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Major Spring Auction

Saturday 28. May 2022 at 3 p.m.

175 Lots
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  • Saryk Chuval

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    • Lot82
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions89 x 122 cm
    • Ageca. 1800
    • Result EUR21,080

    The area of the Merv oasis, where this large Saryk chuval was woven around 1800, was inhabited by some Salor tribes at the time. Their designs had a major influence on the Saryk, to the point where ornaments were adopted literally, as seen in this bag face using Salor primary güls and secondary güls. On the other hand, the style of the borders and the additional design stripes at both ends is typical of Saryk rugs, as are the dark colours that differ greatly from those used by the Salor. The very high proportion of ruby silk in the güls is unusual and lends this very rare chuval a splendid appearance. A comparative example was published by Grote-Hasenbalg in 1922. – Signs of age and wear, various repiled areas; the original finishes are missing all around, the whole of the left border is lost, no kilim back. Provenance: Estate of Peter Hoffmeister


    Literature:
    GROTE-HASENBALG, WERNER, Der Orientteppich. Seine Geschichte und seine Kultur. Berlin 1922, volume III, pl. 82

    Published:
    SOTHEBY'S NEW YORK, Sale 6518 on 16 December 1993. Turkmen and Antique Carpets from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Jon Thompson, Lot 26 *** TSAREVA, ELENA, Turkmen Carpets. Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries. The Hoffmeister Collection. Stuttgart 2011, no. 22

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot83
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions235 x 169 cm
    • Ageca. 1800 or earlier
    • Result EUR19,840

    The field of this very old Bokhara suzani displays a very dense design of green stems that constantly divide and branch off in different directions. They bear dark green leaves as well as large fan-shaped blossoms and small semi-circular blossoms. The elaborate design drawn in a flamboyant style is full of movement. The blossoms appear to sway as if blown by the wind. The golden outlines of the stems and leaves as well as the ubiquitous golden spirals are one of the identifying features of Bokhara embroideries. – Heavily patinated, damage to the foundation in various places, embroidered sections in good condition. Backed with a white fabric.


    • Lot86
    • OriginNorth East Persia, Khorasan
    • Dimensions182 x 132 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,348

    In this Baluch, the wide format and the large scale of the design are striking features. Three vertical rows of different güls adorn the midnight blue field, and the ground is dotted with small flowers. The design of the main border – a Turkmen wavy vine undulating around highly abstract palmettes – frequently occurs in Baluch rugs from the Torbat-e-Haydari region. – Good condition, the flatwoven finishes have survived in their full length.


  • Ningxia Pillar Rug

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    • Lot87
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions221 x 106 cm
    • Ageca. 1900
    • Result EUR2,064

    The beamed ceilings in the halls of Buddhist monasteries were supported by a large number of pillars. These pillars were wrapped in carpets whose motifs carried religious meaning. In the red field of this pillar rug, eight Buddhist symbols are spaciously arranged in three horizontal rows. In the upper row we see two symbols placed at the centre as well as a rat on the left and a stag on the right. The lower finish with the obligatory design of waves, clouds and Mount Meru is wider than usual in this item. Five strings of beads holding a bell are suspended from the upper horizontal border. – Very good condition.


  • Khampa Dzong Khaden

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    • Lot89
    • OriginCentral Asia, South Tibet
    • Dimensions153 x 76 cm
    • Agefirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR3,250

    A Tibetan sleeping or sitting rug (khaden), woven without borders and with a light green field showing multiple abrash. The design consists of various Buddhist symbols in a spacious arrangement. Judging by its structure, a coarse weave on a wool ground, this rug belongs to the Khampa Dzong group. – Slight red discolouration, good condition, original finishes all around.


    Literature:
    HARRER, HEINRICH, MAUCH, PETER & FORD, JIM, Tibeter-Teppiche. Innsbruck 1987, ill. p. 64 left

    • Lot91
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions172 x 127 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR1,736

    The corners of the reddish light brown field curve inwards and are accentuated by a light blue V-shaped vine. It contains five disc medallions composed of blue stems and lotus blossoms surrounded by stems bearing peonies. The golden yellow main border shows a floral vine, the inner secondary border is decorated with pearls. – Slight signs of age and wear, original selvedges, somewhat reduced ends.


    Literature:
    HOLT, ROSA BELLE, Oriental & Occidental Rugs. Antique & Modern. New York. 3rd edition 1937, pl. following p. 114

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot94
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions239 x 161 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,720

    In this Bokhara suzani, four large flowering bushes are aligned diagonally towards the corners of the field, and four bushes are placed at the field centre. The same field design is often encountered  in Nurata suzanis. The single-band border shows large circular and fan-shaped blossoms surrounded by green leaves. – Slight signs of age and wear, good overall condition, no fabric backing.


    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Susani. Stickereien aus Mittelasien. Mannheim 1981, ill. p. 29

  • Karshi Suzani

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    • Lot95
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions216 x 161 cm
    • Agemid 19th century
    • Result EUR4,960

    A large eight-pointed star with a radial interior design of red poppy blossoms, green leaves and blue irises lies at the centre of the field. Four shrubs in abundant flower emanate from it in the diagonal direction, extending as far as the corners of the field. The main border design of blossoms placed within double surrounds, the light palette and the secondary borders of blue flowers are characteristic features of Karshi suzanis. A very similar piece was sold by us in 2010. – Good condition, reverse backed with a white fabric.


    Literature:
    RIPPON BOSWELL, A 76, 4 December 2010, lot 224 *** FLING, RUSSELL S., Khans, Nomads & Needlework. Suzanis and Embroideries of Central Asia. Columbus, Ohio 2012, no. 25

  • Nurata Suzani

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    • Lot96
    • OriginCentral Asia, South West Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions221 x 143 cm
    • Agesecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR3,472

    The two embroidery centres, Bokhara and Nurata, often used very similar compositions where large diagonal shrubs were placed in the corners of the field. The suzanis made in Nurata almost always show more open designs than the works produced in Bokhara further to the south. Here, a number of flowering plants are spaced widely apart at the centre of the field. The small figure of a water carrier holding two ewers is seen at the left-hand side. The abundantly flowering shrubs placed in the corners are flanked by two curved panicles. In the single-band border, a vine with green leaves twines around blossoms depicted in top view and side view. – Slight signs of age and wear, good condition. The white cotton fabric backing constitutes the original condition.


    Literature:
    BAUSBACK, PETER, Susani. Stickereien aus Mittelasien. Mannheim 1981, ill. p. 29

  • Ersari Main Carpet

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    • Lot97
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions266 x 183 cm
    • Agelate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,096

    A rare Ersari presenting six rows of thirteen small octagonal güls in an aubergine-ground field. The spaces between them contain small eight-pointed stars in steel blue and dark green, their tips decorated with light dots. In the narrow main border, an undulating vine runs around halved offset ashik designs. – Good condition.