We do like the open drawing of the five star box minor gols, which are more typically compressed in the later pieces bearing this design, and base our circa 1800 opinion on that feature. The guesstimate of 10,000 euro is low and we expect this to surpass that price. RK.com readers know RK doesn’t much go for Baluch weavings and strictly speaking lot 112 doesn’t ring our bell.
However, it is a good example of the, perhaps, most desirable type of Baluch bag – those with animals and no other major device in the field. Called “mid 19th c.” in the catalog, another somewhat over dating attempt on maltzahn’s part– our’s would be end 19th which is respectable enough for any Baluch - it sports a 3,800 euro estimate that is the most realistic of any of the lots we have looked at so far.
The Marasali Prayer Rug, lot 128, is another lot with a silly estimate, 1,600 euro.
While this is not a world beater of a Marasali pray rug and might have a synthetic dye or two, it is still worth far more than that.
In almost every review of a rippon bowswell sale published here on RK.com we have commented on maltzahn’s penchant for devising outlandish attributions for their offerings. Lot 133, called a “Cumra Prayer Rug” is another of these dopey attempts to shows his alleged expertise and rug savvy
While there is a city by that name in central Turkey how boswell knows this rug was made there strikes us as nothing more than a parlor-trick provenance and surely nothing that proves anything other than the fact he is a joker of the steev price=clown category. Again we don’t much like this rug, although we’d readily agree it is better than average by a good degree. But we do not know why sir boswell just didn’t stick to calling this Konya area instead of climbing on the rickety ladder of calling it a Cumra. The 3,300 euro estimate is more than fair and realistic even though his Cumra tag isn’t.
Lot 146A is a chopped up fragment from a now quite famous Paracas mantle.
We have seen other chunks of it in some famous collections and, even though this bit of border is a disaster area, we still like it and the 1,500 euro estimate a fair price to pay.
The “dragon verneh”, lot186, carries another stupidly low estimate, 3,600 euro.
Why maltzahn would spend his words talking about the minor condition problems instead of mentioning the great design and proportions it has is completely beyond us. Rarely do these verneh have the grace or styling of what you see here – notice the bird heads or “horns” atop each of the large S’s that fill the field as well as the “tails" below them. This piece, while not in the league of the famous Joe McMullan example that is on the cover of his wonderful book, still is a very rare example and should shatter sir boswell’s dumb price guesstimate.
Two other pieces we like to picture and bring to our readers attention follow but frankly our time is limited this weekend so you all will have to form your own opinions about them as we need to get this to our web guy to put online right now.
The first, a sumak bag, is a rare type.
And the second is a quirky ersari/beshir ensi we find charming, however, it’s charms were not enough to have made us want to own it.