Work is feverishly going ahead on Freidrichstrasse in Weisbaden to meet the catalog deadline for the May 15 auction date.
The Boswells have big plans in store but the sands of time are moving against them.
But time isn't the only problem.
For those of you Turkmen collectors who have been living in a cave with Bin Laden as your neighbor or are just too insignificant to have been contacted, pinner's pieces have been flogged on the market for the past 18 months. Granted they were for sale only en mass and this is the excuse both pinner and little lord franses, who was behind all the flogging, have used to explain their no sale condition. However, when the Turkmen's will hit the fan so to speak, the real explanation - there are just too many unimportant and frankly pedestrian examples - will become apparent to all.
The majority of the 'star' pieces were collected by pinner's wife, Leslie Pinner, and after her departure from this world few others were added. Never the one to splurge out, pinner's choices since his wife left the rug buying plane were more motivated by their price than their importance or beauty. Combined with his pedantic and myopic "taste", the result was a bunch of "study pieces" that might have interested pinner but doubtfully will interest many of today's collectors. Well interest them to reach deeply into their pockets, that is.
On top of this, little lord franses's "battle" plan for selling the collection took off like a lead zepplin. And, as franses has never shown much understanding for anything other than Classical Carpets that can be looked up in books, unlike Turkmens and other non-classical pieces that require more than a library to understand, his failure to understand exactly what pinner had and how to sell it combined with the absurd all-or-nothing sales methodology are the main reasons they have ended up in the sweaty hands of the boswells.
A far better approach would have been to single out the few real stars and with the pinner moniker attached offer them to the creme-de-la-creme of Turkmen aficionados.
One thing that is undeniable in the collecting world is collections rarely sell well when the best is bundled with the mediocre and lesser examples. The bottom tends to bring down the top rather than visa-versa.
Watch and see this caveat prove positive on May 15th.
More to come on the behind the scenes maneuvers the boswells are planning for this event so stay tuned here.