Sunday 29 April 2012

Sarkislar postscript

Nr 10 in our tally,this piece will be offered on 19 May 2012 at Rippon Boswell,Wiesbaden,lot Nr184.(See"Rabbit of the week"-20.04.2012)
1-Collection Brian Morehouse

Plus a fragment from Alberto Levi`s website,from his show"As Found"

Friday 20 April 2012

Rabbit of The Week

The award undoubtedly goes to Kenneth Hayes.

The Sarkisla group of East Anatolian rugs can be divided into 3 Groups,with some outliers.

Group 1 has a design consisting of two rows of large lozenge guls,representing the except from an endless  repeat.
1-The Hayes example


2-Lefevre 1978- Brüggeman-Böhmer 91-Rippon Boswell 29.5.2010

3-Through the Collector`s Eye 12

4-Grogans 1.09-74

5-RB 34-24(afterwards at Galerie Sailer)
6-Sothebys 10.97-44
7-Craig Wallen
8-Musee Sursock
9-Ballard St.Louis
10-Dresden,Museum of Ethnology

Group 2 carpets  multi-gul with a distinct flatweave influence.The border derives from the Holbein carpet found at Beyşehir by R.M Riefstahl.

11-after Ganzhorn
12-Rippon Boswell 54-160

13-Sothebys Castle Howard 11-91-347

14-Hali 4-4-372
15-Hali 112-81 Tabibnia(formerly Herrmann SOT 8-11)
16-Hali 117-69 Tabibnia

17-Washington ICOC 264 Dixon Collection
18-Battenburg 167(G.Muse)
19-Orient Stars 214(formerly Sailer)
  A 3rd group in the kilim style comprises 4 examples.
20-Eskenazi 65
Hali 58-35-Kirdok
22- Textile Museum Hali 153-139
23-Hali 3--2-115-7
Two outstanding pieces are the Vakiflar carpet and the Lucas fragment.
24-Vakiflar 68
25-Sothebys 14.12.2001-Lucas Collection-Ronnie Newman
And finally an assortment of pieces which didn`t quite make it into these groups.

Sunday 15 April 2012

Dorotheum 2012

An interesting carpet will be offered at the Dorotheum Carpet Auction on the 2nd May 2012.
1-Dorotheum lot 65

Described as first half 19th Century,it has a progenitor in a piece which was sold at Skinner`s Bolton in 1987,Lot 110(Hali 38,page 86)
2-ORR 8-1,page 50

In Hali 109 it was ascribed to the collection of famed horticulturalist Jim Dixon(page 104)The Skinners/Dixon rug appears much older-on the Dorotheum rug the small outer Bergama border is the giveaway.Both rugs feature an inverted re-entry design.

But both pieces pale compared to the insanely great "Tombstone" prayer rug in the TIEM.


Without doubt one of the boldest of rug creations,from the time of  wide borders,from the Seljuk time...

Sunday 8 April 2012

Proto Perepedil

Writing in Hali 55,Christine Klose admonishes us to trace designs back to their "simplest"prototypes,if we would"achieve a real understanding of what such things might mean,or once meant"Klose posits a 4-phase development,whose starting point is a Caucasian silk embroidery at that time in the Pakzad Museum in Hannover.



The second phase is represented by a NW Persian carpet,currently on offer at Christies,in an abbreviated form(Christie`s 24 April 2012,lot 39,the Cornette St.Cyr carpet)

The third phase is embodied by the famous James Burns rug.

The fourth phase culminates in the large number of 19th century carpets known to us as "Perepedil"


Frau Klose`s discussion is problematic for a number of reasons.It is difficult to believe that the origin of these carpets can be localised to one silk embroidery.The comparison with two other embroideries in her article is vague.The progression from the Pakzad embroidery to the Cornette carpet is clear,but the piece may not be much older than the Burns village rug,whose Anatolian influence(first proposed by Ian Bennett)is obvious,despite her dismissiveness.Her argument is elliptical in the extreme.A slight excursion via the Bernheimer Dragon and large Palmette carpet is unconvincing,and an over-attention to detail and concentration on mutating floral forms was perhaps her undoing.We cannot know whether the embroideries came first or not.The designs in question evolved over a period of at least two hundred years through a process of copying and cross-pollination. Transferring designs from one medium to another invariably transforms the original;even more so when the carpet designs are re-copied in embroidery.This would have been the case had the embroideries with carpet designs also functioned as wagirehs.

There is another group of Classic Caucasian carpets which entirely escaped Frau Klose`s attention.This is the Medallion-Leaf Group,of which at least 17 examples are known,ten with a red ground and seven on blue.The blueground pieces have been the subject of more attention,and they are in the main more impressive.The Chadbourne has been touted as the earliest due to its animal depictions in Dragon style,but most of the group do not have animal forms,except in the most debased style.The Schürmann carpet has them in full pomp,but is surely a later example of "archaizing".Most of the good Perepedil carpets of the 19th century have clear animal depictions.

5-Sothebys 28.4.1992-59

6-Christies 3.7.80-28 Included for its heroic condition and as the first appearance of a pre-1800 example with inverted sickle-leaves.

The group as a whole represents a much more convenient trajectory for the Proto Perepedil,than the abstruse path which Christina Klose chose to tread.Apart from the obviously similar main motif,in a number of examples the Anatolian rams-horns start to appear.(Paris,Willborg,OS,Sothebys 1992,V&A)


The Medallion-Leaf carpets also took another more occult route in which the original sickle-leaf add-ons were inverted,thus forming a robust rams-horn design.Perhaps their 18th Century starting point was the Bakerdjian carpet illustrated by Bechirian.
8-Bechirian page 320

Four examples are known.The Nagels carpet from 1984,and the item published in Hali 86,page 121,described as a "Herat".
9-Nagels 1.10.1984-3504

10-Hali 86-121

Both appear to have been modelled directly upon Caucasian silk embroideries,and seem to have used the same cartoon.A more simplified version was published by David Bamford in Hali 73,page 23,and a further piece recently surfaced at a German auction.The latter two rugs appear to be Anatolian.The origin of the first two is unknown.
11-Hali 73-23,David Bamford

12-Collection Brian Morehouse