Nagel’s fall rug auction is in the books today and it was only a moderately successful outing this time around. Out of the 200 total lots of rugs and carpets offered up for your bidding pleasure it looks like 102 found new homes . A sold percentage of slightly over 50 % . Not terrible but far froma raging success either . Also very little in the way of upside pops to excite but there were a few .
If it matters to you 20 of the ethnic items out of 45 also sold .
One lot that did surprise me was lot # 127 , Turkmen juval . Pre-sale starting point € 800.00 , sold for € 8,500.00 + comm. Published in the Loges , Turkmen book which most likely had something to do with the price pop. Not clear on the attribution of this piece , Ersari possibly ? , but it’s good looking and someone really liked it !
As for the 3 lots i featured in the previous post all sold , 2 well over their pre-sale starting points .
Lot # 22 , Khotan . Pre-sale starting point , € 600.00. Sold for € 2,400.00 + comm. Well over the pre-sale estimate but in my humble opinion a pretty good deal for the new owner of a fairly scarce piece abet in poor condition.
Lot # 89 , Rug fragments . Pre-sale starting point , € 300.00. Sold for € 300.00 + comm. In the zone and cheap thrills for the buyer on this one .
Lot # 130 , Salor torba . Pre-sale starting point , € 3,500.00 . Sold for € 18,000.00 + comm. Again well over the very low starting point but still a very realistic and perhaps inexpensive price for the new owner , good job on your part !
In the end a decent but unremarkable outcome for the Nagel Auktionhaus !
Unfortunate news !
Via con Dios , Gary Allen Wisdom , Baluch collector , author of “Baluch Tribal Weavings” and all around great friend for 20+ years lost his battle with a lingering illness today . Gone now but never to be forgotten !
Travel day , NYC . 3.5 hour delay arriving !
New York Knights !
Travel day , thankfully a smooth trip home !
Netherhampton Salesrooms , Salisbury, U.K. held their fall rug sale today and as usual it was a fairly uneventful affair . The group included 331 total lots of the same type of mediocre merchandise they generally offer , a little bit of any and everything . Nothing at all in the way of a serious collectors item of any type . As is the norm with Ms Barrett and staff auditited sale results will follow down the road a bit . One thing i did notice from the unaudited online results , only approximately 5 lots breached the £ 1,000.00 thresh hold . Certainly a let down for the Netherhampton rug dept. but you have to give them credit they stay in the game and keep swing-in.!
Feel the heat !
Well the Dorotheum , Vienna , Austria held their fall rug extravaganza today and it went far better for them than i expected . Out of the 218 total lots run over the podium apparently 125 found new homes . A sold percentage of a very respectable 57 %. As i stated in the previous post i though this selection was aimed clearly at the European and Middle Eastern retail market and if i am right on this , that part of the rug market is still pretty strong . Something else worth mentioning , many of the items that sold , sold for well over their pre-sale starting points which is nice for the auktionhaus and for the consigner’s too.
This sale result was a bit of a surprise to me because of the rather lackluster sale inventory but i was off the mark on that one !
As for the one item i did feature it also did very well for the consigner .
Lot 23 , The Pope- Bernheimer carpet . Pre-sale starting point € 20,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved but not unexpected € 42,500.00 including comm.
More unfortunate news .
Marty Balin founding member of the legendary 60’s rock band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for the Jefferson Starship passed away today after a battle with an undisclosed illness . Your in a better place now but your music and memory will live on !
Austria Auction is under way lets just see where this little spectacle ends up .
Here we go , out of the 212 lots up for sale today from Liveauctioneer’s unaudited , posted results it appears Mr Langauer and the Austria Auction Co. sold everything but 2 passed lots which would be remarkable feat in itself . So if those results stand its an outstanding outcome for Udo , and the rug market in general . Granted the majority of the pieces offered sold at or under their pre- sale estimates but in a spotty market sold is still sold .
Perhaps the strategy of low pre-sale starting points paid off , if the other auction houses out there are listening .
That said there were a very few upside pops but nothing in the way of a true blast off to get the “ Rug Mob “ buzzing .
Something worth noting , the 2 Kaitag items offered , lot #’s , 36 and 39 both sold well over their high pre- sale estimates and were 2 of the highlights of the offering and perhaps showed a renewed interest in a somewhat dormant area of the market lately ?
Concerning the 2 lots i featured in the earlier post .
Lot # 11 , Yomut mafrash . Pre- sale starting point € 300.00 . Sold for € 800.00 + comm.
Lot # 79 , Yomut juval . Pre-Sale starting point , € 400.00 . Sold for € 2,000.00 + comm.
So if this sale result stands hats off to Udo and the gang at A.A.C. on a job well done !
When the Wright-ous stand strong they will vanquish the none progressive oppressor’s every time ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week .
Shitty movie o the week , The Greatest Showman , the P. T Barnam story . 2017 . 3.5 poopsickles out of 5 . A great story and i tried to like it but the singing and music score was just to much to endure. !
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Still on the slow side for the next couple of weeks .
Saturday Fun !
Via con Dios , Ed King original member of Strawberry Alarm Clock band and founding member of the legendary Southern rock band “Lynyrd Skynyrd” . Co- writer of the classic rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” , your legacy will live on !
So here we go with the first hit of the fall rug auction season and unfourtunately it’s starting out on a somewhat weak note !
Nagel Auction , Stuttgart , Germany’s major fall sale scheduled on Sept. 11th is live “ on the line” now and after a few passes through the auction inventory i would have to say this is for all intents and purposes very mediocre overall presentation .
This sale consist of 200 lots of rugs , carpets and textiles and 45 lots of ethnic items .
The first portion of the sale ( 50 lots ) is apparently from 2 private collection and includes Tibetan , Chinese and a few unusual ethnic textiles at the end of the group . Most of the pieces are not particularly exciting and some are in poor condition but if this is your area of interest this might be an opportunity to add to your collection .
One thing of note the pre-sale starting points are very reasonable , in my opinion . I did notice one lot # 22 that although in rough condition looked very good with an enticingly low pre-sale starting point .
Lot 22 , Khotan . Pre- sale starting point € 600.00 . An elegant wreck but very good !
Next up the main body the group 150 lots of all manner of rugs , carpets and textiles .
Well as i stated earlier i did not find much to get the “ rug mob “ buzzing in this selection either . Yes , it’s varied group but it lacks anything in the way of real barn burner grab peoples attention . There are some better items included but nothing really stellar. On a positive note i again feel the “Nagel rug dept.” has for the most part has kept the starting points on the conservative side even on the better lots which could lead to a buying opportunity !
That said i did notice 2 pieces i though were worth a mention .
Lot # 89 , Carpet fragments . Pre- sale starting point € 300.00. Possible “ Cheap Thrills” for someone !
Lot # 130 , Salor torba . Pre-sale starting point a very reasonable € 3,500.00 . Published in W. Loges , Turkmen Carpets . Best Turkmen piece in the sale and should do well unless it’s already been flogged , internet or European shows ! As always , in my opinion only !
Next up the Sept. 24th rug and carpet auction at the “Palais Dorotheum” , Vienna , Austria .
Well i don’t exactly know where to begin on this one .To start with it appears to be 218 lots of items clearly aimed at the European retail , decorative market . Newish , good condition , no soul pieces for the most part . Yes there a very few pieces that have a moderate amount of integrity but not many . Just an over abundance of an amount glitzy “Stuff” . And they did NOT get the message to try and keep the opening prices conservative so as to promote sales so it will be interesting to see how the sale ends up. If your a serious collector this sale may not be for you unless your bored and have extra time on your hands .
I did notice one lot that i felt was at least worth a line .
Lot # 23 , Pope – Bernheimer , Khorasan cpt. Pre – sale starting point € 20,000.00 . Who knows where this will lead ?
Start of a long Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S. of A.
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And now we proceed with the next installment from “Austria Auction Co.” and their much anticipated “major” fall rug extravaganza scheduled on Sept. 29th in Vienna , Austria . Well this time around for your viewing and possibly bidding pleasure Mr Langauer and staff have assembled 212 total lots from most all the weaving areas .
So after a few passes through the sale inventory i did not notice anything in the way of a serious top shelf collectors item to create pre- sale excitement but there are plenty of decent pieces for buyers to consider . One thing worth noting , seems Udo got the message that the Dorotheum folks did not and at least for the most part kept the starting bidding points on the conservative side which is a big plus in a spotty market . Yes there is still a bit of unwarranted filler items but for once and the first time in my opinion A.A.C. has done pretty good job and if your not holding out for a “ world class “ addition to your collection this group is certainly worth your time to check out.
Two lots i thought were at least mildly noteworthy are featured below .
# 11 , Yomut mafrash . Pre-sale starting point € 300.00 . Not the oldest but looks like it has pretty good color and condition.
Lot # 79 Yomut juval . Pre- sale starting point € 400.00. Again not so old but this design is fairly scarce .
Looks like Brimfield ended with a wimper this year !
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Dog o the week !
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