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Sun, May 29th, 2005 01:05:01 PM
Topic: Review of the rippon boswell Spring Sale Part I

OK, let’s now take a gander at what the boswells have gathered up for their sale. The first piece we chose for comment is lot 41 a Chodor Main Carpet that sir bos dated to “around 1800” and guesstimated for 9,000 euros.

Here is what he had to say about it: “Some old restorations and re-knotted areas and tread folds. Sides cut and shirazi newly added. Some remnants of kilim ends still existing. With regard to its high age in acceptable condition.”

First off this rug is, in our estimation, at best circa 1830-40, which doesn’t in any way equate with his “high age” theory. We recognize the unusual feature of have an Ertman-like treatment surrounding the main gols but this is not something that implies “high age”, in fact, it rather signifies this carpet is what we feel – mid-19th. Also the rather flattened “football” style minor gols and later style main border fit more closely to our age assessment than boswell’s. Besides the age issue we find the rug to be busy and contrived, without any genuine visual pizzazz or punch. We feel it won’t reach the estimate that is unless mr chodor from New York thinks he knows better, as is his accustomed modus operandi.

The next, lot 93, is a Yomud group mafrash that is dated to the “1st half 19th c” in the catalog.

We feel this is another over-dated stretch and the estimate of 12,500 euro nothing more than a silly stab in the dark. Boswell tells his readers it is “completely preserved with its kilim back; in very good condition” which again doesn’t signify anything other than this piece is a later day piece of posh Turkmen mid-19th century work. We agree it might be sorta pretty to novice eyes but in the flesh we are sure it has a heavy handle and is not in anyway worth the price the auctioneers believe. We like it little, however, we will not be surprised if the boswells bamboozle some checkbook wielding “collector” into ponying up a pant full for it, as has been their routine lately for Turkmen’s of this ilk.

Lot 105, a Ladik Prayer Rug is dated “late 18th c.” which is perfectly fine with us.

But the absurd estimate of 1,500 euro makes mockery of the cataloguer as it is stupidly under-valued. Sure we know auctioneers like to look good to a supplier when an item makes a significant multiple of its estimate but really now, bos, are you so desperate for praise from your consigners. Look for this rug, old repairs and all, to sell for 5K plus.

By the way the provenance of the rug “This rug was bought in Egypt in 1880 and kept in a German Collection since” is worth the 1500 euro all by itself. Wake up maltzahn you look the fool here to anyone who even slightly knows the score.

Another prayer rug, lot 106, which by the way is nothing more than a dish-towel compared to the Ladik is estimated at an unbelievable 14,000 euro.

Granted this is an example of the rarest type of Konya Prayer rug but it is far from a best of type, in fact, it is in our eyes a pretty crummy one.

Dated in the catalog to “1st half 19th c.”, we’d have preferred circa 1840 at best, this rug has no magic - it is two-dimensional in photo. Since we have seen a number, and owned a few, over the years we are sure in the hand it is no better. Will it sell? We hazard not a guess for at the boswell casino reality often goes way out of line.

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