More unfortunate news to start the week !
Via con Dios , Andreas Nikcolaus ( Nicki ) Lauda . Three time Formula One champion and all time great racing legend . You are all ready missed , but never forgotten !
Excursion preparations underway .
Arrived early , but substantial traffic negates all time gains !
Great weather to start the day.
On the streets and everybody i meet up with is in a particularly good mood .
A few of positive items have presented themselves so far.
A handful of items purchased but far from a wildly successful venture on the East Coast this time !
Saddled up and on the way home !
But more important to the members of the international rug and carpet community todays Rippon – Boswell “ Major “ spring rug, carpet and textile sale is under way as we speak .
Now we wait for the results !
So the unaudited results are live “ on the line “ at Liveauctioneer’s now and it looks like a moderately successful outing for Mr Maltzahn and staff. Out of the 253 total lots offered approximately 102 failed to garner bidding interest . A sold percentage of about 60% .Not bad , but not great either .
On the bright side there were a few exceptional upside pops , note lot #’s 79 , 100 and of course lot number 135 !
Said and done a decent job turned in by the R.B. Staff !
Lot # 135 , “Scheibe” Holbein cpt. Pre-sale est. € 23,9- 24,000.00 . Sold for € 180.000.00 . Easily the high water mark of the sale !
As for the lots i featured in the sale review 3 sold , 1 did not .
Lot # 41, Ningxia mat . Pre-sale est. € 2,2-2,300.00 . Sold for a well deserved € 5,000.00 .
Lot # 61, Turkmen mafrash . Pre-sale est. € 5,7- 5,800.00 . Sold for € 8,500.00 and well worth it !
Lot # 88, Ningxia runner . Pre- sale est. € 8,9- 9,000.00 . Passed , condition issues ?
Lot # 142 , Yomut kap . Pre- sale est. € 3,9-4,000. Sold for € 4,200.00 . In the zone.
Two things to consider today !
For starters the flight home . Smooth and on time .
And more unfortunate news to report upon returning home .
Rest in Peace ! Bart Starr , legendary quarterback and coach of the Green Bay Packers and of course Hall of Famer . 2 time Super bowl winner ( 1 and 2 ) and coach for 9 years . Your accomplishments will keep your legacy alive for ever !
On a more light-er note , Awesome finish to today’s Indy 500 race !!!
Freeman’s Auction , Philadelphia , Pa. held their “International” sale today that included 38 various oriental rugs and carpets one of which is worth a few lines .
9:05 am Cali. time.
Well ,the wait is over and the results are in.
Even with a 15 page analysis by the legendary A.U. Pope lot # 120 only managed to sell for $ 16,900.00 all in . I really thought this piece would do much better but there were some condition issues that may have affected the outcome , or someone got a pretty good deal on a rare and unusual carpet ?
Lot # 120 , Josheghan carpet , early 19th century. Pre- sale estimate $ 10-20,000.00 . Exceptional provenance and possibly unique.
Today’s parting shot !
Henry’s Auktionshaus , Mutterstadt , Germany has a rug and carpet sale scheduled on June 8th , 2019 that features 442 total lots of all manner of items for you to consider . After multiple passes through the sale inventory my first though is it’s way over loaded with Chinese and Tibetan pieces and a few of them are easily the most interesting items in the sale .
Next , to my eye everything else in the auction is for the most part , good condition , late pieces suitable for the European retail market . Not a top shelf collectors piece in the whole sale to indulge or excite the fickle international rug- mob.
One positive note on the overall offering . The pre- sale starting points seem to be for the most party fairly realistic with quite a few apparently having no reserve , better than nothing !
My final opinion of this sale is, it’s a large group of uninteresting pieces that if you are a serious collector you don’t need to worry about unless you are interested in Chinese or Tibetan pieces .
Dog o the week ,
Here’s Lookin at Yah , Kid !
What’s it like to be “A Stranger in a Stranger in a Land” and you can’t “Find My Way Home” ? Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Beyond White Space , 2018. 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . Lot of cute girls but incredibly stupid !
Movie o the week, Streets of Fire , 1984.
Song o the week , Georgia Satellites , Keep Your Hands to Yourself on The Georgia Satellites , 1986.Read More
Looks to be a little on the slow side for the next week or two .
Not much , but something !
Bruun Rasmussen Bredgade’s Auction House , Copenhagen , Denmark is staging a general antique auction on May 29th at their Copenhagen gallery .
So generally i flip through their auction inventories ( 48 total lots ) and there isn’t anything worth mentioning but it’s kinda quite out there right now and this time around i notice two lots that seemed at least somewhat interesting in this slow activity period .
Lot # 349 , Susani . Pre- sale estimate 70,000.00 kr ,= $ 7260.00 . Clearly no where near the oldest but far better than their usual level of items they offer.
Lot # 404 Tekke Khalyk . Pre- sale estimate a very realistic 50,000.00 kr = $ 7,540.35 . Again not the earliest but in my opinion the best collectors item in this limited group .
Today’s rug, carpet and textile sale at the “Netherhampton Salesrooms” Salisbury U.K. is in the books but as is their M.O. there are no audited , posted results as of yet. More on this in a few days .
Unfortunate news today !
Rest in peace , Ieoh Ming Pei , World renown architectural genius for 70 + years . His legacy will live on through all his outstanding design creations !
Mr Langauer and the gang at A. A. C. , Vienna ,Austria held their “Fine Rugs XV” sale today and as it’s been for them this year the sale went swimmingly well . Out of the 215 total lots offered up for sale only approximately 21 failed to garner any bidding interest . A sold percentage of right at 90% . Not quite as much of a clean sweep as the earlier sales this year but still very good which keeps the success streak alive .
A couple of things worth noting .
Nothing in the way of a serious upside pop and some of the items offered sold very , very inexpensively .
That said still a very commendable job by UDO and staff !
Concerning the two lots i featured in the earlier review both sold .
Lot # 182 , Ningxia frag. Pre- sale est. £ 6-800.00 . Sold for £ 2,800.00 . Closest thing to an upside surprise in the sale !
Lot # 187, Konya frag. Pre- sale est. £ 6-800.00 . Sold for £ 200.00 . Boy , the market has really fallen off on these once hot items !
Freedom Sunday !!!
Next up NYC !
Dog o the week ,
With about ever Dimi in the U.S.of A. running for president lets not forget to consider Nancy ( the cadaver ) Pelosi , Rashida ( the mouth ) Tlaib , or even Maxine ( the wig ) Waters , and don’t forget about me , this is America and even “The Damed” get a shot , Boo Yah ! Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , BlacKkKlansman , 2018. 3.5 poopsickles out of 5. I watched this movie a few times and i get exactly where S.L.was going with it but in my opinion this movie creates more racial issues than it’s trying to explain ?
Movie o the week , Oceans 8 , 2018 . Sandra the great , what more needs to be said and a pretty good flick to boot !
Song o the week , It’s a 2 fur ! , Boo Yah ! An interesting comparison ?
Jefferson Airplane , Somebody to Love on Surrealistic Pillow , 1967
Thunderpussy , Somebody to Love , single , 2019.
The next debacle at the vaunted “Netherhampton Salesrooms” , Salisbury , U.K. scheduled on May 15th is live or dead your choice “ on the line” now for you viewing amusement ?
Well it’s pretty much more of the same this time around with “Ms Barrett and staff” assembling a sale inventory of approximately 313 total lots of pretty much anything you could think of in the rug , carpet and textile department except for anything in the way of a serious collectors item . As usual the illustrations leave much to be desired but with that being said and to be fair i did notice a few lots #’s 167, 210 and 254 ? that may need a closer look if you are in the vicinity at the time of the preview and sale .
All in all another standard mid-to low end Netherhampton offering !
First up today in the batters box , Sotheby’s , London and their “Art’s of the Islamic World” sale including rugs , carpets and textiles .
My first impression of this sale in general is this . After going through the complete sale inventory i noticed there were a large number of Islamic artifacts and painting that went unsold .
As for the textile lots they did pretty well with only approximately 7 not finding new homes .
Now for the rugs , susani’s and carpets in the group . Out of the 36 total items run across the podium 11 failed to garner any bidding action.Which turns out to be a sold percentage of right at 65% . Not terrible for a modest selection but nothing to write home about either.
One thing worth noting . Turkish and Persian items in the sale did O K , however the Caucasian lots in the group with common designs and aggressive pre- sale estimates for the most part went unsold , dragging the sold total down ! There were a couple of nice upside pops note , lot #’s 297 and 307 . Unfortunately thats about it for excitement in the rug portion of the sale .
As for the 2 lots i featured , lot# 157 , Safavid silk panel and lot # 285 , kuba prayer rug , both failed to sell .
A lot in the Islamic Art portion of the sale did catch my eye and i thought worth a mention !
Lot # 245 , Iznik tile , 16th century . Pre- sale estimate , £ 4-6,000.00 . Sold for £ 68,750.00 . These things have been hot lately and this one was a real beauty !
Next in line tomorrow , Christie’s !
The results for todays Islamic Art sale at Christie’s , London are up , running “ on the line” now. As i said in the earlier review i did not think much of the overall inventory but i have to say this offering with out any serious Turkmen or Tribal items of any consequence did somewhat better than i thought it would .
Out of the 78 rugs and carpets offered for your bidding pleasure only 18 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage right at a very respectable 76%.
Unfortunately the velvet panel market cooled off a bit and only 2 out of the 7 offered ending up selling . The Susani’s in the sale faired better with 3 out of 4 attracting bidding action.
One more thing to consider , it appears the better condition Mid century Caucasian rug market still seems to be a weak link in the general rug market .
The lot i featured in the earlier review did end up selling .
Lot # 225 , Mughal Pashmina rug frag. Pre- sale est. £ 15-20,000.00. Sold slightly over the high estimate at £ 25,000.00 .
There were also a few very nice upside pops .
Lot # 227 , Mughal Silk Cpt. Pre-sale est. £ 60-80.000.00 . Sold for a very nice £ 243,750.00 . Somewhere out there is a very happy consigner !
Lot # 228 , Mughal dais cover . Pre- sale est. £ 40-60,000.00 . Sold for £ 225,000.00 . Again very nice.
Lot # 237 , Lotto rug . Pre- sale est. £ 20-25,000.00 . Sold for £ 43,750.00 . Far over the high estimate but still not a bad purchase at this level for the new owner !
All said and done , “hats off” to Ms Broadhurst and staff for in “my opinion” a job well done !
Here you go with the one you been wait’in for !
Rippon-Boswell , Wiesbaden , Germany’s “Major Spring” rug ,carpet and textile auction and this time around in my opinion well worth the wait !
After numerous passes through the complete sale inventory it’s my opinion this is one of the most diverse and interesting assortments Mr Maltzahn and staff have put together in a few years . A nice selection of high end collectors items in many areas , some good mid range pieces for the un-rich collectors and yes a bit of filler but nothing much in the way of real dreggs which is very welcome .
One thing of note . The starting points on many of the mid- range items are very reasonable which is becoming a trend these days and is very appreciated by the bidding public !
There are far too many items i liked in this offering to post them all but i have listed a few of my favorites below. However if your really serious about rug collecting you need to spend sometime checking out all the items in this sale !
Lot # 41 , Ningxia mat . Starting point , € 2,300.00 . Classic look !
Lot # 61 , Turkmen mafrash . Starting point , € 5,800.00 . My favorite piece in the sale , but repiling ?
Lot # 88 , Ningxia runner . Starting point , € 9,000.00 . Repiled end might be an issue .
Lot # 142 , Yomut kap . Starting point , 4,000.00 . Very realistic .
Grogan day , here we go ! .
It’s go time so all we have to do is sit back and wait for the rug and carpet portion of the sale which is as usual at the tail end of the auction.
Well the verdict is in and the die is cast , out of the 95 lots run across the podium only 9 failed to attract bidding action . A sold percentage of right at 90% , inline with previous Grogan sales .
Worth noting 3 of the unsold lots were low end filler type Turkmens and Caucasians held their own for a change .No brake out upside pops but a very successful turn of events as far as rugs and carpets go.
Nice job ,M.G. and crew !
As for the lots i featured in the earlier post
Lot # 289 , Serapi carpet . Pre- sale est.$ 20-30,00.00 . Sold for $ 25,000.00 + comm. Based on the condition report i thought this piece would do better , but it looks like someone got a pretty good deal !
Lot # 216 , Senna prayer rug . Pre- sale est. $ 10-15,000.00 . Sold for a very reasonable $ 16,000.00 + comm. Again someone got a very good buy on this lot .Stunning and my favorite piece in the whole sale.
Lot # 412 , Turkish village rug . Pre- sale est. $ 4-6,000.00 . Sold under the lowest. At $ 3,250.00 + comm. Go figure on this one . Maybe not quite old enough !
Dim’s beware !!!!
Dog o the week !
Traveling the dimi path could certainly be considered an exercise in ignorance and and poor judgement ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Crazy Rich Asians , 2018 . 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . What i want to know is in this age of political correctness why isn’t ever intelligent Asian in the U.S. insulted by this stupid movie !!!!!
Movie o the week , The Snowman , 2027. Righteous
Song o the week , Death Angel , The Pack on Humanicide , 2019.