Christie’s, Fine European and Oriental Carpets, New York, 30 June 2004

Category: Auctions

Christies auction Fine European and Oriental Carpets includes 205 Oriental rugs, carpets and textiles.
The auction is held in New York, Rockefeller Center 30 June 2004 at 10 AM to 2 PM.
Prices include buyers premium.
Selection from the preview.
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LOT: 103
RUG NAME: Khotan SAF
AGE: Mid 19th century
ESTIMATE: 4,000 – 6,000 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 7.170 USD
DESCRIPTION: A KHOTAN SAF
East Turkestan, Mid-19th Century
Having three prayer niches, each with a rust mihrab containing a vase issuing flowering vines within floral vinery borders
Approximately 6 ft. 9 in. x 3 ft. 3 in. (206 cm. x 99 cm.)


LOT: 106
RUG NAME: Khotan rug
AGE: Second half 19th century
ESTIMATE: 25,000 – 35,000 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 28.680 USD
DESCRIPTION: A KHOTAN RUG
East Turkestan, Second Half 19th Century
The crimson field with three roundels and stylized flowering branches within the polychrome cloudband border
Approximately 10 ft. 6 in. x 5 ft. 7 in. (320 cm. x 170 cm.)


LOT: 141
RUG NAME: Star Ushak carpet
AGE: Late 16th century
ESTIMATE: 30.000 – 40.000 USD
SOLD: 28.680 USD
DESCRIPTION: A STAR USHAK CARPET West Anatolia, Late 16th Century The rust-red field with polychrome angular palmette and flowering vine around diagonal rows of cusped octafoil stellar medallions containing interlaced golden yellow arabesques divided by similar lozenge panels within a rust-red border of angular palmettes linked by flowering vinery Approximately 11 ft. 4 in. x 7 ft. 4 in. (345 cm. x 223 cm.)
Provenance: The Christopher Alexander Collection; Christie’s New York, 8 April 1999, lot 103.
Literature: Alexander, Christopher: A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art, the Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, New York and Oxford, 1993, pp. 71 (b/w detail) and 266-7.
Lot notes: Warp: wool, ivory, Z2S, fine
Weft: wool, red, Z1; 2 shoots
Pile: wool, Z2, symmetric, depressed, H33 x V38 cm.
The present carpet is a classic ‘star’ Ushak type, with well proportioned star medallions and a border which is found on a number of other examples of the group (Christie’s London, 16 October 1997, lot 23 and 11 February 1998, lot 90). This border is a simplified version of borders found on some Cariene carpets. It is interesting to note that the simpler of the two palmette types in the border started life as a tulip, showing a tendency to stylization which was dramatically reversed in the court styles a couple of decades later.


LOT: 144
RUG NAME: Chinese rug
AGE: 18th century
ESTIMATE: 3.000 – 5.000 USD
SOLD: 15.535 USD
DESCRIPTION: A CHINESE RUG
18th Century
The deep indigo field depicting bold phoenix birds, cloud bands and cranes overall within the Greek key border and outer open brown border Approximately 7 ft. 6 in. x 5 ft. 6 in. (229cm. x 168cm.)
Lot notes: The design in the present lot, with a dramatic Phoenix and various other stylized birds, is probably copying an 18th century textile or painting. This rug was most likely woven in a provincial workshop due to the mix of materials in the structure.


LOT: 151
RUG NAME: Ersari long rug
AGE: ca. 1910
ESTIMATE: 2,500 – 3,500 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 3.346 USD
DESCRIPTION: AN ERSARI LONG RUG
Southeast Turkmenistan, Circa 1910
The shaded cocoa and indigo field with stylized carnations overall within the raspberry stylized bird border
Approximately 8 ft. 8 in. x 4 ft. 3 in. (264 cm. x 129 cm.)


LOT: 154
RUG NAME: Mongolian carpet
AGE: Last quarter 19th century
ESTIMATE: 25.000 – 35.000 USD
SOLD: 71.700 USD
DESCRIPTION: A MONGOLIAN CARPET
Last Quarter 19th Century
The light camel field with a quatrefoil and star motif trellis overall within a cream and dark brown meandering line border
Approximately 11 ft. 10 in. x 10 ft. 1 in. (361 cm. x 307 cm.)


LOT: 190
RUG NAME: Bakshaish carpet
AGE: Last quarter 19th century
ESTIMATE: 10.000 – 15.000 USD
SOLD: 10.755 USD
DESCRIPTION: A BAKSHAISH CARPET
Northwest Persia, Last Quarter 19th Century Having an indigo serrated medallion on the brick red field with serrated leaves and geometric devices overall within a cream rosette and vinery border
Approximately 17 ft. 3 in. x 11 ft. 11 in. (526 cm. x 363 cm.)


LOT: 194
RUG NAME: Lavar Kirman carpet
AGE: Last quarter 19th century
ESTIMATE: 8.000 – 12.000 USD
SOLD: 12.548 USD
DESCRIPTION: A LAVAR KIRMAN CARPET
Southeast Persia, Last Quarter 19th Century Having an enlarged camel and claret star-shaped medallion on the open ivory field within an ivory blossom vinery border and multiple minor guard borders
Approximately 18 ft. 11 in. x 13 ft. 3 in. (577 cm. x 404 cm.)


LOT: 205
RUG NAME: Mohtasham Kashan carpet
AGE: Late 19th century
ESTIMATE: 4,000 – 6,000 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 7.768 USd
DESCRIPTION: A MOHTASHAM KASHAN CARPET
Central Persia, Late 19th Century
Having a pendant medallion on the rose-raspberry floral blossom field within the rose lush floral and vinery border
Approximately 11 ft. 5 in. x 8 ft. 4 in. (348 cm. x 254 cm.)


LOT: 23
RUG NAME: Sultanabad carpet
AGE: ca. 1890
ESTIMATE: 15,000 – 25,000 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 16.730 USD
DESCRIPTION: PROPERTY FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF THE LATE HENRY STERN
A SULTANABAD CARPET
West Persia, Circa 1890
The indigo field with a tomato red and gold rosette lattice overall within the wide tomato red border with flowering vines and enlarged flowerheads
Approximately 19 ft. 5 in. x 11 ft. 1 in. (592 cm. x 338 cm.)


LOT: 30
RUG NAME: Agra carpet
AGE: Third quarter 19th century
ESTIMATE: 50.000 – 80.000 USD
SOLD: 141.900 USD
DESCRIPTION: AN AGRA CARPET
North India, Third Quarter 19th Century
The pale golden yellow field with scalloped pendant medallions overall with delicate vinery within an ivory blossom border
Approximately 14 ft. x 11 ft. 7 in. (427 cm. x 353 cm.)


LOT: 35
RUG NAME: Kazak rug
AGE:
ESTIMATE: 4.000 – 6.000 USD
SOLD: 5.975 USD
DESCRIPTION: Pre-lot text: PROPERTY FROM MR LOUIS BUCCI AND DR DIANE TODD BUCCI A KAZAK RUG
South Caucasus, Late 19th Century
The saffron field with geometric motifs and diagonal stylized leaves within the ivory stylized bird motif border and outer indigo stepped rosette border
Approximately 6 ft. 2 in. x 4 ft. (188 cm. x 122 cm.)
Literature: R.E. Wright, Exhibition catalogue, Rugs and Flatweaves of the Transcaucasus, Westmoreland County Museum of Art, 1980,p. 39, pl. 6.
Exhibited: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Westmoreland County Museum of Art and Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Museum of Art, March 1980 – August 1980.


LOT: 48
RUG NAME: Heriz carpet
AGE: ca. 1900
ESTIMATE: 10.000 – 15.000 USD
SOLD: 11.950 USD
DESCRIPTION: A HERIZ CARPET
Northwest Persia, Circa 1900
The shaded indigo field with an enlarged angular floral trellis overall within the brick-red flowerhead and serrated vinery border
Approximately 9 ft. 10 in. x 7 ft. 10 in. (300 cm. x 239 cm.)


LOT: 5
RUG NAME: Heriz carpet
AGE: ca. 1900
ESTIMATE: 20.000 – 30.000 USD
SOLD: 50.190 USD
DESCRIPTION: A HERIZ CARPET
Northwest Persia, Circa 1900
Having a light blue and camel pendant medallion on the brick red field with rosettes within an indigo large palmette border
Approximately 18 ft. 9 in. x 12 ft. 5 in. (574 cm. x 378 cm.)


LOT: 54
RUG NAME: Silk Kashgar carpet fragments
AGE: 18th century
ESTIMATE: 3.500 – 5.000 USD
SOLD: 3.346 USD
DESCRIPTION: TWO SILK KASHGAR CARPET FRAGMENTS East Turkestan, 18th Century
The wine-red field with a lattice of golden branches forming cusped lozenge panels containing radiating millefleurs designs, each with one side of an indigo border of delicate interlaced floral sprays
Approximately 2 ft. x 5 ft. 2 in. (61 cm. x 157 cm.) and 3 ft. 1 in. x 1 ft. 9 in. (94 cm. x 53 cm.) (2)
Provenance: The Bernheimer Family Collection of Carpets; Christie’s London, 14 February 1996, lots 95 and 96. Both acquired 12 May 1930 as Kashgar Fragments, the larger for DM110 and the smaller for DM50
Lot notes: Warp: silk, ivory, or with blue, red or yellow tint, Z3S, depressed, slightly undulating Weft: 3 shoots reddish silk, Z2S, the second sometimes Z3S, first and third slightly undulating, second strongly undulating. Pile: silk, asymmetrical open to the left, H5 x V3.6 cm. These two silk Kashgar fragments come from a carpet which belongs to the most elegant group of East Turkestan weavings known to exist. This group, including these fragments, are directly influenced by silk foundation Mughal floral lattice carpets of the 17th century. Please see Walker, D., “Classic Indian Rugs“, Hali, Vol. 4, no. 3, 1982, p. 256, fig. 7, for a similar example of a fragment in the Textile Museum, Washington, D. C.. Two other, although much larger, fragments of a similar silk Kashgar carpet exist, one in a private German collection (see Konig, H., “Influences in the Design of East Turkestan Rugs,” in Volkmann, M., Alte Orientteppiche, Munich, 1985, no. 112) and the other sold at Sotheby’s New York, 5 December 1987, lot 121. The main difference between the current fragments and the other two fragments is the coloration. The Konig and Sotheby’s fragments are on a rose, nearly magenta field and have a light background border (which only remains on the Konig example), whereas the Bernheimer pieces have a deeper rose, nearly burgundy, field and medium indigo borders. The drawing of the Bernheimer examples is also slightly more angular, particularly in the border.


LOT: 6
RUG NAME: East Turkestan rug
AGE: Early 20th century
ESTIMATE: 2,000 – 3,000 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 7.170 USD
DESCRIPTION: AN EAST TURKESTAN RUG
Early 20th Century
Depicting a large tiger on the shaded persimmon field
Approximately 7 ft. x 5 ft. 1 in. (213 cm. x 155 cm.)


LOT: 90
RUG NAME: Bakshaish carpet
AGE: Late 19th century
ESTIMATE: 3,000 – 5,000 U.S. dollars
SOLD: 3.107 USD
DESCRIPTION: A BAKSHAISH CARPET
Northwest Persia, Late 19th Century Having a deep indigo medallion on the blue-green stylized floral surround on the ivory angular floral field within the shaded blue-green stylized floral border
Approximately 14 ft. 6 in .x 9 ft. 5 in. (442 cm. x 287 cm.)

 



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