Major Spring Auction

Saturday 29. May 2010 at 3 p.m.

168 Lots
Exchange rate
0.851 GBP1 Euro
1.237 USD1 Euro
  • Ningxia Bench Runner

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    • Lot113
    • OriginWest China
    • Dimensions237 x 80 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,318
    Three sections of a Ningxia bench cover that are still connected. Each field shows a circular medallion with a swastika centre on a golden yellow ground, which is covered by a diagonal meander lattice and swastikas. The rosewood-coloured border is patterned with drop-shaped pearls. Very good condition.
  • Afshar Bag

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    • Lot115
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions42 x 28 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR2,562
    Small Afshar bag in horizontal format with a garden design on a blue ground, surrounded by a border of diagonal stripes. The very fine weave has allowed the design to be executed in great detail. An outstanding example in terms of both colour and materials, probably of considerable age, whose good overall condition proves that it was appreciated by its previous owners. Slight damage to the upper edge, the red kilim back has been preserved.
  • Afshar Khorjin

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    • Lot116
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions165 x 74 cm
    • AgeCa. 1920
    • Result EUR610
    A complete Afshar double bag with pile-woven faces and plain red kilim backs. The design of the blue-ground bag faces consists of four white stylised animals arranged around a central serrated diamond. The closure bands are woven in sumakh technique. Signs of age and wear, slight damage along the sides.
  • Daghestan Prayer Rug

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    • Lot118
    • OriginNorth East Caucasus
    • Dimensions131 x 96 cm
    • AgeN/A
    • Result EUR5,124
    The splendid palette makes this beautiful prayer rug, probably woven in one of the villages of Daghestan in north eastern Transcaucasia, especially striking. The white field under the bridge-like mihrab is covered by a hexagonal lattice of deep blue lines enclosing multi-coloured, stylised, geometric cup palmettes. The intersection points of the lattice have been accentuated. The S designs of the border, crossed at an angle, have lately been interpreted as abstract representations of birds or dragons. Prayer rugs of similar design and composition were also woven in the areas of Kuba and Shirvan further to the south, but they diverge from Daghestan rugs in their slightly different style of drawing and palette. Low pile, reselvedged, somewhat reduced ends.

    KAFFEL, RALPH, Caucasian Prayer Rugs. London 1998, no. 60

  • Afshar Bag Half

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    • Lot119
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kerman region
    • Dimensions54 x 50 cm
    • AgeCa. 1920
    • Result EUR519
    A blue field, with botehs placed in offset rows, and a narrow, golden yellow border. The bag used to be part of a khorjin. The striped kilim back and upper finishes have survived. Good condition.
  • Khamseh Kelleh

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    • Lot121
    • OriginSouth West Persia
    • Dimensions397 x 186 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR6,100
    This large Khamseh has three deep blue medallions placed along the central axis of a field densely covered in vertical stripes. The kelleh format (much too large for a simple dwelling), wool quality, precise drawing and splendid colours suggest that this first-rate rug was made to order for a tribal leader, probably in one of the small workshops of the region. The knotting structure, with dark brown wefts, and stylistic details indicate that it was made by the Baharlu. Parham illustrates a Khamseh with a stripe design in the same format. Well preserved, with the full pile and original finishes all around, several repiled areas.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland 1981, pl. p. 93 *** PARHAM, CYRUS, Masterpieces of Fars Rugs. Tehran 1996, no. 32

    • Lot124
    • OriginEast Anatolia
    • Dimensions283 x 130 cm
    • AgeMid 19th century
    • Result EUR14,640
    Previously exhibited at the Frankfurt Carmelite Monastery in 1980, this Sarkisla has a memorable design of large hexagons placed in offset rows, imbued with a mysterious effect by the totemic primary motifs that go back to ancient models. The piece was woven in a Kurdish village in East Anatolia. A detailed examination of the design can be found in Brüggemann & Böhmer. Several repiled areas, now in good condition.
  • Sivas Striped Rug

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    • Lot126
    • OriginEastern Central Anatolia
    • Dimensions417 x 123 cm
    • AgeSecond half 19th century
    • Result EUR8,540
    A Sivas in long format, with a dense field design of narrow vertical bands and a single stripe border of polychrome rectangles enclosing hexagons decorated with arrowheads. Very good condition, virtually no signs of wear, original finishes all around.
    • Lot127
    • OriginSouth West Persia, Fars
    • Dimensions183 x 163 cm
    • AgeCa. 1910
    • Result EUR2,440
    The brown-red field displays a blue, geometric central medallion with a central floral star; blue and red vines decorate the white-ground corners. The design is strongly influenced by Qashqai models, including the three additional stripes with domino motifs at both ends, but the more angular drawing, darker palette, mottled brown warps and coarser weave make this rug from the province of Fars a typical weaving of the Khamseh nomads. Several small repairs, in good overall condition.

    OPIE, JAMES, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland 1981, pl. p. 89

    • Lot128
    • OriginSouth Persia, Kirman region
    • Dimensions160 x 122 cm
    • AgeLate 19th century
    • Result EUR4,392
    The light blue field shows a dense repeat of large leaves, palmettes and smaller flowers, symmetrically arranged around the central axis. The light green main border contains a vine design with flowers and palmettes that is typical of the provenance. Uniformly low pile, newly overcast sides, otherwise well preserved.