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Tue, Feb 18th, 2014 05:14:33 AM
Topic: A more than just interesting comparison

While looking for some other pictures earlier this week RK found the following two, both of which are of rugs that appeared in sotheby's rug sales in 2002 and 2003.

As you can see they both were just sold again in the “Rugs from Distinguished Collections” sale.

After carefully checking to see they are in fact the same, for grins we then looked at the “condition reports” sotheby listed in the catalog.

Seems to us not only did sotheby carpet department miss the fact these two rugs were sold by them in October of 2002 and April of 2003, but they 'forgot' to list all the repairs that the before and after pictures reveal have been done.

Before and after pictures from the sotheby website showing on the left the Bakshaish prayer rug, lot 155 “Rugs from Distinguished Collections” sale and on the right the same rug sold at sotheby October, 2002. Below the condition report for lot 155.


Before and after pictures from the sotheby website showing on the left the Khotan medallion rug lot 161 “Rugs from Distinguished Collections” sale and on the right the same rug sold at sotheby April 2003. Below the condition report for lot 161.

There is little doubt mary joe otsea, the sotheby carpet expert, has not come far in learning about antique rugs or in her abilities to direct the carpet department since she started as secretary when bill the liar ruprecht was in charge.

When ruprecht left michael grogan, who had been the junior ‘expert’, became the head of the department.

And when grogan left, circa 1988, otsea inherited the position.

This means she has been there for a total of 35 years(25 as 'expert') and after such a long term one would think her knowledge and command of the idiom would be much better than she consistently proves.

Not listing these previous sales at sotheby, or honestly and correctly listing the numerous repairs that have been done to both rugs, bodes poorly for otsea and sotheby in general.

Plus the mistakes in the catalog, which otsea had to point out from the podium, and the crooked photos which are on the website (and we presume in the catalog) also show what a mediocre and sloppy ship captain otsea runs.

Time to put her out to pasture and then maybe sotheby can woo Lawrence Kearney out of Skinners to their rug department?

Author: jc
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Tue, Feb 18th, 2014 05:14:33 AM

Various people have asked us, and emailed, why sotheby did not mention they had sold these two lots, or others that were in the sale?

We told them all to go ask mary joe otsea, the secretary turned rug-department expert.

Or better yet, go call william, the stooge, ruprecht, ex-rug department flunky turned corporate president, and ask him.

We doubt he or otsea will say anything genuine, probably they forgot or the dog at the printer ate their having done so in the catalog.

There is little doubt sotheby has little interest in oriental rugs, or just about anything else other than paintings, which provide the vast majority of the company's income. And, therefore, their heads of department in rugs and other "lesser" art areas are pretty piss-poor.

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