Sad news to start the week !
Via con dios , Jack Haldane – Izmidlian . Proprietor of Abington Books and carpet agent at the London freeport . My first agent in London in 1976 and the one who got me started in the Rug Book business . A great man and a better friend . You are already missed and the world is a smaller place now that your gone !
All Hollows Eve !
The mighty Rippon – Boswell’s “Major” fall rug extravaganza scheduled on Nov. 25th in Wiesbaden , Germany is live “ on the line” as we speak for your viewing pleasure and after a few passes through the sale inventory it looks fairly interesting .
So what Mr Maltzahn and staff have in store for your purchasing endevors this time out is 305 total lots of ali types of rugs,carpets, flatweaves and textiles .
Where to start with this one . Well its a fairly diverse group with some inexpensive items , plenty of affordable mid-range pieces and a modest amount of the elusive top- shelf examples that make the “rug- mob” get to buzzing !
Overall it seems they have tried to keep the majority ot the starting points in the realistic arena so as not to put possible bidders off , which is a good thing , in my opinion .
As far as how it ranks in this fall seasons rug auction agenda it seems to be a reasonably well rounded inventory , to my eye , but the “proof in the pudding” will be how it transpires on November 27th. Based on the wide selection and overall better condition of the items in the sale inventory i think it will turn out at least pretty well for Mr Maltzahn and the Rippon staff .
A few lots that peaked my curiosity are posted below.
Lot # 12 , Shakhrisyabz Susani “Joynamoz” ? . Pre- sale starting point E 3,000.00. Not a big deal but interesting graphics , to my taste .
Lot # 134 , Kashmir fragment , Pre-sale starting point , € 2,400.00 . Realistic opening number and the piece speaks for itself !
Lot # 143 , Shahsevan strip carpet . Pre-sale starting point , € 15,000.00 . Been around the track before but still scarce and great eye appeal .
More unfortunate news .
Rest in Peace , Kieth Allen Rocklin . An original “Cali” rug merchant and good friend for 35+ years . Your at peace now and back with Victoria !
Out of town visitors and commerce .
Quiet Sunday , but we await major auction action on Tuesday !
“Mello” Monday !
And now batter up for Sotheby’s , London , “mui grande” fall rug, carpet and textile sale featuring pieces from the “Alexander Coll”.
The big day has come and gone and fortunately for Ms’s Coulter & Douglas it was a fairly successful endeavor . In particular the “Alexander coll.” items , which for the most part sold well over their high pre- sale estimates . This however was not a surprise . More that a few well over those somewhat realistic starting figures.
As for the sale itself , of the 154 total lots run across the podiumn only 55 failed to attract any attention . A sold precentage of right at 64%. A very respectable turn of events for the Sotheby’s rug dept. Going through the results a few times one thing i did notice was Persian city and tribal pieces seemed to make up the majority of the unsold lots , just an observation .
One more thing !
Other than the action on the “Alexander Coll.” items the rest of the sale was for the most part lackluster but still positive .
Generally speaking i think the folks at the Sotheby’s rug dept.and the Alexander estate in particular should be very pleased with the auction outcome and the impressive prices fetched by some of the lots included in the sale .
To that point a “tip of the hat” and a job well done to all involved !
As for the items i featured in the earlier review all sold . Two did very well , one just a modest return for the consigner .
Lot # 7 Central Anatolian frag. Pre-sale est.£ 6-9,000.00 . Sold for £ 23,750.00 Alexander coll , no surprise here .
Lot # 58 Central Anatolian frag. Pre-sale est. £ 3-5,000.00 . Sold for £4,000.00. None Alexander item , sold right in the zone. I really thought it would do better .
Lot # 78 East Anatolian runner frag. Pre-sale est. £ 28-40,000.00 . Sold for a very impressive £ 309,000.00 . My favorite piece in the sale and a well deserved outcome .
So there you have it , now next up Grogan and Rippon on down the road !
The constant battle against procrastination and indecision intensifies with no let up in sight ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017.
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Moderately interesting piece of textile news to start the new week .
Tremont auctions , Newton Ma. held a 2 day general Asian art sale on Oct. 14 -15th and one item included in the 2nd day of the sale inventory caught my eye.
Lot # 912 , embroidered “Chinese” throne back (18th century) with a pre-sale estimate of $1-2,000.00 rocketed to a sold price of $30,000.00 + comm. Obviously under estimated by the Tremont staff and a nice upside surprise for the consigner !
Possible new O.C.G. client !
Another quiet Sunday !
9 am. West coast time .
So here we go.
Skinner’s Fall Classic “ major “ rug & textile auction is off to the races and for all intents and purposes it looks like Mr Kearny and staff have another winner on their hands . For starters i did not think very highly of the sale inventory because of the lack of top shelf collectors items included in the group but by all accounts i was off the mark on that one!
Out of the approx. 361 total lots offered up for your bidding gratification only 65 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage of right at 82 % .
As for the sale itself most of the lots that sold , sold in the neighborhood of their pre-sale estimates which for mid -range merchandise is to be expected . A modest hand full of the lots did sell over their high estimates but not enough to make serious difference in the sale outcome. Two lots, #’s 13 & 84 could be considered moderate upside surprises but on the down side only 3 lots cracked the $10 K treshhold . So there you have it , not quite as successful as some of their past sales but still a pretty good outcome for Skinner’s Inc, and certainly a very positive result , in my opinion !
One last thing . Perhaps if Skinner’s focased a portion of their sights on the high end it would affect the sale outcome in a positive way and the overall sale total would be higher .
104 today !
Now for the sale i have been waiting for !
Sotheby’s , London held their “Hodgkin” auction today and from a rug , carpet and textile point of veiw it was a rousing success .
To start with all the carpets and carpet fragment lots sold which because of the high quality of the pieces themselves was to be expected . However 2 tapestry lots and 2 textile lots failed to attract any attention . Most all the pile pieces sold over their high pre-sale estimates many way over . The complete sale in general was very successful for Sotheby’s . The large collection of Islamic tiles were very strong with quite a few selling for many times over their high side , pre- sale estimates . If you want to see a realy great personal coll. check out the full results with prices fetched on the Sotheby’s website . Its well worth your time !
As for the pieces i featured in the earlier review , all sold very well.
Lot # 222 , Joshugan carpet frag. Pre-sale est. £ 3-5,000.00. Sold for £ 17,500.00. No surprise here and well worth it .
Lot # 241 , “ Von Hirsch “ cpt. fragment . Pre- sale est. £ 80-120,00.00. Sold for £ 224,750.00 . An important piece , not a surprise and again well worth the final figure .
Lot # 447 , Caucasian Sumak couch . Pre -sale est. £ 1-2,000.00 Sold for £ 5,000.00 . Way cool. To bad it was so far away from me !
Todays Islamic Art sale at Sotheby’s , London is in the books now and and from an overall stand point it appears it was moderately successful for them. There was a noticeable amount of unsold lots but that said the Islamic Art arena seems to still be fairly strong and substancial number of the various sold lots garnered prices well into 6 figures . Lot numbers 1 , 14, 23, 90, 98, and 195 to name a few . As for the 5 Islamic textile lots i mentioned in the earlier post , 4 sold , 1 failed to attract any attention .
Lot # 159 Ottoman Catma panel . Pre-sale est. £ 80-120,000.00 sold for £ 100,000.00 . Just not in the same league as the pieces that sold for big numbers in an earlier sale ?
The “Islamic” and “Indian” art auction including oriental carpets at Christie”s , London just wrapped up and from the point of view of the rugs. carpets and textiles included in the offering it was only moderately productive for Ms Broadhurst and staff . Out of the 64 total lots of rugs and carpets included in the inventory just 39 ended up selling . A decent sold percentage of right at 60% . Nothing to celebrate about but not bad either . As i figured some of the lots with aggressive pre-sale estimate found trouble attracting bidding action and failed to sell. Note lot #’s 284 , 287 , 301 and 302. East Turkestan and Chinese pieces were a weak spot in the group. However to be fair some of the pieces with high starting points did sell , but for the most part right in their predicted ranges . One lot # 307 did pop up a bit but thats about it for highlights .
As for the 3 susani’s in the group 2 sold , but only 1 of the 3 textiles did .
Concerning the one lot i featured in the earlier review , lot # 298 , it failed to sell. I guess no one saw the humor i did !
In the end a decent outcome for the Christie’s rug dept. but but iam sure considering the presale buzz they were hoping for a more up beat outcome . Oh well , maybe next time !
One more thing !
All eyes on San Francisco for the start of this years ART’s fair .
Good luck to all the exhibitors .
Up next , Sotheby’s NYC , “Collections” .
So the sale is underway and so far as far as rugs and tapestries go , up to this point its a clean sweep for the Sotheby’s rug dept. Not really a grand undertaking for the rug dept. but all 6 pieces included in the sale inventory attracted bidders and ended up seliing. To that end though , they sold at or near their pre-sale estimates. Unfortunately nothing at all in the way of an upside pop to create excitement , things just ended up true to form !
Out of the 6 tapesties included in the offering five sold , one did not. Something worth noting , the prices fetched on the tapetries seemed to be stronger across the board , more so than the rugs in the sale . Just better more desirable items i guess !
The one lot i featured in an earlier post did sell , abet just below the low end of the. pre-sale estimate .
Lot # 88 , Caucasian Shield cpt. , pre-sale est. $ 50-80,000.00 . Sold for a modest $ 47,500.00. I really thought this piece would do better , but alas it’s not to be , this time out !
So far it looks like things are moving in a positive direction at the Friday night opening of ART’s , San Francisco. !
Now if business will just decide to attend ?
For your viewing pleasure !
Standard Sunday let down , unless your in San Francisco !
Keep in mind if you can’t “get” it then you will not understand “it” and you most likely could not comprehend “it” anyway,, its possilble you may never get “it” and you never really will , wise up , Sheik Frederich , 2017 .
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Welcome to the calm before the storm !
The much antisipated “ on the line” preview of the upcoming Sotheby’s , London , Major fall rug , carpet and textile auction scheduled on Nov.7th is finally available for you viewing pleasure. So what Ms Coulter and Ms Douglas have assembled is a collection of 154 total lots of all types of collectable and decorative oriental weavings .
O K , after a few passes through the sale inventory i have mixed feelings about the group in general. For starters there is plenty of rug mob buzz about the 20 lots from the “ Alexander Coll. “ which “should” create plenty of biding action . After that however the rest of the sale inventory is just not that exciting , in my opinion ! There are certainly a nice selection of better pieces but the C.A. Coll. items aside there no real stand out examples in the rest of the auction inventory , once again , just my opinion . Nothing at all in the way of Turkmen or Baluch items in the group either ? No i am not being overly negative and i do think this sale should do pretty well but i do think the “Hodgkin” sale on Oct. 24th is much more interesting and presents far more opportunities !
That being said 3 lots that did capture my attention all Turkish , are posted below.
Lot # 7 , Central Anatolian frag. . Pre- sale est. £ 6-9,000.00. A realistic estimate and my favorite piece in the sale , C.A. Coll. Should do well .
Lot # 58 Central Anatolian rug frag. Pre -sale est. £ 3-5,000.00 . Reasonable starting point. Striking eye appeal and not C.A. Coll.
Lot # 78 , East Anatolian runner frag. Pre- sale est. £ 28-40,000.00 . Moderately aggressive pre- sale estimate but i have always really liked this piece ! C.A. Coll.
Sotheby’s , London also has another sale scheduled on Oct. 31st ( Halloween ! ) titled “Collections” that features 17 unimportant rugs and 10 tapestries , if it matters . Minor really unless your bored or need shop stock .
Out of town visitors and commerce .
Today’s Austria Auction Co. sale is a wrap and unfortunately for Udo and the A.A.C. gang and from my point of view it was far from a raging success . According to the “liveauctioneers” posted results , out of the 223 lots run across the podium only 101 found new homes . A sold percentage of right at 46%. As i stated in the earlier review i did not think to much of the sale inventory and to a certain extent i guess i was right . Looking over the prices garnered i noticed many of the higher priced items that sold , sold well under their low pre-sale estimates . Note lot numbers , 2 , 158 , 168, 176 , and 184. Surely a disappointment for the consigners and the A.A.C. rug dept.
There was however one modest upside pop , lot # 60, Ersari main cpt. . Pre-sale est. € 1,5- 2,000.00 , sold for € 7,000.00 + comm. Nice but to little to late this time around . That’s about as far as sale highlights .
As for the 3 items i featured in the earlier post two sold , one did not .
Lot # 32 , Serab bag face . Pre-sale est. € 1,2-1,600.00. Sold for € 800.00 + comm. , well under its low pre-sale estimate . Maybe someone got a pretty good deal ?
Lot # 71, Shustar kelim . Pre-sale estimate € 1,8-2,400.00. Unsold .Was the design just to nervous ?
Lot # 176 , Karadashli main cpt. . Pre- sale est. € 17-25,000.00 . Sold for € 10,000.00+ comm. The consigner shurely can’t be happy with this outcome but the buyer might be !
So its back to the drawing board for Mr Langauer and staff and better luck next time .
Sunday quiet Sunday !
No worries , pesamistic optomisium is always present ! Sheik Frederich , 2017
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Another slow start .
Today’s Netherhampton sale is in the books but as usual nothing in the way of accurate posted results yet .
An interesting single owner sale is listed on the schedule at Sotheby,s , London on Oct. 24th .
The “Howard Hodgkin” collection .
This is a substancial offering consisting of 454 total lots of paintings , Islamic tiles and Islamic artifacts , 21 classic carpets / fragments and 15 classic tapestries and much, much more . I am not framilar with this artist / collector but judging from the quality of items in his collection he had a very good eye and the means to back it up. One thing worth noteing the pre-sale estimates on many of the carpets and rug fragment lots seem quite conservative so this sale should attract a lot of internation rug colector attention. This is easliy the most intesting sale on the auctiion calendar so far this fall season and well worth your while to take an extended look.
A few items that caught my eye are poste below .
Lot # , 222 , Joshugan carpet fragment . Cut and shut but still very good . Pre- sale est. £ 3-5,000.00 . Even with the condition issues still a very realistic estimate on a classic design piece .
Lot # , 241 , Von Hirsch cpt. fragment . Pre- sale est. £ 80-120,000.00. This piece speaks for itself .
Lot # , 447 Caucasian sumak upholstered couch . Pre-sale est. £ 1-2,000.00 . To my eye the coolest carpet item in the sale .
Sotheby’s , London also has another sale scheduled on Oct. 25th , titled “Arts of the Islamic World” . This sale does not include any pile rugs or flatweaves but it does feature 5 good Islamic textiles . One of which is another early Ottoman Catma panel ( lot # 159 ) with a pre-sale est. of £ 80-120,000.00. The last time they offered something of this ilk it did very well so it will be interesting to see what happens this time around !
Christie’s , London is also back in the game with an “Islamic Art” sale scheduled on Oct. 26th that features 3 Islamic textiles , 3 susani’s and 64 various rugs and carpets. After a few passes through the sale inventory my feeling is this is a good but not truly great sale selection. That said there are however some very good items included in the group but nothing in the way of a true standout piece. One thing i did notice was Ms Broadhurst and the Christie’s rug dept. were not bashful when posting some rather aggresive pre- sale estimates on some of the better pieces in the group. High pre-sale estimates have a problem in the past so it will be interesting to see if they pass muster this time out !
One lot i did find sort of interesting in a strange way is posted below .
Lot # 298 , Silk Chinese mat . Pre-sale est. £ 3-5,000.00 . Unimportant , but not something you see everyday !
In a most timely fashion the results from Netherhampton Salesroom’s Sept. 20th sale are live “on the line” now to futher your rug market knowledge .
So where to start , where to begin. Out of the approximately 407 lots offered up for your bidding pleasure appearently only 205 found new homes. A sold percentage of just over 50 % , right in line with their last sale that garnered a sold percentage of about 52% . One thing worth noting was that only 6 lots poped up over the £ 1,000.00 level. There were however a couple of modest upside surprises , lot #’s , 18 & 165 if your interested in things of this nature . So there you have the results of another run of the mill Netherhampton sale . Ms Barrett’ s next production is scheduled on Dec. 6th so mark it on your calendars cos ya don’t want to miss it !
Skinner’s auction house , Boston, Ma. has their upcoming Oct. 23rd rug, carpet and textile catalog live “on the line” now . This time around Mr Kearny has assembled an inventory of approx. 360 total lots of all manner of oriental rugs , carpets and a large selection of unusal textiles. After going over the sale inventory a few times my opinion is the roomsize pieces and the textile selection is most likely what could be considered the strength of the group. Nothing at all in the way of a barnburner collectors item included in the sale but still plenty of somewhat interesting items to peak your purchasing curiosity. As has been the “method of opperation” of L.K. and staff in the past they have gone out their way to keep the pre- sale estimates and starting prices on the conservative side to make things more interesring and give everybody a shot at getting what they want , which is good business and smart in a spotty rug market !
Next up Austria Auction House , Vienna Austria , Oct. 14th.
For this offering Mr Langauer and the gang have collected a decent size group of 225 lots of various rugs, carpets and flatweaves .
O K , so after a few passes through the sale inventory i did not see anything that could be considered a clear-cut , top-shelf collectors item. Thats not to say there are not more than a few pretty good pieces in the group but there is also plenty of mid to low end filler items included too . I did not know jajims were that popular but thats just me ? One thing worth mentioning , pre—sale estimates aside Udo has kept the starting price points on the realistic side for the most part this time out . Crafty in a soft market !
A. few lots that Peaked my interest are featured below .
Lot # 32 , Serab bag face . Pre-sale est. € 1,2- 1,600.00 . Starting point € 800.00 . To my eye very “cool “ graphic design !
Lot # 71 , Shustar kelim . Pre-sale est. € 1,8- 2,400.00 . Starting point , € 1,000.00 . Blinding graphics ?
Lot # 176 , Karadashli main carpet . Pre-sale est. € 17- 25,000.00 . Starting point € 10,000.00. Easily the most interesting Turkmen included in a weak group. Just my opinion !
Getting even more crowded on the fall auction calendar Sotheby’s , NYC has a sale titled Collections , “European Decorative Arts” scheduled on Oct. 27th that includes 6 carpets and 6 classic tapestries. One thing to ponder , the lot discriptions on the rugs included iin this sale are spotty at best ? Nothing earth shattering really but a couple of the pieces might attract a bit of international attention , particularly lot # 88 which is posted below .
Lot # 88 , Caucasian Shield carpet , 18th century . Pre- sale est. $ 50-80,000.00. Cut and shut but still a good example .
Out of town visitors and possible commerce .
Something to think about . When your dealing with the misguided miscreants on the left who are wannabe progressives there are street smart people on the right to level out the balence ! , Sheik Frederich, 2017
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Travel day , smooth so far !
The results from yesterdays Nagel sale are posted hot off the presses and up ” on the line” now for your futher education of the the current and up to date rug market. Out of the 156 rug and carpet lots offered up for your biding pleasure 91 found new homes . A sold percentage of right at 59% . Quite a bit better than the sale at the Dorotheum on the same day . One thing worth noting , there was a substancial group of Tibetian carpets in the first part of the sale and they did not sell well at all. Two Baluch soffre’s ( # 80-82 ) with very conservative pre- sale starting points sold far over those figures and were two of the only highlights of a fairly ordiniary Nagel offering. Thats about it as far as upside fireworks go .Most everything else that sold in the sale brought figures at or near their starting price points. Granted from a collectable standpoint this was a modestly more interesting assortment than the Dorotheum offering but it also did not include even one top notch collectors piece. That said it is still a moderately better outcome for the Nagel rug dept , so good for them .
As for the 2 Lakai lots i mentioned in the previous post ( lot #’s 146-148 ) as you would surmise both went unsold for obvious reasons !
In the end another boring run of the mill rug auction but never fear better days ahead !
Easy on time in and no one in the seat next to me !
Here’s “lookin” at ya !
The NYC rug market is getting more and more fragmented by the moment with many locations closing down intown because of escalating rent issues and dealers moving to Long Island and Jersey . This ultimately makes it far more difficult to navigate with the ever worsening traffic problems . Fortunately things are still tuning up.
R.I.P. , Jurg Rageth your monumental publication on Turkmen rugs ( Turkmen Carpets , A New Perspective ) will stand the test of time !
Decent weather and a positive outcome to a short sojourn on the east coast , what more could you ask ?
Go with god , Harry Dean Stanton , an Ameriacan icon . Your legacy will live forever !
Travel day and the return to Khaos !
Traffic in and out of the city was brutal .
Flight back was ontime , smooth and early in , nice. Once again no one in the seat next to me !
One hot moment !
Quiet Sunday to end the week at OCG.
An “out of control” social consience is an unhealty and dangerous thing ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017.
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Hot , humid but no action .
The last long hot holiday weekend of the summer is upon us !
Most humid day of the year ,so far !
The Sept. 12th sale inventory for the rug, carpet and textile auction at the “Palais Dorotheum” , Vienna , Austria is live ” on the line ” now for your viewing pleasure. This time around the sale consist of 207 total lots of rugs , carpets and textiles. At first glance the pre-sale opening numbers are not particularly friendly but its not where you start its where you finish ! Unfourtunately as it been in the past few sales with this auction house after going over the lots a couple times this is just another sale geared toward the European retail rug market. Nothing at all in the way of a serious collectors piece in the entire sale inventory . Just a large selection of late 19th , early 20th century items in good “European” condition . Alas another boring rug auction to my eye . However opinions can and do vary !
One othe thing worth noting . This sale is on the same day as the Nagel sale , smart business or NOT ?
More rug and carpet drivel to consider !
Netherhampton Salesroom’s , Salisbury , U.K’s next rug and carpet auction scheduled on Sept. 20th is up and ready for your close and careful scrutiny . This time out Ms Barrett and staff have assembed a collection of approamately 407 lots of variuos rugs , carpets and all manor of ethnic flatweaves and textiles but as usual with a Netherhampton offering nothing in the way of a topnotch collectors item in the complete sale inventory . Just another run of the mill , shop stock , flea market asssortment and to my eye a little weaker than usual . That said it’s still a large group so it maybe worth your while to take A quick look you could come across something that strikes your fancy .
Post script on “the salesrooms “post sale results .
Seems the July 12th sale was not nearly as successful as they first posted on ” the saleroom ” site . Out of the 345 total lots run over the podiumn apparently only 180 actually found new homes . Far less than the first reported on their site . A sold percentage of more in the range of 52% . Not bad but a far cry from the first indication .
One more detail only 6 lots broke the £ 1,000 level not 16 , to bad , sorry !
As for the 3 lots i featured, 2 sold ( #’ 328 & 377 ) . Lot # 463 failed to find a buyer .
The updated “ART’s” site , 2017 with all the pertinent info is now up and “runnin” !
Lack of activity relief ?
Never forget !
Both Nagel & “Palais Dortheumn” are underway as we speak but nothing in the way of results quite yet .
O K , so the Dorotheumn is first on the boards with posted results and as i figured this sale did not go well for them at all . Out of the 207 total lots run across the podium appearently only 95 ended up selling . This works out to a sold percentage of right at 47 % .That said a few of the lots did post pretty good prices but in my opinion not enough to push the offering into a real postive outcome. Late Persian city pieces and other comercial items were the bulk of the lots sold . So as i stated another moderately successful but boring European rug auction and that as they say it that .
Also new i phone day !
If your scared of the answer don’t ask the question ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017 .
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Back on line and bang-in !
Via Con Dios , Melvin “Deacon” Jones , who played with the likes of , John Lee Hooker , Greg Allman , Curtis Mayfield and so many more .One of the greats on the Hammond B-3 and a great friend too ! You will be missed .
Nagel Auction , Stuttgart , Germany has a teaser preview up online now for their Sept.12th rug and carpet sale unfortunately what they are showing is not particularly interesting , but time will tell !
Sunday , quiet Sunday !
The return !
A very interesting take on todays solar eclipse !
Austria Auction Company, Vienna , Austria’s unreserved online rug and carpet sale is underway and at this precise moment and up to this point most everything offered up is selling. Granted alot of these things are garning give away prices but as i always say sold is still sold . Now all there is to do is monitor the full results and tally the final outcome.
So Udo’s sale just finished up and the posted “liveauctioneers” figures show every lot got bids and every lot possibly found a buyer . If these stats hold up and everyone pays then it’s certainly a job well done by the Austria Auction Co. gang . Like i said earlier a large portion of the items in the offering sold at very conservative prices but for the most part they were low end , shop stock , house cleaning grade items anyway so modest prices were to be expected . In the end still a good outcome for Udo and staff so a tip of the hat to them !
Next up their fall “major ” sale on Oct. 14th . Hopefully some topshelf items ?
Christie’s , NYC’s “Living with Art” sale has just wrapped up and for all intents and purposes it turned out very well for them . Out of the 27 lots of rugs and carpets run over the podium all ended up finding new homes . Granted this was a small offering but 100 % sold is still 100 %. There was really nothing of any particlar importance in the group or any significant up side surprises but some of the pieces did garner pretty good prices. So in a quiet summer rug market still a very nice outcome for Ms Parker and the Christie’s rug dept . Kudos to you !
As for the fall rug and carpet auction season Nagel Auction , Stutgart , Germany is first out the gate with their fall catalog live “on the line” now. The group includeds 156 lots of rugs , carpets and all manor of flatweaves and unusual ethnic textiles plus 27 lots of Islamic art and objects. Unfortunately there is not one star piece in the entire sale inventory. Don’t get me wrong there are a handful of moderately interesting items in the group but nothing at all to get the “rug mob” buzzing . One thing worth noting for the most part they have kept the pre- sale estimates on the coservative side except for a couple of Lakai pieces , lot #’s 146 and 148 of which they are particularly proud of. Other than that a fairly unremarkable sale.
All said and done another mediocre Nagel auction but we still hope they post good results on game day !
Lot # 148 Lakai square . Pre- sale estimate € 5,500.00 . Must be great in person !
Out of town visitors and commerce .
Another quiet Sunday !
Still nothing as far as updated details on the Oct. 27th-29th ART’s show in SanFrancisco ?
Its not that the right is so right , it’s that the left is stuck in the darkcavern of “tunnel vision” and so are the misinformed “wannabe” intellectuals and they can’t seem to find their way back ! , Sheik Frederich .
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Doldrums , forever doldrums !
But never fear , no less than 8 major rug auctions and shows on schedule for the fall , even at this early date !
J.T. at “rugtracker” has a fresh post up online now titled “Karachov Case Study” that’s very informative if your area of interest is Caucasian carpets . Great work once again , as is the norm for John !
Christie’s , NYC has one of their “Living with Art” sales scheduled on Aug . 23 that features 27 rugs and carpets . Unfortunately they for the most part fall into the decorative category. But if you are someone who must see everything take a quick look some of them are kinda nice !
Celebrate “National Chicken Wing Day” !
Blast from the distant past , out of town visitors and talk of the old days !
More out of town visitors . And commerce !
Parting shot ?
“Despot” the childish tactics of the left wing zealots the “righteous right” moves forward in a progressive , positive and prosperous direction in 2017 ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017
Movie o the week , Hacksaw Ridge , 2016 .
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Another week with only minor rug world news to look forward to , and then it was gone ?
Well , today’s Netherhampton rug and textile auction is nothing more than a footnote history now but if their posted sales numbers are even close to accruate then this particular little adventure turned out very well for them. From the numbers on ” the salesrooms” site it looks like they at least got bids on most everything in the offering , a fairly successful acomplishment in itself. Once again possibly moving a healthy number of pieces . That said a large portion of the posted prices were very consevative so if this stuff really sold a large amount of the lots sold very cheap. As usual with a Netherhampton sale there was nothing in the sale inventory to get the rug community buzzing , just a substancial number of items with very low pre- sale estimates so the anemic prices were to be expected. One small upside surprise for Ms Barrett and staff is that approx. 16 lots topped the £ 1,000.00 threshold . More than the last few sales so thats a modest plus .
Far from a major accomplishment but in the midst of the summer doldrims not bad either and as i always say sold is sold and the best kind of rug in a weak market is a sold rug so “kudos” to the Netherhampton crew and keep up the positive work !
As for the 3 lots i featured in the previous post they all sold but for very conservative figures .
Lot # 328 , Eagle gul torba . Pre-sale estimate £ 1-1,500.00 , sold for £ 750.00 w/o comm. Either this piece was just not good at all or someone got a very good deal . Time may possibly tell ?
Lot # 377 , Facharalo prayer rug . Pre- sale estimate £ 3-4,000.00 , sold for £ 2,500.00 w/o comm. A late, common but nice looking piece at a reasonably fair price if there were no unseen condition issues .
Lot # 463 , Neriz tree rug . Pre-sale estimate £ 4-600.00 , sold for £ 500.00 w/o comm. To my eye a cool design and i thought it would do much better but unfortunately not this time around . Then again maybe someone got a pretty good deal ? Post script , this piece went unsold after all !
More heat and humidity .
Via Con Dios , David Z. (Zablidowsky) , bassist for Adrenaline Mob , Trans-Siberian Orchestra and ZO2 . To young , and to soon . You will be remembered !
Out of town visitors , no commerce .
One small piece of Sunday auction news .
Butterschotch Auction gallery , Bedford Village , N.Y. held a general antique sale today that featured various oriental rugs and carpets one of which was modestly interesting .
Lot # 650a , Ladik prayer rug , pre- sale estimate $ 7-900.00 ended up selling for $ 2,200.00 + comm. A slightly better than average example , but with a fair amount of damage it brought a price commensurate with it’s condition . Destination Europe maybe ?
The Leslie Hindman general antique auction , Chicsgo Ill. is under way so in a short while we will have the outcome on lot # 156 . “Lotto” carpet cataloged as a Caucasian rug , pre-sale estimate $3-500.00.
So as you might expect Lot # 156 did very well for the consigner selling for a well deserved $ 50,000.00 + comm. Certainly not an excessive figure for a piece of this type . Some of the other decorative items , particularly lot #’s 155 , 160 also did very well. Looks like with the amount of chatter this piece stirred up the internet it did the job for the Hindman Auction Gallery that their rug dept. did not do. Maybe in the future they should bring in outside help when dealing with the important pieces !
Still its good for the rug trade and collecting in general so hats off to them for a job decently done !
Violence and hate is a trait of the left wing Antifa, activists / anarchist which is childish and inappropriate in this day and age so get on board and act your age ! Sheik Frederich , 2017.
Movie o the week , The Magnificent Seven , 1960 .
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Unusually hot to start the new week.
Happy 4th of July !
One modest piece of fresh rug world news.
Netherhampton Salesrooms , Salisbury , U.K. is staging their Summer rug and carpet auction on July 12th.
So what you have to look forward to is approx. 345 lots of the usual menagerie of Netherhamton style items . However for some reason this sale struck me as in a way more interesting than the last few sale inventories Ms Barrett and staff have assembled . Maybe it is because we are in the midst of the summer doldrums and not much is turning up but at least a small handful of pieces in the group caught eye .
Three of which are posted below.
Lot # 328 , Eagle gul torba . Pre- sale estimate a very realistic £ 1-1;500.00 . Yes it is a late period example and a poor quality illustration. But that aside it appears to be in decent condition and these things are still relatively scarce .
Lot # 377 , Fachralo prayer rug . Pre-sale estimate £ 3-4,000.00 . Not rare at all but better than most Caucasian rugs that are included in a Netherhampton offering . If the piece is in good condition then pre- sale estimate is inline with the market value of similar examples.
Lot # 453 , Neriz tree carpet . Pre-sale estimate £ 4-600.00. A very fair starting point for a somewhat scarce item if the condition is decent .
All said and done the Netherhampton gang have assembled a prohibitively good group this time around , but times are sort of bumpy right now so lets just wait and see how things pan-out this coming Wednesday .
Again better than nothing !
Back on the quiet drum .
The holiday week ends on a bland note . And still pretty hot .
However sometimes boredom leads to peculiar acts !
It’s essentially over your head so don’t worry about it ? , Sheik Frederich , 2017.
Movie o the week , Yankee Doodle Dandy , 1942 .
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