Seems the sell and disappear from the rug scene disease has now infected supposed uber von uber collector of Turkmen rugs hans sienknecht.
We have heard rumblings from someone close to him the coming 'exhibition' at rippon idea has become a prelude to a one owner sale.
If this is the case we can flatly state sienknecht's sale(s) will suffer the same fate of the munkasci sale and not in any way reproduce hoped for jon thompson sotheby sale results.
There is little doubt what sienknecht has is superior to munkasci's variable accumulation, but whether or not it eclipses thompson's is at this point irrevelant.
Basically because the marketplace of possible buyers has shrunk and become highly polarized.
There are buyers at the top seeking the best and buyers at the bottom seeking the cheap.
However, the important middle market is bereft of paddle wavers, and since sienknecht's primus modus operandi will be to sell his lesser pieces, and the vast number of mistakes he has made, even if he sprinkles some of his best among the mix, his auction, or auctions, will flounder and fail.
Here's a bit of advice for the aging uber collector -- forget about selling the rest and just sell the best.
But we are sure sienknecht will believe his alleged reputation will somehow produce buyers and induce them to gobble up his goods.
Good luck on that one, chump, fat chance of that happening.
Plus sienknecht's collection is large, according to some over 1500 examples, and most important the vast majority are tres passť and not really interesting or early enough for today's small contingent of highly focused Turkmen collectors.
Remember sienknecht is German and, even tough he has been buying for three decades, for most of that time he would only buy 'german condition' middle to later 19th century Turkmen pieces.
This is where the vast majority of his collection lies, a type of Turkmen weaving now almost totally ignored and eschewed by top buyers.