Magnificent quality hand-woven man’s mantle “wealth cloth” ikat from East Suma (Indonesia), c. 1960
Hand-spun and ikat woven cotton cloth (hinggi), 236 x 112 cms (not including fringe).
The quality of this cloth may be seen in the photographs shown below. Peter Ten Hoopen, curator of the Pusaka Collection, offers the following insights about quality ikats:
On East Sumba, ikat cloths of more than two colours used to be made exclusively for the maramba, the aristocracy (commoners being limited to indigo on white only), and for this prestige seeking class, any association with power and regalia was welcome.
… the pigment will bleed a little out of the bindings, but obviously can do so only lengthwise in the selected warp threads—the adjacent threads will remain unaffected. On the other hand, if the colour was dabbed in, we will also observe lateral bleeding into adjacent warp threads, a tell-tale sign of inferior production. (see http://www.ikat.us/ikat_sumba_east%20sumba.php [viewed 14 June 2015])
Condition: virtually pristine condition (for its age). I am selling this extraordinary ikat for a total cost of AUD398 including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.
Peter Tappin (1941–)
(see http://www.australianpotteryatbemboka.com.au/shop/index.php?manufacturers_id=136 [viewed 6 May 2015])
A pair of candle-stick holders, c. 2000
Handmade ceramic (they are not metal) with copper glaze with a blackened metallic effect
Impressed stamp, “Tappin,” on the underside of each base
(height x base diameter) 23 x 10.5 cm
Condition: Both candle-stick holders are in near pristine condition. I am selling the pair for a total cost of $134 including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.
North Queensland Australian Aboriginal Yimbi —a Djabugay culture biconial basket/dilly-bag with a keel-shaped bottom used for carrying babies, food and catching fish. The age of the basket is unknown but it is certainly more than 30 year old as this was the time that it was acquired and it was described when purchased as “antique.”
Woven split lawyer cane
(height x width x depth) 32 x 43 x 27 cm with a 50 cm handle
(see description of the Djabugay culture and a yimbi at: http://www.djabugay.org.au/index.php/en/news#yimbi [viewed 14 May 2014]
Condition: The yimbi is in a very good condition and has the patina of age arising from dust and changing tropical humidity.
I am selling this basket for $268 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the
A collection of German rocket related plans and other documentation
(above) V-I German flying bomb dated 4.4.1946
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-1_flying_bomb [viewed 13 March 2014])
Ink drawing on tracing paper
(sheet) 32.9 x 23.8 cm
Condition: No imperfections
V2 EWM A9 manned rocket dated 19.8.1945
(see http://www.kheichhorn.de/html/body_v2_ewm_a9.html [viewed 13 March 2014])
This planned to be the first intercontinental ballistic missile envisage for an attack against the
Ink drawing on tracing paper
(sheet) 32.9 x 44.7 cm
Condition: poor condition with tears, chips and remnant of tape on the upper edge. More significant is a 19.5 cm cut mark passing through the centre of the sheet. (I believe that this type of cut signifies that a plan is no longer required.)
Early plan-print (?) of the trajectory for missiles aimed at
Encyclopedia Astronautica provides interesting information about the A9 and A10 intercontinental ballistic missiles:
The A9/A10 was the world's first practical design for a transatlantic ballistic missile. Design of the two stage missile began in 1940 and first flight would have been in 1946. Work on the A9/A10 was prohibited after 1943 when all efforts were to be spent on perfection and production of the A4 as a weapon-in-being. Von Braun managed to continue some development and flight tests of the A9 under the cover name of A4b (i.e. a modification of the A4, and therefore a production-related project). In late 1944 work on the A9/A10 resumed under the code name Projekt Amerika, but no significant hardware development was possible after the last test of the A4b in January 1945. (See http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/a9a10.htm [viewed 13 March 2014])
Early plan-print (?)
(sheet) 29.6 x 51.8 cm
Condition: fair condition with light folds, tears, chips and signs of aging (oxidation) on the left and right sides.
Koran Manuscript Leaf, 17th century
Hand inscribed on both sides with ink and gold on fine paper
25.5 x 17.8 cm
Condition: A correctional change to text on lower right (verso). There is chipping and minor tears to the edges and natural wear from handling; otherwise in good condition (for its age). Based on the proportions of the leaf, I believe that it may have been reduced in size (i.e. cut down) at some time in its past life. I am selling this C17th page for a total cost of $72 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.
Madonna and Child (early 20th century [?]
I do not have a wealth of information about this piece but the inscription on the back (see photograph below) would be significant to those familiar with such carvings. I may be misguided but the artist may be Faust Emanuel Lang (1887–1973) (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faust_Lang). Regardless of who sculptured it, the piece is well executed, with good proportions and a fine sense of three-dimensions.
(height x width x depth) 25 x 9 x 5 cm
Condition: The sculpture is in good condition (i.e. there are no obvious cracks or signs of wear). Nevertheless, the infant’s arms are created out of an additional piece of wood but this appears to be an integral part of the sculpture’s construction rather than an imperfection. I am selling this sculpture for a total cost of $130 AUD including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. Please contact me using the email link at the top of the page if you have any queries or click the “Buy Now” button below.