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Fri, Nov 6th, 2009 01:14:23 PM
Topic: fakir kaminski and his rug auction

Below find pictures of the kaminski sale as it was originally advertised on Live auctioneers.com.

We have included the pages that now show the alleged "prices realized" at the kaminski sale.

RK says 'alleged' prices as we have heard quite a bit of scuttlebutt from New England dealers about what really happened at this sale.

Far be it from us, or our interest, to delve into the shenanigans frank kaminski, the auctioneer, may or may not have been up to. We will, however, examine the bogus descriptions mr kaminski allowed to be published for a majority of the rugs he sold in this sale.

But before we get into illustrating a number of the pieces we would like to comment on the publicity hype mr kaminski engaged in. Supposedly, as we originally heard it from him, most of the rugs in the sale were from the Morton Bradley estate. Now, after doing some preliminary detective work it appears to us kaminski did have a few pieces from the estate but the majority of the rugs appear to have come from other consignors.

This is the first and perhaps one of the strongest factors that has led RK to not only suspect mr kaminski was doing a dennis dodds dance, and doing it simultaneously on a number of dance floors.

Here is the first lot we would like to comment on.

Kaminski called this, and a couple of other Turkmen pieces he had for sale, an "asmalyk rug".


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Clearly it, and all the others kaminski hung this description on, are not asymalyk and while it is easy to forgive a non-specialist auctioneer for making such a mistake, it is not as easy to forgive the same auctioneer for a bunch of other mistakes he made.

This is especially pertinent since kaminski took out a full page ad in hali and hyped his sale to the roof.

Besides for the Tekke torba we already wrote about, everything else in kaminski's sale was either a mediocre to piss-poor example of its type or an outright late genre period reproduction presented as the real thing.

However, mr kaminski was not the only person hyping his sale -- let's remember the hali review which characterized his sale as having some "good looking Caucasians" , was equally as guilty and perhaps even more so as the hali reviewer should have known most of those "Caucasians" were either garbage examples or outright deceptions.

Here are two of the genuinely old Caucasians in the sale. Suffice it to say there were a couple of others but they, too, were as revolting as the two below so we are not going to bother to publish them here:

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If that Kazak was not bad enough to sink the hali reviewer's dumbass praise check out this "shirvan" no self respecting dog would even bother to pee on:

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RK could illustrate a couple of other late airport-art "caucasians" but why bother as they are a worthless as the two above.

But as bad as these two are the majority of the alleged "good looking Caucasians" were worse, as they are outright late genre period reproductions and the fact mr kaminski did not figure that out implies he is either too stupid to understand a fake from the real thing or too dishonest to tell the truth.

Frankly, no pun intended, we could care less the reason frank kaminski tried to bullshit the rug world -- reality is he failed completely and those bozos over at hali are equally as culpable.

Here is the "star kazak" kaminski tried to float as antique -- its nothing but a reproduction and a pretty crappy one at that.

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Here's another kaminski called a "Russian Shirvan" and while we admit the rug might have been made in Russia we sincerely doubt it was made in Shirvan or deserves to be called anything but a late genre period reproduction:

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Here another, this one described by kaminski as "antique Caucasian"

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The next one, which kaminski called a "19th century shirvan" is nothing but another blatant reproduction:
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The next, called an "antique Lori Pomback" is, you guessed it, nothing but another misleading description hung on a late genre period reproduction of a Lori Pembak:

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This lot, which sold for $7,000.oo is a bit better than some of the others but, it too, is nothing but a late genre period reproduction worth considerably less than what it sold for.


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Next, described by kaminski as "antique Russian fachrola" is not antique by any means, but while it does have the design of a Fachrolo Kazak it has no other attributes to properly ascribe it as "antique" or a "Fachrola":

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This one, described as a "antique Russian rug" also ain't antique or a genuine rug in the sewan design:

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Lord knows mr frank kaminski is not the first auctioneer to hype crapola rugs as "antique", nor is this the first time hali's stupid comments were obviously influenced by their penchant to "protect" their advertisers and in-group members from proper reportage.

Time is a wastin' while rugDUMB snores and allows charlatans and mountebanks like frank kaminski and his dumbo facilitators over at hali to escape critique and rebuke.

Fact is mr fank kaminski is either so dumb and stupid that he can't tell a bunch of late, genre period reproduction rugs from the real thing or just too damn dishonest to present the truth.

You all can go fuss over kaminski's real position but as far as we are concerned mr kaminski is nothing but a cheat, and a pretty stupid and ignorant one at that.

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