The Irish eyes are on us today .
Earth quakes and taxes on the agenda .
That's all she wrote for now.
30 days till NYC.
Out of town visitors .
The Bonham's L.A. Sale just finished up and I am not sure where to start with this but here we go . Out of the 277 total lots offered up only 90 found buyers. A sold percentage of just over 32%. This is as far from a successful out come as you can get.Like I stated in an earlier post this in my opinion was nothing more than a dealer merchandise sale . The only thing that brought any real money were L.A. style room size decorative carpets. There were things sold in this sale you could not give away in another sales room !
And for good prices too. I don't get it at all.
Witness lot # 2275 Chinese metal and silk rug , circa 1900 , 4'10″ x 7'9″. Pre-sale est. $6-9,000.00 , sold for $27,500.00 including comm. So I guess even this offering had a taste of the ever sought after upside surprise ! I never thought this type of rug could bring this sort of return , but as I have said in past posts it's not where you start it's where you finish and auctions will be auctions.
Leaves you wondering who's paying for these things !
W.C. Fields once said ,there's a S….r born every minute !
A few commerce opportunities in the works but fresh news is stalled for the moment .
O K , so Happy Persian New Year – Nowruz !!
Well J.T. at rugtracker.com has been busy lately .
Hardly a month has gone by and there's a new post available for your viewing enjoyment . Titled , A group of 18th Century Caucasian Lotus- Palmette Carpets . Not as monumental as the last post on Star Kazaks , it still shows the man is on the job.
Gracis , J.T.
A small piece of fresh rug news on this finally a Friday .
The Leclere auction house of Marseille , France has a sale scheduled on March 27 that features a small selection of oriental carpets and a couple of them are somewhat notable . The whole group only consist of only 8 items but no worries, it's worth your time to take a look . This the first offering by the Leclere rug dept. It's a small but impressive start so good luck to them.
Lot # 1 Star Kazak , pre- sale est. € 3-5,000.00 . This seems to be a very realistic starting point for this carpet. Rough condition but a legit piece that was pretty good at one time . It's also included in the rugtracker.com post , A Star- Kazak Atlas .
Lot # 7 Shield Carpet , pre – sale est. $ € 25-35,000.00 . Scarce , but not in the best condition however it should create some interest .
Holy Skinner's day .
Let the battle begin !
Plenty of competition , please !!!
In session now and things seem to be moving.
Well the sale just wrapped up and for all intensive purposes L.K. and crew did fairly well for themselves on their first excursion into the auction arena. Out of the 281 lots put under the hammer only 57 failed to find new homes. A sold percent of just over 80 % , not bad , not bad at all. As I stated earlier nothing in the way of barn burners in the group but a nice well rounded selection of items . Something that may have contributed to the success of the sale was keeping the pre- sale estimates down for the most part and backing off on loading the up the sale with pieces that may have been over restored in Turkey.
One thing to note .
A few of the better collectors pieces ( lot #'s 101 , 104 ,105 and 158 ) did very well for the consigners . Fortunately they DID have realistic pre- sale estimates and reasonable reserves which did not put off potential buyers .
Unfortunately the cover lot did not fall into this category.
Lot # 145 Yomut Asmalyk , pre- sale est. $12-15,000. failed to find a buyer. The aggressive pre- sale estimate certainly may have had sometime to do with it not selling . This is no surprise as the piece was very LATE and had been run through the auction mill already just this last year !
As for the 2 lots I featured in an earlier post both sold.
Lot # 68 Quashgai kelim , pre- sale est. $ 7-900.00 sold for $ 1599.00 including comm. In my opinion this kelim had very good graphics and colors.
Lot # 94 Bukhara Susani ? Pre- sale est. $ 4- 6,000.00 sold for $ 5,843.00 including comm. This looked like it might be a pretty good deal for someone out there.
At this point it looks like Skinner's made a savvy move hiring Mr Kearny to handle their rug dept.
So O K , L.K. , kudos to you on your start , now keep the ball rolling in a positive direction !!
Morning road trip .
Back at O.C.G.
Nothing to report ,that's it for this week !
Where as we find these truths to be self evident the rug business is going all polar directions at the same time ! Sheik Frederich , 2014 .
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All signs point to a minor up turn in the overall interest in oriental rugs , collecting and the rug business in general . The results of all the auctions lately and the chatter amongst dealers / collectors has all been positive up to this point. Not much in the way of negative grumbling at all. Is this a phantom occurrence or a real step forward ? To soon to tell at this point . However anything positive is welcome even if it's short lived !
Here's hoping !
Plenty of possible commerce but nothing so far this week concerning any fresh rug business news. This is sure to change shortly.
While waiting for something of interest to happen I went through the Schuler Auction in Zurich , Swit. on Mar. 26 and it's what I thought it would be . Another European “rug dealer type merchandise ” general sale. Not a thing to get excited about . The sale includes 132 lots of mostly good cond. “European taste” late rugs and textiles , think Bonham's L.A. in the U.S.
To throw these guys a bone for their effort I found one piece that was in my opinion at least moderately interesting.
Lot # 594 Zakatala . Pre- sale est. € 1170-1500. First decent one of these I have come across lately. Nice square size . Used to be plenty of these around , not so much these days.
This day is a snooze .
Business but no fresh rug Biz news.
However be ready for plenty of action this weekend.
Happy pi day !!
On April 10 Christies , London has an Islamic week sale titled , “Art of the Islamic and Indian World ” on the docket. The group includes all kinds of Islamic objects but nothing in the way of oriental rugs .However , the reason I mention this sale is because it does feature 6 early and desirable Islamic textiles .
One I thought was particularly good is listed below.
Lot # 201 Silk Embroidered Bohca , 17th century , pre- sale est. £ 20 – 30,000.00. If you like this type of weaving its worth your time to check this one out. I
The second Austria Auction Co.auction is live online now and so far it looks like Udo and crew are doing reasonably well for themselves.
I have been following this for about an hour now and it appears the pieces that are selling are bring prices for the most part that are in the neighborhood of their pre-sale estimates. I have not seen any upside surprises yet.
O K here you go with a little action.
One of the most talked about lots in the sale # 169 Azerbaijan Cpt. pre- sale est. € 15-20,000.00 just sold for € 34,000.00. Well over its pre- sale estimate and one of the only lots with any real serious upside surprise . A good , early piece but in poor condition .
The other being lot # 29 Lotto ,pre- sale est. € 12-15,000.00 , sold for € 24,000.00.
This piece appeared a little strange to me ?
The piece in the sale with the most aggressive pre- sale est. € 50-70,000.00 , lot # 89 Salor Kappunuk did not find a buyer . Late – ish looking in the illustration ?
So the sale has now concluded and out of the 236 items put under the hammer 146 found new homes . A sold percentage of about 62%. One thing I did notice about the whole sale in general , the fresher looking items were the bulk of the unsold lots.
The previous sale in Sept had a sold percentage of 67% . A little better but still in the same ballpark.
I guess you could say Udo and staff pulled off another reasonably successful sale , so congrats to you !!
As for the piece I featured in an earlier post lot # 108 , Karapinar frag., pre-sale est. € 5-7,000.00. It found a buyer at € 6,500.00 , right in the middle of the estimate .
A trip to the Long Beach Antique fair is first up this morning.
I expect to so see out of town visitors again today.
I did see a few out of towner's but once again no action.
So another week passes under the bridge of time !
No fear a fresh week on the morrow.
An incursion into the inner space of the soul of man can at certain times also unleash the beast in said man ! Sheik Frederich , 2014.
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No rain but no activity so far either.
Quiet today , action on the agenda for tomorrow.
First up today.
. The Netherhampton spectacle went off over night in Salisbury , U.K. and as usual no indications on how it turned out yet. They have however been posting the results in a more timely fashion lately but a short wait is still the order of the day.
Plenty more auction activity scheduled for tomorrow too.
Hot off the press .
Results from yesterday's Netherhampton sale .
Out of the 568 lots put under the hammer a total of 325 ended up selling . Works out to a sold percentage of about 57%. Decent but far from a rousing success. The results of this sale were inline with their previous Dec. 2013 outing that featured 600 lots and 230 went unsold with a sold percent of 62 % . The Dec. sale was a little better but still in the same ball park.
One other thing worth noting about this sale, out of all the items in the offering only 9 pieces brought £ 1,000.00 or more. Like I said nothing to get excited over.
As for the “top ” lot of the sale , lot # 1753 , early textile frag. pre- sale est. £5-8,000.00 it ended up selling for £5,000.00 . Hardly a big deal.
Concerning the 9 lots of Turkmen tent band fragment apparently none of them were particularly special.
The one lot I did feature in an earlier post , lot # 1571 , Mashed zodiac carpet ,pre-sale est. £ 6-800 sold for £ 3,000.00 . The second highest price in the sale and for sure one of the high lights.
In the end I suppose it was a pleasant turn of events for Ms. Barrett and crew.
The Sotheby's , Stanley G. Seeger ( collector extraordinaire ) 2 day sale has just wrapped up and it was a very successful venture to say the least . Pretty much everything offered in this 1,000 lot sale found a buyer. Total take for the group was about .£ 7.34 million pounds .
As for the rugs in the sale all but one , a Chinese carpet (lot #381) found takers and for the most part they all sold far over their pre- sale estimates.
The 2 major pieces in the rug dept. that I mentioned in a previous post , both arts and crafts carpets brought prices well above their pre- sale estimates
Lot # 576 , Donnemara Donagal carpet , pre- sale est. £ 15-20,000.00 sold for £ 43,750.00. Including comm. Looks like the market for this type of carpet is still alive and kickin!
Lot # 851 , William Morris , Hammersmith carpet , pre- sale est. 18-25,000.00 sold for £ 40,000.00.Same group same result.
Like I stated in the earlier post the oriental rug portion was over weighted with Tibetan pieces and they all brought very good prices .
Regarding the 3 lots I featured in the earlier post they also did very well for Mr Seegers estate.
Lot # 295 , pair Sumak bags . Pre-sale est. £ 4-800.00 sold for £ 1,625.00 including comm. With such a low estimate this certainly no surprise.
Lot # 296 , Kurd bag face. Pre- sale est. £ 3-500.00 sold £ 1,000.00 . The illustration told the story on this one . Very good drawing.
Lot # 407 , Silk ikat . Pre- sale est. £ 8-1,200.00 sold for £ 2,750.00. Miss labeled in the catalog however the market rarely misses anything so the price was warranted. Another winner for Sotheby's abet this time in London .
Kudos . Keep the ball Rollin , please.
Just when you thought enough is enough with the rug auction action Christies announces the spring major rug auction . Scheduled on April 8 in the London salesroom this group features just 145 lots of rugs and 2 early rug books this time around . Following Sotheby's foot steps the offering includes a few pieces from name collections . Not quite as interesting as the Sotheby's sale but still a noteworthy group.
Listed below are a couple of pieces that peeked my interest.
Lot number 8 . The Bernheimer Beshire prayer rug . Pre- sale est. a very reasonable £ 5-7,000.00 . Not the best condition bur rare , published many times and scarce. Considering the price the Christies Beshire prayer rug ( Lot # 72 , £ 25,000.00 ) brought on Oct. 8 , 2013 the starting point on this rug is very attractive but as always it's not where you start it IS where you end up !
Personally I have always really liked this particular prayer rug.
Lot # 90 ,Tekke Bird Asmalyk . Pre- sale est. £ 20- 30,000.00 . In comparison the Sotheby's example , Animal – Tree Asmalyk in their last sale lot # 82 ,pre- sale est. $40-60,000.00 sold for $100,000.00. So this is a very realistic point of entry but again its where you end up.
And the hits keep coming again !
The Nagel Auktion Haus , Stuttgart , Germany has joined the party with their next rug ,carpet and ethnic art sale scheduled on March 25. The rug portion of this offering includes 213 items .
Well i have run through this catalog a few times now and am not particularly impressed by group. There are only a few above average pieces included this time around . To my eye most of the rugs and various textiles in the sale are mid – range dealer stock type pieces . I will say one thing about this sale , my opinion is they kept the pre- sale estimates for the most part on the realistic side so there maybe some reasonable buying opportunities ! The one truly notable collectors piece is lot # 34 , the Bidder Khotan mat . Pre- sale estimate € 30- 50,000.00 . By no means an inexpensive starting point but I have always felt this was a very desirable piece .
All in all a decent but far from great selection , but still worth a look.
First up today the monthly trip to the Rosebowl fair .
Out of town faces show up today .
Sotheby's , London's , “Arts of the Islamic World ” auction catalog is live online for your viewing enjoyment now. The sale is listed on the calendar on April 9 this year. Not a big deal as far as the rug potion of the session goes because there are only 36 pieces in the sale . Unfortunately not a thing in the way of a real earth shaker in this group just some nice pieces.
A couple of items that caught my eye are listed below .
Lot # 210 . Bakshaish landscape rug , pre- sale est. £ 25-35.000.00 . These used to be very popular , so let's just see how this one fairs.
Lot # 229 Khorassan Frag. Pre-sale est. £ 6-8,000.00 . The most interesting piece in the group in my opinion.
Until next week , Via Con Dios !
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Lot # 68 Qashgai Kilim ,pre-sale est. $7-900.00 . Good cond. and great visual appeal .
Lot # 94 Buhkara Susani , pre-sale est. $ 4-6,000. Seems reasonable but the listed water marks could be a problem.
Still scarce ?
Still raining and it's certainly having an impact on business in So Cal .
Last and certainly least Bonham's , L.A . has a sale on the docket on March 18 featuring 277 rugs and carpets. Unfortunately unless your a commercial dealer or decorator this sale is not for you. Not even one half a**ed collectors item in the whole sale !
Nuff said !
So what does the rug world have to look forward to in the month of of March you ask . Nothing less than 6 auctions featuring hundreds of rugs and textiles . That should keep all collector types busy tracking all this “great stuff ” .
Still raining !
Making something out of nothing is not that easy , if you think it is go ahead give it a try . Let's just see how you do ! Sheik Frederich , 2014 .
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Presidents Day in the U.SA.
Another holiday so not much happening .
One minor thing worth a line or two.
Butterscotch Auction Gallery , Pound Ridge , N.Y. held a sale yesterday that featured a hand full of oriental rugs and the group included a pair of possibly interesting sumak bags. Lot # 411, pre- sale estimate a very reasonable $1-1,600.00 . In the illustrations they appear to be in decent condition and acceptable quality . They ended up selling for $ 1,900.00 plus 20% comm. If the colors are all good it could be a fairly profitable purchase for someone out there.
Last mention for today but certainly not the least.
Rugtracker.com has a new post . A Star-Kazak Atlas .
If you have an interest in this group of Kazaks you gotta check this post out !
Very complete .
Well done J.T. !
Here we go with the next Netherhampton spectacle .
Scheduled on March 5 at their Salisbury Salesrooms this offering includes approximately 568 lots of rugs , carpets and various textile entries. As usual nothing special in the group mostly just run of the mill low end items. Once again the sale is over loaded with ordinary Turkmen pieces however there are 9 lots of pile tent band fragments and because the illustrations in the online catalog are of such poor quality it's difficult to tell if any of them are any good. If you can make it to the sale they definitely are worth checking out.
One lot that I did think was sort of bizarre and worth mention was lot # 1571. Cataloged as Mashed Zodiac rug , early 20 . Pre-sale est.£ 6-800.00 .
Hardly important and something of an oddity , but still not a carpet you come across every day!
Still motionless .
Nothing much in the way of rug world news the last few days and it looks like is gonna stay that way till Sunday and the upcoming Grogan auction in Dedham Ma. Not a big deal as far as rugs and carpets go but better than nothing. Looks like the weather is going to play ball for those who can attend the sale in person .
Yes , the east coast crew needs a break from all the snow .
Business continues to move in a positive direction at O.C.G.
Saturday quiet Saturday !
Silence today .
No electricity at O.C.G. Line restoration .
The Grogan sale is now in progress , let's just see how that turns out.
As usual the rugs and carpets are at the tail end of the sale .
Update 9:20. PM east coast time.
The sale has just finished up and out of the 77 lots put under the hammer only 2 failed to find new homes. A sold percentage of about 97 %. As one would expect Persian city carpets brought the strongest prices. This was far from an important offering and the merchandise was more or less mid range but some of the pieces brought very good prices so Mr Grogan and crew deserve a hand shake and a hi -0 for a job well done .
Concerning the 23 lots from the Grover Schiltz coll. only one failed to sell. Nice for the estate .
As for the 2 lots i featured in a earlier post .
Lot # 869 Susani frag. Pre- sale est. $ 5-800 .00 . Sold for $1,200.00 + comm.
Lot # 871 Persian kelim . Pre- sale est. $3-500.00 .Sold for $500.00.+ comm.
End of a long day for M.G.and staff.
From all appearances looks like the east coast rug market is still alive and kickin !!
That's all for now.
Update 11:30 East Coast time.
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Can it get any better than this ?????
Sometimes tradition sparks reality fights ? Sheik Frederich ,2014.
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Like most of the fresh weeks lately we are off to a slow start . Business continues at O.C.G. but nothing in the way of current rug news to blog about .
One relatively minor thing to mention today.
Materialculture of Philadelphia Pa.has an auction ( The collectors Eye ) scheduled on Feb. 25 that included's about 143 lots of various rugs and flat weaves from many weaving areas .
That sale name seems to be very popular with the auctioneers lately !
This particular group is loaded with mediocre Tibetan rugs and the rest of the carpets are somewhat run of the mill too. There are also a large number of tribal textiles from all around the world. Nothing to get excited about as there is not one serious collectors item in the whole group but if your a bargain hunter or on a budget have a look you might find something.
The next sale hosted by Austria Auction Co. on March 15 is live on line now. This time around the production consist of 236 total lots of rugs carpets and textiles . After going through the complete listing I found it to be similar to the last sale as far as selection and quality . No real stand out items just a decent all around group. Plenty of Turkmen's but nothing that's really special to my eye . Good but not great .
One lot I thought was at least uncommon and interesting is listed below.
Lot # 108 Karapinar fragment . Pre- sale est. € 5-7,000.00 . Certainly not inexpensive as far as the estimate goes but if it's as good in person who knows ?
Valentines Day . What can you say . Everybody is taking the day off in the O.C. That's right , they are all on the freeway . In So Cal it figures.
Just to make sure I took another stroll through the Austria Auction Co. listing and will stick with my first impression . Still good but not great. Again no stand outs but plenty of better items certainly worth your time to take a look.
With the lack of fresh things turning up in the market the on going bad weather on the eastern half of U.S. is for sure a contributing factor !
Tomorrow the Long Beach fair in the morning then out of town visitors at O.C.G.
No action at Long Beach this morning but I did run into a couple of rug dealers from New England out here to try their luck and escape the ice and snow .
Next up visitors and unexpected commerce too.
So this closes out a fairly slow week but it appears things are gonna pick back up in the next 10 days or so.
Don't rush to judgement it always ends up biting you in the posterior ! Sheik Frederich , 2014
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After all the action at the end of last week it figures we would be of to a slow start this week . Nothing new to blog about so far.
Here we go with a small piece of fresh news.
A new issue of the “carpet COLLECTOR ” magazine is available now. Check out the hard copy issue or the one online when you can .
More Sotheby's news although nothing on the scale of last weeks sale . This time around we have , ” The Private Coll. Of of the late Stanley J.Seeger ” at the London Sotheby's auction room on Mar. 5 – 6 . I am not sure who he was but he had a lot of items including at least 60 + rugs carpets and textiles. The total lot count of the group is 1000 items and includes many categories of ethnic art.Nothing in the way of great collectors items in the rug dept. but a few slightly interesting pieces .
Concerning the rugs and textiles included in the sale it is over loaded on the Tibetan side but there's plenty of other pieces from various weaving areas too . From a general ethnic art collecting stand point it's certainly worth your time to take a look.
As far as the carpet portion of the sale goes the two Important entries are Arts and Crafts carpets which are listed below.
Lot # 576 , a an Irish Donagal carpet , “The Donnemara carpet” . Pre- sale est. £ 15 – 20,000.00 . Not my cup of tea , but it looks good and these used to very popular .
Lot # 851 , William Morris – Hammersmith Carpet . Pre- sale estimate £ 18- 25,000.00 . Again not my field but nice.
I did notice a few mid-range collector pieces that could be of interest.
Lot 295 , Pair of Sumak bags , pre- sale est. £ 4-800.00 . Common design but if the colors are as good in person as in the illustrations who knows ? Lot # 296 Kurd bag face , pre- sale est. € 3-500.00 . Looks much better than the usual pieces that turn up.
Lot # 407 , Silk Ikat , pre- sale £ 8-1200.00 . More colorful than the pieces you usually see in shows and at auction with a very realistic opening estimate . The pre-sale estimates are very conservative however it's not where you start it's where you end up !
Fresh Gilmorechronicles Gallery post live now , check it out.
Opening night festivities at the Caskey – Lees Tribal Arts Show this evening , let's just see how that turns out !
The online catalog for the next Dorotheum rug and carpet auction scheduled on Feb. 25 in Vienna , Austria is available now. This time around its a somewhat smaller offering including just 185 total lots. Nothing in the way of barn burners as far as I can see. The sale seems a little on the weak side in comparison to the quality of their their last couple of sales .
It appears that they decided to abstain from including better items with very high pre-sale estimates and high reserves .
A smart move in my opinion .
Out of the whole group I only found one piece I felt worth mentioning .
Lot number 67 , Tekke torba , with original back . Nice but nothing to get excited about. Pre-sale estimate € 3,8- u4,500.00.
All in all not a great production but it's not terrible either . If you have time it's worth a look.
First reports from the Caskey – Lees are coming in and it looks like they had a good preview night crowd . However some of the “big names” in the rug world failed to make an appearance .
Could it be total rug saturation after the Sotheby's sale last week ?
I also thought that seeing the list of exhibitors on the Caskey – Lees website there would be say 10 primarily rug / textile dealers also but it looks only 7 or so showed up.
Small matter , apparently nothing in the way of fresh interesting pieces were spotted at the show anyway , many nice pieces but nothing to get excited over.
Only 4-5 dealers were set up at the Capri Motel so the satellite show was somewhat grounded this year too. OK , so better luck next time .
Quiet once more !
Rosebowl this morning .
Short road trip.
Out of town visitors this afternoon with no electricity !
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First reports from this past weekends High Noon auction and show in Mesa Az. were mixed at best . The paying crowd was decent on Friday and better on Saturday . Unfortunately most of the sales were dealer to dealer on Friday. Saturday there was a larger public presence but they were described by exhibitors as tire kickers and not buyers . The auction did not fair much better with sales on the meager side . Aggressive pre- sale estimates leading to possibly “high” reserves may have had something to with the mediocre sales totals .
Not exactly what I was hoping for at the beginning of the year.
Next up .
Sotheby's rug sale on Friday , Jan. 31 . Should be very interesting. Reports of the usual out of town visitors turning up are already coming in . Many of the big names are in attendance E.H. , M.T. , J.B., M.R. you know them all.
Good luck boys if you have the B…s .
The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show will be held this year from Feb. 7-9 at the Fort Mason complex . The opening preview is on the evening of Feb. 6 , from 6-9 pm. Unfortunately the opening night preview is $150.00 which is a little stiff but you get to see everything “sort of first ” and the buffet is always very good if eating is your thing. If the exhibitors list is accurate and everybody shows up it looks like about 10 oriental rug and textile dealers will be at the show. Is it worth the trip ? from any distance maybe yes , maybe no.
There should also be a small satellite contingent at the Capri Motel . Nothing like the ARTS fair but worth checking out if your in the city .
Silence before the storm.
Harken , tomorrow is the “big day ” at least for the moment .
Not to worry there are more things in the pipe line for a change.
Finally something thing worth blogging about today.
Results from today's Sotheby's rug auction are live online now and it appears M.J. and staff have another winner on their hands . Out of the 175 total lots put under the hammer only 36 failed to find buyers. A sold percentage of just under 80%. It appears that pieces known to the market but that are very good can still bring big prices.
Here are a few highlights on how the sale went.
The big draw of the sale was the Azerbaijan textile pieces from the E. Chesrow coll. and all found buyers except one and most for pretty good prices.
The Bortz coll. single medallion eagle Kazak was a big winner . The pre- sale estimate was $ 80-120,000 and it sold for $233,000.00 including the juice. Another piece , an old friend of mind that I featured in a previous post , lot # 24 Ladik prayer rug was estimated at $25-35,000 sold within it's pre- sale estimate for $ 31,250. 00 including comm. With all the field restoration not bad I guess .
All 3 of the Tekke embroidered asmalyk's sold well over their very undervalued pre-sale estimates .
However consider this . The Tekke Asmalyk in the Rippon – Boswell sale ( lot # 122 ) on Nov. 30 only brought € 19,520.00 / $26,547.00 . Looks like that buyer got a deal considering the prices achieved at Sotheby's were from $37-68,000.00 .
Ditto on the two Salor trappings , lot # 78 , the three medallion piece at Sotheby's sold for $93,750.00 compared to the Rippon- Boswell 2 medallion piece selling for € 20,130.00 / $ 27,376.00.00. Again it looks like the Rippon buyer go a pretty good deal.
As for the two pieces I featured in a previous post both sold one under the the low estimate , one well over.
Lot # 102 Caucasian Vernah horse cover . Pre-sale est. $ 5-7, 000 sold for $4063.00 . Well under the est. but sold is sold.
Lot # 135 Eagle gull juval . Pre- sale est. $ 2-3,000 sold for $ 12,500.00 .Nice for the consigner but a decent buy for someone out there too , in my opinion !
All things considered this was a great outcome for the Sotheby's rug dept. and hopefully a boost in interest in the whole rug collecting field . Now let's see what's next for the Sotheby's rug dept. was this a one shot deal or are they going back to the old 2 major rug sales a year . The outcome of this sale should certainly attract more high quality interesting consignments .
Once again kudos to M.J. and staff keep up the good work and please keep the ball rolling in the future !!!
The online catalog for the upcoming Grogan sale on Feb. 23 in Dedham , Ma is live now for your viewing pleasure . The sale features 77 lots of carpets , rugs and textiles . Nothing earth shaking or important in the group but still a decent group to consider.
One thing of interest to collectors , is the inclusion of 23 pieces from the Grover Schiltz collection Chicago , IL. I don't of him personally but i have heard his name mentioned in collecting circles before . Not a particularly big deal because some of the most interesting pieces are in rough condition but if that does not bother you it's certainly worth your time to take a look.
Two the pieces I found somewhat interesting are featured below. Lot # 869 , Susani fragment , pre- sale est. $5-800.00 . Not a big deal now but it used to be very good .
Lot # 871 Persain Kilim , pre- sale est. $3-500.00 . Reasonable starting point on I piece with a very interesting graphic design.
One more thing !
The last two Sotheby's rug sales were mentioned in a half page article in the Wall Street Journal today so it appears the general pubic is taking notice of the renewed interest in high quality oriental rugs and textiles and the record prices they are bringing . Hopefully this is maybe the beginning of fresh interest in collecting rugs and textiles . Enshallah !! Lightning strings at O.C.G. this afternoon .
Unannounced out of town visitors and commerce to . Nice way to end the week !
Not much on the docket to as it's Super Bowl Sunday , nuff said.
When you rock you can roll , but if you do roll just make sure you don't roll to far , there are pit falls everywhere ! , Sheik Frederich , 2014.
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Off to the races in another week in rug dumb.
As you would figure nothing worth blogging about YET ?
Add copies of a new issue of HALI are showing up.
RIP , Milady's a SOHO “stalwart ” and landmark !!!
Breathless anticipation builds waiting for the Jan. 31 Sotheby's rug and textile auction . I have only heard positive comments about the quality and diversity of this offering , hopefully it goes well for M.J. and staff .
Unfortunately other than all the speculation and opinions about the Sotheby's sale , still quiet !
More time to ponder the situation since the rug market is still floundering in the doldrums .
Business but no fresh rug world news.
Out of town visitors and commerce this afternoon but once again nothing in the way of fresh rug news or gossip.
Long Beach today but nothing to report.
One fresh item to mention . The annual High Noon auction is happening next weekend , Jan. 25-26 in Mesa , Az. I know this is a an auction and show featuring western collectable's and American Indian Art but it's always the first collectors auction / show of the new year so it does give an indication of how the interest in collectors items are going to fair at the beginning of the new year !
If your counting still quiet.
This amount of the lack of fresh news is certainly getting old .
Yes , I am aware this blog post it a waste of time. But I do feel that part of the lack of fresh news or notable items turning up in regional auctions and outdoor swap meets and antique fairs is due to all the bad weather on the eastern half of the U.S. . Travel conditions and flight cancelations are a big problem.
The end game is to keep the blog up to date till things get more active and they certainly will, Enshallah !
Tomorrow out of town visitors .
Commerce and dialogue but nothing new to yammer about .
5 days till the Sotheby's extravaganza how can we stand the wait , weather permitting.
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Road trip , house call.
Not much happening till we got to the storage locker then it got interesting.
First full week of the new year.
Everybody I have spoken with so far thinks it's on slow side.
Quiet at O.C.G. too , but it will pickup.
Nothing In the way of business at the gallery at this point but the phone is ringing and it's seems like things are on the verge of happening.
There has been a lot of speculation as to the origin of lot # 24 in the upcoming Jan. 31 Sotheby's auction so here are 3 illustrations that should clarify the situation .
# 1 , An original photo of the Ladik prayer I bought in Brimfield in 1989. # 2 , The piece after it made its way to Germany and was restored by E. Herrmann and then published in Asiatische Teppich Textilkunst , band 2 , plate 10 ,1990 .
# 3 , Sotheby's lot # 24 . Which as you can see by careful examination is not the Brimfield / Gilmore / Hermann piece .
Very similar but 2 different carpets .
Tomorrow , the first Rosebowl fair of the new year.
The first week ends with nothing in the way of fresh news or movement on any level.
Keep in mind before you get critical that it's not as easy as you might think ! Sheik Frederich , 2014 .
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