After a brief delay the English version of the upcoming “Rippon Boswell” fall major rug auction scheduled on Nov. 17th is up “on the line” for you to peruse and digest . This time out Mr Maltzahn has assembled a fairly eclectic selection of 273 lots with items from almost all of the popular weaving areas being well represented. The group is a little heavy on Turkish items with the Bohmer coll. group and another large selection of Turkish pieces from another collection. Turkmen , Caucasian , textiles and for a change Baluch items are also out in full force but the Chinese / East Turkestan group seems to be a little on the weak side considering the strong selection in some of the other recent earlier sales .
So after multiple passes through the sale inventory i am left feeling this is a good but not necessarily great assortment . As usual there is a smattering of high end pieces ( susani’s and South Persian) , plenty of better mid- range and of course some filler items but no real top shelf , barn burner item to light up the the Rug- Mob network !
Still an admirable job done by the R.B.rug dept. at a time when great pieces are hard to come by . It should turnout pretty well for them ,
With that said a couple of lots that caught my eye are posted below .
Lot # 49 , Ersari ensi . Pre- sale estimate € 2-400.00 . My favorite piece in the sale . It should do well .
Lot # 226 Karachov Kazak . pre-sale estimate € 13-1,800.00 . A very good example , again in poor condition but listed accordingly .
Next up , Sotheby’s , London just concluded their “Arts of the Islamic World” today and as far as i can see it turned out to be a fairly successful venture for them with more than a handful of lots breaching the £ 100,000.00 level and one really taking off .
Lot # 134 , Blue and White “Iznik” Charger , circa 1480 . Pre- sale estimate £3-500,000.00 . Sold for a magnificent £ 5,359,950.00.
The lot i featured in the 10 / 8 post lot # 133 , “Ottoman” velvet “Cintamani” pattern fragment pre-sale est. £ 20-30,000.00. sold for an impressive £ 68,750.00 . I thought the condition might hold this piece back a bit , but i guess not .
All in , a nice production posted by the Sotheby’s Islamic Dept. !
Christie’s , London’s Arts of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including carpets just wrapped up and from a rug and carpet standpoint it turned out to be reasonably prosperous for them .
Concerning the overall sale , they also had a few lots pop over £ 100,000.00 mark but not quite up to the turn of events at yesterdays sale at Sotheby’s .
First let me say the textile selection was very weak with only approximately 10 out of 29 offered selling . None of the susani’s were particularly interesting but they all sold .
As for the rug and carpet selection if faired much better , however one thing worth noting .
None of the 3 “Lotto” carpets found new homes. Around the track once to often , perhaps ?
Out of the 104 total lots of rugs and carpets offered approximately 66 traded hands for a sold percentage of right at 63% .
Not great , but not bad either .
As you would expect the Konig coll. items had a pretty good showing with only perhaps 2 not selling .
Nothing else in the rest of sale inventory seemed strong and there were no notable upside pops . Seems to me maybe the Caucasian items in the group were a little on the weak side but then they were also a little of the ordinary variety !
That said we have to give props to Ms Broadhurst and staff for a passable job at the tail end of the fall season !
The lots i featured in the previous review all sold but with mixed results.
Lot # 217 , Iznik “Cintamani” pattern tile . Pre- sale est. £ 30-50,000.00 . Sold for an outstanding and well deserved , £ 218,750.00 , As i stated in my previous post my favorite piece in the whole sale !
Lot # 230 , Ottoman embroidered panel . Pre- sale est. £ 10-15,000.00 . Sold for slightly over the high estimate at £ 21,250.00 . A decent pop but nothing to get excited about .
Lot # 286 , Khotan frag. Pre- sale est. £ 3-5,000.00 . Sold for £ 3,500.00 .
Lot # 324 , Silk Farahan prayer rug . Pre-sale est. £ 4-6,000.00 . Sold for £ 5,250.00 . In the zone no surprise here !
And Friday !
Parting shot to end the week !
Henry’s .de , Mutterstadt, Germany has another rug auction scheduled on Dec. 8th . No details yet but their last sale did far better than i expected .
Riley Rules !
Dog o the week ,
Out of the darkness and into the “write” the world today will survive and prosper ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Shitty movie o the week , Murder on the Orient Expresss , 2017 . 3.5 poopsickles out of 5 . Not really bad but considering the cast a something of a let down that drags a bit in comparison to the original version .
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This looks to be a slow week in “Rug-Dumb” till Sunday and the eagerly awaited Skinner’s sale featuring the first portion of the “Ronnie Newman coll.”.
Sale day , 12 noon in Beantown , so here we go.
9am in Costa Mesa , Ca .
The sale is underway and as i figured the R.N. items are garnering plenty of upside attention but the other lots are preforming as you would expect , selling but no big surprises so far .
Up to this point some of the R.N. lots worth noting are numbers 10, 52, 60, ,64 , 77, 139 , 142 and 163 with more upside action to come , i would imagine .
Here are a few more 2nd half highlights with #’s 172 , 174, ,209 and 269 jumping in the pool to spice things up !
As the sale is progressing the Skinner’s lots sans the Newman Coll. are having a modest bit of “upside popping” success , nothing major but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick .
Note lot numbers , 65 , 114 , 115 ,
late update , However as the sale concludes thats about it .
As for the overall sale itself i am only showing a handful of passed lots. Skinner’s 11 passed , R.N. passed 2 so for the time being L.K. and the Skinner’s rug dept. have a very successful production on their hands .
Nothing much in the way of upside fireworks as the offering winds down after lot # 269.
The sale finished up with only approximately 27 Skinner’s lots and 2 R.N. items not finding new homes. A sold percentage of just over 90 % . A very positive outcome for Mr Kearny & Co.
Something else in the way of an observation .
The bulk of the unsold Skinner’s lots were mediocre Persian city pieces , if it matters ?
As a parting shot i would say this sale for the most part lived up to the hype and is a very positive outcome for Mr Newman’s account but even with the price pops i wonder he would be happy with the outcome , NOT !
As for the lots i featured in the 10/1/18 post , all sold well , as you would surmise !
Lot # 42 , Yomut juval . Pre-sale estimate $ 8-1,000.00 , sold for $ 1,722.00 . Over the high pre- sale estimate but i thought it would do much better . Looks like someone got a pretty good deal , in my opinion .
Lot # 55 , Ningshia mat . Pre-sale estimate $ 2-3,000.00 . Sold for $7,995.00 . Again , well over the high est. but i thought it to would do better .
Lot # 140 , Chinese silk saddle cover . Pre- sale estimate $ 4-5,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved $ 39,360.00 and the high water mark of the whole auction and deservedly so !
Lot # 151 , Ningshia mat . Pre-sale estimate $ 1-2,000.00 . Sold for $ 7,380.00 . A pretty good purchase for the new owner !
Lot # 197 , Saryk juval . Pre- sale estimate $ 1-2,000.00 . Sold for $ $ 24,600.00 . And worth EVERY penny ! A real winner !
Next up pt.2 of the R.N. Coll. on Dec. 9th.
Back on the road !
Dog o the week .
In the world today you can’t teach a monkey to dance ? , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Shitty movie o the week , The Wolfman , 2010 . Great cast , what a waste of talent !
Movie o the week , The Foreigner , 2017 . One of the very best Jackie Chan movies , in my humble opinion !
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To start the new week we have a little more fall auction activity .
Sotheby’s , London’s , “Arts of the Islamic World “ scheduled on Oct. 24th is a-live and “kickin” now .
To start with the sale features 255 total lots of all types of Islamic items but nothing in the way of oriental rugs and carpets . There are a few textile lots of which i though only one was worth mentioning and reviewed below.
Other than that , unless your interested in Islamic art objects this sale is not for you , that is unless you just have to see everything .
Lot # 133 , Ottoman Velvet “Cintamani” pattern velvet fragment . Pre- sale est. £ 20-30,000.00 . Decent condition and fairly scarce item but not a particularly inexpensive starting point , in my opinion !
Next up another Sotheby’s , London update , the big one !
Their fall major rug and carpet production is up and visible now for your “Rug-Mob” viewing experience ?
Well lets just see where we will start on this one .
The sale is compromised of 164 lots of a decent but not comprehensive selection of pieces from most of the popular weaving areas . Heavy on Chinese / Khotan pieces (21) and “classic type items , some notable , some not so much .
Nevertheless the sale is woefully weak on anything in the way of Turkmen , Baluch or collectable South Persian items . There are however plenty of Persian city pieces and roomsize carpets for the dealer , decorator crowd .
After multiple pass’s through the auction inventory i am left with the feeling there is just not that much that really appeals to my collecting taste . No , i am not saying this isn’t an admirable selection with a nice assortment of better pieces , just lacking in things i would want to own.
After all’s said and done Ms Coulter and the Sotheby’s , London Rug Dept. in a rug market that finds good , fresh pieces hard to come by have assembled a fairly impressive line up of pieces that should do well.
Good Luck to them !
A few items that did give me pause are featured below .
Lot # 6 , Oushak cloudband frag . Pre-sale est. £ 20- 30,000.00 . Awesome colors !
Lot # 78 , Karabaugh Embroidery . Pre-sale est. £ 8-12,000.00 . Not the very best but still scarce with interesting provenance .
Lot # 107 , Kazak rug . Pre -sale est. £ 20-30,000.00 . A very snappy item but possibly out of fashion these days , still my favorite item of the whole offering .
Last but not least .
Pt. 2 of the Ronnie Newman Coll. is now scheduled on Dec 9th 2018. Based on Pt. 1 this should be as good or better .
Sunday shine !
Dog o the week !
S.J.W. may just be real A- Holes and would not know justice if they stepped in it. Sheik Frederich, 2018.
Shitty movie o the week , Basic Instinct 2 , 2006 . Basic Instinct 1 was a decent movie but 2 is just a big payday for S.S. In my opinion.
Movie o the week , Chef , 2014.
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Tragic news to start the week !
Via con Dios , Famed French vocalist Charles Aznavour passed away today at the age of 94 . An international legend , he will certainly be missed by anyone who appreciates music , but fear not sir , your legacy in the arts world will live on !
Next up on the 2018 fall rug auction calendar , Christie’s , London’s , “Arts of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets” is live “ on the line” now for your viewing pleasure .The sale features 382 total lots of which include approximately 29 textiles and susani’s and 104 rugs and carpets .
So after multiple passes through the sale inventory it appears to be a reasonably diverse group with East Turkestan (H. Konig coll. items ) and Persian city items well represented but being “very” weak on notable Turkmen pieces .
There are also 3 classic Lotto carpets one of which ( lot# 307 ) is the piece i featured in the blog on 7//17/17 which sold at the “Leslie Hindman Auction Gallery” in Chicago , Ill. Listed at the “Hindman” sale as Caucasian with a pre-sale estimate of $3-500.00 it did much better ! Check the blog post , all the details are there .
As for the textiles and susani’s there are some better pieces but nothing that really peaked my interest .
All that said and done in a time when good , fresh , items are hard to come by for everyone Ms Broadhurst and the Christie’s rug dept. did a pretty good job assembling this selection . Not much in the way of things i would want but still a fairly wide-ranging assortment .
So here you go with a few pieces that caught my and i thought were at least moderately noteworthy are posted below.
Lot # 217 , Iznik Cintamani tile . Pre-sale estimate £ 30-50,000.00 . Not a rug but still my favorite piece in the whole sale !
Lot # 230 , Ottoman quilt panel . Pre- sale estimate £ 10-15,000.00 . Yes , i said the textile selection was uninteresting but this one grew on me ?
Lot # 286 , Khotan frag . Pre-sale estimate £3-5000.00 . A very reasonable pre-sale est. considering it’s a Konig piece and a fairly scarce design but as always it’s not where you start is’s where you finish !
Lot # 324 , Silk Farahan rug . Pre-sale estimate £ 4-6,000.00 . Gaudy to the point that it’s kinda cool !
Now for the one you have all been waiting for !
Skinner’s , Boston , Ma. , Oct. 21st , fall rug, carpet and textile spectacular featuring Pt.1 of the “Ronnie Newman” coll.is up and running on the Skinner’s website . The sale includes 330 total lots of as usual a wide selection from all major rug and textile weaving areas . Pt.1 of the R.Newman Coll. features approximately 135+ lots and it is certainly the highlight of the entire sale . The rest of the items are standard Skinner’s type pieces with unfortunately nothing to get excited about . Yes , there are some better things but nothing that truly stands out .
One thing that does standout about sale is the very conservative and reasonable pre-sale estimates on the Newman Coll. items . How L.K. pulled this one off is not known but it will certainly lead to plenty of competion on those particular pieces .
Up to this point this is the high water mark of the fall, 2018 auction season , but as always things could change !
Kudos to L.K. and Skinner’s for the realistic buying opportunity but it’s still not where you start , as always it’s where you finish !
As you would surmise there are plenty of stellar lots in this sale inventory . I can’t post everything i liked but a few i kept going back to are featured below .
Lot # 42 , Yomut juval . Pre- sale estimate $ 8-1,000.00 . Very scarce and in fairly good condition , should do well. .
Lot # 55 , Ningshia mat . Pre-sale estimate $ 2-3,000.00 . A great one that should fly.
Lot # 140 , Chinese silk saddle cover . Pre-sale estimate $ 4-5,000.00 . Easily one of the rarest things in the sale !
Lot # 151 , Ningshia mat . Pre-sale estimate $ 1-2,000.00 . Another great one .
Lot # 197 , Saryk juval . Pre-sale estimate $1-1,200.00 . Poor condition but a real winner . My favorite piece in the whole sale , if it matters !
Happy , Happy , Joy , Joy !
She’s like a Rainbow !
Dog o the week !
10/6/18 , A great day to be in the U.S.of A.! , Sheik Frederich , 2018 .
Shitty movie o the week , Thankfully no shit this week !
Movie o the week , 12 Strong , 2018.
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Nagel’s fall rug auction is in the books today and it was only a moderately successful outing this time around. Out of the 200 total lots of rugs and carpets offered up for your bidding pleasure it looks like 102 found new homes . A sold percentage of slightly over 50 % . Not terrible but far froma raging success either . Also very little in the way of upside pops to excite but there were a few .
If it matters to you 20 of the ethnic items out of 45 also sold .
One lot that did surprise me was lot # 127 , Turkmen juval . Pre-sale starting point € 800.00 , sold for € 8,500.00 + comm. Published in the Loges , Turkmen book which most likely had something to do with the price pop. Not clear on the attribution of this piece , Ersari possibly ? , but it’s good looking and someone really liked it !
As for the 3 lots i featured in the previous post all sold , 2 well over their pre-sale starting points .
Lot # 22 , Khotan . Pre-sale starting point , € 600.00. Sold for € 2,400.00 + comm. Well over the pre-sale estimate but in my humble opinion a pretty good deal for the new owner of a fairly scarce piece abet in poor condition.
Lot # 89 , Rug fragments . Pre-sale starting point , € 300.00. Sold for € 300.00 + comm. In the zone and cheap thrills for the buyer on this one .
Lot # 130 , Salor torba . Pre-sale starting point , € 3,500.00 . Sold for € 18,000.00 + comm. Again well over the very low starting point but still a very realistic and perhaps inexpensive price for the new owner , good job on your part !
In the end a decent but unremarkable outcome for the Nagel Auktionhaus !
Unfortunate news !
Via con Dios , Gary Allen Wisdom , Baluch collector , author of “Baluch Tribal Weavings” and all around great friend for 20+ years lost his battle with a lingering illness today . Gone now but never to be forgotten !
Travel day , NYC . 3.5 hour delay arriving !
New York Knights !
Travel day , thankfully a smooth trip home !
Netherhampton Salesrooms , Salisbury, U.K. held their fall rug sale today and as usual it was a fairly uneventful affair . The group included 331 total lots of the same type of mediocre merchandise they generally offer , a little bit of any and everything . Nothing at all in the way of a serious collectors item of any type . As is the norm with Ms Barrett and staff auditited sale results will follow down the road a bit . One thing i did notice from the unaudited online results , only approximately 5 lots breached the £ 1,000.00 thresh hold . Certainly a let down for the Netherhampton rug dept. but you have to give them credit they stay in the game and keep swing-in.!
Feel the heat !
Well the Dorotheum , Vienna , Austria held their fall rug extravaganza today and it went far better for them than i expected . Out of the 218 total lots run over the podium apparently 125 found new homes . A sold percentage of a very respectable 57 %. As i stated in the previous post i though this selection was aimed clearly at the European and Middle Eastern retail market and if i am right on this , that part of the rug market is still pretty strong . Something else worth mentioning , many of the items that sold , sold for well over their pre-sale starting points which is nice for the auktionhaus and for the consigner’s too.
This sale result was a bit of a surprise to me because of the rather lackluster sale inventory but i was off the mark on that one !
As for the one item i did feature it also did very well for the consigner .
Lot 23 , The Pope- Bernheimer carpet . Pre-sale starting point € 20,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved but not unexpected € 42,500.00 including comm.
More unfortunate news .
Marty Balin founding member of the legendary 60’s rock band Jefferson Airplane and vocalist for the Jefferson Starship passed away today after a battle with an undisclosed illness . Your in a better place now but your music and memory will live on !
Austria Auction is under way lets just see where this little spectacle ends up .
Here we go , out of the 212 lots up for sale today from Liveauctioneer’s unaudited , posted results it appears Mr Langauer and the Austria Auction Co. sold everything but 2 passed lots which would be remarkable feat in itself . So if those results stand its an outstanding outcome for Udo , and the rug market in general . Granted the majority of the pieces offered sold at or under their pre- sale estimates but in a spotty market sold is still sold .
Perhaps the strategy of low pre-sale starting points paid off , if the other auction houses out there are listening .
That said there were a very few upside pops but nothing in the way of a true blast off to get the “ Rug Mob “ buzzing .
Something worth noting , the 2 Kaitag items offered , lot #’s , 36 and 39 both sold well over their high pre- sale estimates and were 2 of the highlights of the offering and perhaps showed a renewed interest in a somewhat dormant area of the market lately ?
Concerning the 2 lots i featured in the earlier post .
Lot # 11 , Yomut mafrash . Pre- sale starting point € 300.00 . Sold for € 800.00 + comm.
Lot # 79 , Yomut juval . Pre-Sale starting point , € 400.00 . Sold for € 2,000.00 + comm.
So if this sale result stands hats off to Udo and the gang at A.A.C. on a job well done !
When the Wright-ous stand strong they will vanquish the none progressive oppressor’s every time ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week .
Shitty movie o the week , The Greatest Showman , the P. T Barnam story . 2017 . 3.5 poopsickles out of 5 . A great story and i tried to like it but the singing and music score was just to much to endure. !
Movie o the week , Captain Fantastic , 2016.
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Still on the slow side for the next couple of weeks .
Saturday Fun !
Via con Dios , Ed King original member of Strawberry Alarm Clock band and founding member of the legendary Southern rock band “Lynyrd Skynyrd” . Co- writer of the classic rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” , your legacy will live on !
So here we go with the first hit of the fall rug auction season and unfourtunately it’s starting out on a somewhat weak note !
Nagel Auction , Stuttgart , Germany’s major fall sale scheduled on Sept. 11th is live “ on the line” now and after a few passes through the auction inventory i would have to say this is for all intents and purposes very mediocre overall presentation .
This sale consist of 200 lots of rugs , carpets and textiles and 45 lots of ethnic items .
The first portion of the sale ( 50 lots ) is apparently from 2 private collection and includes Tibetan , Chinese and a few unusual ethnic textiles at the end of the group . Most of the pieces are not particularly exciting and some are in poor condition but if this is your area of interest this might be an opportunity to add to your collection .
One thing of note the pre-sale starting points are very reasonable , in my opinion . I did notice one lot # 22 that although in rough condition looked very good with an enticingly low pre-sale starting point .
Lot 22 , Khotan . Pre- sale starting point € 600.00 . An elegant wreck but very good !
Next up the main body the group 150 lots of all manner of rugs , carpets and textiles .
Well as i stated earlier i did not find much to get the “ rug mob “ buzzing in this selection either . Yes , it’s varied group but it lacks anything in the way of real barn burner grab peoples attention . There are some better items included but nothing really stellar. On a positive note i again feel the “Nagel rug dept.” has for the most part has kept the starting points on the conservative side even on the better lots which could lead to a buying opportunity !
That said i did notice 2 pieces i though were worth a mention .
Lot # 89 , Carpet fragments . Pre- sale starting point € 300.00. Possible “ Cheap Thrills” for someone !
Lot # 130 , Salor torba . Pre-sale starting point a very reasonable € 3,500.00 . Published in W. Loges , Turkmen Carpets . Best Turkmen piece in the sale and should do well unless it’s already been flogged , internet or European shows ! As always , in my opinion only !
Next up the Sept. 24th rug and carpet auction at the “Palais Dorotheum” , Vienna , Austria .
Well i don’t exactly know where to begin on this one .To start with it appears to be 218 lots of items clearly aimed at the European retail , decorative market . Newish , good condition , no soul pieces for the most part . Yes there a very few pieces that have a moderate amount of integrity but not many . Just an over abundance of an amount glitzy “Stuff” . And they did NOT get the message to try and keep the opening prices conservative so as to promote sales so it will be interesting to see how the sale ends up. If your a serious collector this sale may not be for you unless your bored and have extra time on your hands .
I did notice one lot that i felt was at least worth a line .
Lot # 23 , Pope – Bernheimer , Khorasan cpt. Pre – sale starting point € 20,000.00 . Who knows where this will lead ?
Start of a long Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S. of A.
The mighty “Brimfield” takes flight !
And now we proceed with the next installment from “Austria Auction Co.” and their much anticipated “major” fall rug extravaganza scheduled on Sept. 29th in Vienna , Austria . Well this time around for your viewing and possibly bidding pleasure Mr Langauer and staff have assembled 212 total lots from most all the weaving areas .
So after a few passes through the sale inventory i did not notice anything in the way of a serious top shelf collectors item to create pre- sale excitement but there are plenty of decent pieces for buyers to consider . One thing worth noting , seems Udo got the message that the Dorotheum folks did not and at least for the most part kept the starting bidding points on the conservative side which is a big plus in a spotty market . Yes there is still a bit of unwarranted filler items but for once and the first time in my opinion A.A.C. has done pretty good job and if your not holding out for a “ world class “ addition to your collection this group is certainly worth your time to check out.
Two lots i thought were at least mildly noteworthy are featured below .
# 11 , Yomut mafrash . Pre-sale starting point € 300.00 . Not the oldest but looks like it has pretty good color and condition.
Lot # 79 Yomut juval . Pre- sale starting point € 400.00. Again not so old but this design is fairly scarce .
Looks like Brimfield ended with a wimper this year !
If you new what i know you would be scared to an early death ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the week , Guns , Girls and Gambling , 2013 . 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . So bad it’s almost good , but unfourtunately not this time around . Gretzky’s what were you thinkin ?
Movie o the week , Lynyrd Skynyrd , If i Leave Here Tomorrow , 2018.
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Hot and humid with the rug market stuck in the mid- summer doldrums !
Celebrate , “National Tequila Day” , 2018 !!!
Diversity at it’s worst !
Still COOL in all the heat !
Via Con Dios , Joel Robuchon . Chef of the Century and a true innovator in the culinary world . 32 Michelin stars amongst his 13 world wide restaurant empire , most ever , quite an accomplishment.
Gone now but never to be forgotten !
Lightning strikes in Peabody , Ma. today at Defillpo auction .
Lot # 36 , Tekke , Salor , Turkmen mat pre-sale estimate $1-200.00 ended up selling for $16,750 plus 23% comm.
The item !
Detail showing material quality.
Detail showing the thin center.
Decent condition , a scarce but not particularly popular design but very good quality. It caused quite a commotion during and after the sale with plenty more to be said with lots of opinions floating on the internet concerning the piece !
That said even under the controversial circumstances a pretty good and fresh piece , in my humble opinion !
One more thing good luck to # 10 , the winner !
Hot , humid and the sky turned orange for awhile today !
Reports from the Santa Fe shows are starting to trickle in and the initial reports are positive with decent crowds and moderate business being conducted but it’s just the beguinning. Still a good start hoping for a strong finish !
Road trip and possible commerce !
Still hot and humid , but with time for a little Sunday metal !
It appears the whole world is trying to knock back the U.S.A. However it does not appear to be working , nice try though , hater’s ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018
Dog o the week ,
Shitty movie o the week , Taco Shop , 2018 . 4.75 poopsickles out of 5. I feel bad for whoever put the cash for this loser !
Movie o the week , Baby Driver , 2017.
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Slow and getting slower !
The miracle of your “Independence Day” respect it !
Go with God , Saman Kunan , Thai Navy seal who gave his life in the rescue effort . A valiant attempt but an unfortunate and tragic ending . You will most certainly be remembered !
Pay attention !
Gaba Gaba Hey !
So today’s Groganco auction in Boston , Ma. of the “Ned Long collection plus added items signals the end of the spring, early summer 2018 rug auction season and judging the results of the sale we end on a relatively high note . Out of the 134 total lots run over the podium only 23 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage of right at a very respectable 84 % . Unfortunately concerning the resulting prices fetched there was not much in the way of upside fire works . Most of the items that sold , sold in the vicinity of their pre-sale estimates with only a couple of lots , #’s 25 & 43 showing anything in the way of upward surprises . As for the rest of the unsold Ned Long items the ones that should not have garnered any interest did not .
All in all another good job by Mr Grogan and the Groganco staff , keep up the good work ?
As for the 2 lots i featured in the previous blog post , both sold .
Lot # 43 ,Tekke Torba . Pre- sale estimate $ 5 – 1,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved $ 6,000.00 + comm. The high water point of the Turkmen group .
Lot # 65 , Turkmen frag ( Yomud ) . Pre- sale estimate , $ 1-2,000.00 . Sold for 1,300.00 + comm. My favorite piece in the group , looks like it has great wool and quality . The new owner might have got a pretty good deal !
Summer Fun !
Sunday and the end but never fear the fall season is only approximately 60 days away and so far there is plenty of action on the horizon with these opportunities on the calendar so far .
Sept. 11th , Nagel , Stuttgart , Germany.
Sept. 19th , Netherhampton Salesrooms , Salisbury , U.K.
Sept. 24th , Dorotheum , Vienna , Austria .
Sept. 29th , Austria Auction Co. , Vienna , Austria .
Oct. 21st. , Skinner’s , Boston , Ma. The Ronnie Newman Coll. Pt. 1 . Looks like L.K. landed a big one !
Oct. 24th , Sotheby’s , London , Arts of the Islamic World .
Oct. 25th , Christie’s , London , Art of the Islamic World including carpets .
Nov. 6th , Sotheby’s , London , Rugs and Carpets .
Nov. 17th , Rippon- Boswell , Wiesbaden , Germany .
And that as they say is that but i am sure there is more to come !
Loneliness is next to godliness and they are both hard to find ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018
Dog o the week ,
Shitty movie o the month , Gangsterland , 2017.
Movie o the week , Soldier in the Rain , 1963 .
Song o the week , Loudness , Soul on Fire on Rise to Glory , 2018.
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We forge smack ahead into the summer doldrums !
Last battle till the fall season !
Grogan Co , Boston , Ma’s early summer sale featuring 60 lots from the “Ned Long” collection plus aditional added lots is live “ on the line” now for your viewing pleasure .
After a multitude of passes through the sale i have come to this conclusion . The “Ned Long” group of items is decent but unfortunately does not include any top shelf pieces to get the “rug mob “ buzzing. Plenty of nice clean mid-level items but not one serious collectors piece. Don’t get me wrong it’s my opinion Ned Long has been part of the rug collecting scene for quite awhile and i expected at least a few real barn burners but alas that’s not the case this time around .
Holding some back or already sold, who knows but i just expected a few stellar lots in the sale inventory .
Nothing particularly interesting in the added lots either but still a reasonably nice group with a good amount of clean respectable merchandise to consider at the end of the spring season and nothing serious on the schedule till the fall .
On a positive note , as is Mr Grogan’s M O the pre-sale estimates are on the conservative side for the most part and this may well be a collection offered with out reserves so the market will set itself and maybe there will be a bargain to be had !
A couple lots that did peak my curiosity are posted below.
Lot # 43 , Tekke torba. Pre- sale estimate a very fair $ 5-1,000.00 . Negligible condition but still a very good example , in my opinion.
Lot # 65 , Turkmen frag. Pre- sale estimate again a realistic $ 1-2,000.00 . So if it matters to anyone of the 2 pieces i featured it was close but this is my pick of the litter !
The beginning of the 4th of July holiday week celebration .
Lets get the bang- in going !
Sunday’s come and gone !
In the free world today “FREE SPEECH” is the most important thing but keep in mind you must also be ready to back up what you say at all costs ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week !
Shitty movie o the month , American Made , 2017. Another Tom Cruise bomb if you know the real story !
Movie o the week , The Pursuit of Happiness 2006 . The Chris Gardener story . Easily one of Will Smith’s best endeavors !
Song o the week , Holiday 2-fer :
Grand funk Railroad , We’re an American Band on Caught in the Act , Live , 1976 .
Jackyl , We’re an American Band on Choice Cuts , 1998 .Tweet Read More
It’s the end of the road for today’s Austria Auction Co. “Fine Antique Oriental Rugs XI” sale and a bit of a lonely road it was for Mr Langauer and the A.A.C. Rug dept. According to“Liveauctioneer’s”posted results out of the 103 total lots offered for sale only 37 ended up attracting any bidding attention . A dismal sold percentage of right at 35 %. Hardly a money making proposition ? And unfortunately for A.A.C. most all the items that did sell , sold at or below their low pre- sale estimates .
Granted, i am sure Udo and Co. are working the phones in the after sale to pump up the numbers but it appears they have plenty of ground to make up.
That said it’s still nice to see they are still in the game and continue pitching , better Luck next time !
As for the lot i featured in the previous post it did find a new home , but well under the low pre- sale estimate .
Lot # 44 Eagle Gul Torba . Pre- dale est. € 15-20,000.00 . Sold for a very realistic € 12,000.00 + comm. Nice for the new owner , not so much for the unlucky consignor !
Palais Dorotheum’s “A.Besim Coll.” auction just wrapped up and considering it was just the day after the A.A.C.sale it still managed to put up somewhat better numbers . Out of the 152 lots run over the podium 83 ended up finding new homes. A sold percentage of 54%. Better than the previous days sale but unfortunately nothing to get excited about either . Going over the results there were no real up side surprises to spark excitement but for the most part the lots that sold , sold over their pre-sale starting points which is a positive outcome in my opinion. All said and done just another run of the mill rug auction !
As for the items i featured in the previous blog post both sold .
Lot # 78 , Tibetan khaden . Pre- sale stating point , € 1,200.00 . Sold for € 2,750.00 including comms. Over the realistic opening point but not a surprise .
Lot # 120 Khorasan frag . Pre- sale starting point € 350.00 . Sold for € 450.00 including comm. Very reasonable .
As i figured lot # 58 , Selendi Bird Ushak , pre-sale starting point € 500,000.00 failed to attract any bidding action . Maybe this ones been around the block once to often !
Next in line !
John Moran Auctioneer’s , Pasadena Ca. held a sale titled “Art of the American West” today that featured one lot worth a mention .
Lot # 2202 . Navaho Classic period child’s blanket . Pre-Bosque Redondo , prior to 1850 . Pre-sale estimate $15-25,000.00 . Sold for a well deserved $ 93,750.00 including comm. Not in the best condition but certainly the most interesting Navaho textile to turn up in the last few years ! Easily the highlight of an otherwise mundane sale.
Via Con Dios , Charles Krauthammer . Your incite ,humor and knowledge with be both missed but also remembered .
If this bothers you , you have to much time on your hands . Get busy and do something !
Protect “FREE SPEECH” at alll costs !
More bad news in the metal world to end the week .
Rest in Peace , Vincent Paul Abbott AKA “Vinnie Paul” founding member and dummer extraordinary of metal giants , Pantera , DamagePlan and Hellyeah . Far to young at 54 !
Heading into the summer slow period !
As you can see even “ignorant” comments are welcome ! , Sheik Frederich , 2018.
Dog o the week.
Shitty movie o the month , Knight and Day , 2010 . 5 poopsickles out of 5 , dumb and dumber ! Easily one of the worst Tom Cruise movie’s ever .
Movie o the week , Finding Forrester , 2001.
Song o the week , Madball , Rev Up on For the Cause , 2018.Tweet Read More