Prayer Kilim

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    • Lot73
    • OriginCentral Anatolia
    • Dimensions180 x 107 cm
    • Agefirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,108

    This rare prayer kilim has an empty brown mihrab field with long-stemmed carnations attached to its inner sides. The green area above the stepped arch is filled with blossoms, and the red horizontal panel above it contains five flowering plants. The design of the pale yellow main border consists of large rosettes. The layout of the field design, with a panel placed at the upper end, suggests a provenance in the Ladik area. – Signs of age and wear, significant damage in the upper section and at both ends.

    BAUSBACK, PETER, Antike Teppiche. Sammlung Franz Bausback. Mannheim 2000, ill. p. 61

  • Dragon Sumakh

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    • Lot75
    • OriginEast Caucasus, Kuba
    • Dimensions273 x 142 cm
    • Agedated 1307 AH = 1900 AD
    • Result EUR5,952

    A red-ground dragon sumakh woven in an unusually narrow format. The main border design of cartouches alternating with S-shaped abstract animals is rather rare in sumakhs; another example is the famous Grote-Hasenbalg medallion sumakh that later entered the Vok Collection, and was sold by us in 2016. – Slight signs of age and wear, partially restored dark brown sections, a number of rewoven areas. Good overall condition, original finishes all around. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    VOK, IGNAZIO, Vok Collection. Caucasus-Persia. Gilim und andere Flachgewebe. Munich 1996, no. 30 = RIPPON BOSWELL, A 88. Vok Collection. Selection 2. 12 March 2016, lot 133

  • Kazak Prayer Rug

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    • Lot77
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions117 x 113 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR4,464

    Three joined rectangles outlined in white form a rare bar design at the centre of the burgundy field; a small bridge-shaped arch is placed above it. The surrounding areas are embellished with rosettes, rectangles, squares and hooked diamonds. The narrow border shows a leaf and calyx vine on a white ground. Woven in an unusually wide format. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, no. 23

    • Lot78
    • OriginSouth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions285 x 130 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,208

    Changes in designs and motifs during the knotting process are not infrequent in Caucasian village rugs, but usually these take the shape of minor modifications in the borders or in the proportions of the field design. This Talish is a different case. Here, a carpet with a completely different design had been planned, but after some 60 centimetres there is an abrupt break, and all the motifs as well as the composition change completely. It is possible that a different weaver continued working on the piece. – Replaced selvedges, slightly reduced ends, otherwise in good condition.

  • Shirvan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot80
    • OriginEast Caucasus
    • Dimensions142 x 103 cm
    • Agedated 1272 AH = 1856 AD
    • Result EUR11,875

    This very finely woven, yellow-ground Shirvan prayer rug has a diamond lattice composed of stepped dark blue diagonals outlined in red. Their somewhat irregular pattern creates a lively appearance in the static design. The lattice compartments are filled with delicate shrubs and small diamond-shaped blossoms with a chequerboard interior drawing. The red arch decorated with hooks along the top lies in a space left blank by the basic design; it is unusually small and almost inconspicuous. A woven date, "1272", appears above it, and two lateral bars at the end of the field contain red inscriptions. – Slight signs of age and wear, corroded brown, the original flatwoven selvedges in red and blue-green have survived. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

  • Salor Chuval Fragment

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    • Lot81
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions68 x 104 cm
    • Age18th century
    • Result EUR16,770

    This fragment of an early Salor chuval has been cut all around; the left-hand side and upper border are missing. The field displays a spacious design of 16 large sary güls arranged in four vertical rows and interspersed with smaller chuval güls. Remnants of the primary motifs survive along the left-hand side, allowing us to calculate the original width of some 140 centimetres. A very fine weave using asymmetrical knots open to the left. Colours and wool of outstanding quality, many design sections woven in ruby silk. Pile in good condition. Provenance: Estate of George F. Gilmore

    MACKIE, LOUISE & THOMPSON, JON, Turkmen. Tribal Carpets and Traditions. Washington 1980, no. 7 *** BENARDOUT, RAYMOND, Antique Rugs. London 1983, no. 60 *** CASSIN, JACK & HOFFMEISTER, PETER, Tent Band. Tent Bag. Coburg 1988, no. 3 *** RIPPON BOSWELL, A 32, 10 November 1990, lot 155 *** BAUMANN, PETER, Knüpfarbeiten der Saloren aus oberösterreichischem Besitz. Linz 2008, no. 12