Shield Carpets rarely appear at auction.The last example sold was at the Voytech Blau sale,on 14 December 2006.It was purchased by Moshe Tabibnia for $108,000.
|1-Sothebys Lot 98-Blau sale|
The piece which surfaced at Van Hamm`s in Cologne was a different kettle of fish
|2-Van Hamm 31.10.12-Lot 164|
Unlike the majority of this group,characterised by a silk weft and silk or silk and cotton warp,the Van Hamm piece appears to have an all-wool foundation
Carpets with this design were made way across the Golden Triangle encompassing Turkey,Persia,and the Caucasus.It seems we have here an aberrant East Anatolian model
with typical colouring.The carpet had been severely re-configured,which however served to accentuate its wild-eyed dramatic character
Non Blue-ground examples are rare,although E.Herrmann did publish one
which seems to mutate direction soumak.
The famed Godman carpet,stolen in London but eventually recovered(Hali 109-153)was resold at Sothebys New York in 1999
for $195,000.The Deerfield example,shattered but aesthetically correct,has been sold twice at auction,in 1992 at Skinners,for $7,700,and at Christies London in 1996 for $12,720
|8-Christies London 17 October 1996-Lot 477|
The iconic Schürmann/Eskenazi piece went off at Nagels in 1987 for $57,852
An example in the Fernandes Collection was previously sold at SLO for $20,160,and subsequently for $34,500 at SNY on 7 April 1999(Lot 123)before returning to SNY to sell at $42,000
The Webb-Hill fragments (made up out of two different carpets)sold at SNY on 7 April 1992 for $44,00,and were acquired by the Textile Gallery
Later conserved,they appeared thus
The other side to this fragment is in the Islamic Museum Berlin
The Shield carpets have not always fared well at auction-the Thyssen Carpet went unsold at Sothebys Islamic Sale on 8 October 2008
|14-Lot 332-estimate ￡ 70,000-90,000 |
The Van Hamm carpet is something of a rarity,as obviously 19th century examples are scarce.Bidding commenced at 500 euro and worked its way up to € 7000.
For those still famished,here is a list of Shield carpets.For a full review see the Pinner/Franses article in Hali 1-1.
Henrys Auction House in Mutterstadt is well-known in Germany for its auctions of Carpets and Jewelry,where lot numbers run into the hundreds.They always have some interesting things,even a Red Ground Floral Isfahan made an appearance in the last sale
More pertinent for collectors was a fragment described as "Ersari"
|16-Henrys 28.10.12-Lot 10-7060|
but which has a design pooled amongst different groups.There are two types of chovals ,one with Kotchaks,and one without.The Kotchak style appears to be Tekke,and late
Chovals with kotchak
Their collective feature is a mihrab motif with embroidered white elements.Thankfully in the earlier group the Kotchaks have not yet appeared
Chovals without Kotchak
Carpets with this design have been labelled Tekke,Yomut,or Eagle group.
The Schürmann piece from "Central-Asian Rugs" was labelled Yomut,and is said to have been Turkish knotted,which is frankly hard to believe.Peter Bausback`s example,once at Edelmann`s in 1979,was attributed to the Tekke with Persian knotting open to the right
However Rippon Boswell came down firmly on the side of the Eagles when in May 2000 their Persian knotted example sold for a resounding 170,000 Deutschmark
Chevron Main carpets
|21-RB 54-143-knot open left with red and beige weft|
Flatweaves with this design were also woven,a famous example being in the McMullan Collection
After a not particularly spirited bidding match,the Henrys fragment sold for 220 euro.
Over at Rippon Boswell,peaking through the Swedish flatweaves and Persian Town carpets,a particularly beautiful example of East Turki weaving is on offer
|23-Rippon Boswell 24 November 2012-Lot 192|
Previously in the possession of Battilossi,this was published in Hali 67.It is a member of a small group with "Holbein"type large medallions,whose original rectangular corners have developed into rams-horns.
Bags with this design are also on record
|25-Ronnie Newman,Hali 1-4,page 1|
A second type has the medallions separated into panels
|26-Victoria & Albert Museum|
As often happens,another member of this rare group will also be sold in Paris on the 7 November 2012
Khotan Holbein Medallion group
|27-ArtCurial Paris 7 November 2012-sold for 3861 euro|
Let no one say there are no good things on the market.Unfortunately there is never enough to go round.