Special Auction of Collector's Carpets & Ethnologica

STUTTGART. Carpets and Islamic art objects which have been in private hands for decades will be put up for auction at Nagel Auktionen on July 14, 2009. The high-quality offering gives rise to hopes that the 53rd Special Auction of Collector’s Carpets & Ethnologica will likely be the best carpet auction in years.

Excellent collectors carpets, brought together by a genuine art lover up to 1979, are after three decades going to market again at Nagel Auktionen. The offering covers major manufactured Persian wedding carpets from between 1860 and 1910, including a Ziegler-Mahal rug from c. 1880 (dimensions 370 x 284, estimate € 1 200). In addition, an early eighteenth century Chinese carpet and a sixteenth century Spanish Alcaraz are coming under the hammer. This carpet is one of the most beautiful specimens in this private collection. Pieces of this nature served to furnish the Islamic-Moorish palaces in southern Spain, but were also supplied to the papal court in Avignon (dimensions 207 x 131 cm, estimate € 1 000).

Another significant collection up for auction is that of a Spanish nobleman who concentrated on early Caucasian and Turkmen carpets.

Among the special items at this auction are very good textiles from Persia and India, including a moon shawl. This designation refers to a striking type of pattern which can have various origins. For instance, the famous moon shawls from India, Kashmir and France usually show a round moon, and the proportions of the corners to the central circle are 1:1. The shawl on offer at Nagel’s is older, however. The pattern is not rigidly geometric, but varied. For one thing, the moon is not circular, but intentionally flattened and concave in two places. For another, it is also proportionally larger than the circular segments in the corners. This is probably the original form of the pattern, which was later simplified. Because it is dated so early, possibly before 1800, it was most likely made in Kerman, since these shawls were probably not produced in Kashmir or France until after 1800 in order to serve the European market (dimension 150 x 180 cm, estimate € 1 000).

The highlights of the Ethnologica section also come from the area of Islamic art. Among the outstanding objects is a lovely seventeenth-century Iznik plate decorated with cloud bands and flowering branches (diameter 40 cm, estimate € 2 000). In addition, a complete Persian tiled wall from the nineteenth century will be on offer which has been in private hands for forty years (dimensions approx. 3 x 2.8 meters, estimate € 2 000).

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