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The Vok Collection – Third Sale on 25th March 2017

11/20/2017

(Lot numbers 177 – 270)

Our reception on the eve of the third Vok Sale was attended by many distinguished guests both from Germany and abroad. They were in for a surprise: Mr Bruce Baganz, Chairman of the Near Eastern Art Research Center, presented Dr Ignazio Vok and Detlef Maltzahn with the “Joseph V. McMullan Award for Scholarship and Stewardship in Islamic Rugs and Textiles“. Considered the greatest accolade in the world of Oriental carpets and textiles, the McMullan Award has been presented since 1988 to persons who have gained distinction and merit through special contributions in the field. The international group of recipients includes people from the USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Iran, Turkey and Russia.

The introduction to the third auction catalogue contained an essay on suzanis by Andrew Hale. This well-travelled American writer has seen the situation in Uzbekistan for himself and is considered one of the leading authorities on Central Asian textiles. Dr Ulrich Türck who has been conducting his own research into Anatolian kilims for many years contributed an essential article, entitled “The Origins of Anatolian Kilim Designs”. Comprehensive and richly illustrated, his contribution exceeded the scope of our catalogue and was thus published on a CD enclosed in the book.

The day of the sale saw a repetition of the events of the two auctions held in 2015 and 2016. The participants in the crowded auction room seemed to be keener than ever before to make a purchase, but despite brisk bidding on the floor telephone bidders carried the day in many cases. The auction sold 92 of the 94 lots offered, a success rate of almost 100%. As regards Anatolian weavings, two telephone bidders fought a long battle for the rare Yüncü kilim offered as lot 236; estimated at a guide price of € 3,500 – € 4,200, the kilim eventually went to a French collector for € 30,000. Otherwise events actually developed as expected, with the highest prices being paid for the suzanis, which included some of the best and rarest in the collection. The following list shows several exceptional hammer prices from the two main categories:

Suzani silk embroideries:
Lot 208 – € 28,000
Lot 207 – € 46,000
Lot 224 – € 25,000
Lot 230 – € 35,000
Lot 247 – € 56,000
Lot 252 – € 54,000
Lot 259 – € 30,000
Lot 260 – € 48,000
Lot 261 – € 62,000
Lot 269 – € 46,000
Lot 270 – € 62,000

Kilims and other flatweaves:
Lot 193 – € 7,500
Lot 200 – € 12,000
Lot 201 – € 7,500
Lot 216 – € 9,000
Lot 219 – € 10,000
Lot 221 – € 9,000
Lot 228 – € 19,000
Lot 236 – € 30,000
Lot 240 – € 22,000
Lot 250 – € 15,000
Lot 266 – € 13,500

Summary

The three Vok Sales are now history. The results show that they have been highly successful. The collector’s wish to see his masterpieces “travel all over the globe” has been fulfilled. The three sales can be summarised as follows.

The collection published by Vok in his four books numbered 263 pieces of which 262 were consigned for the auction (the collector retained no. 45 in Caucasus-Persia).

Our three catalogues comprise 270 lot numbers, with eight lots that were not sold immediately being offered again in subsequent auctions.

From a total of 262 lots, 259 lots were sold, a success rate of 98.86%. The full sum of the hammer prices amounted to € 3,760,750. All the kilims and flatweaves found new owners, and only three suzanis remained unsold. The four categories achieved the following results:

Persian kilims and flatweaves (68 lots) = € 437,750. Average price = € 6,435

Anatolian kilims and flatweaves (80 lots) = € 745,600. Average price = € 9,320

Caucasian kilims and flatweaves (35 lots) = € 447,100. Average price = € 12,775

Suzanis and other embroideries (79 lots) = € 2,130,300. Average price: € 26,965

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