RK recently learned the mitchell and rosalie rudnick, aka the rugniks, collection of 19th entury Caucasian rugs will be auctioned by the grogan auction in Boston, Mass USA.
Most of this collection is now well known having been exhibited at several east coast carpet venues over the past 25 years. The first was the New England rug society "Through the Collector's Eye" held at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). There is a published catalog of the same name where a number of their pieces can be seen.
The impetus for giving up their treasured collection, rumors have it, is the hospitalization of mrs. rudnick who suffers from terminal Alzheimer's disease and has become terminally lost in space.
RK has memorialized several encounters with them and we are sure readers will remember.
Their collection is a good one, but will bring to the auction block quite high reserves, as they were not afraid to write large checks to get what they wanted.
Often, their purchases were good but not the best, and we believe unless the reserves are seriously under what they paid there will be many unsold lots.
Caucsian rugs of the vintage they collected have become rather passe in the highest eschelons of rug collecting, particularly those interested in Caucasian rugs of the 19th century.
Maybe we are wrong and collectors will come out of the woodwork swinging their checkbooks with the verve and vigor the rugnicks were accustomed.
One thing is sure, the best of their bunch will sell extremely well and grogan is lucky to have won the opportunity to auction this collection.