Silent start to the new week.
But never fear , 14 days till NYC !
Not much happening so far this week , but another Islamic week auction has floated to the surface.
Bonham's , London is on the clock now with their entry in the London Islamic Week circus , scheduling a sale on Oct. 7.
Unfortunately if your into collector type rugs and the like this not the auction for you . The rugs in the group consist of just 12 hi-tone city carpets , no collectable items at all. There are however 19 early Islamic textiles and 3 mediocre susani's if that's your area of interest , but that's about it. The other Islamic artifacts included in the sale are far more interesting . There are some very righteous knives , tiles and other Islamic artifacts so if you have time it's worth a quick look !
Very quiet the last few days but there is action on the horizon.
Tomorrow is the Skinner's fiasco and it should be very interesting !
On the road in this morning .
Auction action in the afternoon.
11 am , game time !
Underway and so far it's looking pretty good for the Skinner's rug dept.
But it is just the beginning ?
2:30 pm in Cali.
The Skinner's sale has just wrapped up and out of the 4 contestants in the Sept. auction sweepstakes they have turned out to be the clear cut winners.
Out of the 332 total lots put under the hammer only 80 ended up not finding new homes. This works out to a sold percentage of approx. 76%. By far much better than the other auction houses posted.
That said this was not necessarily something to write home about .
This sale did have few high points but generally as far as prices go it was not much more than an average turn of events.
Looking back over the outcome Turkish items seemed to have hard time. Caucasian pieces sold well but on the whole the group was mid- range and late so it commanded only realistic prices.
And as for the Turkmen pieces in the sale it was a “very” weak selection so the ones that did sell brought only half as*ed results .
One other thing I did notice was Kashmir/ Mughal shawl items did very well today.
There were however a few cases of the elusive upside surprise ( 6 by my count ) but not enough to change the overall complexion of the offering.
The big winner for Skinner's was lot # 183 , “Shakhrisabz” susani . Pre – sale est. $ 8-10,000.00 . It ended up selling for $ 33,210.00 including comm. , which I am sure made the owner very happy.
One caveat !
Based on the prices this variety of susani have been bringing in the last few years I wonder if the fact that this example was much larger than the other examples ( approx 7'x 10' ) that the oversize some how affected the end price being quite a bit lower . Other examples of the type recently brought more in the range of $50-70,000.00 !!!
As for the 2 items i featured in an earlier post both found buyers.
Lot # 87 West Anatolian prayer rug , pre – sale est. $4-5,000.00 . Sold for $5,228.00 including comm. No big deal , right in the range.
Lot # 149 ,Chinese rug , pre-sale est.$1,2 – 1,500.00 . Sold for $12,300.00 including comm. The piece had a very low pre- sale est. and the price it ended up selling for reflected that . Although much higher than the estimate I still think the buyer got a great value for the money spent on a very scarce item.
Yes , it was my personal favorite item in the sale.
All in all I would have to say the turn out for Mr Kearny and staff was pretty good. Not quite as successful ( 82 % ) as his previous and “1st.” attempt , but still a very respectable foray into a crowded auction field so a tip of the ” hat ” to the whole Skinner's rug dept.
Now that all 4 Sept. sales are in the books , please if you have not voted in the “La Opinionada ” poll , do so at this time and let's just see who you thought put together the most interesting sale.
One last thing , 7 days till NYC !!
A late update !!
J.T. at rugtracker is back at it with a new post titled “On the Origin of the Herati Pattern”.
Quite a few interesting comparisons, Worth your time to check it out !
As usual nice work J.T.
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Slow start to the new week but never fear tomorrow is Austria day !
Christies , South Kensington , U.K. is hosting another Islamic Art sale titled , “Arts and Textiles of the Islamic Worlds ” on Oct. 10. This offering does not include any oriental rugs or carpets but does have approx. 24 various Islamic textiles and 4 mediocre Susani's .
I felt one of the textiles was worth a mention?
Lot # 446 , Ottoman embroidered panel , circa 1800 . Pre-sale est. £ 8-12,000.00 .
Not a big deal but looks good in the illustration.
Auction day in Austria .
No news yet !
Still extremely hot and humid in Cali.
So the Dorotheum is first on the boards with results on their sale yesterday. Unfortunately it's about the same outcome as the Nagel sale . Out of the 214 lots offered only 67 found new homes . This works out to a sold percentage of about 31% . A few of the pieces sold over their pre- sale estimates but nothing in the way of real upside surprises . Just a lot of mediocre rugs and carpets , and the ones that did sell brought mediocre prices . Granted this group was equally as weak as the Nagel offering as far as more desirable items go but I was still looking for a more positive out come , not this time around I guess !
Let's just see if when Udo + Co post their results they have soaked up all the available cash sitting on the side lines with their much stronger selection ?
As for the one lot I featured in an earlier post it did end up selling .
Lot # 144 Kashmir shawl , pre- sale est. € 1,4-1,600.00 . Sold for € 1,250.00 Including commissions . Just below the pre- sale est. must not have been that good in person .
Something fresh for your viewing pleasure .
Cheffin's of Cambridge, U.K. is hosting an auction on Oct. 1 featuring the collection of one Roderick Taylor , an English collector , scholar type fellow. I have never met Mr Taylor but I have heard of him in passing. The group consist of approx 155 lots of rugs , textiles and kelims . Unfortunately this group included's only mid to low end items . Nothing in the way of a stand out collectors piece in the sale . That said the pre -sale estimates are more or less realistic and it's varied selection so it is worth your time to have a quick look . There is certainly a chance you could find something that suites your fancy if your on a budget !
I will say one thing about this sale .
Many of the lots are mislabeled so the pre- sale estimates although realistic are somewhat misleading .
Pay attention , please.
One lot I found that was sort of interesting is listed below.
Lot # 147 silk ikat panel , fragment . Pre-sale est. £ 5-700.00 . The estimate seems a little aggressive in comparison to the rest of the items but this certainly one of the better pieces in the sale !
As for today we have the unaudited results from Austria Auction Co. sale two days ago. It turned out somewhat worse for them than the two previous sales. Out of the 246 lots put under the hammer only 121 ended up selling . That works out to a sold percentage of just under 50%. The two previous sales percentages were in the mid 60% range. A better total than the 2 competing sales this month but far from a rousing success , even in this anemic market. Looks like middle of the road Caucasians and Turkmen's had a hard time and it was really that way for the whole sale. The better pieces of all varieties attracted attention , the rest did not .
Concerning the two items i featured in an earlier post both sold.
Lot # 48 , Lesghi , pre-sale est.€ 18-22,000 . Sold for -€ 34,000.00 + This was my favorite piece in the sale and it did pretty well for its owner but still not an exorbitant price for the new owner.
Lot # 182 Tekke juval pre-sale est. € 12-15,000 . Sold for € 21,000.00 + So again it did well for its owner.
Back to the silence !
Out of town visitors today.
Long Beach Antique market tomorrow.
No action at Long Beach this morning .
Netherhampton Salesroom are back in the game with their next sale scheduled on Oct. 1 and it features 481 lots this time out .As usual rugs and carpets from all the weaving areas but once again not a thing in the way of an exceptional piece. If your interested in mid range items or just browsing it's worth a look . It seems like a slightly better selection this time , but you be the judge !
I did notice one Turkmen Torba that was a little better , it's featured below.
Lot # 433 Tekke Torba , pre- sale est. £ 1-1,500.00 not special by any means but a stand out in this average group.
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Here we go with another auction to start the week.
Christies , London's , Oct. 7 “major” oriental rug sale is live online today .
This time around the sale included's 131 lots of all types of rugs, carpets and textiles.
At first glance you will notice this group is overloaded with Formal city carpets of all types . That said there is still some variation in the group with all weaving areas represented to a certain extent , just not as much as in the previous sales.There are also a couple of well known recent retreads that you will all remember included in the offering .
This is the first sale for the new head of the rug dept. Louise Broadhurst and you can definitely see the difference in her style in comparison to the previous dept. head , Mr Robinson .
From where I sit I see a few ” high priced ” classic type carpets that may turn out to be the focal point of the sale but nothing in the way of an exciting fresh to market collectors item to get the the rug world chattering .
But it's again only my opinion .
Not negative , just not impressed , sorry !
After all that I did notice one item that I felt was worth a mention .
Lot # 24 , “Cairene” carpet , 16th century ? Pre- sale est. £ 50-80,000.00 . Looks interesting in the illustrations , is it that good in the flesh ?
If so it could do well for its owner !
The first of the Sept. auctions is upon us so off we go !
First things first , looks like the Nagel sale had issues with their online presents today. Not sure how that affected the auction but info should be available shortly.That said there is nothing in the way of results posted yet but that should change shortly .
O K , so we have the results of today's Nagel sale and it was far from a rousing success . Out of the 199 total lots of rugs and textiles put under the hammer only 62 found buyers . That works out to a sold percentage of just 31%.
Considering I felt this was the weakest sale of the 4 Sept. auctions I am not surprised but I did expect a little better turnout than this .
I am left to wonder if there was an online internet problem at Nagel's did it affect the turn out and if so how much ?
Many of the pieces that sold were at there pre- sale estimates which leads me to think left bids ?
As for the 2 lots I featured in an earlier post one sold one did not .
Lot # 96 Tekke Torba frag . Pre- sale est. € 300.00 , sold for € 750.00 not including the juice.
Lot # 117 Appliqué Asmalyk , pre- sale est. € 400.00 , unsold .
One minor piece of fresh rug trivia worth a line or two .
A 2nd tier Auktion house ” signes Kunstauktionen ” in Cologne , Germany is hosting a general sale on Oct. 11 that will include 15 lots of various rugs and textiles . This type thing is usually not worth mentioning but they did include one lot I thought was somewhat intriguing .
Lot # 411 Senneh kelim , pre- sale est. € 180.00 . This is a small piece but I feel it has a very good look and a secondary weave pattern in the field . The est. is very reasonable so if your close to Cologne could be worth a look.
Plenty of other ethnic , tribal art in the sale too.
Well what can you say today …. just this the Skinner's , Sept. 28 auction catalog is finally live on line now , so that's what you can say today .
Seems what we have to deal with here is the largest by volume sale of the 4 “major ” auctions this Sept. This group clocks in at 332 total lots of rugs, carpets and textiles.
My first impression is I don't feel this group is quite as interesting as L.K.'s inaugural attempt but it still features a few somewhat interesting items. However there is a good cross section from all of the weaving regions , so I feel the offering is fairly well balanced . A little something for everyone but unfortunately nothing in the way of a world class barn burner .
With all that here are couple of pieces that caught my eye , let's just see how they do !Lot # 87 W. Anatolian prayer rug , pre- sale est. $ 4-5,000.00 . Nice square size and supposedly legit date . A fair starting point .
Lot # 149 Chinese rug , pre- sale est. $ 12-1,500.00 . To my eye this is a scarce item. Seems to be a very low starting point but as we all know it's not where you start it's where you finish !
With this group now live make sure you go to “La Opinionada ” and cast your vote for the one you feel is the most interesting if you have a favorite !
From a place of little or no fresh rug news we now are in a field of plenty !
Today we have Sotheby's London on the clock with their “Arts of the Islamic World ” auction scheduled on Oct. 8 . As usual with this type of sale there are only a small number of rugs and textiles included with all the other Islamic art which is true in this case too. The group does feature 4 Islamic textiles and 13 rugs and central Asian textiles . Although a limited selection the group contains a couple of ” in my opinion” notable items .
Lot # 191 Yomut Asmalyk , pre-sale est. £ 15-20,000.00 . Far from the oldest's of the type but good looking in the illustrations , how about in person?
Lot # 192 Oushak small med. Carpet. 16th century ? , pre- sale est. £ 80-120,000.00 reasonable if that old . This thing looks almost to good , restoration?
New I Phone day , what a hassle .
A heat wave with heavy humidity is headed for So Cal this weekend .
Looks to be very unpleasant .
So after 2 more passes through the Skinners sale this what I have to say.
Out of the 4 sales ( Nagel aside because it's over and was a disaster for them ) the Austria Auction Co. certainly has the most high power line up but I think from a collectors affordability stand point Skinners offers the best opportunity for the general collectors out there.
Make sure to cast your vote on this subject !!
Not much to speak of today Tomorrow is the Sept. edition of the Rosebowl and it looks to be hot and humid one.
The heat wave arrived in full force.
One positive thing even with the heat commerce continues !
Nothing in the way of rug activity at the Rosebowl this morning .
The only thing worth a mention was that a few better American Indian items turned up and there were a few out of town visitors other than that , 105 and very humid !
What a way to end the week?
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The slums of Monday strike again . 7 days till Brimfield !
Whole lotta nothing going on!
The day before he day .
And away we go.
6:30 am. 90 , hot , humid with possible thunder storms to come.
No where near the amount of people here today in comparison to the huge crowd last May.
That said all the usual rug hustlers are in attendance.
And it begins .
The crowd was mid sized at the opening and the field was at best 75% full as far as exhibitors go. More than a few “antique ” rugs and carpets were scattered around the field but nothing exceptional. There is a rumor of a “good” Turkmen piece that was found before the opening but I have not seen it yet.
I will be following up on it though .
One lucky rug picker did get a room size “Serapi and a thin but green field Karachoph Kazak but that's about it.
Good for him.
Brimfield North field.
First up , the rumor of a good Tekke piece in the Dealers Choice field was unfortunately just that , a rumor. After a little digging it turned out to de chemically washed , what ever.
So the opening crowd at this field was slightly smaller than the Dealers Choice field and there were quite a few empty exhibitor spaces too. That said this field also had a substantial number of antique rugs and carpets interspersed through out it.
One wonders if there's some “saltin” goin on !!
Unfortunately as with the last field not a thing so far as serious collectors item turned up .
Better luck tomorrow.
Personally I am on the trail of 3 good items and should have some results on Wednesday.
On the way back to the hotel I got stuck in an unbelievable thunder storm !
New England Motel field .
As usual this field is a waste of time but this time there were at least a few 20th century decorative carpets through out the field . Nothing of interest but most of the time there are no rugs at all . One other minor thing , this field is usually full as far as exhibitors go even if the other fields have empty spaces but this time around there were number of unoccupied spaces , not a big deal , however unusual none the less .
A very small opening crowd too.
Next up “Heart of the Mart ” at 9 am.
Small opening crowd and the field is perhaps 70% full as far as exhibitors go. This field is shopped heavy before it even opens so the possibility of a serious fresh find is slim . There were at least half a dozen rug pickers in there 3 hours before it opened .
Not much showed up . A couple of better 20's Persian city pieces but no real collectors items of any type . But as with the previous fields there were plenty of common circa 1900 or so mid- range pieces if your in need of shop stock.
On deck next , Hertan's at 12 noon.
Unfortunately Hertan's was a wash today.
This is a smaller field and it was fairly full as far as exhibitors go. Attendance was mediocre and like the other fields concerning rugs or textiles there was no significant activity .Once again a few mid – range pieces were scattered around the field but nothing worth mentioning.
My chase for 3 very good items that started on Tuesday ended up paying off today so the day was successful on a personal level.
One fresh piece of rug news.
Rugtracker.com , has a new post up that's very interesting .
“Yomut, gol without a tribe. ”
If your a Turkmen enthusiast this your cup of tea , but all others should check it out too . You most certainly will be impressed ,
J.T. has put together another great post!
Mays field , the end of the trail for this excursion.
So to start with a larger opening crowd than in the last couple of days which is nice for the promoters . For the first time this trip Mays parking lot is completely full.
However like the all the other fields this trip there were more than a few empty exhibitor spaces. Concerning anything of importance turning up it was the same results as all the other fields.
Mid range decorative pieces and low end collector pieces but that's it.
As for myself I did find one better than average Central Asian textile so the field did end up paying off.
Looks like from a money making stand point the big hit was the picker who got the room size Serapi on Tuesday. I think it's headed for an auction , a smart play I suppose.
Travel Day !
All in all , weather aside I would have to say this was one of the better Brimfield's of the last few years . At least for me.
Back at O.C.G.
Paper work but nothing in the way of fresh rug news so far.
Not much happening since I got back but commerce continues.
The new poll is finally live after the soft ware battle.
Although the Skinner's offering is still not live please remember to cast your vote !!!
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