RK has seen an early copy of the November 24, 2012 rippon-boswell sale which numbers 319 lots.
There are a few pieces we could comment on but frankly we are tired of providing pre- and post-auction reports, hence the lack of late in our coverage of any rug auction sales by any of the auction companies, not only rippon-bowell but sotheby, Christie, Bonhams, et.al.
However, we will continue when something amazingly wonderful, or as in the case of our writing this missive, amazingly stupid appears in these catalogs.
Such is the case with one particular lot in boswell's latest November sale.
Lot 74, rippon-boswell Nov 24, 2012, described in the catalog as "18th century" "Konya". It is according to RK a FAKE, nothing but a new reproduction.
This large yastik, size is 1.72 by 1.14 meter, is a blatant fake and although RK has often expressed little respect for detlef maltzahn's expertise as a supposed rug expert, or for his honesty as an auctioneer, we did not believe him stupid and so ignorant to believe an ersatz copy like this to be genuine.
But as someone famous once said "Never be surprised by people's stupidity".
Lot 74 reminds RK of another similar FAKE reproduction we wrote about some years ago.
"Here we see john thompson -- aka johnny-boy, who if there is a darling of Rugdom thompson must be that darling -- inspecting what appears to be a Turkish yastic during his N.Y. trip to select the pieces for the (hajji baba 75th) anniversary exhibition and catalog.
In light of the above, RK truly wonders what johnny-boy is telling the overstuffed shirt onlooker, presumably hajji member ted mast the yastic owner, about this highly questionable, and in our opinion recent reproduction, i.e. a fake.
RK has a good memory for rugs and, in fact, we remember writing about this bogus yastic several years ago."
Granted, the repro-artiste who wove Lot 74 has improved on technique, but the fake "wear" lot 74 shows, versus the thick-pile condition the ted mast collection fake yastik above exhibits, still is not capable of fooling an expert.
Sure, sure it fooled maltzahn, and he will undoubtedly sing lot 74's praises to some check-book wallet-head "client" who will, like rug-fool hajji baba-ite ted mast, fall hook line and sinker.
Maybe boswell should enlist "dr" jon, the con, thompson to bless lot 74?
Anyway, we all know an auction is caveat emptor and boswell, who has paraded and sold countless fake Kazak rugs over the past years, can now add this FAKE reproduction "Konya" to this ever growing list.
By the way, we have been contacted by several former clients of rippon-boswell who unfortunately believed the Kazak they had purchased was as described in the catalog at the time of purchase.
That was until sometime later when they started to think to the contrary and contacted us for an appraisal.
RK was sorry to tell them their fears were justified and their purchases were not antique but rather new reproductions.
In closing, anytime detlef aka boswell maltazhn wants to try and contest our opinions we welcome him to post his objections here or, should he have the stupidity to do so, in any court of law of his choice.