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Wise up , mask up !
Udo and the gang at A.A.C. are first out the gates in 1021 with an Oriental Rug and Carpet auction at their Vienna , Austria Gallery scheduled on Jan 30th titled “Fine Antique Oriental Rugs” XXIII.
This sale features 189 total lots of all types of rugs ,carpets and textiles.
Well after a few passes through the auction inventory my thoughts are this ! What we have is a year end, year beginning house cleaning sale to clear things out a bit and maybe raise a little cash in these convoluted times . Nothing much included to spark interest and get the Rug – Mob buzzing just a decent selection of mediocre items with for the most part very realistic starting points ! Unfortunately this is not a very exciting group but the reasonable pre-sale estimates should create a positive outcome for Mr Langauer and his staff to begin the year .
A couple of lots that i thought were at least mildly intriguing are featured below.
Lot # 11, Ikat panel . Pre-sale starting point E 300.00. My favorite piece in the complete sale inventory. !
Lot # 15, Verneh flatweave . Pre- sale starting point E 1,500.00 . Not so old but great visual appeal !
Chick Rock Friday !
Sad news to mention in the rock world today .
Go With God ! Rock legend and Guitar hero Leslie West passed away today after a lengthy battle with diabetes and a heart attack. L. W. was a founding member of the seminal rock band “Mountain” and also at a later date the super group “West, Bruce and Laing”. He played with many other well known musicians over the years and was an inspiration to a multitude other guitar players including myself. You will never be forgotten leaving behind your monster hit “Mississippi Queen” and many other notable works!
Christmas Eve special !
Grogan & Co , Boston , Ma. has scheduled a special rug , carpet and flatweave auction on Jan. 31st to start the “New Year” at their Boston Gallery.
The sale consist of 172 rugs , carpets and various flatweave / sumak type items. Many of these pieces are from the “James Opie” collection .
After going over the sale selection multiple times my over-all impression is just this . If you like Persian tribal and city rugs and carpets this is certainly the sale for you . Yes there are all the other types of rugs and carpets also included but the majority of the group is Persian pieces.
As it usually is with an M.G. production most all the lots are in very good condition and he has kept the pre-sale estimates at a very reasonable level which is a smart move to promote bidder interest in these choppy times.
There are plenty of good lots in this auction , way to many to feature , but a couple that thought were hi-lights and that stuck with me are posted below.
Lot # 27 , Kazak cpt. Pre-sale estimate $ 3-5,000.00 . Not in the best condition but pretty good for a piece with this dramatic of a design ! My favorite item in the whole sale !
Lot # 71 , Turreted gul design Salor Juval . Pre-sale estimate $ 30-50,000.00 . A mid-period example that’s very good but been around the track a bit !
Just when you thought it could not get any weirder at the end of an already weird year we get Nashville , really people ? Sheik Frederich , 2020 .
There you have it . A person who could not keep her word if her life depended on it ! Nanci p**gie , in full “bozo” makeup !
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Unfortunately sad news to report today as well !
” Via Con Dios”, Rafer Johnson , Olympic Decathlon Gold medal champion in the 1960 Olympics and silver medal winner in 1956 . An all-around great man his whole life, he will never be forgotten . Also my older brother’s favorite Olympic athlete of all time !
Chick Rock Friday !
Rippon Day is upon us !
So here we go !
The sale just finished up and from an overall sold stand point in this “China Virus” upswing period it turned out very well for Mr Maltzahn and the Rippon staff. Out of the total 246 lots passed over the podium only approximately 31 failed to find new homes. A sold percentage of right at 87%. A very positive outcome to my eye . This is as usual based on “liveauctioneer’s” unaudited results which do sometimes change a bit .
As for the sale itself the majority of the items offered sold at or near their pre-sale estimates , some a little more some a little less.
That’s not to say there weren’t a few notable upside pops to spice things up a bit that are featured below .
Lot # 28 , Chodor Trapping . Pre-sale estimate E 9,5 -12,000.00 . Sold for a very strong E 25,000.00 + comm. K.M. you back in the game ?
Lot # 142 , Tekke Embroidered Asmalyk. Pre-sale estimate E 8,5 -9,900.00. Sold for a very impressive E 46,000.00+ comm . A good example but somebody really stepped up to the plate on it!
Lot # 157 ,Sarab carpet . Pre-sale estimate E 3,3 -3,900.00 .Sold for E 8,000.00 + comm . Not a big deal but interesting and unusual in it’s own way !
As for the items i featured in the previous sale review , all sold .
Lot # 96 Qash’gai kelim . Pre-sale est. E 4,5 – 5,500.00 . Sold for a respectable E 8,500.00 + comm.
Lot # 119 , Gabbeh cpt. Pre-sale est. E 4,7- -5,500.00. Sold for a mediocre E $4,000.00 + comm.
Lot # 136 , Camel Hamadan . Pre-sale est. E 4,8 – 5,600.00 . Sold for a somewhat weak E 4,000.00 + comm.. Maybe too much damage and restoration ?
Lot # 131 Tekke Khalyk . Pre-sale est. E 5,9 -7.300.00 . Sold for 15,500.00 + comm. Not necessarily excessive for a sort of scarce item ?
Second sale o the day !
Soulis Auctions , Lone Jack, Mo. also held a general antique sale today , (Dec.5th ) that featured 35+ old and antique rugs and carpets . Two of which are worth a few lines. There were a few others things that were O K but nothing as good as the two pieces featured below .
Lot # 301 , Joeshgan carpet fragment. Pre -sale estimate $ 4-8,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved $15,000.00 + comm. This is a well known piece having been published in Hali magazine years ago by a mid west doctor / Dealer. I always wondered what happened to it and now i know !
Lot # 322 , Unusual silk Persian meditation carpet . Pre-sale estimate $ 4-8,000.00 . Sold for a very strong $ 30,000.00 . Again unusual and interesting in a strange way .
Sad news in the rug world today .
The great antagonizer ” Jack Cassin” passed away after breaking his hip then going to the hospital to have surgery and contracting Pneumonia. Liked by some, not so much by others his rants and diatribes will keep his legend alive forever! . R.I.P. “Jackie Boy” you’re missed already !
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Welcome to the United Socialist States of Amerika. Hide your assets Bernie and the “Squad” are “comm-in” ! , Sheik Frederich, 2020 !
Jon Meacham , Your opinion on what it’s like to be a paid traitor , please ?
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the week , Gemini Man,2019 . 5 poop-sickles out of 5 .I put off watching this flick because i thought it sounded stupid and when i finally did watch it i was right . Easily one of the worst movies Will Smith has ever made !
Movie o the week , Nada !
Song o the week , Marilyn Manson, Don’t Chase the Dead , 2020.