Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2010 at 3 p.m.

168 Lots
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0.851 GBP1 Euro
1.237 USD1 Euro
  • Ningxia Cushion Panel

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    • Lot192
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions83 x 83 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,196
    This square seat cover used to belong to one of the large bench covers on which monks were seated in Buddhist monasteries during religious ceremonies. Five dragons are depicted in lively movement on the light brown field. An unusual stylistic feature is the sickle shape of the four dragons circling the central disc medallion. Slighly reduced ends, otherwise very well preserved, with the pile at full height.
  • Bijar Kilim

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    • Lot193
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Kurdistan
    • Dimensions344 x 155 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Result EUR9,760
    The field of this unique Bijar kilim is covered in a tile design of generously proportioned diamonds whose colour variations do not follow a specific pattern. Powerful crosses have been placed in the diamonds. Many design outlines have been woven in weft interlocking technique to avoid slits, and make this heavy weaving more resilient. A simple reciprocal trefoil border frames the field to good effect. Estimating the age of this kilim is difficult on account of the absence of comparative pieces. However, its monumental drawing and the quality of its colours are indications of an early date. Original finishes all around, minor repiled areas, in good overall condition.
  • Shahsavan Long Rug

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    • Lot194
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions306 x 94 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR3,416
    Five medallions with box-shaped centres containing large crosses have been placed on the midnight blue field. The white-ground border shows the leaf and calyx design. Well-preserved pile, with sections woven in camel wool, many old repairs.
  • Genje Prayer Rug

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    • Lot196
    • OriginCentral Caucasus
    • Dimensions158 x 92 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,586
    Judging by its comparatively coarse weave and specific palette, this prayer rug with a design of white-and-blue diagonal stripes, a red main border and a yellow outer border adorned with small crosses was probably woven in the Genje area, then the province of Elisabethpol. When knotting the prayer arch, the weaver had some trouble integrating the pointed top of the mihrab into the basic design an irregularity that imbues the rug with its own special flair. Original finishes all around, uniformly low pile. A stitched crease in the lower section of the field.
    • Lot197
    • OriginSouth Caucasus
    • Dimensions244 x 99 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,830
    The red field is inscribed with a large, dark blue central medallion surrounded by four pointed cartouches at the upper and lower end of the field, motifs that are reminiscent of Fachralo Kazaks. However, the characteristic border area makes the Karabagh region the likely provenance. The long narrow format is unusual. A comparatively fine weave with red wefts; the carpet structure is similar to that of Chelaberds. Original selvedges, several repairs, somewhat reduced ends.
  • Azeri Jijim Cover

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    • Lot198
    • OriginSouth Caucasus, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions185 x 157 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,220
    A flatwoven cover made in the southern Caucasus, with undecorated vertical stripes in red, blue and green alternating with white-ground and yellow-ground brocaded stripes adorned with a filigree vine design. Well preserved.
    • Lot200
    • OriginSouth Caucasus
    • Dimensions237 x 157 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR1,830
    A red-ground Karabagh displaying design elements of Karachov Kazaks and a leaf and calyx border on a light brown ground. Original finishes all around, slight signs of wear, otherwise well preserved.
  • Karachov Kazak

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    • Lot201
    • OriginSouth West Caucasus
    • Dimensions247 x 201 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR85,400
    This very large Karachov of monumental appearance, with a deep green field, a yellow border and red-and-white guard stripes, is considered one of the oldest and most remarkable examples of its kind. We sold it once before, in the autumn of 1994, when it achieved a record-breaking price (see HALI APG, HALI 78, London 1994, p. 128). The stunning impact of its design as well as the special quality of its colours, with a light aubergine (almost lilac) hue, a golden yellow, a sea green and a powerful tomato red, suggest an early date. Original finishes all around, high pile, several old repairs.

    TSCHEBULL, RAOUL, Kazak. Carpets of the Caucasus. New York 1971, pl. 34

  • Bokhara Suzani

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    • Lot202
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions228 x 155 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR36,600
    This antique Bokhara silk embroidery is captivating due to its finely balanced palette and elegant field design  a diamond lattice composed of budding green twigs and short twigs crowned by red, halved blossoms. In the border, various types of flower are connected by elongated lancet leaves and parallel panicles, creating a sweeping vine design. The delicate style of the drawing and the degree of abstraction seen in the floral ornaments reveal an influence of Indian design principles.  Backed with fabric, only minimal signs of age, good condition.
  • Khotan Saf

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    • Lot203
    • OriginEast Turkestan
    • Dimensions288 x 100 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR32,940
    A rare Khotan rug with six niches, five of them enclosing tree-of-life motifs and one decorated with rectangular compartments containing dots. The golden yellow border patterned with small red diamonds not only frames the sides but also separates the niches. The question of whether such Khotan carpets, called „saf“ or „multiple prayer rugs“, were actually used for prayer or rather served as decorative wall hangings is a controversial issue. An unusual feature in this example is the even number of niches, whereas most comparable pieces have three, five, seven, nine etc. niches. Small holes, slight damage along the sides, in good overall condition for an example of this age.

    NEUGEBAUER, RUDOLF & TROLL, SIEGFRIED, Handbuch der orientalischen Teppichkunde. Leipzig 1930, pl. 16 *** ESKENAZI, JOHN J., L'Arte del Tappeto Orientale. Milan 1983, no. 309