Action boring action !
With the Spring auction season winding down the last serious rug and carpet auction is live “ on the line” now for your viewing amusement .
Here we go with the spring Rippon – Boswell “major” rug , carpet and textile auction scheduled on June 2 in Wiesbaden , Germany. What you have to look forward to paruse-in is 225 lots of a diverse collection of all manner of oriental rugs, carpets and textiles .
So after a few passes through the sale inventory it appears to be a pretty eclectic selection including a little high end , a little mid- range and of course some filler or low end items. Nothing really pops out as clear cut star but there are plenty of interesting pieces in the sale inventory that warrant a second glance . One other thing to consider , many of the items in the sale have what appears to be fairly conservative initial starting points . All said this is certainly not the most interesting Rippon sale i have seen but considering the market stagnation right now it’s a good opportunity to possibly acquire a slightly better item at a time when not much is turning up !
By all means , check it out !
A couple of lots did peak my curiosity for different reasons and are featured below .
Lot # 48 , Baluch bag face . Pre-sale starting point € 5,500.00 . Fairly aggressive starting point but better Baluch items have been in short supply lately !
Lot # Tekke Ensi . Pre- sale starting point € 15,000.00 . Plenty of dialogue about this piece “ on the line” but unfortunately at this point i am not convinced !
Today was the last installment of the 7 part “Rockefeller Coll.” sale titled “ Travel and Americana” at Christie’s NYC. As with the previous 6 sessions the auction was a screamingly successful endeavor for Christie’s and the Rockefeller estate . Plenty of serious upside pops through out all 7 sessions .
As for the lot i featured in the previous blog post it defied all expectations ten fold+ and was one of the highlights of the session and possibly the whole sale .
Lot # 992 , Eyrie – Rockefeller , Buddhist Lion carpet . Pre-sale estimate , $12-18,000.00 sold for a well deserved $ 225,000.00 including comm.
Last but not least the latest rug and carpet debacle from the vaunted “Netherhampton Salesrooms”, Salisbury , U.K.is up and running to finish off the week .
This sale is scheduled this coming week on May 16th and includes 400+ lots of for the most part about any kind of hand made oriental rug and textile you can think of and then some . Unfortunately as with all the recent Netherhamton productions there is nothing in the way of a bona fide collectors item in the whole group . Just an over abundance of an amount of shop stock and flea market type goods . That said , if your a bargain hunter or on a budget this may just be the opportunity your waiting for , so it’s worth a little of your time to take a quick look .
One last thing. KUDO’S to Ms Barrett and staff for staying in the game in a changing rug market !
The East Coast looms in the future ?
Sunday Mother’s Day fun and a short road trip !
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the week , The Gunman ,2015 . 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . What can i say , you have to see this movie to see how really stupid it is !
Movie o the week , The Promise , 2017 .
Song o the week , Rev Theory , Hell Yeah on Light it Up , 2008.
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Auction gate is on the way !
Another case of gross misidentification
Blackwell Auction , Clearwater, Fl. April 14th 2018 .
Lot# 254 , listed as Kurdish carpet , pre-sale estimate $ 4-600.00 sold for $ 23,400.00 including comm .
Yes folks their still our there !
Get well soon , Joe Lynn Turner , ex vocalist , Deep Purple , Rainbow , Rising Force and many more!
That’s a wrap for Ms’s Douglas , Coulter. and the gang at Sotheby’s, London after their spring “ Major “ rug and carpet auction ended on a modestly successful note .
So where to start on this little excursion . Out of 127 total offered up for your bidding pleasure approximately 72 ended up attracting buyer activity. A sold percentage of right at 57% . Nothing to get excited about but not bad either . As i figured the Alexander Coll. items were the highlight of the offering but did not create quite the level of excitement that the first group did . As i said in the previous post just not quite as strong and possibly calmer minds prevailed ?
That said all the lots from the Alexander Coll. Consignment did sell and more than a few well over the pre- sale estimates.
Concerning the rest of the sale inventory all i can say is without the Alexander items the sale total would have something of a disappointment for Sotheby’s .
So what to do for a follow up for the fall season ? Who knows ?
The one lot i featured in the previous post an Alexander Coll. did sell but right in mid- stream of the pre-sale estimate .
Lot # 28 , “Karapinar” frag , pre-sale est. £ 50-80,000.00 . Sold for £ 65,000.00 to a very active American collector .
Bonham’s , London’s held their “Important Design” sale today featuring lot # 95 , 16th century Ushak carpet , which i illustrated in the previous post. Pre-sale estimate £150-200,000.00 . The piece sold for £ 181,250.00 . Landing in the pre-sale estimate zone.
If it matters the other 2 carpets and single textile lot did not find new homes !
“Fini” that’s all folks for today’s “Art of the Islamic and Indian World” auction today at Christie’s , London.
Where to begin on this one . For starters as i stated earlier i thought this was a decent , diverse but for the most part very uninteresting assortment with not much to get the serious collectors excited and from the posted results i think this was spot on .
2 of the 3 mediocre susani’s sold but the textile lots were very weak and did not sell well at all.
Concerning the 74 rugs and carpets included in the sale inventory 40 ended up creating buyer activity . A sold percentage of about 55% . A very pedestrian outcome for Ms Broadhurst and the Christie’s rug dept.
As far as upside surprises go the 3 “Lotto” carpets in the group i mentioned earlier all sold over their high pre-sale estimates but thats about it as far as highlights.
One other unusual thing worth a line . Lot 292 , late 19th century Baluch carpet , pre-sale est. £ 6-8,000.00 sold for £ 6,250.00 . A surprise because from the illustrations it appears to clearly have a “Hot’ red ? Good luck to the new owner !
TGIF, full of it yet ?
Skinner’s Day , and we are under way !
Well after multiple hours of bidding hi- jinx the spring Skinner’s “major” extravaganza is in the books and it’s a pretty successful outcome for Mr Kearny and the Skinner’s rug dept. Out of the 381 total lots run across the podium only 57 failed to garner any bidding activity. A sold percentage of right at 85% . So far the highest sold percentage of all the “general” rug auctions this spring season . That said said this was a for the most part a run of the mill rug sale with nothing much to get excited about . A few of the lots popped a bit but again nothing notable.
One thing worth a mention , some of the textile lots did very well.
Shawls were not as strong as in the past few sales but they were not as good either .
Still a commendable job by the Skinner’s crew , but one wonders just how good it could get if they included more high end pieces to spark serious collector interest ?
As for the lots i featured in the earlier post both found new homes .
Lot # 72 , Tekke Embroidered Asmalyk . Pre- sale estimate $ 6-8,000.00 . Sold for $ 7,995.00 including comm. At the high end of the estimate but questions linger about this piece .
Lot # 89 Ningsha “Altar” rug . Pre- sale est. A consevative $ 3-4,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved $ 20,910.00 including comm. My pick for highlite of the sale !
Another Bloody Sunday’s come , now gone !
A fitting end to a week of rug activity Cinco “De” Dave’s , B- Day ? , Boo ya !
The point is to agrivate the the D N C at all costs ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Movie o the week , Man on Fire , 2004 .
Shitty movie o the week , King Arthur : Legend of the Sword . 4.75 poopsickles out of 5 . Unwatchable ! Can’t get any lamer than this.
Song o the week , Jet , Cold Hard Bitch on Get Born , 2003 .
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It appears there is plenty of rug / carpet action in your immediate future?
Sometimes a picture’s worth a thousand words !
Austria Auction Co. held their “Vienna Symposium” sale / book launch today and it was only modestly successful turn of events for Udo and the gang . As i said in the previous post i did not think there was much included in the sale inventory to get people excited and judging from the “Liveauctioneer’s” posted results i was on target . Out of the 131 total lots offered up for your bidding pleasure only 58 garnered any bidding action . A sold percentage of about 44% , slightly better than their last auction but truely nothing to be proud of .
That said i figure Mr Langauer is working the phones after the sale to possibly pump up the sales totals .
One thing worth noting all 8 of the book lots sold and for the longest time it seemed there not much interest in purchasing old rug publications , however maybe some folks our there still want to “ read “ about rugs and carpets . But i will also add the prices fetched on the book lots were for the most part on the conservative side .
Christie’s , London is on the boards with a sale scheduled on April 26th titled “ Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds “ that features 11 various textiles , susani’s and 74 rugs and carpets .
After going through the sale mix a few times i would say Ms. Broadhurst and staff have assembled a fairly diverse but not particularly interesting sale this time out .
Not repeat myself but after going back and forth through the sale numerous times i have say there are some pretty good pieces but nothing that really caught my eye . Yes there a few classic items , 3 Lotto’s and a good Ladik but no sumak bags or better Turkmens which are 2 of the hottest areas in rug collecting arena at this moment . Do not get me wrong this is good offering and i feel it should do pretty well just not much of interest for me at this time. Please do take time to check it out as this only my opinion .
Christie’s , N Y C general antique auction titled “ The Collector “ just wrapped up and from a rug and carpet standpoint it was only moderatly successful for them . Out of the limited inventory of just 11 lots only 7 managed to sell . A decent sold percentage ( 64 %) but on a very modest amount of items .Two roomsize French carpets ( lot#’ 349 & 364 ) did bring substancial prices but thats about it as far as fireworks go.
As for the piece i featured in the previous post , lot # 371 Caucasian Silk Embroidery , pre- sale estimate $ 15-20,000.00 it failed to sell .
Christie’s , NYC has a series of “Rockefeller Collection sales from May 5- 10th and the last one titled “Travel and Americana” has an early Chinese carpet that might , just might spark some international interest .
Lot # 992 , The Eyrie-Rockefeller “ Buddhist Lion Carpet” . Pre-sale estimate , $ 12-18,000.00 . May just pop up !
Skinner’s Auction house ,Boston , Ma , Spring rug and carpet production scheduled on April 30th is live “ on the line “ now to hopefully give the east coast rug a boost . This time around Mr Kearny has assembled approx. 355 total lots from most all the usual weaving areas and then some.
So after a few passes through the auction inventory it hits me the same as the past few Skinner’s offerings , still light on the high end. Plenty of mid- range Turkish and Caucasians but nothing as far as a clear cut winner. As with previous Skinner sales a profusion of mediocre Persian city pieces for the dealer crowd to feast on . Also like the past few sales a good selection of shawls and textiles if thats your area of interest . Turkmen’s for the most part are very weak in this group .
That said i did find 2 items i felt were interesting enough to feature .
Lot # 72 , Tekke Embroidered Asmalyk . Pre- sale est. $ 6-8,000.00 . Something good but questionable about this item ? Must be seen in person.
Lot # 89 Ningsha “Altar” rug . Pre-sale est. $3-4,000.00 . My favorite piece in the sale .
The majority of people in the U.S. do not care for this day !
A D N C stooge would sell you out for “Frankie’s” bag o donuts ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Movie o the week , Valdez is Coming , 1971.
Shitty movie o the week , Black Panther , 2018 . Don’t like super hero movies in general , but i do not get the concept of this one at all . A big hit world wide but un rate-able in my opinion
Song o the week , Death Koolaid , Kids on Vol. 2 , 2016.
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It’s still slow and looks to stay that way for the foreseeable future !
Rippon – Boswell , Wiesbaden , Germany held their “Poppmeier Coll.” sale today and initial “Liveauctioneer” posted reports make it look to be another rousing success for Mr Maltzahn and the Rippon rug dept . At this moment out of the 88 total lots offered for sale only 18 are left unsold . A very positive sale out come of right at 80%. As i figured the Moroccan items were weak . However as is the norm i am sure Mr Maltzahn is working the phones to move the unsold items .
As for the 2 lots i featured in the previous post both sold well over their high pre-sale estimates.
Lot # 14 , “Nidge” kilem frag. . Pre- sale est. € 3,5- 4,200.00 sold for a healty pop at € 9,000.00
Lot # 44 , “Yuncu” kelim . Pre- sale est. € 10- 12,000.00 . Sold for € 24,000.00 . A nice upside move but i still think the new owner got a decent deal on a great example , my favorite piece in the whole sale !
After a conversation since the sale concluded with Mr Maltzahn he told me he had a bit of luck with the majority of the unsold lots including the Moroccan items and only 6 lots remain unsold which pops the sold total up to 93% . A nice move to the upside on an already , job well done .
One more thing , if you have not seen the hard cover it’s first class too !
The truth , go Lizzy ?
Christie’s , N Y C has a general antique auction titled “ The Collector” scheduled on April 10th that includes 11 various rugs and carpets . Nothing earthshattering but one lot did attract my attention.
Lot # 371 , Caucasian Silk embroidery , possibly 18th century . Pre- sale estimate $15-20,000.00 . Blury illustration , piece is most likely far better in person !
Go with God , Frank Avruch , AKA the original “Bozo the Clown” , a true American legacy !
Christie’s , NYC held a two day sale titled “Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art” that concluded today which featured 3 pile carpets and 7 various textile lots . From an overall stand point the sale outcome was fairly strong for Christie’s with a sale total of $ 17,427,875.00 showing that even with the political turmoil the Chinese market is still running hot. As for the rugs and textiles in the sale inventory all sold and sold well at well . The one carpet i found most interesting is illustrated below .
Lot # 965 , Ningxia carpet , 2nd half 19th century . Pre- sale estimate , $ 20-30,000.00 . Sold for $ 18,750.00 including comm. Slightly below the low est. perhaps because of restoration . This piece had also been around the block before which could have also affected the price ?
The other 2 pieces were newer but in better condition and brought stronger prices . Condition still matters !
“Cottone Auctions” , Geneseo , N Y held a general antique auction today that included 14 various oriental carpets and rugs . Unfortunatly just one of said pieces warrants a mention .
Lot # 401 Chajli carpet , pre- sale estimate $ 8-1,200.00 . Sold for a very reasonable $2,200.00 plus comm. A very poor quality online illustration could have lead to what seems to be a very good buy for the new owner !
Bonham’s, London has a sale titled “Important Design” on April 25th that includes 1 velvet textile and 3 oriental carpets of which one is worth a line or two.
Lot # 95 , possibly 16th century “Ushak” carpet . Pre- sale estimate £ 150-200,000.00 . These are usually cookie cutter items but this one appears to be a far better example and in their poor quality illustration looks to be in pretty good condition which is a big plus !
Sotheby’s, London is back in the game with their major” spring rug and carpet auction scheduled on April 23rd featuring the 2nd portion of the vaunted “Alexander Collection” . Well for starters the first group of this coll. created quite a commotion last year . Unfortunately i do think this part of the group is quite as strong as the first and may not garner the same outcome . There is however one lot that did catch my eye posted below .The rest of the total 127 lots of rugs and carpets include some very good items but nothing in the way of a clear cut barnburner to get the “Rug Mob” buzzing !
Still a pretty good offering overall.
Lot # 28 Karapinar Rug Frag . Pre- sale estimate £ 50-80,000.00 . My pick o the litter !
Austria Auction Co. is back at it with their “Vienna Symposium Rug Auction” ? scheduled on April 7th at their “Palais Breuner” location. The sale includes 124 lots of rugs , carpets and textiles and 8 lots of rug publications .
So after a few passes through the sale inventory i can’t find even one notable lot to write about . This just looks like a mid to low end house cleaning assortment at best but if you have extra time on your hands check it out you may feel differntly about the selection than i do !
Happy D N C Day , !!!
In the real world today a Racist = anybody who disagree’s with the D N C ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Movie o the week , Atomic Blonde , 2017.
Shitty movie o the month , Independence Day , Resurgence , 2016. 4.5 poopsicles out of 5 . Easy to see why Will Smith opted out of this one.
Song o the week , Jizzy Pearl , Your’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone , on All You Need is Soul , 2018.Tweet Read More
Another quite beginning to the new week !
Sad news on V. Day
Via Con Dios , Ricky Morris , O.G. Brimfield pirate passed today . A good man and great friend , you will be missed .
Rippon Boswell’s auction of the “Poppmeier Coll.” scheduled on March 10th in Wiesbaden , Germany is live “ on the line” now to break up the winter doldrums .
This is a some what diverse group of 88 pieces with a fairly exclectic range of items to consider . Some very good , some maybe not so much , to my eye. I will say this to D.M. and the Rippon staff the hard cover catalog is first class !
The inventory for the most part consist of early Anatolian kilims and kilim fragments which is not necessarily my area of interest but there are some pieces that look very intriguing . Besides that there are various pile items from Morocco and other ethnic textiles from a variety of weaving areas. This definitely a sale for collectors who actually know a bit about early and specialized kilims, carpets and textiles . So if thats your area of interest this just maybe the offering for you .
Although not items that generally peak my interest i did notice two that i though very highly of which are featured below .
Lot # 14 , Nigde kilim frag. Pre- sale est. € 3,5 – 4,200. Bold design with great color .
Lot # 44 , Yuncu kilim . Pre-sale est. € 10- 12,000.00 . Good examples of this type kilim are very scarce which makes the starting point seem realistic . For what its worth , my favorite piece in the sale .
Final thought , I think this sale might just do very well for Mr Maltzahn and the crew at Rippon !
No reason the Rock can’t roll on !
Today’s ‘ Palias Dorotheum’ offering in Vienna , Austria has just wrapped up and considering the very mundane overall selection of merchandise in the auction this sale turned out pretty well for them. If their posted results are accurate out of the 231 total lots run across the podium approximately 144 attracted bidder attention . That works out to a fairly respectable sold percentage of right at 62 % . Far better than their competitions outcome a couple of weeks ago . As i stated in the previous post i felt this sale was focused on the European retail market where age could be considered secondary to good condition which has been a factor in that market for a long time and still appears to be . Not that this is a bad thing just far different.than how the U.S. market judges items at least in my experience. One observation i have after going over the prices fetched a couple of times is more than a few of these late pieces in good condition commanded prices well over their pre-sale starting points which is positive for the Dorotheum rug dept. and the overall European rug market in general . Is been somewhat sedated over there lately so any little boost is certainly welcome .
With that said , kudos to them for a job reasonably well done !
As for the two pieces i featured in the sale review both found new homes .
Lot # 84 , Tekke Khalyk , pre- sale starting point € 6,000.00 . Sold for € 7,500.00 including comm . I feel the price fetched is inline with slightly late date of the example , just my opinion !
Lot # 170 , Tibetan Khaden , pre- sale starting point € 2,200.00 . Sold for € 2,750.00 including comm. I guess someone out there agrees with my unfocased taste !
Out of town visitor and commerce .
Enlightenment at the D N C is a pipe dream , they will never see the light of the new day ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018
Dog o the week !
Movie o the week , The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo . 2011 .
Shitty movie o the Month , The Magnificent Seven , 2016 remake . Denzel is great , but this movie was an insult to the original . The characters had no character !
Song o the week , Trivium , The Heart from Your Hate on The Sin and the Sentence , 2017 .Tweet Read More
More tragic news in the music world to begin the new blog post .
Go with God , Delores O’Riordan a founding member and lead vocalist of the Irish alt – rock band “The Cranberries” unfortunately passed over to the other side today . A solid voice and great fallen talent , you will be missed !
Well the first oriental rug sale of the new year is now in the books .
Austria Auction Co. , Vienna , Austria’s sale of the Vartian Coll. just wound up and from a lots sold standpoint it was modestly successful for Udo and the gang . Out of the 61 pieces run across the podium 44 attracted bidding activity. This is of course according to “liveauctioneer’s” figures which are sometimes spotty at best but if accurate it would be a sold percentage of right at 72 %. Not bad for a small offering with limited serious collector appeal. Something else worth noting , there was little in the way of upside pops to create any energy or spark bidding action .
Just on lot # 12 , Silk Khotan , pre- estimate € 2-3,000.00 sold for € 6,000.00 but thats about it as far as highlights go . Most of the rest of the items sold at or below their pre-sale estimates.
Next the Feb 3rd general rug sale at the very busy Austria Auction Co.
Todays rug extravaganza at Austria Auction is now another minor foot note in rug history and if the “ liveauctioneer’s” numbers are correct this could only be considered a “ major” disappointment for Mr Langauer and the A.A.C. rug dept. Out of the 189 total lots offered for sale only approximately 46 might have found new homes . A dismal sold percentage of right near 24% . One other thing worth a mention. Nothing at all in the way of any upside pops , most everything that sold , sold “below” the low pre-sale estimates. Granted this was a very lack luster assortment of items but i personally thought it would fair far better than this !
Oh well ! Back to the drawing board , better luck next time !
Out of town visitor and commerce !
The “Palais Dorotheum” Vienna Austria has their next rug , carpet and textile auction scheduled on Feb.28th live “on the line” now for your viewing amusement .
Well after a couple of passes through the sale inventory my impression is this is a sale pointed directly at the European retail market with little or perhaps nothing to get the wanna-be intellectual international collecting rug- mob buzzing . For the most part the sale consist of 231 total lots of late 19th to early 20th century “furniture” type items or fancy city rugs and carpets of no interest to serious collectors what so ever . However to be fair there are a small hand full of slightly more interesting pieces of which 2 are featured below. It’s still very quite in rug- dumb so if you have nothing better to do , check it out you never know you might find something .
Lot # 84 , Tekke Khalyk , pre- sale starting point € 6,000.00 . As late as they get but a highlight of this assortment !
Lot # 170 , Tibetan Khaden , pre- sale starting point € 2,200.00 . Late 19th and unimportant but still not something you see everyday !
Out of town visitor and commerce !
Out of town visitor and commerce to end the week .
Nothing left to do but finish the week on a metal note !
Feeling sorry for N.P. and the D N C with their none progressive tunnel vision ideas has unfortunately become a full time job ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Movie o the week , Fair Game , 2010 .
“Shitty” movie of the month , Mission Impossible , Rogue Nation , 2015 . 4.5 poopsicles out of 5 !
Song o the week , The Cranberries , Zombie on No Need to Argue , 1994 .Tweet Read More
The year is ending on a quiet but somber note .
Go With God , Mercedes Grabowski , aka August Ames , Dec. 5th . Far to young at just 23 years !
A couple of somewhat modest rug auctions on the horizon.
Austria Auction Co , Vienna , Austria has a pair of “for the most” part unimportant sales scheduled in the first part of the new year .
The first one is a single owner sale featuring 61 lots from the Azad Vartian collection scheduled on Jan.28th , 2018. I don’t know who this fellow is but this looks more like Persian rug dealer’s inventory rather than a serious rug collection . Lots of Persian city rugs and silk carpets which from the illustrations appear to be in good condition but unfortunately nothing in the way of bona fide collectors item of any type. The one thing that is the “only” appealing aspect of the group “for the most part” is Mr Langauer has kept the pre-sale starting points on the conservative side which is good if this is your cup of tea !
Next up a general rug sale scheduled on Feb. 3rd that features 189 lots of all types of rugs , carpets , flatweaves and textiles . For starters this is a far more interesting group of items than the Jan. sale but unfortunately it also does not included any top shelf collectors pieces. Plenty of nice items but nothing to get the infamous “ rug- mob” buzzing. Something worth mentioning , the majority of lots in the sale inventory come from 2 well known rug world figures . Mr S. Azadi and Kurt Munkacsi interesting ? The Azadi items seem to be from his business inventory which leads one to ask the question where are the top shelf items ? I did not check but the Munkacsi pieces may be leftovers from the first sale ? Something else to ponder , some of the Azadi Turkmen lots have modestly aggressive pre-sale starting points . Considering the possibility these items are not necessarily fresh to the market this could hold them back a bit ? Once again just an opinion nothing more !
Out of town visitors and commerce to end the year .
Happy New Year to all !
Strive to keep your head on straight in this New Year !
Modest in shop score today !
One more passing over to the other side !
R.I.P. “Fast” Eddie Clarke , legendary lead guitar player and last surviving member of the classic early line up of “Motorhead. Following that he was a founding member of “Fastway “ with Pete Way of UFO . Gone now , but never forgotten !
Slow times in the rug world are certainly upon us for the forseeable future .
Something bright to end the post !
People who constantly deal in trick / got’cha questions are in fact the “fools” themselves , DNC ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017/ 2018 !
Dog o the week !
Movie o the week , Casablanca , 1943
Song o the week , Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons , Welcome to Hell on The Age of Absurdity , 2018 .Tweet Read More
Entering the winter quite period with little or nothing to look forward to , toward the end of the year .
Best Day ever !
Netherhampton’s “winter shindig” is in the books and up to this point it appears to be a typical Netherhampton turn of events. No upside pops and pretty much modest prices fetched across the boards . Out of the 343 total lots offered up for purchase approximately 209 attracted bidding interest . If these figures stand up its a sold percentage of right at 61% which is actually not bad for this late in the season. Unfortunately only 8 lots broke the £ 1,000.00 threshold . Nothing to get excited about but a lot of mid to low end merchandise sold and a job fairly well done by Ms Barrett and staff so a year end “tip of the hat” to them !
Well the Grogan sale just wrapped up and i don’t quite know what to say other than its most certainly not the usual Grogan outcome. Out of the 63 lots of rugs, carpets , books and textiles run across the podium only 41 garnered any interest . A sold percentage of right at 65% far less than the standard Grogan sale total . Nothing at all in the way of any upside pops either and Caucasians seemed very weak . This was a limited size offering but i but surely thought it would fair better than this .
Oh , well back to the drawing board for M.G. and staff on this front . Get’em next time !
R.I.P. , Pat DiNizio , lead vocalist and co founder of the “Alt Rock” band , The Smithereens . Not nessacerly my cup of tea but he wrote or co-wrote a string of memorable hits throughout the 80’s and 90’s. Through your songs your legacy will live on !
More bad news .
Via con Dios , Warrel Dane , lead singer of the legendary metal bands , Sanctuary , Nevermore and as a solo artist in his own right . Far to young at 56 but but your music will certainly keep your memory alive . You are already missed !
Travel day !
N Y C
N Y C and success
Travel day , home !
Early Christmas decoration !!!
Christmas weekend is upon us !
The Eve !
That , as they say ,is that ! , Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all !
Not to fear , nothing but good things and good times in the up coming , New Year ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017
Movie o the week , Chaplin , 1993.
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We begin with an extented slow period till Nov. 25th and the highly antisipated “ Rippon-Boswell” major fall rug , carpet and textile auction.
Always keep busy ?
Go With God , Malcom Young , founding member and rhythm guitarist for the legendary Hard rock , Heavy Metal band AC/DC . Your life was cut short but you massive volumn of work will live on forever ! Peace be with you now , my friend !
The upcoming rug and carpet spectacular scheduled on Dec. 6th at “Netherhampton Salesrooms” is live “on the line” now for your holiday weekend viewing pleasure . Unfortunately what Ms Barrett and staff have assembled this time out is just another standard Netherhampton offering . Approximately 343 total lots of mid to low end shop stock / flea market type merchandise . Once again nothing in the way of a serious collectors item or high end decorator carpet.
One thing of note . If your looking for sumak cargo bags your in luck !
That said it is a substancial group and if your in the market for an inexpensive holiday gifts this could certainly be an interesting shopping opportunity. Some of the items are decent with low estimates and could fill the bill if your in the holiday shopping mood !
Next up another 4 day Thanksgiving holiday weekend celebration !
Holiday weekend ornament !
“Rippon-Boswell” is underway but where will it end up ?
So here we go.
The sale is in the books and from the point of view of the posted “ Liveauctioneers” results it was only modestly successful for Mr Maltzahn and the Rippon staff . Out of the 305 total lots run across the podiumn only approximately 172 garnered any attention . A sold percentage of roght at 56-57 % . One thing worth noting , these are “Liveauctioneers” figures and more often than not there are mulitple inacuracies . Not terrible but far from what would you assume they hoped for. Sumak bags seemed to be pretty strong and there were a few lots that could be considered modest upside surprises . Lot #’s 12,36,,83 and 195 to name a few. In the end nothing to get excited about but still a decent outcome for D.M. and crew.
As for the 3 lots i featured in the earlier post all found new homes .
Lot # 12 , Shakhrisyabz susani “Joynamoz” . Pre-sale starting point € 3,000.00 . Sold for € 6,600.00 . Modest upside pop , nice for the consigner.
Lot # 134 , Kasmir fragment . Pre-sale starting point € 2,400.00 . Sold for € 1,900.00 . Under the estimate but , sold is sold .
Lot # 143 , Shah Sevan strip carpet . Pre-sale starting point € 15,000.00 . Sold for € 12,000.00 . Again slightly under .
There you have it so now on to the Grogan sale on Dec 7th in Boston, Ma.
Up next and live “ on the line “ now the rug , carpet and ethnic textile auction scheduled on Dec.7th at Grogan & Co. , Boston, Ma. A relatively modest inventory consisting of just 50 rug lots and 9 lots of rug books and pubications . Nothing in the offering could be considered a top shelf collectors item just a decent group of for the most part of pleasant pieces certainly worth your time to take a quick look .
One positive note . As is his M O , Mr Grogan has kept the pre- sale estimates on the conservative side to make the sale accesible to all possible bidders and keep things interesting . Kudos to him for the effort !
In this day and age it appears the so-called “ Progressives” are not so progressive after all , however taking the blinders off and paying attention might help solve their dilemma ? , Sheik Frederich , 2017.
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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 !
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