Dorotheum, Vienna, 12 September 2017
Wolfgang Matschek’s specialist sale of Oriental Carpets, Textiles and Tapestries will be held at the historic Viennese auction house, Dorotheum at 4pm on 12 September 2017. The saleroom always has an interesting and eclectic mix of material passing through its doors and the lots included in this sale are no exception. Viewing opens on 6 September.
A considerable number of workshop weavings from Iran sit alongside Caucasian offerings, either side of a special section of nineteen Chinese pieces. Amongst these is lot 43, a late Qing weaving with an inscription indicating it was made ‘to be used by the Emperor in the Hall of Preserving Harmony’ – one of three halls at the heart of the Imperial palace in Beijing’s Forbidden City.
A Sultanabad ‘tree and shrub’ design carpet from the Farahan region of west Persia, lot 71, circa 1840, is one of the oldest extant examples of type. It hails from a centre that was integral to exporting Persian carpets to Europe in the 19th century and the complete major border of large palmettes, arabesques and cloud bands is particularly noteworthy. Less complete, but still impressive, is lot 92, a 17th century Khorasan floral carpet fragment with the ‘Harshang’ pattern, from an Austrian private collection.
From the Caucasus, is lot 10, a Karabagh runner with a mustard yellow ground, formerly in the collection of Hamburg-based collector and dealer Siawosch Azadi. Lot 169, a Borjalu kilim has a design reminiscent of Kazak pile rugs, while lot 70, a finely knotted Shirvan, has a design of compartmentalised animal motifs usually seen in Azerbaijani sumakh covers.
Lot 61 is another ‘palace’ carpet, approximately seven metres square but of an altogether different ilk to the Beijing palace rug, comes from Agra in north India.