RK.com is no stranger to the notion of “flying carpets” but those we know about “fly” on account of their amazing iconographies, proportions and colors. None of which, mind you, are possessed by this late, two-dimensional, pastiche of a yastic:
that has flown from a European auction sale to dodds’s show in Philadelphia with remarkable alacrity.
It is one of the more prominent so-called “stars” of dodds’s Arthur Ross Gallery Anatolian exhibition and one example RK has questioned.
The fact this yastic was very recently sold at auction in Europe -- it was lot 93 in rippon-boswell’s November 19, 2005 auction – and then so quickly found itself included in dodds’s show, which opened only two months later, does appear to RK to be a bit suspicious.
Now it is perfectly possible there is nothing unseemly going on here but, knowing dodds and his penchant for using his position to further his personal agenda and gain, we would not be surprised if dodds has had some unannounced involvement in this process.
Usually exhibits for any museum show are finalized long before opening. Why this yastic turned up in dodds’s show of Anatolian Rugs, at Arthur Ross Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania that opened on Jan 21, 2006, when it was being sold at auction in Germany just two months before--mid-November 2005, should raise more than just our eyebrows.
By the way, the yastic was advertised by bozwell, who is another outrageous issuer of trumped up provenance and gross over-dating (dodds and bozwell have plenty of others in company with them here) as 18th century and sold with an estimated price of 26,000 euro.
According to the sales results published by the bozwells it made 22,000 euro ($26,250.oo at today’s rate of exchange).
In RK’s opinion that price is almost as ludicrous and far from what it should be as calling it a Karapinar area weaving and dating it to the 18th century – nothing but nonsense.
Each new photo of this yastic we see only further convinces us it is not circa 1800 and might well be the reproduction, i.e. fake, we have stated.
Regardless of its genuineness, it is not a masterpiece or a gem (few, if any of the pieces, in dodds’s mis-named exhibition are).
We have heard the name of the person who supposedly was the buyer of the yastic at rippon bozwell and, if the name we have heard bandied about is correct, the idea dodds was the buyer’s “expert and/or consultant” would be well-placed.
If so, it again demonstrates dodds’s seriously flawed understanding of historic Anatolian Rugs, as well as his practice of using these museum shows to exhibit his for-sale-inventory as well as his and his client’s supposed ‘private’ rug collections.
Let’s not forget, dodds told the LACMA curator, dale gluckman, the late, genre copy of a pseudo-'Bellini' rug he sold them was “…from (his) private collection…and had never been offered for sale.”
Both of these statements were bald-faced, unadulterated, out and out lies and misrepresentations.
The facts are clear and present for anyone to examine: The LACMA rug and this miserable example of a yastic are not masterpiece, early period, weavings at all but only ones that are hardly comparable to those that actually are masterpieces.
More to come, stay tuned to RK until dodds faces the music and is forced to quit his out of step turkey-trot cha-cha-cha.