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Tue, Nov 4th, 2014 05:52:22 AM
Topic: Preface to rippon-boswell Fall 2014 sale catalog

This striped Eagle group I 'Pardah' will be the lead Turkmen weaving in boswell's upcoming Nov. 2014 sale. Read more below.

RK has had a sneak-preview of the catalog for rippon-boswell's coming sale and perhaps later we will leave comments about some of the better offerings.

However, we would like to now take this opportunity to comment about the catalog's "Preface".

We do not remember another catalog where detlef maltzahn, the owner and grande fromage at rippon prefaced his catalog with a short spiel. And this, dear readers, is the reason for our comments which will appear in bold type after maltzahn's.

Before doing so we would like to mention our lack of regard and respect for both maltzahn's knowledge of oriental rugs and his often bazaar, off-the-wall attributions. By the way, those attributions are not the only thing that is off-the-wall as we know for a fact of maltzahn's penchant to pull "bids" off the back wall to help the bidding reach the reserves set by his consignors.

This is not dishonest or illegal, most auctioneers do it but because of the small audience his sales have and the limited bidding this practice is quite obvious in maltzahn's case.

Here is his preface:

Our 2014 autumn auction The generational change has set in motion a restructuring phase in the art market. Many collections compiled over the course of decades are now being dissolved, none more so than carpet collections.

This is a gross overstatement as oriental rug collectors are no more prone to selling now than other art collectors. RK has frequently pointed out maltzahn's habit of over-playing and over-emphasizing and this statement surely qualifies.

Heirs often feel no affinity with oriental carpets collected by their parents or grandparents and decide to sell them.

Heirs of carpet collectors are, again, no more prone to selling daddy's collection than any other type of collector's children. More over-stating from maltzahn

Experienced older collectors frequently put up their treasures for auction during their lifetimes so as to have a hand in the proceedings themselves. This means that very good objects are returning to the market.

Here we agree and most probably over the next decade more valuable pieces will come to the market from old collections rather than as in the past new discoveries from attics, basements and old homes.

Our autumn auction offers numerous examples of this trend. Most of the fifteen Suzanis included in our A 85 sale have been consigned from the UK. The collector purchased them from leading rug dealers and is now selling them for reasons of age.

-- An elderly lady from northern Italy with many years of collecting experience has consigned forty-five carpets and textiles, instructing us to apply very moderate guide prices to ensure that preferably all her pieces will find new owners. We have indicated the provenance of this particular collection (Signora Gallo Collection).

--Most of the Anatolian kilims are from two private collections. A Palatinate manufacturer was deeply involved in kilims for thirty years, but his children pursue other interests. A Swiss architect discovered his love of Anatolian kilims during many years of living in oriental countries. One of the greatest experts on Islamic architecture, he restored Islamic old towns on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation and came into close contact with oriental textiles during his work.

-- Since the re-establishment of our company in 1987, Rippon Boswell has been able to successfully auction many rare and valuable Turkmen rugs. A particular highlight of this sale is the Eagle Group I carpet showing a stripe design which has been consigned from the USA.

When we first saw the picture of the striped 'Pardah' above we thought it was the same one rippon had sold in May 2000 that we show below.

Striped Eagle group 'Pardah' sold at rippon-boswell in May 2000, lot 143, for approximately 110,000usd against an estimate of 140,000DM

But in fact it is not as we discovered when actually comparing the photos.

The one from that sale was also purchased by an American collector, actually by Michael Rothberg with Ralph Kaffel as the underbidder. Rothberg paid about 110,000 usd and we have an interesting tale to tell about this rug but regrettably readers will have to wait for our promised autobiography to read that one.

Rothberg's appears to be the earlier but unfortunately its abused condition mars its beauty. The one up for sale now is in quite good condition and appears to be an exemplary, if somewhat boring in design, Turkmen artefact.

By the way 'Pardah' is the Persian word to describe a hanging that was used to divide the yurt into a private place for the newly married couple to sleep. These are very rare and we expect it to make a good price but considerably less than rothberg was pushed to pay in May 2000.

The items offered at this sale also include several European pieces. The five cushion covers dating from the late Renaissance period were woven in northern German workshops run by Dutch emigrants and are truly lucky finds. The UK consignor purchased them from the famous C. John company in London a long time ago. Moreover, we are pleased to offer two modern French pictorial weavings. Woven ca. 1950 in the tapestry technique, the Le Tarasque Aubusson tapestry is based on a design by Jean Lurat. The Picasso pile rug Le Vase was woven at Marie Cutollis Paris studio to an original design by Pablo Picasso in 1960.

End of Preface

We have not seen the entire catalog but can predict none of the kelim will be interesting enough for us to bother with, though we are always hoping to see a new archaic group discovery.

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