Presidents Day in the U.SA.
Another holiday so not much happening .
One minor thing worth a line or two.
Butterscotch Auction Gallery , Pound Ridge , N.Y. held a sale yesterday that featured a hand full of oriental rugs and the group included a pair of possibly interesting sumak bags. Lot # 411, pre- sale estimate a very reasonable $1-1,600.00 . In the illustrations they appear to be in decent condition and acceptable quality . They ended up selling for $ 1,900.00 plus 20% comm. If the colors are all good it could be a fairly profitable purchase for someone out there.
Last mention for today but certainly not the least.
Rugtracker.com has a new post . A Star-Kazak Atlas .
If you have an interest in this group of Kazaks you gotta check this post out !
Very complete .
Well done J.T. !
Here we go with the next Netherhampton spectacle .
Scheduled on March 5 at their Salisbury Salesrooms this offering includes approximately 568 lots of rugs , carpets and various textile entries. As usual nothing special in the group mostly just run of the mill low end items. Once again the sale is over loaded with ordinary Turkmen pieces however there are 9 lots of pile tent band fragments and because the illustrations in the online catalog are of such poor quality it's difficult to tell if any of them are any good. If you can make it to the sale they definitely are worth checking out.
One lot that I did think was sort of bizarre and worth mention was lot # 1571. Cataloged as Mashed Zodiac rug , early 20 . Pre-sale est.£ 6-800.00 .
Hardly important and something of an oddity , but still not a carpet you come across every day!
Still motionless .
Nothing much in the way of rug world news the last few days and it looks like is gonna stay that way till Sunday and the upcoming Grogan auction in Dedham Ma. Not a big deal as far as rugs and carpets go but better than nothing. Looks like the weather is going to play ball for those who can attend the sale in person .
Yes , the east coast crew needs a break from all the snow .
Business continues to move in a positive direction at O.C.G.
Saturday quiet Saturday !
Silence today .
No electricity at O.C.G. Line restoration .
The Grogan sale is now in progress , let's just see how that turns out.
As usual the rugs and carpets are at the tail end of the sale .
Update 9:20. PM east coast time.
The sale has just finished up and out of the 77 lots put under the hammer only 2 failed to find new homes. A sold percentage of about 97 %. As one would expect Persian city carpets brought the strongest prices. This was far from an important offering and the merchandise was more or less mid range but some of the pieces brought very good prices so Mr Grogan and crew deserve a hand shake and a hi -0 for a job well done .
Concerning the 23 lots from the Grover Schiltz coll. only one failed to sell. Nice for the estate .
As for the 2 lots i featured in a earlier post .
Lot # 869 Susani frag. Pre- sale est. $ 5-800 .00 . Sold for $1,200.00 + comm.
Lot # 871 Persian kelim . Pre- sale est. $3-500.00 .Sold for $500.00.+ comm.
End of a long day for M.G.and staff.
From all appearances looks like the east coast rug market is still alive and kickin !!
That's all for now.
Update 11:30 East Coast time.
Dale Jr. wins Daytona 500
Can it get any better than this ?????
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Like most of the fresh weeks lately we are off to a slow start . Business continues at O.C.G. but nothing in the way of current rug news to blog about .
One relatively minor thing to mention today.
Materialculture of Philadelphia Pa.has an auction ( The collectors Eye ) scheduled on Feb. 25 that included's about 143 lots of various rugs and flat weaves from many weaving areas .
That sale name seems to be very popular with the auctioneers lately !
This particular group is loaded with mediocre Tibetan rugs and the rest of the carpets are somewhat run of the mill too. There are also a large number of tribal textiles from all around the world. Nothing to get excited about as there is not one serious collectors item in the whole group but if your a bargain hunter or on a budget have a look you might find something.
The next sale hosted by Austria Auction Co. on March 15 is live on line now. This time around the production consist of 236 total lots of rugs carpets and textiles . After going through the complete listing I found it to be similar to the last sale as far as selection and quality . No real stand out items just a decent all around group. Plenty of Turkmen's but nothing that's really special to my eye . Good but not great .
One lot I thought was at least uncommon and interesting is listed below.
Lot # 108 Karapinar fragment . Pre- sale est. € 5-7,000.00 . Certainly not inexpensive as far as the estimate goes but if it's as good in person who knows ?
Valentines Day . What can you say . Everybody is taking the day off in the O.C. That's right , they are all on the freeway . In So Cal it figures.
Just to make sure I took another stroll through the Austria Auction Co. listing and will stick with my first impression . Still good but not great. Again no stand outs but plenty of better items certainly worth your time to take a look.
With the lack of fresh things turning up in the market the on going bad weather on the eastern half of U.S. is for sure a contributing factor !
Tomorrow the Long Beach fair in the morning then out of town visitors at O.C.G.
No action at Long Beach this morning but I did run into a couple of rug dealers from New England out here to try their luck and escape the ice and snow .
Next up visitors and unexpected commerce too.
So this closes out a fairly slow week but it appears things are gonna pick back up in the next 10 days or so.
Don't rush to judgement it always ends up biting you in the posterior ! Sheik Frederich , 2014
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After all the action at the end of last week it figures we would be of to a slow start this week . Nothing new to blog about so far.
Here we go with a small piece of fresh news.
A new issue of the “carpet COLLECTOR ” magazine is available now. Check out the hard copy issue or the one online when you can .
More Sotheby's news although nothing on the scale of last weeks sale . This time around we have , ” The Private Coll. Of of the late Stanley J.Seeger ” at the London Sotheby's auction room on Mar. 5 – 6 . I am not sure who he was but he had a lot of items including at least 60 + rugs carpets and textiles. The total lot count of the group is 1000 items and includes many categories of ethnic art.Nothing in the way of great collectors items in the rug dept. but a few slightly interesting pieces .
Concerning the rugs and textiles included in the sale it is over loaded on the Tibetan side but there's plenty of other pieces from various weaving areas too . From a general ethnic art collecting stand point it's certainly worth your time to take a look.
As far as the carpet portion of the sale goes the two Important entries are Arts and Crafts carpets which are listed below.
Lot # 576 , a an Irish Donagal carpet , “The Donnemara carpet” . Pre- sale est. £ 15 – 20,000.00 . Not my cup of tea , but it looks good and these used to very popular .
Lot # 851 , William Morris – Hammersmith Carpet . Pre- sale estimate £ 18- 25,000.00 . Again not my field but nice.
I did notice a few mid-range collector pieces that could be of interest.
Lot 295 , Pair of Sumak bags , pre- sale est. £ 4-800.00 . Common design but if the colors are as good in person as in the illustrations who knows ? Lot # 296 Kurd bag face , pre- sale est. € 3-500.00 . Looks much better than the usual pieces that turn up.
Lot # 407 , Silk Ikat , pre- sale £ 8-1200.00 . More colorful than the pieces you usually see in shows and at auction with a very realistic opening estimate . The pre-sale estimates are very conservative however it's not where you start it's where you end up !
Fresh Gilmorechronicles Gallery post live now , check it out.
Opening night festivities at the Caskey – Lees Tribal Arts Show this evening , let's just see how that turns out !
The online catalog for the next Dorotheum rug and carpet auction scheduled on Feb. 25 in Vienna , Austria is available now. This time around its a somewhat smaller offering including just 185 total lots. Nothing in the way of barn burners as far as I can see. The sale seems a little on the weak side in comparison to the quality of their their last couple of sales .
It appears that they decided to abstain from including better items with very high pre-sale estimates and high reserves .
A smart move in my opinion .
Out of the whole group I only found one piece I felt worth mentioning .
Lot number 67 , Tekke torba , with original back . Nice but nothing to get excited about. Pre-sale estimate € 3,8- u4,500.00.
All in all not a great production but it's not terrible either . If you have time it's worth a look.
First reports from the Caskey – Lees are coming in and it looks like they had a good preview night crowd . However some of the “big names” in the rug world failed to make an appearance .
Could it be total rug saturation after the Sotheby's sale last week ?
I also thought that seeing the list of exhibitors on the Caskey – Lees website there would be say 10 primarily rug / textile dealers also but it looks only 7 or so showed up.
Small matter , apparently nothing in the way of fresh interesting pieces were spotted at the show anyway , many nice pieces but nothing to get excited over.
Only 4-5 dealers were set up at the Capri Motel so the satellite show was somewhat grounded this year too. OK , so better luck next time .
Quiet once more !
Rosebowl this morning .
Short road trip.
Out of town visitors this afternoon with no electricity !
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First reports from this past weekends High Noon auction and show in Mesa Az. were mixed at best . The paying crowd was decent on Friday and better on Saturday . Unfortunately most of the sales were dealer to dealer on Friday. Saturday there was a larger public presence but they were described by exhibitors as tire kickers and not buyers . The auction did not fair much better with sales on the meager side . Aggressive pre- sale estimates leading to possibly “high” reserves may have had something to with the mediocre sales totals .
Not exactly what I was hoping for at the beginning of the year.
Next up .
Sotheby's rug sale on Friday , Jan. 31 . Should be very interesting. Reports of the usual out of town visitors turning up are already coming in . Many of the big names are in attendance E.H. , M.T. , J.B., M.R. you know them all.
Good luck boys if you have the B…s .
The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show will be held this year from Feb. 7-9 at the Fort Mason complex . The opening preview is on the evening of Feb. 6 , from 6-9 pm. Unfortunately the opening night preview is $150.00 which is a little stiff but you get to see everything “sort of first ” and the buffet is always very good if eating is your thing. If the exhibitors list is accurate and everybody shows up it looks like about 10 oriental rug and textile dealers will be at the show. Is it worth the trip ? from any distance maybe yes , maybe no.
There should also be a small satellite contingent at the Capri Motel . Nothing like the ARTS fair but worth checking out if your in the city .
Silence before the storm.
Harken , tomorrow is the “big day ” at least for the moment .
Not to worry there are more things in the pipe line for a change.
Finally something thing worth blogging about today.
Results from today's Sotheby's rug auction are live online now and it appears M.J. and staff have another winner on their hands . Out of the 175 total lots put under the hammer only 36 failed to find buyers. A sold percentage of just under 80%. It appears that pieces known to the market but that are very good can still bring big prices.
Here are a few highlights on how the sale went.
The big draw of the sale was the Azerbaijan textile pieces from the E. Chesrow coll. and all found buyers except one and most for pretty good prices.
The Bortz coll. single medallion eagle Kazak was a big winner . The pre- sale estimate was $ 80-120,000 and it sold for $233,000.00 including the juice. Another piece , an old friend of mind that I featured in a previous post , lot # 24 Ladik prayer rug was estimated at $25-35,000 sold within it's pre- sale estimate for $ 31,250. 00 including comm. With all the field restoration not bad I guess .
All 3 of the Tekke embroidered asmalyk's sold well over their very undervalued pre-sale estimates .
However consider this . The Tekke Asmalyk in the Rippon – Boswell sale ( lot # 122 ) on Nov. 30 only brought € 19,520.00 / $26,547.00 . Looks like that buyer got a deal considering the prices achieved at Sotheby's were from $37-68,000.00 .
Ditto on the two Salor trappings , lot # 78 , the three medallion piece at Sotheby's sold for $93,750.00 compared to the Rippon- Boswell 2 medallion piece selling for € 20,130.00 / $ 27,376.00.00. Again it looks like the Rippon buyer go a pretty good deal.
As for the two pieces I featured in a previous post both sold one under the the low estimate , one well over.
Lot # 102 Caucasian Vernah horse cover . Pre-sale est. $ 5-7, 000 sold for $4063.00 . Well under the est. but sold is sold.
Lot # 135 Eagle gull juval . Pre- sale est. $ 2-3,000 sold for $ 12,500.00 .Nice for the consigner but a decent buy for someone out there too , in my opinion !
All things considered this was a great outcome for the Sotheby's rug dept. and hopefully a boost in interest in the whole rug collecting field . Now let's see what's next for the Sotheby's rug dept. was this a one shot deal or are they going back to the old 2 major rug sales a year . The outcome of this sale should certainly attract more high quality interesting consignments .
Once again kudos to M.J. and staff keep up the good work and please keep the ball rolling in the future !!!
The online catalog for the upcoming Grogan sale on Feb. 23 in Dedham , Ma is live now for your viewing pleasure . The sale features 77 lots of carpets , rugs and textiles . Nothing earth shaking or important in the group but still a decent group to consider.
One thing of interest to collectors , is the inclusion of 23 pieces from the Grover Schiltz collection Chicago , IL. I don't of him personally but i have heard his name mentioned in collecting circles before . Not a particularly big deal because some of the most interesting pieces are in rough condition but if that does not bother you it's certainly worth your time to take a look.
Two the pieces I found somewhat interesting are featured below. Lot # 869 , Susani fragment , pre- sale est. $5-800.00 . Not a big deal now but it used to be very good .
Lot # 871 Persain Kilim , pre- sale est. $3-500.00 . Reasonable starting point on I piece with a very interesting graphic design.
One more thing !
The last two Sotheby's rug sales were mentioned in a half page article in the Wall Street Journal today so it appears the general pubic is taking notice of the renewed interest in high quality oriental rugs and textiles and the record prices they are bringing . Hopefully this is maybe the beginning of fresh interest in collecting rugs and textiles . Enshallah !! Lightning strings at O.C.G. this afternoon .
Unannounced out of town visitors and commerce to . Nice way to end the week !
Not much on the docket to as it's Super Bowl Sunday , nuff said.
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