The beginning of holiday overload !
Sotheby's , NYC held a sale on Dec. 10 titled “Driven By Disruption” and it featured one very prominent lot I felt worth a mention this holiday season .
Nothing at all to do wth the rug trade but super cool none the less .
Lot # 206 , 1964 ( History of the Universe ) Porsche Cabriolet previously owned by the one and only Janis Joplin of “Big Brother and the Holding Co” and solo artist fame .
The pre- sale estimate was $4-600,000.00 for this classic fully restored car and it ended up soaring to a final finishing number of $ 1,760.000.00 including comm.
Certainly a fitting outcome for such a historic automobile !
Yes , I am well aware this has nothing to do with the rug trade but it doesn't always have to be about business especially with the holiday season upon us .
O K , so back to rug and textile business .
On Nov. 11 Augusta Auction Co . staged a textile and couture sale in NYC that featured one noteworthy item.
Lot # 110 cataloged as Paisley pashmina shawl , early 19th century .
With some damage .
No listed pre- sale estimate , it did however end up selling for a very respectable
$ 37,200.00 all in.
Certainly a surprise for the auction house and consigner , with out a doubt !
12/25/15 The eve of Christmas !
Happy Birthday , Lemmy ! ,
Yes kiddies , Motörhead !
Holiday road trip!
The day after .
Back to the doldrums till the next party !
Out of town visitors .
Next up , Have a Happy New Year !
No matter , it's good , bad or ugly you need to stay on top of your game at all costs ! Sheik Frederich , 2015 .
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Travel day !
What surprises does the future hold ?
Smooth into the airport then substantial traffic issues getting into the city.
But alls well that ends up well !
Day one !
Everyone I came into contact with today was in great holiday spirits but plenty of rain slowed things down a bit .
Opportunities still presented themselves and with no rain in the forecast on the horizon for tomorrow everything should work out fine.
Another foray into the wilds of Brooklyn looms midday tomorrow !
Better weather but turning quit a bit colder .
More opportunities and things are coming together.
Road trip to Brooklyn pays off.
Travel day cold and getting colder .
Time to go !
Smooth out of the airport and looking good so far.
One more successful sojourn to the east coast in the books .
On the ground on time .
Back at O.C.G. and paper work.
Next up Christmas .
Happy , Happy , Joy , Joy !
It appears it's going to be very quiet for the next 2 weeks at the least !
Merry Christmas to all ! , weather you like it or NOT ? , Sheik Frederich , 2015 .
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Day of infamy !
“Netherhampton” Day , no results yet , as usual !
7 days till NYC .
Out of town visitors .
Road trip Sunday !
Rosebowl , modest score !
Out of town appointments .
One last thing!
J.T. Is back on the clock with a new post on Rugtracker .
All you Turkomaniac's out there are gonna really like this one ,
“Saryk Main Carpet Review “.
Same high standards as his previous posts so make sure you check it out !
The results from the Dec. 9th auction at Netherhampton Salesrooms , Salisbury , U.K. are posted now and it 's another fairly positive turn of events for “Ms Barrett” and the rest of the rug and carpet dept.
Out of the 450 total lots offered only 125 failed to garner any interest.
A very respectable sold percentage of right at 72% .
One unfortunate low light of the sale was that only 5 items crossed over the £ 1,000.00 threshold .
There was also nothing in the way of an upside surprise but once again they still managed to move a substantial amount of merchandise , and in the midst of an over saturated auction market and with the “Holiday Season ” in full swing it's still an admirable job .
So Kudos to the Netherhampton rug staff !
As for the one lot I mentioned in an earlier post , # 504 , the book lot , pre-sale est. £ 1-150 , it did sell for £ 280.00 .
Considering the selection included a copy of McMullen someone got a pretty good deal .
Christie's , NYC , “Living With Art” sale just concluded and it turned out to be reasonably successful for outing for Ms Parker and staff .
A small endeavor for sure with just 35 total lots , however 26 pieces ended up selling which works out to a solid sold percentage of right at 71%.
Nothing notable as far as the outcome goes just a decent final result .
The one lot I featured in the previous post did find a new home.
Lot # 642 , Yomut Asmalyk , pre- sale $10-15,000.00 , sold for $ 18,750.00 including the comm.
It was certainly the high point of the sale , but I did think it would do better .
So it does appear the new owner got a very reasonable deal , in my opinion !
Next for me , off to NYC !
Mr Man , if you can't come up with an intelligent solution to the problem at hand please refrain from procrastinating and admit you are uneducated on the situation and move forward from that point ! Enshallah , Sheik Frederich , 2015 .
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Uneventful start to the new week !
Sotheby's held the evening portion of the “Bernheimer” estate sale on Nov 24 and I thought it included one lot worth a line or two.
Lot # 13 , the “Bernheimer” , 16th century Holbein upholstered ,19th century walnut arm chair .
The piece is well known and has been published and exhibited on numerous occasions .
Pre- sale est. £ 50-100,000.00 .
It ended up selling for £ 100,000.00 ncluding buyers premium . Right on the high estimate but a very scarce and “COOL” item . ,
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2 weeks till NYC !
One tough day in Cali !
On Dec. 14-15 Christie's , NYC is having a general antique sale titled “Living With Art” that will include 35 lots of rugs, carpets , kelims and tapestries .
The sale also features 5 various Chinese textiles if that's your area of interest. It's a rather standard Christie's inventory of decorative carpets for the most part however they did manage to come up with one very interesting collectors item that's certain to be the sale high lite !
Lot # 642 Yomut “Jewelry” asmalyk . Pre-sale est. a very reasonable $10-15,000.00 .
I requested and got 10 extra detail photos and the piece looks pretty good so one would assume it will do fairly well.
They do reference the “Herrmann” piece published in “Von Uschak bis Yarkand ” , 1979.
Via con Dios , Scott Weiland (48) of S.T.P , Velvet Revolver and The Wildabouts .
I have no words , but your legacy will live on through your music !
Today's Carpet and Textile sale at the Van Ham Auktion gallery in Cologne , Germany is one for the books and all things considered it didn't turnout to bad for them taking into account this was another 2nd tier offering with nothing in the way of a standout lot to create excitement .
Out of the 284 lots run over the podium 170 ended up attracting attention .
This works out to a sold percentage of about 60%.
Not a screaming success but not a failure either.
Nothing in the way of a major upside surprise in the sale but a few of these pieces sold over there pre- sale estimates and garnered pretty good prices.
As its been lately Chinese silk carpets did very well !
After the dismal results Austria Auction Co. posted last week (38% ) the Van Ham rug dept. should feel pretty good about today's outcome !
As for the 2 items I featured in last week's post both found new homes.
Lot # 236 Chinese square , pre- sale est. € 600.00 , sold for € 850.00 . Slightly over the estimate , not sure if this figure includes the comm.
Lot # 237 Chinese square , pre- sale est. € 1,500.00 , sold for € 950.00 . Again not sure if the figure includes the comm.
I really thought this piece would do better but maybe the partial border on the bottom affected the final price ?
Considering all that's happened lately , the possibility of “rug auction fatigue” and with the holiday season fast approaching the Van Ham rug dept. did a fairly commendable job so Kudo's to them for the effort.
Gros & Delettrez held a general ethnic art auction in Paris , France on Nov.20 that included approx. 46 rug / textile items .
The group was for the most part very ordinary but it did include one reasonably scarce piece i thought merited a mention .
Lot # 296 , Moroccan , Rabat carpet , possibly 1st half 19th century . Approximately 15' 9″ x 5'2″ . Pre- sale estimate € 10 – 15,000.00 . Sold for € 13,800.00 , again not sure if this figure includes the comm. but still a decent number for a fairly rare item that appears to be in pretty good condition and with good colors!
Early morning road trip .
Now back to quiet !
Late breaking news !
3 pm , Cali time .
The general antique sale at Grogan’s in Boston , MA. has just wrapped up and it’s another positive turn of events for M.G. and staff.
Although this was a fairly minor endeavor as far as rugs and the like ( 14 total lots ) go , only one of the items failed to find a new home.
Yes , I’m aware it’s a small offering but none the less it’s a very good effort on the part of the Grogan’s staff and keeps them in the ever dwindling game .
In my humble opinion the more players the better .
Concerning the 2 lots I featured in a previous post , both sold.
Lot # 360 , Heriz cpt. Pre-sale est. $ 6-10,000.000 sold for $7,500.00 not including comm. Seems like a decent acquisition for the new owner.
Lot # 362 , Trans-Caucasian cpt. Pre-sale est. $ 3-5,000.00 sold for $ 6,500.00 not including the comm.
This was the most intriguing piece in the group and as I figured it must have been better in person. Most likely a pretty good purchase for the new owner.
Your mind works in mysterious ways , learn to recognize this fact and respect it ? , Sheik Frederich , 2015 .
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