In response to the posting of our viewpoint concerning the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's purchase of the supposed early Turkish Rug from dennis dodds, one of our readers, who uses the name "remeli", contributed the following:
"While I was viewing his collection, Mr.Dodds produced a smoked Tekke six gull torba (since I expressed interest in Turkman pieces),still pictured on cloudband, insisting it was circa 1800,which he felt was a bargain at 14,000. The generous dating of this piece, in addition to the wildly inflated asking price, immediately made me suspicious of the seller. I found Mr. Dodds completely preoccupied with money and attaining the highest possible prices for his pieces, irrespective of their merit. The entire experience was quite a let down."
We do not know who this reader is but we do know the comments laid on mr dodd's doorstep are true to form.
RK.com has known mr dodds for more than 25 years, watched him in action and has heard similar tales to remeli's in the past. While we do not think it is correct to down anyone for asking high prices for their goods we do agree they deserve censure when the quality of the offering is not commensurate with the price.
In this regard, we looked at dodd's online offerings and wonder if this is the Tekke piece remeli mentions:
If so, we would appreciate a confirmation from him as RK.com has something quite interesting to add to his story.