Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2010 at 3 p.m.

168 Lots
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1.237 USD1 Euro
    • Lot101
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions236 x 185 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR2,806
    The red field covered in botehs shows a dark blue shield form in which three red diamonds with hooked birds head outlines are embedded in a dense design of hooked diamonds and botehs. The third diamond is distinctly smaller than the other two, indicating that the weaver made a mistake in planning her design. Judging by the border ornamentation, this rare carpet may have been made by Afshars in the Neriz region. Both ends have flatwoven finishes in sumakh technique. Slight signs of age and wear.
  • Kashmir Shawl

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    • Lot102
    • OriginNorth India
    • Dimensions159 x 165 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR5,734
    A square wool embroidery with a concentric composition of slender botehs, all oriented towards the small undecorated star at the centre of the field. Lifelike representations of men and women, drawn in great detail in various postures and garments, have been inserted into the design, which thus reads like an illustrated sheet. In addition, the field is populated by birds fluttering about the figures. The border has been designed as an animal frieze divided into niche compartments. Slight signs of wear.

    PATHAK, ANAMIKA, Pashmina. New Delhi 2005, figs. p. 122 and 123

    • Lot103
    • OriginNorth West Anatolia, Istanbul
    • Dimensions201 x 150 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR6,710
    This silk carpet was made around 1900 in one of the Armenian master workshops of Kum Kapi, a district of Istanbul specialised in the production of such fine and elegant weavings, with designs based on classical models. The composition a dense repeat of ogival fields inscribed with blossoms, palmettes, flowering trees and vases derives from classical vase carpets made in Kerman. The richly contrasting palette of the antique models was abandoned in favour of mild pastel shades that were better suited to the prevailing taste of the period. Replaced selvedges, slight signs of age and wear.
  • Oltenian Kilim

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    • Lot104
    • OriginSouth East Europe, Oltenia
    • Dimensions357 x 269 cm
    • AgeFirst quarter 20th century
    • Result EUR4,392
    This heavy, firmly woven kilim was made in a workshop in the province of Oltenia in south western Romania. The floral design is partially woven in the excentric weft technique also employed in Thrace. The decorative pastel palette makes this an attractive furnishing textile. Good condition.

    EILAND, MURRAY L., Chinese and Exotic Rugs. Boston 1979, no. 166, p. 208

  • Malayer Saddle Cover

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    • Lot106
    • OriginWest Persia, Hamadan region
    • Dimensions90 x 95 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,880
    A rare saddle cover in just three colours (white, blue and brown) with an arch-shaped finish at the top. The blue field has a net-like repeat of geometric, stylised flowering plants. The border is missing at the bottom, newly overcast sides.
  • Tekke Ensi

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    • Lot108
    • OriginCentral Asia, West Turkestan
    • Dimensions157 x 120 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR5,612
    A Tekke tent door hanging decorated with wavy lines in the main border and stylised trees in the elem. Comparative examples are illustrated in „Turkoman Studies“ and „Wie Blumen in der Wüste“. A firm weave and dense pile. Various old repairs, original selvedges, both ends somewhat reduced.

    PINNER, ROBERT & FRANSES, MICHAEL, Turkoman Studies I. Aspects of the weaving and decorative arts of Central Asia. London 1980, fig. 329, p. 154 *** HAMBURGISCHES MUSEUM FÜR VÖLKERKUNDE (publ.), Wie Blumen in der Wüste. Die Kultur der turkmenischen Nomadenstämme Zentralasiens. Hamburg 1993, no. 22

  • Ningxia Seat Cover

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    • Lot109
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions75 x 77 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,952
    A square seat cover with a brilliant yellow field inscribed with the Tibetan dorje symbol. This cushion panel originally belonged to one of the long bench covers produced on commission in Ningxia for the monasteries of western China or Tibet as seat covers for monks during religious ceremonies. We auctioned other sections of the same carpet in November 2006 (four cushion panels, still connected), November 2008 (two separate cushion panels) and May 2009 (two separate cushion panels). Very good condition.

    RIPPON BOSWELL, auction 68, 18th November 2006, # 78 *** RB auction 72, 29th November 2008, # 126 and 127 *** RB auction 73, 23rd May 2009, # 203 and 204

  • Ningxia Seat Cover

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    • Lot110
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions76 x 78 cm
    • AgeFirst half 19th century
    • Result EUR1,708
    Another section of the same bench cover as the previous lot number. Very good condition.
    • Lot111
    • OriginEast Turkestan
    • Dimensions348 x 193 cm
    • AgeCa. 1800
    • Result EUR10,980
    This large Khotan knotted on a cotton ground belongs to a rare group of only a few known examples. A Khotan published by Halevim, comparable in style, palette and composition, shows a similar main border design of large four-pointed cartouches. The field design of cartouches and vases differs from our example, which has four octagons with open outlines placed in the field. Damaged and heavily worn, one inserted section.

    HALEVIM, DAVIDE (ed.), Oasi. Memorie e fascino del Turkestan Orientale. Milan 1999, no. 13

  • Tibetan Saddle Rugs (2)

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    • Lot112
    • OriginSouth Tibet
    • Dimensionsa = 136 x 67 cm, b = 88 x 59 cm
    • AgeCa. 1900
    • Result EUR1,159
    Two red-ground Tibetan saddle rugs woven in the same design, but in different formats. The larger rug, consisting of two halves woven separately and joined at the centre, served as a saddle underlay, while the smaller rug was placed on top of the saddle. Slight signs of age and wear.