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
  • Yomut Asmalyk

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    • Lot282
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions80 x 124 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR732
    At Turkmen weddings, such five-cornered asmalyks were used to decorate the flanks of the camel on which the bride, seated in a veiled litter, was solemnly led to her groom. All textiles specially made for the ceremony had symbolic meaning and were woven with particular care. This white-ground asmalyk shows a typical design of ashik güls and wide, diagonal, sharply serrated leaves. Syrga motifs adorn the main border. Brilliant colours, a fine weave. Original finishes all around, the lower finish is decorated with multi-coloured tufts of wool. Two darned holes in the upper section of the field, some damage to the upper corners.

    MOSHKOVA, VALENTINA G., Carpets of the People of Central Asia. Tucson 1996 (new edition O'Bannon & Amanova-Olsen), fig. 21

  • Bamana Kilim

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    • Lot284
    • OriginWest Africa, Mali
    • Dimensions360 x 151 cm
    • Age19th century
    • Result EUR3,294
    A large blanket by the Bamana Soninke tribe of Mali woven in a blue and white chequerboard design, its fields separated by fine, red horizontal lines. The kilim consists of narrow vertical panels woven from hand-spun cotton that were later joined to produce the desired format. Such pieces could be employed for various purposes: as sleeping blankets, room dividers in dwellings or as cloths wrapped around the body. As the tribes of Mali maintained trade relations to Saharan peoples, their work is also encountered among the Touareg. Such kilims are difficult to date, but they may be older than hitherto assumed. The Basel museum owns a very similar kilim, with evidence documenting its purchase by Swiss missionaries in Lagos in 1862. Many stains, otherwise well preserved.

    GILLOW, JOHN, African Textiles. Colour and Creativity Across a Continent. London 2003, fig. p. 25 *** NABHOLZ-KARTASCHOFF, MARIE-LOUISE, Woven Beauty. HALI 162, London 2009, fig. 8, p. 89

  • Uzbek Embroidery

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    • Lot286
    • OriginCentral Asia, Uzbekistan
    • Dimensions56 x 54 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR244
    A red-ground, square velvet cover from Uzbekistan, embroidered with yellow, green and red diamonds framing a box design enclosing four flowers. The wide edge has been embroidered with sparkling diamonds of gold and silver thread, with silk centres. The small decorative cover has been edged all around with a fringe of brown cotton threads tied off in a net-like arrangement. Good condition.
  • Varamin Mafrash Side Panel

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    • Lot287
    • OriginNorth Persia, Varamin region
    • Dimensions50 x 124 cm
    • AgeCa. 1920
    • Result EUR427
    A pile-woven side panel of a transport bag (mafrash), with a Turkmen chuval gül surrounded by four small animals in the midnight blue field. A white-ground main border with the leaf and calyx design and two brown-red minor borders. The piece may have been the decorative face of a mafrash whose back and two narrow sides were possibly woven in kilim technique. Somewhat reduced at the bottom, otherwise in good condition.

    COLLINS, JOHN J., Collins IX. An Exhibition and Sale of 47 Persian Piled Weavings. Newburyport 2007, pl. 12

  • Luri Bakhtiari Salt Bag

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    • Lot288
    • OriginWestern Central Persia
    • Dimensions51 x 52 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR830
    A salt bag by the Luri Bakhtiari tribes from the Zagros region in the typical bottle shape. Woven in sumakh technique, the face shows an abstract garden design on a midnight blue ground, while a pile-woven panel of flowers forms the lower finish. A red-blue striped kilim back. Good condition.

    DE FRANCHIS, AMADEO & WERTIME, JOHN, Lori and Bakhtiari Flatweaves. Tehran 1976, no. 30 B

  • Shahsavan Chanteh

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    • Lot290
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensions43 x 18 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR458
    A flat-woven double bag in miniature format, a so-called chanteh. Its simple design of small flowering plants on a white ground, with a border of diagonal stripes, is woven in sumakh technique. Complete with the central connecting panel, good condition.
  • Luri Chanteh

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    • Lot291
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions38 x 18 cm
    • AgeEarly 20th century
    • Result EUR366
    Miniature bags such as this brown-ground example, its field adorned with a large flower and an animal, are called „chanteh“. They served to store personal items, comparable to our wallets or purses. The seams along the sides have been undone, good condition.
  • Tabriz Poshti (2 examples)

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    • Lot292
    • OriginNorth West Persia, Azerbaijan
    • Dimensionsa = 77 x 103 cm, b = 78 x 105 cm
    • AgeCa. 1920
    • Result EUR763
    Two large Tabriz poshti (cushion faces) with a Herati field design on a blue field and a red-ground palmette border. Cut sides, new cords, both ends somewhat reduced, otherwise in good condition.