Major Autumn Auction
Auction date: Saturday 04. December 2010 at 15 o'clock
Rippon Boswell & Co.
International Auctioneers of Rare Carpets & Textiles
Shirvan: Woven in the East Caucasus, this rare pictorial rug is comparable to
a piece published by Wright and a further example sold by us in 1992. Here,
an azure rectangle and two shapes of architectural appearance, interpreted
as the 'throne of Solomon' (Wright), are seen on a golden yellow ground. A
snake curls around each trunk of the two large trees placed at the sides of
the field, their tops growing together at the upper end. The red inner
border is decorated with scorpions. The carpet obviously depicts Old
Testament stories and may be a representation of the Garden of Paradise. To
date, the mysterious iconography has not been researched. Uniformly low
pile, several repiled areas, a tear in the border area, new overcasting
along the sides.
Origin: East Caucasus
Dimensions: 168 x 151 cm
Age: Late 19th century
Estimate: 9,900.00 €
Literature: WRIGHT, RICHARD E., Rugs and Flatweaves of the Transcaucasus.
Pittsburgh 1980, pl. 38 *** RIPPON BOSWELL Wiesbaden, auction of the Viola
Dominguez Collection, 28th March 1992, # 72