Out of the gate today .
“signen's Kunstauktionen”, Cologne , Germany finally posted the results of the carpet portion of their Oct. 11 general antiquity sale . This was again a very small offering but it turned out to be a very reasonable outcome for them . Out of the 15 items put under the hammer 9 found buyers. Far from earthshaking , but not bad either . Looking over the results of the “complete” sale it appears that was only a moderately successful production on the whole for the “signen's ” staff .
One minor thing worth noting , some of the Mid – range , mediocre Turkmen pieces in this offering did sell well over their “modest” pre- sale estimates . A small plus for the signen's Auktioneers , i suppose , in what was an-otherwise unremarkable sale .
Better luck next time !
As for the lot i featured in an earlier post , it did find a new home.
Lot # 411 , Senneh kelim , pre- sale est. € 180.00 . Sold for € 950.00 , a minor upside surprise in this fairly ordinary sale. Unclear if the posted price includes the comm. or not. I felt this piece had very good “eye” appeal .
Next up.Bonham's , L.A.'s “major” rug sale is set to start.
New day , new circumstances.
The Bonham's sale is now in the books and for all intensive purposes it turned out somewhat better than their last few auctions. Out of the approx 275 items offered for acquisition 153 ended up finding new homes which works out to a sold percentage of about 55%. Their sales totals usually come in at something more in the neighborhood of 45 – 50 %.
I did however feel that this group was just slightly better quality than what they generally tender , so good for them !
Austria Auction Co. update !
It appears UDO and staff worked the unsold lots of the last sale pretty hard so their complete / updated sales total bumped up to more in the range of 70 %. This is not something i usually pay attention to but as you may have noticed there has been plenty of interest in the results of this sale recently .
One more thing .
My new BFF “Tyrola ” has suggested I put the popularity / interest in the 4 Sept. rug auctions to a vote .
I guess he missed the fact that you can already vote for your favorite of the 4 sales on the ” La Opinionada ” poll .
Granted i have had some technical issues with the poll and it was out of order for a while but it's been up and running for more than a week now so if you have not yet voted please do so .
I am planning a new poll to be posted in a week or so , so there is only a limited amount of time left.
Let's just see if “Tyrola”is correct in his choice of the most popular Sept. sale .
Another “comment” is also available for your reading pleasure too.
The carpet portion of Sotheby's , ” Important English and European Decorative Arts” sale has just wrapped up and it was a fairly successful affair for their rug dept. Out of the 24 pieces run under the hammer only 6 failed to sell . A sold percentage of 75 % . This was a small group but they were for the most part more high end items. In the end a respectable out come for M.J. and the Sotheby's rug dept.
Concerning the 2 pieces i featured in the previous post they both sold and very well at that.
Lot # 157 Caucasian “Dragon ” carpet , pre- sale est. $ 20-30,000.00 .Sold for $ 68,750.00 including comm. , hardly a surprise.
Lot # 160 Caucasian ” Dragon ” carpet , pre- sale est. $30-50,000.00 . Sold for $ 149,000.00 including comm. Easily the better of the 2 pieces offered .
Both had interesting provenance and were “fresh to the market” which most likely helped boost the price that they fetched.
One other thing worth a mention .
Out of the 12 early tapestries included in the sale only 5 found takers. The ones with the higher pre-sale estimates had the hardest time and failed to sell .
The “Leclere “sale went off today , no posted results yet.
Other than that still on the quiet side .
Still quiet !
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First off minor road excursion.
Out of town visitor and commerce .
A nice way to end the week?
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So we're gonna start the new week off with another auction that features a selection rugs and carpets.
Sotheby's , NYC has scheduled a general antique sale on Oct. 22 titled “Important English and European Decorative Arts ” that included's 24 various rugs and carpets. This is by no means a big deal but it does feature a few notable items.
Two of which are listed below.
Lot # 157 Caucasian Dragon cpt. , pre-sale est. $ 20-30,000.00 . Not the oldest and not in the best condition but still a scarce carpet with interesting provenance.
Lot # 160 , Caucasian Dragon cpt. , pre-sale est. $ 30-50,000.00 . Possibly a little earlier and also in rough condition but again with interesting provenance.
In the end a few nice room size carpets and other pieces round it out to make this a slightly better more interesting small group.
Auktionhaus “Dr Hull” , has another one of their “Major ” rug extravaganza's scheduled on Oct. 27 in Cologne , Germany . The inventory of this sale consist of 526 total lots of all type of rugs , carpets and flat weaves. Regrettably as in the past offerings , although a large group of items nothing in the way of a stand out collectors piece or exceptional decorative carpet in the whole group . Just a lot of mid- range entries that look to be in pretty good condition. If your a retailer looking for shop stock this could be the sale for you.
Looks are free so if you have a little spare time to peruse the offerings , and with that many pieces you could see something that suits your needs , stranger things have happened !
Response to the 2nd “tyrola ” comment which is also posted for you all to enjoy .
I would assume we have never met because if we had you would know I don't consider any of my opinions to be errors , EVER.
Just my opinions so keep that in mind.
And I take full responsibility for my opinions , always !
If you don't agree ,so be it.
I also assume that your not in the rug business or you would understand.
It's also possible that your an investor in UDO's operation so your defensive opinion would make sense .
Most all auctions are forgotten and I figure this last Austria Auction Co. sale you so love will be too , Sorry.
So in the future you will come to realize this sale was not a big deal at all just another rug auction in a long line of rug auctions !!
One last thing , people who hide behind fake E Mail address are never taken serious !
So come on out and show yourself !!
Grogan & Co. have scheduled a carpet and textile auction on Nov. 3 in their Dedham, Ma salesrooms. This time around the sale will included 111 lots of all types of rugs , carpets and assorted textiles. Unfortunately there are not any standout collectors items in the group.
It is however an interesting assortment and worth your time to check out .
Quiet for the moment but ARTS looms in the near future !!
A small piece of fresh rug world news.
” Leclere “auction house of Marseille, France has another small scale rug sale scheduled on Oct. 24 that will include 40 lots of rugs and textiles . Nothing to get overly excited about but the group is fairly diversified and features a number of items worth a second glance .
Two pieces I thought were worth mentioning are posted below.
Lot # 6 , Bakshaish small carpet , pre- sale est.€ 2-4,000.00. If the reds OK and it's not overly restored this is a very fair starting point for what appears to a pretty good looking carpet.
Lot # 15 , Shield carpet ,18th century , pre- sale € 18-22,000.00 . The piece appears to be in decent condition, if true easily the most interesting carpet in the offering.
Looks like for a small sale Mr Gissinger did a very commendable job.
Arts opening afternoon !!
On the subject of the ART's show one thing that still bothers me a bit is the teaser detail photos posted on R.R. and the dealers refusing to give any info on the items till the opening . Makes it tough for people who aren't going to attend the show but could still be a potential customer . And I am sure the exhibitors can always use another buyer.
First things first .
Road trip preparations.
Smooth road trip .
Back on Terra Firma.
Long Beach Antique fair in progress .
A quiet end to to a hectic week!
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Travel Day !
While I am sitting here at JWA waiting for lift off I just got a fresh critical comment dealing with my opinions of the relatively modest success of the 4 Sept. rug auctions . It seems this person feels I did not give the Austria Auction Co. proper respect for the sale they just held.
Well for starters other people out there have already mentioned that.
Unfortunately they don't seem to get the fact that my blog is not there to promote or slag any particular sale .
Yes , the comment is posted in its entirety, check it out for yourself and form your own opinion .
Please skip the fake E – Mail return addresses , though !!!
As I have already stated that the Austria Auction Co. included the most high power lots of the 4 sales and from a monetary standpoint was the big winner , but I don't feel that's the only way to judge the success of a sale .
If you took perhaps 3 lots , say the Salor Main Cpt. and 2 Caucasian pieces out of the group I doubt that the sale would have been considered as important from a monetary standpoint or any other reason. It would have been just another average rug auction.
If the few notable pieces in the Austria Auction Co. offering had not been published and known to the the rug collecting world since the beginning of time ( fresh finds to the market ) I would have certainly felt differently about them. But because they were published , known pieces with fairly high valuations they were only accessible to a very small wealthy part of the collecting market from the start.
If auction records are all that interest you that's fine but my blog is for the whole collecting arena .
That's why although Austria Auction Co “was ” the big winner from a monetary standpoint I felt the Skinner's sale was as important if not possibly more important to the ” general ” market because it featured items that were more in an affordable range to the average rug buying public. And from a standpoint of items sold although far less in value per item their sold percentage was about 20 points higher and it might have proved that aspect .
All that said I do appreciate any comments submitted and as long as you keep them clean I will post them unedited in their entirety.
One more thing .
The La Opinonada poll is back up and running again so if you did not caste a vote on your idea of the most interesting of the 4 Sept. auctions , please do.
That aside we have the posted results from the Cheffin's Auction house , Oct. 1 sale of the Roderick Taylor collection in Cambridge , U.K. Out of the 155 total lots of rugs and textiles offered only 31 failed to sell .A sold percentage of about 80% . A very nice turn of events for Mr Taylor I suppose. Granted this was something of a low end offering , however in the end sold is still sold .
So a nice days work for the Cheffin's staff.
As for the one textile item i featured in an earlier post it found a buyer abet at a very reasonable price.
Lot # 147 Silk Ikat panel , pre- sale est. £5-700.00 sold for £ 200.00 .
Someone may have got a bit of a deal !
On the streets .
Weather is very good so far.
Although we are in a holiday season in NYC everybody is on the job.
All smiles but still the underlying rumblings of a slow business period .Not a whole lot in the way of fresh to the market collectors items present themselves but enough that it appears this trip is gonna certainly pay for it self and then some.
The Christie's , London “major ” fall oriental rug sale went off today and ended up with a modest sales return . Out of the 131 pieces run under the hammer 78 found takers. Works out to a sold percentage of about 60 % .Decent and inline with some of the other sales last month ,but hardly anything to write home about. Most of the of ” big “ticket items included in the group did find buyers though.
The one carpet I featured in an earlier blog post managed to find a new home but right at the high end of the pre-sale estimate so nothing in the way of an upside surprise at all.
Lot # 24 Cairene carpet ,pre- sale est., £ 50-80,000.00 . Sold for £ 80,500.00 including comm. Most likely a slight disappointment for the seller !
The Bonham's, London , Islamic and Indian Art sale also went off today. As I said I an earlier post there were only 12 formal city carpets included in the offering and just 5 of those found buyers , more or less a none event , really . Out of the 19 textiles in the sale only 6 sold and as for the 3 mediocre susani's in the sale all failed to sell.
A somewhat disappointing turn of events for the Bonham's rug and textile dept. Fortunately for them , on a very small scale .
Better luck next time if if fact you try a little harder and include better pieces !
Back to the streets of NYC to finish up a little commerce before the trip home. Sotheby's , London is on the clock today so let's just see how that turns out .
Like I stated in an earlier blog post carpets and textiles were a very small part of this Islamic Week sale .
So here we go with some results.
Out of the 4 textiles offered 2 sold 2 did not.
As for the thirteen rug / carpet lots in the group only 7 found buyers , right at 55%. This was hardly important from a rug market standpoint but still worth a mention.
Concerning the two pieces i featured one sold one did not.
Lot # 191 , Yomut Asmalyk, pre-sale est. £15-20,000.00 . Slightly aggressive pre- sale estimate and a somewhat fresh looking face may have kept this piece from selling !
Lot # 192 , Small Med. Oushak , pre- sale est. £ 80- 120,000.00 .Sold for £ 134,500.00 . Not a surprise.
NYC trip update .
Things are looking good .
Transactions are paying off and it's time to finish up and prepare for the trip home .
Travel Day .
Flights on time for a change !
Christie's , London , South Kensington “Arts & Textiles of the Islamic & Indian Worlds ” has just wrapped up , with another dose of mediocre results. Out of the 23 Islamic textiles put up for sale 12 sold , about 55%. Not a disaster but not great either . As for the 4 run of the mill Susani's included in the group 2 sold 2 did not . The Islamic artifacts ruled the day in this sale .
I suppose with the average quality of the textile lots offered this was to be expected !
The lot I featured , # 446 , Ottoman panel , pre- sale est. £ 8-12,000.00 failed to garner any interest .
The “signens Kunstauktionen ” general auction in Cologne , Germany that included 15 rugs and carpets was held today but nothing in the way of posted results just yet.
Tomorrow is the Oct. edition of the world famous Rosebowl Antique market so I just can't wait to see if anything turns up this time around.
Da Nada at the Rosebowl this morning .
So a hectic week ends on a quiet note .
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Quiet start to the new week.
Netherhampton's sale went off today but nothing as far as results just yet.
Well stop the presses , Netherhampton Salesrooms have posted the results of their Oct.1 auction the day after it happened !!!
Why would something like this occur you say , well here's what I think about this slightly unusual turn of events .
First off , this offering had a somewhat more positive outcome than the past couple of auctions turned out for them .
For starters , out of the 481 total lots put under the hammer only 191 failed to find buyers . This works out to a sold percentage of about 60%. Somewhat better than the previous few sales.
Next up , at least 16 pieces sold for more than £ 1,000.00 , a rare occurrence for this particular auction house .
That aside , the one big gun they did feature , lot # 404 Salor- Gul Turkmen main carpet, pre- sale est. £ 15-25,000.00 failed to find a buyer. This carpet was massive , clocking in at 21'1″ x 17'1″ but it was nothing more than a late Russian red period piece .
So , it's not a surprise it didn't sell with that kind of pre- sale estimate and possibly aggressive reserve !
As for the lot I did feature in an earlier post , it did sell , although modestly .
Lot # 433 Tekke torba , pre-sale est. £ 1-1,500.00 sold for £ 900.00 . Not sure if this included's the comm. or not.
It appears some of the Netherhampton Turkmen pieces are headed for the ART's fair in S.F.
Who'd a thunk ?
In the end though , I would have to say this was a commendable effort on the part of Ms Barrett and the whole Netherhampton rug dept.
So a tip of the hat to you all , for a job pretty well done !!
Back to the quiet side .
Excursion preparation in full swing today.
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Out of town visitors this morning .
Unfortunately this week ends with a weak post but never fear there is plenty of action on the horizon .
24 hours till NYC !
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