Been’a trying time , but back on the job !
Act intelligently !
Saturday fun “gett-in” some !
Sunday Kivo fix !
Go With God , Frankie Banali , percussionist extraordinaire for so many metal and hard rock bands including , Quiet Riot , W.A.S.P. , Hear ‘n Aid and so many more. Being one of the truly greats you will be remember forever through the body of work you leave behind .
Why certainly masked chicks can Rock !
Something to consider on Saturday ?
More Kivo fun !
Well the fall rug auction calendar is starting to fill up with no less than 8 predominately rug , carpet and textile auctions listed so far , but that could certainly change , At this moment we have Henry’s , “Dorotheum” , A.A.C. , Skinner’s , Christie’s , Nagel’s ,Sotheby’s, London , Rippon-Boswell and Grogan’s in the pool up to this point !
Let’s get this party started !
Question of the day?
Tragedy strikes today !
Via con Dio , the one and only great Eddie Van Halen after a courageous 10 year battle with cancer. Guitar god to the max , no words for this one. You’re gone but through the legacy of work you leave behind you will never ever be forgotten and you will continue to inspire guitar players for infinity!
So to begin this fall rug auction season we have todays sale at “Henry’s Auktionhaus” , Mutterstadt , Germany and it’s underway on “Liveauctioneer’s” as we speak .
Up to this point it’s going fairly well for them but let’s just see how they wrap the game up .
Fini , so here we go !
Out of the total 353 lots run across the podium today only approximately 86 failed to attract any bidding action. A sold percentage of right at 76 %. Very good considering the mediocre selection ( in my opinion) and a suspect at best rug market , to say the least . As usual these are “Liveauctioneer’s” unaudited results so they are open to updates and interpretations.
Concerning the sale itself , as usual lately Caucasians were still running on the cool side but Tibetan and Chinese pieces sold very well , no break out prices but strong within the estimate ranges . The Tibetan rug market for examples with at least some age is very active in Europe right now ?
Something else worth mentioning ,the group of mixed ethnic textiles included in the auction also sold very well .
All said and done a very nice turn of events for Henry’s rug and textile dept.
One lot which was the only one to be considered a real upside pop is featured below .
Lot # 267 Sumba ikat . Pre-sale estimate , € 1,200-3,800.00. Sold for a surprising € 7,100.00 . News to me , for sure ?
After going through the Oct.21st sale of rugs , carpets and textiles at the “Dorotheum” in Vienna , Austria a few times i have to say i am not particularly impressed by the selection or quality of the 242 total lots to by offered for sale . Once again this is a sale directed squarely at the European retail market with very little to attract the attention of the serious international rug collectors out there .
The sale consist of plenty of late commercial pieces in great condition but nothing much in the way of a top shelf collectable item to arouse the “Rug – Mob” . No , i am not knocking Mr Matschek’s effort but some older lots could have certainly have helped with attracting international buyers looking for more classic , earlier specimens .
That being said i am featuring 2 lots feel are are possibly the most interesting in the group , again just my opinion !
Lot # 82 , Lakai susani .Pre-sale starting point , € 15,000.00 . From my point of view the most collectable piece in the entire sale .
Lot # 152 , Tekke torba . Pre- sale starting point , € 1,800.00 . A little on the late side but in great condition and a scarce main border. The best Turkmen in the offering and a realistic starting point too.
Second sale of the day is the “Skinner’s” sale also scheduled to start on Oct. 21st and end on Oct. 29th in Marlborough, Ma. This is for the most part an online endeavor including approximately 454 total lots of all manner of rugs , carpets and textiles .
Where to start on this Skinner’s production is just this , it’s really a lot of stuff for one sale even though it runs for 8 days . And it’s really varied as far as the quality of the merchandise included in the sale inventory goes. Unfortunately the down side is there is nothing in the way of a clear cut barn burner collectors piece to garner any excitement in the serious collectors universe. Just a ton of pieces with as Mr Kearny likes to present them ,very , very low pre- sale estimates which is great for the bidders out there and creates a certain amount of excitement in these trying times !
A couple of lots that mildly attracted my attention are posted below .
Lot # 1004 , Dazkiri yastick . Pre-sale estimate , $1,2-1,500.00 . Not usually my cup of tea but what appears to be a very good looking example with good pile ,decent age and great color .
Lot # 1101 , Victorian chair upholstered in Ningshia carpet frags. Pre- sale estimate $ 8-1,000.00 . Just a very trippy piece . Unfortunate it would be such a headache to get to Cali !
Next victim is Udo’s upcoming sale at his A.A.C. Gallery in Vienna ,Austria scheduled on Oct.24th .
With 3 passes through the auction inventory under my belt this is my unbiased opinion .For all intents and purposes this is pretty much an average A.A.C. assortment of mildly interesting merchandise . The sale is comprised of 168 lots of rugs , carpets and textiles from most all the weaving areas .Yes , there are a small handful of slightly more upscale articles to consider but the vast majority of items included in the group are good condition middle of the road , beginning collectors type pieces or standard decorative items. No standout , top shelf examples to stir up the serious rug aficionado’s of the world . A decent sale just nothing to get overly amped up about.
As it’s gone for Mr Langauer and Co lately i assume this sale will more than likely do pretty well for them or even better !
So , Good Luck to them this time around !
One lot did stick in my limited mind, but just a bit !
Lot # 15 Tekke kap . Pre- sale starting point , € 1,500.00 . Slightly later example but in great condition. Unfortunately with a minor design flaw in the bottom inside border .
Not sure what think of the “Ethnic Art” sale featuring 98 lots of rugs , carpets and textiles at “Nagel Gallery” in Stuttgart , Germany scheduled on Oct. 23rd . My first impressions are the Nagel online catalog needs help in a major way , for sure ! It’s so jumbled up you just can’t tell much from it so it’s better to try your luck on the “invaluable” online version with slightly better quality illustrations , better but not by much .
Up and away we go with this one !
Most of the items are arranged in groups according to their specific weaving attributions. Newish items mixed in with possibly older pieces. What it feels like is they are trying to do is put something better with somethings maybe not so good to enhance possible sales or in this case maybe they just don’t have a clue what they are doing . That said there are what appears to be a few better pieces scattered amongst the majority of late commercial shop stock type items that are to say the least hard to liquidate. I am not sure this approach will work but the pre- sale estimates are very reasonable so it just may turnout to be very successful for them !
A few lots i thought were at least worth a second look are featured below .Lot # 3 , Ningshia rug . Pre-sale estimate , € 2-3,000.00. With these poor quality illustrations this piece shined through as one of the best in the sale !Lot # 16 , Turkmen trapping . Pre-sale estimate , € 1,5-2,000.00. Needs to be seen in person but this could be very good .Lot # 210 , American Indian war shirt. Pre-sale estimate , € 8-1,000.00 . So not an oriental item but if this thing is “legit” it may just be the big ringer in the complete sale !
Moving onward and upward next in the line of fire is “Sotheby’s , London’s” , Islamic Week sale featuring rugs , carpets and textiles . After my first pass through the auction inventory it appears that Sotheby’s is swinging for the fences on this one with only 9 rugs and 4 miscellaneous textiles included in the selection . That said they are all for the most part very high end which will knock the majority of the main steam rug buyers right out of buying competition on this offering . I am not sure how this approach is gonna turn out for them but they are showcasing some pretty good merchandise, although the pre- sale estimates in some cases are a little exorbitant.
Two lots that did stick in my limited mind a bit and had me going back for a second and even third time are featured below.Lot # 480 , Ottoman saddle cover . Pre-sale estimate , £ 20-30,000.00 . No give away , but my favorite piece in the entire group !Lot # 493 , Dragon Sileh . Pre-sale estimate , £ 8-12,000.00 . One lot that at least carries a realistic pre- sale estimate. There has not been a Dragon Sileh this good popping up in the market for awhile so it will be interesting to see if it sells and for how much !
Bring up the rear on this post is the “Islamic Week” production at “Christie’s”, London” .
Well for starters Ms Broadhurst and staff have stuck with the standard formula in this instance and have included 80 rugs , carpets and 4 textile lots which makes it a little more in tune with and appealing to the general rug buying market .
My thoughts on this auction inventory are it’s heavily decorative and commercial for the most part but there are a hand full of somewhat more interesting collectable items thrown into the mix to make a little more absorbing for the serious collectors out there. All in Ms Broadhurst and staff did a reasonably good job putting this selection together in a tricky time in the world/ rug world today .
One piece i kept going back to is featured below .Lot # 150 , Eagle Karabaugh . Pre-sale estimate , £ 25-30,000.00 . The only thing in the offering i personally found engaging !
Walter , One wonders if they got their facelifts and eye work done in the same place ?
Saturday Hi-jinx !
Only one other thing to mention . Rippon – Boswell has a sale scheduled on Dec. 5th but there are no details on this yet !
Make exposing and identifying the leaders of “Antifa” a number priority ! , ASAP . , Sheik Frederich , 2020 .
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the week , The Gentlemen , 2019 . 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . A ton of talent wasted on truly stupid flick !
Movie o the week , Nothing just nothing !
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Not to be messed with !
Dateline : Normandy Auction , Rouen France .
36 items from a Parisian private collection ended up at this 2nd tier auction house today with incredibly conservative pre- sale auction estimates . Considering the high quality and great age of some of the pieces it caused quite a stir in a very subdued European rug market . All the major European and other international dealers got wind of it and attended . Although the pre- sale estimates were very low the items sold for prices much higher . That said and having the European cartel in attendance there was still plenty of upside left “over” the sold prices . In my opinion if these pieces were sold at a London or N Y C auction house the final prices fetched would have been far higher . Two examples are featured below , however there were other even more interesting pieces that should come to light in the near future !
Looks like a bargain to me !
Again , in a well publicized sale how much would this have fetched ?
Sunday , Kivo , Sunday !
Go with God , Derek Ho , Hawaii’s first world surf champion in 1993. With all your accomplishments in the surfing world your legacy will live on for ever !
Gettin some !
Celebrate today , National Tequila Day , Bravo !
Rest in Peace , Peter Green one of the founding member’s of the “Classic” version of “Fleetwood Mac” . You were one of the great English invasion guitarists and through your body of work the memories of you will last forever !
Back in the day !
And then !
Today’s A. A. C. sale at their Vienna , Austria gallery is in the books and unfortunately for Udo and the gang it was not quite as successful as their past series of sales .
According to “Liveauctioneer’s” unaudited , posted results , out of the 157 total lots offered only about 97 found new homes . A sold percentage of right at 62%.A somewhat lower turn of events than the results of most all their previous productions of the last couple of years but considering the current “China virus” situation , being in the middle of summer and mediocre overall quality of the items in the sale inventory this was to be expected .
One thing worth noting. As it’s been for the last few years late date Caucasians especially long rugs , say 3 x 8-9 feet were very weak That’s not to say there weren’t a few upside pops to lend a minor amount of excitement to the sale. Note lot #’s 24 ,55 and 76. Not much , but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, one # 24 is posted below.
All said and done still a decent job in a tough time by A.A.C. crew . Most certainly they will have better results in the fall rug auction season !
Lot # 24 , Mogan rug . Pre-sale estimate € 5-7,000.00 . Sold for € 16,000.00 + comm.
Kanye West for Prez. , Sheik Frederich for V.P. . Vote West Now ! , Sheik Frederich , 2020.
Mr Personality !
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the week , No crap lately !
Movie o the week , The Godfather Trilogy 4 times in the last 30 days !
Song o the week , Fleetwood Mac , Oh Well on Then Play On , 1969 .
Sunday Kivo fun , here’s lookin at Ya ?
She has the right idea !
Tragedy strikes the U.S. again , Minnesota !
Todays sale at A.A.C.in Vienna , Austria just wrapped up and from a purely sold stand point if “Liveauctioneer’s” posted results are accurate this little adventure in rug-land went very, very well for Udo and the A.A.C. rug dept. Out of the total 112 total lots offered it appears only 3 failed to attract biding attention . About as close to perfect as you could expect these days.
As for the prices fetched in the overall sale some sold over , some under but for the most part the majority were at or near the pre-sale estimates . That’s not say there weren’t a nice handful of upside pops to add a little excitement to the sale results .
Note lot #’s 5 , 26, 53, 83 and 86 .
Three of which are featured below.
Lot # 24 , Khotan rug . Pre- sale estimate € 3-4,000.00 . Sold for € 8,000.00 + 28%. Not so beautiful or old in my opinion !
Lot # 53 , Bordjalou kazak rug . Pre- sale estimate € 4-6,000.00 . Sold for € 20,000.00 + 28%. Not as much as back in the day but a substantial number for a fairly late example !
Lot # 86 , Khotan rug . Pre- sale estimate € 3-4,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved € 17,000.00 + 28%. Certainly one of the better lots in the sale , in my humble opinion !
One last thing worth mentioning . The large number of East Turkestan items in the group seemed to produced the best overall returns for the consigners in the entire sale !
This sale’s turn of events certainly deserves a “tip of the hat” to Udo and his gang for a job well done in an evolving and ever changing rug market !
Via con Dios , The incredible “Christo” , artist extraordinaire . There will never be another like you and of course your partner in life Jeanne-claude ! I saw “The Umbrellas” in person in 1991 and it was awesome !
Christo and Jeanne-Claude , 1991. Viva !
Sold at Bukowski’s Stockholm , Sweden on June 3rd .
Lot # 215 , Turkmen tentband frag , mounted . Pre-sale est. Sek 6-8,000.00 . Sold for Sek 6,000.00 = U.S.$ 633.15 . An unusual example for someone at a very reasonable price !
Sotheby’s London held their “Arts of the Islamic and Indian Worlds” today and from and complete sale standpoint it was moderately successful for them.
For starters the textile portion of the offering was certainly one of the high points of the production with only 5 of the total 31 lots run across the podium not finding new homes . Indian and Turkish items sold very well . 2 of the sale highlights are featured below .
Lot # 123 , Ottoman Brocade . Pre- sale estimate , £ 3-5,000.00 . Sold for £ 25,000.00 .
Lot # 173 , Ottoman Brocade . Pre- sale estimate £ 1-2,000.00 . Sold for £ 20,000.00 .
As for the rug and carpet group in the sale , out of the 69 items offered 18 failed to attract bidding interest . A sold percentage of right at 75 % . Good , but certainly not something to get overly excited about .
Where to start !
The Turkish pieces in the sale inventory for the most part faired the best and as it’s been lately mid-age Caucasian examples in good condition are still running cool with the ones that did sell only bringing mid-range prices . Fancy Persian pieces did O K , but some of the room size decorative carpets went unsold . Also nothing really in the way of a noteworthy upside pop either to spark excitment. Just a mediocre return on a modest selection in the end .
A few lots worth a look !
Lot # 261 , Lotto frag . Pre- sale est. £ 8-1,200.00 . Sold for £ 9,375.00 .
Lot # 263 , Ladik . Pre-sale est. £ 18-25,000.00 . Sold for £ 22,500.00 . Found by Me and Clearlight at May’s field in “Brimfield” in the 90’s !
Lot# 269, Azerbadjian cpt. Pre- sale est. £ 12-15,000.00 . Sold for £ 17,500.00. My favorite item in the sale !
Lot # 280, Shakhrisabz susani . Pre- sale est. £ 25-40,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved £ 50,000.00 .
Fathers Day , Kivo and friend !
The highly anticipated “Islamic and India Art” sale at Christie’s , London just wrapped up and from an overall standpoint appears to have done slightly better than the Sotheby’s sale about 2 weeks ago .
To start with out of the small group of 4 textiles and 2 susani’s , 3 textiles sold and one susani. No great shakes but one textile an Indian shawl sold with a decent upside pop for the consigner and is featured below .
As for the rug and carpet portion of the offering out of the 76 lots passed under the hammer 25 failed to attract any bidder interest. A sold percentage of about 67% , not terrible but certainly nothing to get excited about either.
Like the Sotheby’s sale , room size and dozar size decorative pieces were on the weak side and unfortunately to my eye this overall sale inventory was just not as interesting as the Sotheby’s selection to arouse the international “Rug Mob” .
One lot that did pop a bit and was in my humble opinion the most interesting item in the sale inventory is posted below .
So in closing the complete sale was fairly successful for Christie’s but the rug , carpet and textile portion maybe not so much , that said better luck next time !
Still a decent turn of events for Ms Broadhurst and the Christie’s rug and textile dept. !
Lot # 91, Jamawar shawl . Pre- sale est. £ 6-8,000.00 . Sold for £ 15,000.00 .
Lot # 188 . Pashmina cpt. frag. Pre-sale est. £ 25-35,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved £ 62,500.00 .
Today’s “Rippon Boswell” for all “intents and purposes” signals an end to the convoluted spring / summer rug and carpet auction cycle of 2020 .
Under way !
The auction is just finishing up to moderately positive results .
If the posted “Liveauctioneer’s” numbers hold up , out of the total 298 lots offered up for your bidding excitement approx. 124 failed to garner any attention this time around . A sold percentage of right at 59% . Not a failure but i am sure Mr Maltzahn was shooting for a more positive result .
Concerning the sale itself the Chinese pieces in the group seemed to be very weak but they were for the most part a little on the late side . Also Persian city type rugs didn’t set the sale on fire either . For a change Caucasians held their own and as it’s been lately Turkmen , Turkish and all the other collectable items in the auction inventory carried the ball .
All in all a modest ending to the twisted auction arena so far this year . What’s gonna transpire this fall , who knows ?
A few of what inconsidered to be some of the sale highlights are featured below .
Lot # 52 , Tekke chuval . Pre-sale est. € 1,1-1,250.00 . Sold for an expected € 8,000.00 + 29 % comm.
Lot # 87 , Kashgai cpt. Pre-sale est. € 4,3-4,800.00 . Sold for € 18,000.00+ 29 % comm. Most aggressive upside pop of the offering !
Lot Lot # 208 , Ningshia sq. Pre-sale est. € 55-650.00 Sold for € 3,400.00 + 29% comm. Snappy but maybe not quite as early as stated!
“Chillin” on Sunday with Kivo !
The World is your’s , don’t forget it ! , Sheik Frederich , 2020.
Dog o the week !
Got Mask ?
Shitty movie o the week . A real loser this week . Conan the Barbarian , 2011 . 5 poopsickles out of 5 . The original one was pretty lame but this version is just blatantly stupid from start to finish !
Movie o the week , Glass , 2019 . Not a big M.Night Shyamalan fan but i thought was a pretty good supernatural film !
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To start the new week Skinner’s , Boston, Ma.’s 8 day online Spring rug and carpet production is up “on the line “ now and accepting bids till May 4th at 7pm. Not sure how this is gonna work out for them but they are really left with no other choice .
So up to this point there are very few bids posted on the Skinner’s site by early bird , bottom feeders but on most of the better items the bids that have been posted do not even meet the very modest reserves yet !
Well it is now 7 pm in Boston and Skinner’s has pulled the plug on their online Spring major rug and carpet extravaganza and from where i am positioned it turned out far better than i expected it to.
Here we go , out of thr 406 total lots offered only 80 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage of right at 80 % which is very good under these extreme conditions . Generally L. K. would work the phones a bit after the sale to get the sold percentage up a bit but since Skinner’s in a lock out phase i doubt this will come into play .
Yes many of the lots that sold , sold very inexpensively but as it always is , sold is still sold . As it’s been for awhile now late Caucasian items were still weak and the Chinese pieces sold reasonably well but since there were not any particularly noteworthy ones in the selection prices were more subdued this time around .
Overall the Skinner’s folks should be very happy with outcome considering the twisted circumstances we are living through these days .
As usual a great job done by L.K. and the Skinner’s rug dept. in this particularly difficult rug market !
That’s not to say there weren’t more than a handful of nice upside pops to lend excitement to the sale a few of the more interesting ones are featured below ,
Lot # 11 , Shaddah . Pre- sale estimate , $ 3-3,500.00 . Sold for an impressive $ 15,000.00 including comm. Nice for a fairly late piece .
Lot # 87 , Tekke mafrash . Pre- sale estimate , $ 8-1,000.00 . Sold for $5,000.00 including comm. Another nice return for the consigner on a fairly fresh example !
Lot # 95 , Cloudband Beshire . Pre- sale estimate $ 1,5-2000.00 . Sold for $11,875.00 . A decent price for a pretty snappy looking small main carpet !
Lot # 149 , Shirvan prayer . Pre- sale estimate $ 1,2 – 1,500.00 . Sold for a strong $ 9,375.00 . Nice return for the consigner on another fairly late but visually appealing Caucasian prayer rug .
Lot # 170 , Shaddah , Pre- sale estimate $ 3-4,000.00 . Sold for an astonishing $13,750.00 . A very strong price for a turn of the century weaving .
Kivo Saturday !
Today’s “Rippon – Boswell” online sale in Weisbaden , Germany is nothing more than a foot note in history now.
For starters the sale inventory was for the most part middle of the road with nothing in the way of a star piece to excite the “Rug- Mob” .
Yes , there were plenty of decent condition mid-range items included to tempt you if you are a budget minded dealer or beginning collector .
One other thing worth noting the sale was overloaded with late Tibetan pieces if thats your area of interest.
All that said this offering went some what better than i expected considering the lackluster content of the auction. Apparently the late Tibetan rug market is stronger than i figured , at least on the continent !
Out of the total 168 lots offered only 49 failed to attract bidder attention. A sold percentage of right at 71% , very good considering the overall mediocre quality of the group in general .
As for the sale itself for the most part the things that sold , sold on the modest side and the large group of Tibetan items produced mixed results .
That’s not to say there were not a few interesting surprises which are featured below . And yes as you can see still issues with R-B photo downloads !
All in all a pretty good turn of events for D.M.and the Rippon- Boswell crew.
Lot # 16 , Zeikhur rug . Pre- estimate € 2-300.00 . Sold for € 3,000.00 + comm. Nice for the consigner for sure .
Lot # 52 , Shirvan prayer . Pre- sale estimate € 850- 950.00 . Sold for a whopping € 5,500.00 + comm . A big number for a late Caucasian item !
Lot # 63 , Art Deco Japanese rug . Pre- sale estimate € 1,4 – 1,500.00 . Sold for € 3,000.00 + comm . Even with the harsh yellow !
Be Cool , stay safe but when the play calls for it “ live dangerous “ , Sheik Frederich , 2020.
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the week , Hustler’s ,2019 , 5 poopsickles out of 5 . Sorry , J Lo just has no acting talent what so ever !
Movie o the week , Lowrider’s , 2016 . You will get it , if you have been to Cali or New Mexico !
Song o the week , The B’zz , Get Up Get Angry on The B’zz , 2015.
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Been a long time comm’in back in the battle !
Sunday with Kivo !
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So the Dorotheum went ahead with their rug and carpet sale today in the midst of all the craziness going on in the world at this time and i gotta say from a sold stand point if their posted “liveauctioneer’”results are accurate it went reasonably well for Mr’s Matschek and Pillanger . Out of the total 226 lots offered up for your bidding pleasure only 82 ended up not attracting any bidding interest. A solid sold percentage of right at 64% . Far from great but in this time and space pretty good all things considered .
Granted some of these items sold very reasonably and there was not anything special to spark the serious rug ( Rug Mob ! ) collectors interest out there , if there remains any but still an admirable showing in a very tricky rug market at this mark in the world.
From where i sit a “tip of the hat” to the gang at the Dorotheum rug dept. for “hangin” in there !
One last thing worth noting although far from an interesting selection there were a few lots that were a bit of a surprise to me and they are featured below.
Lot # 32 , Kashan , circa 1930. Pre- sale starting point € 400. Sold for € 3,328.00 . I am not personally familiar with this particular type of Kashan but someone out there liked it . A nice upside pop for the consigner !
Lot # 74 , Kazak prayer . Pre- sale starting point € 1,000.00. Sold for € 3,840.00 . Either a great buy for the new owner or hot red ?
Lot # 78 , Bakhshaish . Pre- sale starting point € 3,000.00. Sold for € 5,760.00. These used to bring really big $ but maybe not so much anymore and this one had substantial condition issues.
A prayer for the living !
More Sunday Kivo !
Yo Mona , “showin” your salty side !
Well today’s rug , carpet and antiquities auction at Austria Auction Company , Vienna , Austria is in the books and from a rug and carpet perspective it went very well for Udo and the crew at A.A.C. .
Unfortunately the antiquities didn’t do very well at all.
This was a small ( 54 lots ) offering but more of a high end assortment from a rug and carpet perspective and with only 13 lots offered for sale being passed , a fairly positive outcome . A sold percentage of right at 76% . On par with other recent A.A.C.auctions which is great in this troubling time , pretty respectable .
Nothing in the way of upside drama , things that should have done well did , others more in the pedestrian range sold in the mid to low end as far as current rug market pricing goes . But still sold is sold .
As for the 20 antiquities in that portion of the sale only 5 of 20 lots offered found new homes . This figure speaks for it self !
A few things that seemed worth a mention are posted below.
Lot # 7 . Salor frag. Pre- sale est. € 8-1,200.00 . Unsold and why it was even in the sale is my question ?
Lot # 30 , Eagle gol trapping . Pre-sale est. € 25-35,000.00 . Sold for a very respectable € 44,000.00 + comm.
Lot # 37 . Yellow Ground Yastik .Pre- sale est. An aggressive € 30- 40,000.00 . Sold for a still strong € 34,000.00+ comm considering the amount of restoration. Still my favorite piece in the sale , if it matters !
Sunday go ta meet’in , Cali style !
Dog o the week ,
Be smart , be safe , but don‘t hide either . Do not let the fear mongering Dimi’s influence your life . This is not political ! Life will resume in a new dimension in the near future , Enshallah ! Sheik Frederich , 2020 .
Shitty movie o the week , Nothing but B.S. reruns !
Movie o the week , As you would assume not much out there !
Song o the week , Biff Byford , School of Hard Knocks on School of Hard Knocks , 2020.
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Emersed in the end of the year holidays and winter business doldrums !
“Via con dios” the legendary radio pioneer Don Imus of the “Imus in the Morning” radio program . An awesome 50 year career and radio hall of Famer . Gone but never to be forgotten !
Yes , No Maybe ?
Happy , Happy , Joy , Joy !!!
A great day for the U.S.A. !
Another tragic loss in the Metal / Music world !
Neil Peart percussionist extraordinaire of the “Great” Canadian prog – metal band “Rush” passed over to the other side today after a long battle with the demon cancer . You are already missed and your legacy will live on through the vast body of music you leave behind !
Sunday , Kivo!
And then there was Saturday !
So Udo and the gang at A.A.C.s first sale today of 2020 season is in the books and it fell pretty much inline with their 7 sales of this type in 2019. Looking over “Liveauctioneer’s “ unaudited posted results out of the 278 total lots offered only approximately 64 failed to garner and bidding activity. A sold percentage of right at 77% but as with all A.A.C. auctions that generally pops up a bit with the final accurate count.
As for the sale itself there was nothing in the way of a genuine upside pops and most prices fetched at or somewhat below their pre-sale estimates . Many things sold very conservative even with their low starting points .One thing worth noting , Caucasians were moving but at very conservative levels . Still a decent beginning start for A.A.C. With hopefully better things on the horizon with their Collectors Rugs IV sale on Feb. 25th and their Fine Ant. Oriental Rug XIXX on March 21st.
This is hope a partial listing of upcoming rug events for the 2020 spring rug auction season .
Feb. 28th , Austria Auction Co. Collectors Rugs IV .
March 21st , Austria Auction Co. Fine Antique Oriental Rugs XIX .
March 25th , Dorotheum , Vienna , Austria . Rugs Carpets and textiles .
March 28th Rippon Boswell , General Carpet Auction.
March 31st Bonham’s , London . Islamic and Indian Art . Rugs included ?
April 1st , Sotheby’s , London . “Art’s of the Islamic World” including rugs , textiles and carpets .
April 2nd , Christie’s , London. “Arts of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including rugs and carpets .
Freedom and vindication today !
Tragedy hit the international surfing world with news that standout French 10 time surf champ Poeti Norac passed away at the very young age of 24 this last weekend . A legit up and comer with plenty to look forward , you are already missed and will be remembered by the international surfing community !
Another Sunday with Kivo!
A.A.C.’s next house cleaning sale is live “on the line” now for all with extra time on their hands to peruse . A gain this is another low end sale consisting of 136 lots of mediocre items with nothing of any importance to mention but perhaps it’s the lost leader leading up to the more important and interesting sale scheduled on March 21st ?
Saturday Fun !
Dog o the week , A 2 Fur !
Looks like it’s time to keep an eye on the deadly “gang” that apparently can’t shoot straight ! Sheik Frederich , 2020.
Shitty movie o the week , Alita: Battle Angel ,2019. Just stupid!
Movie o the week ,The Lincoln Lawyer , 2011.
Song o the week British Lion , The Burning on The Burning , 2020.
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Welcome to the best day of the Year !
Grogan Days are upon us !
Todays sale is in the bag and it turned out very well for Mr Grogan and staff as far a sold percentage goes . Out of the total 107 lots offered only 17 failed to find buyers . A sold percentage of about 82% , very good considering it’s the tail end of the fall 2019 rug auction season .
This was a fairly small offering and there was not a superstar lot to get the rug- mob buzzing so prices fetched were for the most part in line with pre-sale estimates but there were a couple of upside pops to liven things up a bit. Note lot #’s 23 and especially # 58. A hefty price for this somewhat late date and not particularly good looking Turkmen item , in my opinion !
As for the 2 lots i featured in the sale review one sold one did not .
Lot # 29 , Bakshish cpt. Pre-sale est. $5-7,000.00 . Sold for $ 9,760.00 including comm. A fair price for a well known piece!
Lot # 98 , East Anatolian divan cover . Pre- sale est. $ 3-5,000.00 . Unsold , restoration might have held this one back!
So there you have an other small but well done production by Mr Grogan and staff . Hopefully they stay in the game the rug market in the U.S. needs them !
Travel day , NYC !
Ready for the return , the O.C.
Here we go with the “Liveauctioneer’s” posted results of “Henry’s Auktionshaus AG” , Mutterstadt , Germany’s 40th Anniversary rug and carpet to pretty much finish off the 2019 fall rug auction season !
Out of the 380 total items run across the auctioneer’s podium approximately 268 ended up finding new homes according to the unaudited , current posted results . A sold percentage of right at a very respectable 71% considering many of the pieces offered had very little in the way of any age at all . Early to mid 20th century at best.
As for the sale itself there was nothing in the way of an upside pop to excite the crowd and many of the items that did sell brought very conservative prices to say the least . A couple of things worth noting .
Tibetan pieces seemed to do very well . Not particularly strong prices fetched , but selling well none the less !
One other thing Caucasian lots were weak but again there was not a piece of any merit in the selection.
As for the lot’s i featured in the sale review all 3 found new homes .
Lot # 105 , Pao Tao rug . Pre-sale est. € 2,1-3,200.00 . Sold just over the high est. at € 3,400.00 . Obammer would be proud !
Lot # 250 Early Tibetan frag. Pre-sale est. € 550-1,200.00 . Sold for a very reasonable € 850.00 .
Lot # 247 Arabachi ensi . Pre- sale est. € 7,1- 8,500.00 . Sold for € 12,000.00 . Closest thing to an upside burst and the high water mark of the whole sale !
So there you have it a reasonably successful , but boring rug and carpet auction in the books at Henry’s Auktionhaus AG . Still a decent job so a “tip of the hat” to the Henry’s staff for a modestly commendable production!
Well it appears Udo and the gang at A.A.C.are already getting ready to start the New Year off with a little fireworks .
Two sales are currently in the starting blocks .
First up , another one of their popular mid- range sales with conservative starting points scheduled on Jan. 20th at their Vienna gallery. This sale features 278 lots similar to the 7 previous sales in 2019. Decent merchandise type pieces with very reasonable pre-sale estimates to give buyers with limited resources a chance have an opportunity against the dealers out there . Unfortunately nothing in this group for serious collectors , however?
The next sale scheduled on Mar.21st is listed as , “Fine Antique Oriental Rugs XIX” and should feature items directed more toward the serious collectors of the world so it something to look forward to. No details on this yet .
Your latest Sunday “ Kivo”
Headlong into to the lengthy holiday week !
Dog o the week !
Dim Sh**’s , looks like you got hit by a truck and the driver didn’t stop ! , Boo Yah ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Nothing stinky for the moment but i am sure that will change shortly !
Movie o the week , It Happened on 5th Avenue , 1947. With the beautiful Gale Storm . Relevant today , pay attention .
Song o the week , Wednesday 13 , Decompose on Necrophaze , 2019.
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Well i have to tell you today’s “Connoisseur Collection” rug and carpet auction at Sotheby’s , London auction gallery went far better for Ms Coulter and the Sotheby’s rug dept. than i ever imagined it would . I thought because so many of the better lots had recent auction history it would hurt the sale results but this was certainly not the case on this occasion .
They were “swinging for the fences” with this offering and maybe it wasn’t quite a home run but a triple for sure. So a “tip of the hat” to them on a job well done !
Out of the 116 total lots run across the podium only 27 failed to attract bidding activity . A sold percentage of right at 77%, well over what i figured might be the final outcome . Granted the prices fetched were all over the place with some over the high estimate but also a fair number of items sold very reasonable if not actually cheap .
A few of the sale high lights did take off a bit and are featured below .
Lot # 51 , Chinese silk cpt. Pre- sale est. £ 10-15,000.00 . Sold for £ 35,000.00 . These once unsalable unpopular items continue to bring very strong prices in the current market !
Lot # 97 , Star Oushak cpt. Pre- sale est. £ 65- 90,000.00 . Sold for £ 150,000.00. I don’t quite get this one ( early ) but very stiff to my eye , however the market felt very differently about it .
Lot # 116 , Lotto cpt. Pre -sale est. £ 150- 250,000.00 . Sold for £ 237,500.00 . A strong price for a piece that although early is thin and missing on all 4 sides!
So there you have it. A very successful turn of event’s for the Sotheby’s rug dept. I just wonder if the collector who put the pieces up for sale is also happy with the final outcome ?
Rippon day has arrived .
So we are off to the races !
The excursion is over and the “liveauctioneer’s” unaudited results are live “on the line “ for you to ponder.
From where i sit the overall sale went very well for D.M. , Mr Zaleski and the Rippon staff . Out of the 162 total lots offered for your bidding entertainment only about 52 lots failed to attract buyer attention , however i am fairly sure the after auction sale might pop that number up a bit. This works out to a sold percentage of right at 68% . Not anything to truly get excited about but considering some of the prices fetched a very good showing . As you would also expect with all sales of this nature some things also sold at what might be considered conservative prices .
One other thing certainly worth mentioning.
There were a number of very nice upside pops to create a little excitement. Note lot numbers 3,11,14,15 ,17 and 91 a few of which are featured below .
Lot # 11 , Farahan saddle cover. Pre-sale est. € 2,3-2,400.00 . Sold for € 12,000.00 plus comm. Well deserved in my humble opinion!
Lot # 17 , Shirvan prayer rug . Pre-sale est. € 6,4-6,500.00 . Sold for a very mind boggling € 24,000.00 plus comm. Nice but a surprise to me !
Lot # 95 , Pinwheel Kazak cpt. Per-sale est. € 29,900- 30,000.00 . Sold for € 62,000.0 plus comm. I did not think this type of piece was particularly popular anymore , surprise , surprise !
As for the 3 lots i featured in the sale review all found new homes .
Lot # 3 , Shahsevan bag face . Pre- sale est. € 1,1-1,200.00. Sold for a very strong € 3,400.00 plus comm.
Lot # Baluch prayer rug . Pre- sale est. € 1,7-1,800.00 . Sold just below the zone at € 1,600.00 plus comm.
Lo # Sarab cpt. Pre- sale est. € 1,4-1,500.00 . Again sold just below the zone at € 1,200.00 plus comm .
All said and done a good days work D.M. and staff , Bravo to you all !
The day before the best “day o the year” !
You’re Sunday “Kivo” to brighten your day !!!
Dog o the week ?
Forgive them dummy , Dimi’s , Jesus for they know not what they do !, Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Once again clear !
Movie o the week , Entebbe , 2018. A serious must see movie , awesome !
Song o the week , Volbeat , Die to Live on Rewind , Replay , Rebound , 2019.Tweet Read More
The results from today’s sale of the “left overs” from the Simon Crosby collection at Dreweatt’s auction house Berk. U.K. are available “on the line” so you can continue your education of what’s currently happening in the rug market at this point in time .
To start off with , although this was not a big dollar event it still turned out very well for Dreweatt’s and the Crosby estate with only 2 lots of the total 47 lots not finding new homes . Granted some of the pieces sold a little on the conservative side , however at least 6 pieces had decent upside pops , Note , lot #’s 1 , 8 , 22 , 25 , 26 , 28 and 40 .
All said , nothing to get excited about but a nice chance for a shot at some real but still buyable collectors items which is rare these days !
One lot that did catch the “collectors eye” a bit , lot # 40 , most likely a 6 gul Tekke torba frag.with a pre- sale est. of a conservative £ 6-800.00 sold for a well deserved £ 2,800.00 . Cut and shut but with a scarce secondary gul .
As for the 2 pieces i posted in the auction review both sold one quite well , the other in line with the estimate .
Lot # 22 , Salor juval frag. Pre- sale est. £ 4-600.00 . Sold for £ 2,400.00 . Far more than the estimate , as expected .
Lot # 36 , Saryk ensi frag. Pre- sale est. £ 5-800.00 . Sold for £ 850.00 . Slightly over the high est. but did think this piece might do much better .
Next in line , the highly anticipated rug and carpet auction at Grogan & Co. , Boston , Ma . scheduled on Dec 5th and it is up and run-in “on the line” at this very moment for your viewing consumption !
Where to begin on this one . Well as is the norm with a Grogan production everything is for the most part in pretty good condition and Mr G. has , as is his M.O. kept the pre- sale estimates on the realistic side to create a positive attitude leading up to the sale .
The only thing i can find fault in the offering is the lack of a real top shelf collectors item to get the brothers and sisters in the Rug- Mob buzzing. However considering how hard it is to get you hands on something of this nature its certainly understandable .
Concerning the sale inventory itself its a fairly standard selection of better pieces but on the more commercial collectors item and decorative side . Not bad , but not exciting either .
After careful consideration a couple of lots i went back to more than once are featured below.
Lot # 29 , Bakshaish cpt. Pre- sale est. $ 5-7,000.00 . Been around before but i always kinda liked it .
Lot # 98 , East Anatolian divan cover . Pre- sale est. $ 3-5,000.00 . Not usually my taste but i think the main border of this piece is very cool ! But it looks like it could use a good cleaning ?
My final thought on this endeavor is it’s a decent selection of popular pieces i figure with the inviting pre-sale starting points it should turn out just fine for M.G. and staff .
And then there is your Sunday “Kivo” to end the week !!!
One last thing , plenty of action for the Thanksgiving holiday next week .
Dog o the week !
What’s it like to be in it for the money but not in it for the money ?, Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Again nothing particularly hideous this week .
Movie o the week , The Martian ,2015 . Watched this movie many times. Easily one of the best movie’s Matt Damon ever made !
Song o the week . Phil Campbell , These Old Boots on Old Lions Still Roar , 2019 . Easily the best new song i have heard lately !Read More
Sotheby’s , London’s , “Rugs and Carpets of a Connoisseur” scheduled on Nov. 27th is now live “on the line” for your viewing education at this very moment ?
After multiple excursions through the auction inventory my first thoughts are this , Ms Coulter and the Sotheby’s rug dept. are ‘swingin’ for the fences with this little adventure into the rug marketing hemisphere .
As far as the selection goes it includes 116 total lots of a little bit of everything from a “single collector” thats trying to attract pretty much everyone interested in oriental rugs of any type !
That said the outcome of this sale is a little in doubt for me . Many of the better lots in the sale have been through the rug auction market in the last few years already and i wonder if todays rug collecting public will accept the recent retreads even if some are at lower levels ?
One other thing worth mentioning is that the sale inventory is loaded will better items , of which some come with fairly aggressive pre- sale estimates , but some may be a little more in the realistic realm. The pre-sale estimates are really kinda all over the place in this offering.
My final notion is this an impressive offering except for the fact that so many of the best pieces are well known to the market already which could easily hurt the sold total .
All in it’s a fairly flashy selection except for the fact it’s lacking fresh to the market items . With that i hope it turns out well for Ms Coulter and staff !
No matter how you look at it a production like this still a lot of work , so “Good Luck” to them!
Henry’s Auktion House , Mutterstadt , Germany is having a rug , carpet and textile sale on Dec. 14th that features 380 lots that includes a little bit of every type of oriental weaving your little heart could “desire”.
Like most sales in Germany these days most of the items in the group are late and in German / very good condition.
As you might also expect with this type of sale after more than a few passes through the sale inventory i did not find much that would get the international Rug- Mob or myself worked up , just a large selection of late pieces aimed straight at the European retail market .
To be unbiased there are a modest number of older items . Unfortunately nothing particularly important , maybe just a cut above the majority of pieces in the sale on the scale of collectability.
In the end this is for the most part a large but rather ordinary , uninteresting rug auction but it’s still worth a quick look if your a rug and textile aficionado !
A few lots i felt were sort of interesting are posted below , all for different reasons .
Lot # 105 , Pao Tao rug. Pre-sale est. € 2,1- 3,200.00 . In a twisted way it reminds of the Previous POTUS in a space helmet !
Lot # 150 , Early fragment , ( Tibetan ) ? Pre-sale est.€ 550-1,200.00 . My favorite lot in the sale .
Lot # 247 , Arabachi ensi . Pre- sale est. € 7-8,500.00 . Nice looking but tricky with all the cochineal pile ?
Happy A.A.C. Day , now on with the sale outcome .
First up these are “Invaluable” unaudited results .
Out of the 31 lots offered only 4 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage of right at 85 %. Granted this was a very small offering but the pieces were for the most part of a higher level .
Not too much in the way of upside action but a couple of pieces did pop up a little , lot numbers , 9 , 22 and unexpectedly from where i sit # 28 which did take off a bit but thats about it as far as excitement goes .
Concerning the two items i featured in the sale review both sold .
Lot # 13 , Sarkisla rug . Pre- sale est. € 20-30,000.00 . Sold for € 25,000.00 , right in the zone .
Lot # 19 , Transylvanian prayer . Pre- sale est. € 20-30,000.00 . Sold for € 30,000.00 . Nice but i thought this piece might do a bit better !
My final thought is this , Mr Langauer and staff should feel pretty good about the outcome of this excursion.
Hat’s off to you !
Your Sunday Kivo !
“Unwanted” , Dog o the week !
Boo Yah ! , Dimi’s born stupid and “git-tin” worse by the minute ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Caca free week , but don’t worry i am sure that will change soon ?
Movie o the week , Margin Call , 2011.
Song o the week, Crobot , Low Life on Motherbrain , 2019.