Since publishing our review of the rippon boswell Vok sale, RK received two emails that tried to take us to task for our interpretations of the results.
They both were probably written by the same person, as we find incredulous within 24 hours of publication two very similar emails would arrive.
But no matter if they were or were not written by the same hand their message and intent far from discounts, let alone nullifies, what RK wrote.
Their trying to blacken and over paint our words with the big yellow happy face absurdity “the results are good for the market…and for oriental rug collecting” is both myopic and stupid.
RK already explained the buyers at the Vok sale would definitely not been as eager, or even, buyers at a small unknown auction sale if the same lots they purchased at rippon boswell were offered to them.
Nor would they have as quickly opened their wallets, even if they did try to acquire such pieces.
And if you think these same buyers would purchase such pieces from any dealer, the highest profile to the lowest, for the same prices wipe the sleep out of your eyes, you’re dreaming.
So how, pray tell, is what happened at rippon-boswell “good for the market”?
The proceeds (at least 33%) go to an auctioneer who does not buy carpets and the rest goes to a collector who is retiring from rug collecting.
Therefore not one penny will get circulated in rug collecting circles. In fact at the least this auction vacuum-cleaned countless tens of thousands of euro out of the rug market.
And to think anyone who has an IQ above 80 could possibly opine this sale is good for the market?
One more thing: RK believes it hilarious Vok has been described by that rag hali, rippon-boswell's catalog and others as “someone who bought with an artist’s eye”.
This too is rubbish, as Vok’s artist’s eye was led by a rope to each and every piece he purchased by an “expert” paid to vet his purchases.
RK met Vok early on and later observed his actions from far numerous other times.
This guy had about as much “charisma” as an empty cigar box, and were it not for his having organized and hosted several very lavish events for rugDUMB’s “royalty” we sincerely doubt anyone would have ever spoken his name.
No, no the Vok sale is nothing but another unmistakable reminder of the fallacies and total myopia rugDUMB believes about itself.
Vok was just a quirky, eccentric, wealthy guy who realized his money could buy him notoriety in the rug game, and he pursued that vision for 25 years.
The simple fact he is now selling everything he bought, though he needs not the money and has plenty of place to keep his collection, speaks volumes as to just exactly who Ignatius Vok “rug collector” truly is/was.
He’s a dud, a bogus straw-man, who first went masquerading as a rug and textile collector and now as a generous philanthropist who is scattering his ‘treasured’ weavings to the wind so “others might enjoy them”.
What hog-wash bullshit is this?
Were Ignatius Vok really a collector and a philanthropist he would have started his own museum, found an existing one to endow and to donate his collection, or just kept his “treasures” in his closet.
Lord knows, he has the financial means to support scientific study of his collection and that of others as well to enlarge the knowledge base and make collecting in this area more professional.
These, and other things we can imagine, are what true collectors and connoisseurs do.
Sadly what Ignatius Vok has done falls major leagues short of such lofty but accessible goals.
So where in all this Vok story is there anything good for the oriental rug market?
RK says nowhere, and anyone who says different is nothing but a blind stooge and one-eyed sycophant to the present and pathetic state of affairs in rugDUMB.