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Wed, Aug 19th, 2015 06:45:19 AM
Topic: Comin'back for More: sotheby October 2015 Sale

Riding on the successful first edition of what we imagine will hithertoforth become a perennial series, sotheby New York will hold a sequel "Carpets from Distinguished Collections" sale on October 1, 2015.

The catalog, we are also pretty sure, is still looking for entries but on their website five lots are pictured.

And although another internet commentator, our friend over at GilmoreChronicles.com, was far more enthusiastic RK is rather nonplussed.

A column prayer rug sotheby's calls 17th century Ottoman is pretty enough but it decidedly lacks the drama, brilliant coloring, masterful drawing, proportions and perspective the real 17th century rugs of this type display.

We opine it is circa 1750 and woven in the environs of Ladik.

The minor borders are colorful and well drawn but compared to the champions of this genre fall to the wayside. And the main border has a jumbled thrown together look we do not remember having seen before. Surely not a good sign.

This is what RK likes to call a clipper ship period weaving, as the workshop where it was undoubtedly produced was working to supply ever growing demand and not exactly going for quality over quality in their production.

The 30,000-50,000 dollar estimate is reasonable and RK will not be surprised for some punters to gang up on it and drive the price to double the high estimate.

This of course is based on our belief the rug is NOT extensively restored.

A boring and droll to the max Polonaise is on offer with an eye-popping estimate of 800,000 - 1,200,000. We believe it has no chance of selling unless some nouveau rich to the gills paddle waver wants it for the floor of his macmansion.

All these Polonaise rugs are art-worthless but ones of this variety strain the belief anyone could call it beautiful, forget art.

A reasonably priced bit too late suzani will sell but a just a wee-bit too trashed Vase carpet fragment ex-Kelekian collection carrying a 150,000 - 200,000 dollar estimate will go back to the owner, unless a decompressed reserve gets installed prior to paddle time.

The last of the five hors d'oeuvres is this Yomut C-gol MC.

It's not a bad example but it is not early enough to attract bidding from the Turkmen collector connoisseur crowd at the overly optimistic 80,000 - 120,000 estimate.

Frankly, even at half that estimate we believe the leading edge of Turkmen weaving collectors will resist bidding, and since the mid-range Turkmen rug collectors are basically non-existent, as well as not financially capable of purchasing at this price level, this MC will also go back to the owner.

Selling circa 1800 and later Turkmen weavings has become difficult, the munkacsi sale ample proof.

The rarity and historic importance of genuine pre middle 18th century and earlier Turkmen pieces makes them prime targets for the small but seemingly still growing well heeled and knowledgeable cadre of collectors.

There is also a lively market for unusual and rare pre-1850 Turkmen weavings in good to excellent condition.

But anything like this C-gol MC falls between those widely spaced cracks and we are sure on sale day we will be proven right.

Again, we do not discount the fact some richie rich will get talked into buying this aa a decorative accessory for a Park Avenue male cave, ie library, where cigars and cognacs will get served to guests.

If these are the best of what's in store for prospective bidders RK thinks the 80 percent sale rate at the first sale will not be bettered, and it's highly unlikely it will even be equalled.

The market for rare, highly desirable early rugs and carpets has never been stronger but a top heavy "looking for the best" mass of buyers now far outweights by a ton those willing to purchase middle of the road and lesser low end goods at yesterday's prices, or anything not severely discounted.

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