A day late and still short of fresh rugdumb news !
An other Kivo Sunday !
Sad but not unexpected music world news today .
You are with God now .
The great rock vocalist “Eddie Money” passed away today . Known for his hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Shakin” his memory will live on through them for all time!
Nagel Auktion Gallery , Stuttgart , Germany held their”major” fall rug ,carpet and textile sale today and it turned out to be from a rug and carpet point of view a bit of a disaster for them .
As i said in the previous sale review this was about as an uninteresting group of rugs and carpets as you can put together and the sale results tended to show that to be true. Out of the total 170 lots run across the podium only 59 ended up attracting bidder attention. A sold percentage of right at 33% , certainly not what they were looking for !
As for excitement there were a couple of good upside pops but not enough to make the sale be considered a success .
Lot # 68a , Kashan cpt . Pre- sale est. € 3,000.00 . Sold for € 12,500.00 .
Lot # 113 , Anatolian multi arch kelim . Pre- sale est. € 2800.00 . Sold for € 13,000.00 . Published M. Volkmann , 1982 .
One minor bright spot at the end sale.
There were 31 lots of rug literature included at the tail end of the sale and 19 of those lots sold so it appears there are still some folks out there trying to learn a bit about the rug and carpet world which is good .
All in all decent try by the Nagel crew, better luck next time !
Travel day , NYC !
First thoughts are the market is more fractured than ever.
Better than expected results on this excursion to NYC !
Return day , on the way home !
This Sunday ?
Via con Dios , Robert Hunter . Song writer who along with with Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead penned some of their most well known songs . A long and fruitful life, your songs will keep you memory alive !
Christie’s , London has their fall major Islamic Art sale scheduled on Oct. 24th , titled ” Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds” live “on the line” now for your viewing pleasure. This time around the rug , carpet and textile portion of the sale features 4 textile lots , 5 susani’s and 85 rugs and carpets.
Unfortunately from a collectors standpoint there are no Turkmen bags , Baluch items , South Persian trappings or sumak bags included in the sale .
There are however many many good to great pieces from all the other major weaving areas .
As usual with an L. B. production fancy city rugs and room size decorative carpets are well represented and there is a decent selection of collectable Caucasian and Turkish items a few of which are in the classic arena.
All in all up to this point in the fall rug auction Ms Broadhurst offering is the best looking sale so far , but the season is young !
A couple of lots that caught my eye are posted below.
Lot # 223 , Kurdish cpt . Pre- sale est. L 20 – 30.000.00. Decorative but snappy. .
Lot # 255 Anatolian long rug . Pre- sale est. L 4 – 6 ,000.00. Tribal and funky ?
Christie’s ,London has another interesting sale scheduled on Oct. 25th featuring the collection of well known collector / dealer “Oliver Hoare” that includes 5 oriental rugs one of which is worth a mention .
Lot # 68 , silk heraldic rug , possibly Kashan, early 20th. Pre -sale est. L 25- 30,000.00. A stiff estimate but a very unusual piece and it will be interesting to see where it lands ?
Udo and the gang at A.A.C. held what must their 6th rug and carpet sale of 2019 today and although not quite as positive a result as their last few sales still a pretty good outcome at this transitional time of the year . This offering featured the “Sailer” collection so it included a number of items other than rugs and textiles .
The rug, carpet and textile portion of the group consisted of 124 lots of all types items and from the “Liveauctioneers” unaudited posted results it appears 86 pieces found new homes. A sold percentage of about 70%. Slightly less than the previous A.A.C. outcomes this year but still fairly successful .
I did not think much of the overall rug / textile selection at first , thinking it included a few good items with a lot of leftover filler type items but there were a few pieces that caught my eye and faired well and they are featured below .
All said another good job by Udo and staff , keep up the good work !
Lot # , Saryk juval frag. Pre-sale est. ? € 8-1,200.00 . Sold for € 13,000.00. unless this is a typo ? A frag. of a pretty good juval. .
Lot # , 153 , Hezar Jerib . Pre- sale est. € 30-40,000.00. Sold for € 34,000.00 . A surprise to me as i am not familiar with this type of weaving at all ! However you learn something new every day that keeps this business interesting !
Lot # 211 , Chodor juval .Per-sale est. € 1–1,500.00 . Sold for € 2,600.00 . Someone might have got a pretty good deal on this one !
Sotheby’s , London is also in the game now with a sale titled ” Art’s of the Islamic World ” scheduled on Oct. 23rd . Not much in the way of items for the rug and textile crowd with only 5 textile lots and 2 pile carpets , one of which is fairly interesting .
Plenty of “cool” Islamic artifacts to consider, if thats your area of interest !
Two lots that seemed like they were worth a line are posted below .
Lot # 232 , Kurdish garden cpt. frag . Pre-sale est. L 7-10’000.00 . Scarce theses days.
Lot # 248 , Mughal tile panel . Pre-sale est. L 15-25,000.00. Pretty snappy !
To end the week we have Skinner’s , Boston, Ma’s “fall” major rug and carpet extravaganza scheduled on Oct. 27th live ” on the line “at this very moment.
This time out Mr Kearney has assembled a total of approx. 370 lots of all manner of rugs , carpets and various textile items .
After multiple passes through the entire sale inventory my impression is it’s a wide and varied group . Some pretty good pieces , a large selection of “middle of the road” lots and a modest amount of filler pieces . Unfortunately nothing in the way of a clear cut , top shelf collectors item to get the “rug-mob” buzzing .
One good thing about this sale, Mr Kearney has kept the pre-sale estimates on most all the pieces on the conservative side except for a hand full of Chinese / Khotan pieces from a fairly well known dealer which in my opinion might hold them back a bit but , who knows ?
All in , ‘plenty” of things to ponder so it’s well worth your time to take a close look , who knows you might see something that fits into your collecting budget !
I couple of lots i went back to more than once are posted below .
Lot # 102 , Ningxia mat . Pre-sale est. $ 1,2-1,500.00 . Nice but not important . Lot # 115 Transylvanian prayer rug . Pre-sale est. 6-7,000.00 . Beware the left side on this one ?
Dog o the week ! a 2 fer !
One has to wonder if todays “Monumental Change” ends in a dismal failure will the “Cadaver and her crew” man up and take full responsibility ? , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , nothing particularly bad lately !
Movie o the week , Hunter Killer , 2018. I don’t particularly like submarine movies but but this is easily the best one i have ever seen!
Song o the week , Eddie Money , Shakin’ on No Control , 1982 .Tweet Read More
Still stuck in the 2018 doldrums !
One update worth a line .
Rippon – Boswell is now on the boards with a Major Autumn sale scheduled on Nov. 23rd at their Wiesbaden Gallery .
Since it’s so slow i am gonna try something different !
The week in photos in my “opinion” to keep the drive alive ?
To start with !
Unfortunate news in the racing world.
Via con Dios ,Jessi Combs perished today following a crash while trying to break her own Woman’s land speed record of 477.59 mph . You passed doing what you loved and will be remember for it !
The lack of activity just burns me up ?
You know the drill on this one ?
Tragically more unfortunate news from the racing world !
Rest in Peace , Anthoine Hubert , Formula 2 driver passed away in a crash today at Spa – Francorchamps 2019 Formula 2 championships prior to Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix . Far too young at 22 years of age.
Labor Day HyJinx !
Eye’s on !
Dog o the week .
Sorry folks , it’s holiday weekend but i for one am sick and tired of bad news on all levels day in and day out ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Bohemian Rhapsody , 2018. 3 poopsickles out of 5 . Yes i am aware it’s a good cast and well made movie but it ‘s just not a good portrayal of the great Freddie Mercury , in my humble opinion !
Movie o the week , Hitsville – The Making of Motown , 2019 . This one’s a real winner !!!
Song o the week , Amon Amarth , Raven’s Flight on Berserker , 2019 .Read More
With nothing in the way of fresh news to report just ‘tryin’ to keep the spirit alive !
Sad news today !
Via con Dios , Cliff Branch . 3 time Super bowl champ with the Oakland Raiders , XI , XV and XVIII . Four pro bowl appearances in his 14 year career and one of the truly great flash wide receivers of all time . You are missed but never forgotten !
Sunday something ?
First up on deck , so far .
Nagel Auction , Stuttgart , Germany with their Rug , Carpet , Textiles and Islamic Art Sale scheduled on Sept.17th.
Well after a few passes through the sale inventory if your a serious rug or textile collector your gonna be sorely disappointed in this selection . Nothing at all in the way of an interesting or important piece to stroke the fire in the whole group .
Don’t get me wrong on this , if your into good late German condition items this just may be the sale for you. But otherwise you might jusr take a quick look through the catalog to be sure then forget about it .
Sorry just another boring European retail type offering !
Sunday with the Pres !!! A Walmart best seller .
Mid August auction data update for the coming fall season .
First up , to this point .
Dorotheum , Vienna , Nov. 5th . No details yet . !
Austria Auction Co , Sept. 27th . The Sailer Coll.
Bonham’s , London Oct. 22nd . Islamic Art ?
Sotheby’s , London , Oct. 23rd . Islamic Art ?
Christie’s , London , Oct. 24th . Islamic Art , with rugs ?
Skinner’s Boston , Oct. 27th . Major Fall rug and carpet sale .
Grogan , Boston , Dec. 5th . rugs and carpets .
Teenage hyjinx with A.O.C. !,
Mid week distraction !
And then there is This , Happy Sunday ?
Dog o the week
For all intents and purposes it appears “the squad” and the Dimi’s are willing to crash the stock market and destroy the economy in an attempt to keep the President from being re-elected , nice move on your part ! , Sheik Frederich, 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Aquaman , 2018. 3 poopsickles out of 5 . Honestly , i tried to like this movie but it just kept getting stupider and stupider !
Movie o the week , Algiers , 1938 .
Song o the week , Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition , Just Dropped In ( To See What Condition My Condition Was In ) on Kenny Rodgers & The First Edition , 1968.
Nothing but nothing in the dog days of slow summer !
So far this is what i have come up with for the start of the fall rug season , not much yet !
Dorotheum , Vienna , Austria has a sale scheduled on Sept. 10th
Nagel , Stuttgart , Germany has a sale scheduled on Sept. 17th .
Christie’s , London has their fall sale scheduled on Oct. 24th .
That’s , that for now but i am sure there is far more to come.
Sunday hyjinx !
Sad news today !
R.I.P. , Rutger Hauer actor supreme , known for his famous role as the one and only Roy Batty in the science fiction classic “Blade Runner” , 1982 . Gone but never to be forgotten !
More Sunday mischief !
Hot and humid !
Have a peaceful Sunday !
Up to this point little or no fresh news in the stalled and stagnant rug universe !
Dog o the week
Number 1 canine in D.C. !
The wrong memories can by life threatening ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Hotel Artemis , 2018. 4 poopsickles out of 5 . Dumb at best , what was Jodie Foster “thinkin” on this one , payday perhaps ?
Movie o the week , Senna , 2010. The story of the life and tragic death of 3 time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna . A great but also very sad story and a must if your a racing fan !
Song o the week , Nina Simone , Save Me on Silk and Soul , 1967 .Read More
slow very , very slow !
“Wannenes” Art Auctions , Milano, Italy held their specialized rug and carpet sale today that featured 89 various items but unfortunately it did not prove to be a particularly successful production for them . According to “invaluable’s” unaudited , posted results of the 89 total lots offered only 34 ended up attracting bidder attention . A sold percentage of right at 39%. Far from the outcome i am sure they had hoped for . Granted this was a fairly small offering but a poor result is still a disappointment as far as i can see.
There were however a couple of nice upside pops , lot #’s 42 and especially # 81 but not nearly enough to turn the outcome around . Lot # 58 also sold well .
That as they say is that !
So , hats off to the “Wannenes staff” on a Nobel effort and better luck next time !
Bravo ! U.S. Woman’s Soccer Team on their 2 , nil victory over Sweden today . Keep the rock keeps rollin !
On any given Sunday !
Well Udo and the gang at A.A.C., Vienna Austria just booked in another fairly successful venture today .
As far as the full sale goes , out of the total 172 lots offered approximately 130 ended up selling according to “Liveauctioneer’s” posted and unaudited results. A sold percentage of right ay 75% , inline with their other 3 sales earlier this year.
As for the split sale inventories the Pre- Columbian / Bolivian selection did far better than i thought it would . Out of the 59 lots offered 44 sold and the “reserve technique tie dyed” pieces in the inventory sold very strong . On the other hand the Bolivian coca bags were very weak . They are just not popular these days like they were 25- 30 years ago.
Concerning the rugs and carpets in the second portion of the sale out of the 113 items on the block 86 found new homes .
A couple of things worth mentioning .
For a change Caucasian pieces held there own but Turkish kelim fragments were on the weak side . Perhaps to many passed through the markets lately?
Also nothing at all in the way of a serious upside pop to excite the international Rug-Mob .
Just another workman like result for Udo and the gang at A.A.C. . That said keep up the good work !
Once again , Bravo to the Woman’s Soccer Team today on their 2 , 1 victory over Espana . The streak lives on !
Hali Fair , 2019 . Out the gates and up and “runnin” . Good Luck and good Time”s to all who attend !!
A well deserved “Bravo” to the U.S.Woman’s Soccer Team on their 2 , 1 victory over France today . Onward to the quarters !
That’s a wrap for the Hali fair and from what hear it went pretty well !
Fairly strong turnout and some exhibitors did reasonably well , some not so much but from what i understand everybody had a good time which is all you can hope for so , Cheer’s to them one and all !!!
Another Big win for the U.S. Woman’s Soccer Team with a 2 , 1 victory over England and a trip to the finals , Bravo !
The rock rolled on in “Costa Mesa” today in a big way !
Happy 4th of July anyway !!!
More and heavier “Rockin” in Costa Mesa today !!!
And there you have it , U.S. Woman’s Soccer Team are “world cup champs” today with a 2 , nil victory over the “Netherlands Team”, in Lyon , France . What more can you say” , win-in is great !
DOG o the week
Chillin on a holiday weekend !
Dimi’s , party of “people” who spit or scream at other humans when they are out in public , Progressive really progressive ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019 .
Shitty movie o the week , Bad times at the El Royale , 2018. 3.5 out of 5 poopsickles . Not really bad but jumbled and it drags .
Movie o the week , The Missing , 2003. ,
Song o the week , Seasons of the Wolf . Drifter on Last act of Defiance , 2018.Read More
Smack in the middle of the summer slow down !
Bruun Rasmussan , Bredgade ‘s Auction House in Copenhagen , Denmark held their general antique sale yesterday and as far as the rug and carpet portion of the sale goes they posted mixed results . It’s no surprise the room size and decorative rugs attracted the most bidding attention.
However the 2 items i featured in the previous sale review , lot #’s 349 Susani and # 404 Tekke Khalyk both failed to find buyers . This was a surprise to me but thats the way it goes sometimes !
More bad news in the music world .
Via con dios , Rock music “innovator” Roky Erickson . Founding member of the legendary “13th Floor Elevators “ and Roky Erickson and the Aliens . You created a unique sound that inspired many modern day rock musicians and your sound will continue to inspire for the eternity!
Summer’s here !
Another major loss in the music world !
R.I.P. , Dr Malcolm “John” Rebennack jr . “The Night Tripper” . New Orleans “sound” legend . You played with literally everyone worth playing with in the blues , boogie-woogie world and are already missed ! Have some heavenly “gumbo” fo me !
Henry’s Auktionhaus , Mutterstadt , Germany just finished up their late spring “ major” rug and carpet sale today and i have to say it turned out somewhat better for them than i thought it would but they have been on a bit of a roll lately !
Out of the 442 total lots passed over the podium only 130 failed to attract bidding attention according to “liveauctioneer’s ” unaudited posted results which can of course be flawed . A sold percentage of right at 70% , is very good considering the quality of the sale inventory. As i stated in the earlier sale review it was overloaded with Chinese and Tibetan items and it’s a good thing it was as they were definitely the strong point of the whole sale. Nothing in the way of serious upside surprises but many of the Chinese and Tibetan lots sold with in the somewhat optimistic pre-sale estimates at pretty strong prices .
As its been lately the late date Caucasian carpets in good condition continue to be the weak link .
All said and done a fairly successful production once again for the Henry’s rug dept. so “kudos” to them !
Bravo ! U.S. Woman’s Soccer team on their 13 , nil victory over Thailand today . Historic ,
Udo and the gang at A. A. C. are back in the game again for like the 4th time this year with another sale titled “ Fine Antique Oriental Rugs , XVI scheduled on June 22nd at their Vienna gallery . This time around the sale inventory consist of 172 total lots that features 60 lots of Pre-Columbian textile items of all types . It appears to be a single owner collection . Unusual , but it could work .
As for the rest of the group unfortunately nothing special to get the international “Rug- Mob” buzzing. just more mediocre pieces with low starting points to garner bidding action . This however has been working for Udo and staff so if it’s not broke don’t fix it ?
Good luck !
Again , Bravo ! U.S. Woman’s Soccer team on a 3, nil victory over Chile today. Keep it up !!!
Head’s up , Udo , maybe it will bring you Luck !
Dog o the week ,
There is alway’s a dilemma somewhere you just have to watch where you step or you will find it ! Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , The Tribes of Palos Verdes . 3.5 poopsickles out of 5 . Just not very good and it drags !
Movie o the week , Quiet Storm , The Ron Artest Story , 2019.
Song o the week , 13th Floor Elevators , You’re Gonna Miss Me on The Very Best of the 13th Floor Elevators , 1966.
Dr John , Right Place Wrong Time on In the Right Place , 1973 .
More unfortunate news to start the week !
Via con Dios , Andreas Nikcolaus ( Nicki ) Lauda . Three time Formula One champion and all time great racing legend . You are all ready missed , but never forgotten !
Excursion preparations underway .
Arrived early , but substantial traffic negates all time gains !
Great weather to start the day.
On the streets and everybody i meet up with is in a particularly good mood .
A few of positive items have presented themselves so far.
A handful of items purchased but far from a wildly successful venture on the East Coast this time !
Saddled up and on the way home !
But more important to the members of the international rug and carpet community todays Rippon – Boswell “ Major “ spring rug, carpet and textile sale is under way as we speak .
Now we wait for the results !
So the unaudited results are live “ on the line “ at Liveauctioneer’s now and it looks like a moderately successful outing for Mr Maltzahn and staff. Out of the 253 total lots offered approximately 102 failed to garner bidding interest . A sold percentage of about 60% .Not bad , but not great either .
On the bright side there were a few exceptional upside pops , note lot #’s 79 , 100 and of course lot number 135 !
Said and done a decent job turned in by the R.B. Staff !
Lot # 135 , “Scheibe” Holbein cpt. Pre-sale est. € 23,9- 24,000.00 . Sold for € 180.000.00 . Easily the high water mark of the sale !
As for the lots i featured in the sale review 3 sold , 1 did not .
Lot # 41, Ningxia mat . Pre-sale est. € 2,2-2,300.00 . Sold for a well deserved € 5,000.00 .
Lot # 61, Turkmen mafrash . Pre-sale est. € 5,7- 5,800.00 . Sold for € 8,500.00 and well worth it !
Lot # 88, Ningxia runner . Pre- sale est. € 8,9- 9,000.00 . Passed , condition issues ?
Lot # 142 , Yomut kap . Pre- sale est. € 3,9-4,000. Sold for € 4,200.00 . In the zone.
Two things to consider today !
For starters the flight home . Smooth and on time .
And more unfortunate news to report upon returning home .
Rest in Peace ! Bart Starr , legendary quarterback and coach of the Green Bay Packers and of course Hall of Famer . 2 time Super bowl winner ( 1 and 2 ) and coach for 9 years . Your accomplishments will keep your legacy alive for ever !
On a more light-er note , Awesome finish to today’s Indy 500 race !!!
Freeman’s Auction , Philadelphia , Pa. held their “International” sale today that included 38 various oriental rugs and carpets one of which is worth a few lines .
9:05 am Cali. time.
Well ,the wait is over and the results are in.
Even with a 15 page analysis by the legendary A.U. Pope lot # 120 only managed to sell for $ 16,900.00 all in . I really thought this piece would do much better but there were some condition issues that may have affected the outcome , or someone got a pretty good deal on a rare and unusual carpet ?
Lot # 120 , Josheghan carpet , early 19th century. Pre- sale estimate $ 10-20,000.00 . Exceptional provenance and possibly unique.
Today’s parting shot !
Henry’s Auktionshaus , Mutterstadt , Germany has a rug and carpet sale scheduled on June 8th , 2019 that features 442 total lots of all manner of items for you to consider . After multiple passes through the sale inventory my first though is it’s way over loaded with Chinese and Tibetan pieces and a few of them are easily the most interesting items in the sale .
Next , to my eye everything else in the auction is for the most part , good condition , late pieces suitable for the European retail market . Not a top shelf collectors piece in the whole sale to indulge or excite the fickle international rug- mob.
One positive note on the overall offering . The pre- sale starting points seem to be for the most party fairly realistic with quite a few apparently having no reserve , better than nothing !
My final opinion of this sale is, it’s a large group of uninteresting pieces that if you are a serious collector you don’t need to worry about unless you are interested in Chinese or Tibetan pieces .
Dog o the week ,
Here’s Lookin at Yah , Kid !
What’s it like to be “A Stranger in a Stranger in a Land” and you can’t “Find My Way Home” ? Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Beyond White Space , 2018. 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . Lot of cute girls but incredibly stupid !
Movie o the week, Streets of Fire , 1984.
Song o the week , Georgia Satellites , Keep Your Hands to Yourself on The Georgia Satellites , 1986.Read More
Looks to be a little on the slow side for the next week or two .
Not much , but something !
Bruun Rasmussen Bredgade’s Auction House , Copenhagen , Denmark is staging a general antique auction on May 29th at their Copenhagen gallery .
So generally i flip through their auction inventories ( 48 total lots ) and there isn’t anything worth mentioning but it’s kinda quite out there right now and this time around i notice two lots that seemed at least somewhat interesting in this slow activity period .
Lot # 349 , Susani . Pre- sale estimate 70,000.00 kr ,= $ 7260.00 . Clearly no where near the oldest but far better than their usual level of items they offer.
Lot # 404 Tekke Khalyk . Pre- sale estimate a very realistic 50,000.00 kr = $ 7,540.35 . Again not the earliest but in my opinion the best collectors item in this limited group .
Today’s rug, carpet and textile sale at the “Netherhampton Salesrooms” Salisbury U.K. is in the books but as is their M.O. there are no audited , posted results as of yet. More on this in a few days .
Unfortunate news today !
Rest in peace , Ieoh Ming Pei , World renown architectural genius for 70 + years . His legacy will live on through all his outstanding design creations !
Mr Langauer and the gang at A. A. C. , Vienna ,Austria held their “Fine Rugs XV” sale today and as it’s been for them this year the sale went swimmingly well . Out of the 215 total lots offered up for sale only approximately 21 failed to garner any bidding interest . A sold percentage of right at 90% . Not quite as much of a clean sweep as the earlier sales this year but still very good which keeps the success streak alive .
A couple of things worth noting .
Nothing in the way of a serious upside pop and some of the items offered sold very , very inexpensively .
That said still a very commendable job by UDO and staff !
Concerning the two lots i featured in the earlier review both sold .
Lot # 182 , Ningxia frag. Pre- sale est. £ 6-800.00 . Sold for £ 2,800.00 . Closest thing to an upside surprise in the sale !
Lot # 187, Konya frag. Pre- sale est. £ 6-800.00 . Sold for £ 200.00 . Boy , the market has really fallen off on these once hot items !
Freedom Sunday !!!
Next up NYC !
Dog o the week ,
With about ever Dimi in the U.S.of A. running for president lets not forget to consider Nancy ( the cadaver ) Pelosi , Rashida ( the mouth ) Tlaib , or even Maxine ( the wig ) Waters , and don’t forget about me , this is America and even “The Damed” get a shot , Boo Yah ! Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , BlacKkKlansman , 2018. 3.5 poopsickles out of 5. I watched this movie a few times and i get exactly where S.L.was going with it but in my opinion this movie creates more racial issues than it’s trying to explain ?
Movie o the week , Oceans 8 , 2018 . Sandra the great , what more needs to be said and a pretty good flick to boot !
Song o the week , It’s a 2 fur ! , Boo Yah ! An interesting comparison ?
Jefferson Airplane , Somebody to Love on Surrealistic Pillow , 1967
Thunderpussy , Somebody to Love , single , 2019.
The next debacle at the vaunted “Netherhampton Salesrooms” , Salisbury , U.K. scheduled on May 15th is live or dead your choice “ on the line” now for you viewing amusement ?
Well it’s pretty much more of the same this time around with “Ms Barrett and staff” assembling a sale inventory of approximately 313 total lots of pretty much anything you could think of in the rug , carpet and textile department except for anything in the way of a serious collectors item . As usual the illustrations leave much to be desired but with that being said and to be fair i did notice a few lots #’s 167, 210 and 254 ? that may need a closer look if you are in the vicinity at the time of the preview and sale .
All in all another standard mid-to low end Netherhampton offering !
First up today in the batters box , Sotheby’s , London and their “Art’s of the Islamic World” sale including rugs , carpets and textiles .
My first impression of this sale in general is this . After going through the complete sale inventory i noticed there were a large number of Islamic artifacts and painting that went unsold .
As for the textile lots they did pretty well with only approximately 7 not finding new homes .
Now for the rugs , susani’s and carpets in the group . Out of the 36 total items run across the podium 11 failed to garner any bidding action.Which turns out to be a sold percentage of right at 65% . Not terrible for a modest selection but nothing to write home about either.
One thing worth noting . Turkish and Persian items in the sale did O K , however the Caucasian lots in the group with common designs and aggressive pre- sale estimates for the most part went unsold , dragging the sold total down ! There were a couple of nice upside pops note , lot #’s 297 and 307 . Unfortunately thats about it for excitement in the rug portion of the sale .
As for the 2 lots i featured , lot# 157 , Safavid silk panel and lot # 285 , kuba prayer rug , both failed to sell .
A lot in the Islamic Art portion of the sale did catch my eye and i thought worth a mention !
Lot # 245 , Iznik tile , 16th century . Pre- sale estimate , £ 4-6,000.00 . Sold for £ 68,750.00 . These things have been hot lately and this one was a real beauty !
Next in line tomorrow , Christie’s !
The results for todays Islamic Art sale at Christie’s , London are up , running “ on the line” now. As i said in the earlier review i did not think much of the overall inventory but i have to say this offering with out any serious Turkmen or Tribal items of any consequence did somewhat better than i thought it would .
Out of the 78 rugs and carpets offered for your bidding pleasure only 18 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage right at a very respectable 76%.
Unfortunately the velvet panel market cooled off a bit and only 2 out of the 7 offered ending up selling . The Susani’s in the sale faired better with 3 out of 4 attracting bidding action.
One more thing to consider , it appears the better condition Mid century Caucasian rug market still seems to be a weak link in the general rug market .
The lot i featured in the earlier review did end up selling .
Lot # 225 , Mughal Pashmina rug frag. Pre- sale est. £ 15-20,000.00. Sold slightly over the high estimate at £ 25,000.00 .
There were also a few very nice upside pops .
Lot # 227 , Mughal Silk Cpt. Pre-sale est. £ 60-80.000.00 . Sold for a very nice £ 243,750.00 . Somewhere out there is a very happy consigner !
Lot # 228 , Mughal dais cover . Pre- sale est. £ 40-60,000.00 . Sold for £ 225,000.00 . Again very nice.
Lot # 237 , Lotto rug . Pre- sale est. £ 20-25,000.00 . Sold for £ 43,750.00 . Far over the high estimate but still not a bad purchase at this level for the new owner !
All said and done , “hats off” to Ms Broadhurst and staff for in “my opinion” a job well done !
Here you go with the one you been wait’in for !
Rippon-Boswell , Wiesbaden , Germany’s “Major Spring” rug ,carpet and textile auction and this time around in my opinion well worth the wait !
After numerous passes through the complete sale inventory it’s my opinion this is one of the most diverse and interesting assortments Mr Maltzahn and staff have put together in a few years . A nice selection of high end collectors items in many areas , some good mid range pieces for the un-rich collectors and yes a bit of filler but nothing much in the way of real dreggs which is very welcome .
One thing of note . The starting points on many of the mid- range items are very reasonable which is becoming a trend these days and is very appreciated by the bidding public !
There are far too many items i liked in this offering to post them all but i have listed a few of my favorites below. However if your really serious about rug collecting you need to spend sometime checking out all the items in this sale !
Lot # 41 , Ningxia mat . Starting point , € 2,300.00 . Classic look !
Lot # 61 , Turkmen mafrash . Starting point , € 5,800.00 . My favorite piece in the sale , but repiling ?
Lot # 88 , Ningxia runner . Starting point , € 9,000.00 . Repiled end might be an issue .
Lot # 142 , Yomut kap . Starting point , 4,000.00 . Very realistic .
Grogan day , here we go ! .
It’s go time so all we have to do is sit back and wait for the rug and carpet portion of the sale which is as usual at the tail end of the auction.
Well the verdict is in and the die is cast , out of the 95 lots run across the podium only 9 failed to attract bidding action . A sold percentage of right at 90% , inline with previous Grogan sales .
Worth noting 3 of the unsold lots were low end filler type Turkmens and Caucasians held their own for a change .No brake out upside pops but a very successful turn of events as far as rugs and carpets go.
Nice job ,M.G. and crew !
As for the lots i featured in the earlier post
Lot # 289 , Serapi carpet . Pre- sale est.$ 20-30,00.00 . Sold for $ 25,000.00 + comm. Based on the condition report i thought this piece would do better , but it looks like someone got a pretty good deal !
Lot # 216 , Senna prayer rug . Pre- sale est. $ 10-15,000.00 . Sold for a very reasonable $ 16,000.00 + comm. Again someone got a very good buy on this lot .Stunning and my favorite piece in the whole sale.
Lot # 412 , Turkish village rug . Pre- sale est. $ 4-6,000.00 . Sold under the lowest. At $ 3,250.00 + comm. Go figure on this one . Maybe not quite old enough !
Dim’s beware !!!!
Dog o the week !
Traveling the dimi path could certainly be considered an exercise in ignorance and and poor judgement ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019.
Shitty movie o the week , Crazy Rich Asians , 2018 . 4.5 poopsickles out of 5 . What i want to know is in this age of political correctness why isn’t ever intelligent Asian in the U.S. insulted by this stupid movie !!!!!
Movie o the week , The Snowman , 2027. Righteous
Song o the week , Death Angel , The Pack on Humanicide , 2019.
Looks like it’s gonna be a slow holiday week !
Simply senseless !
I thought we were past this type of behavior !
Happy Passover !
Good thoughts on “Good Friday” , please !
Celebrate a Great Easter Holiday !
God speed , Sri Lanka !
Earth day ! Go Figure ?
Friday Fun ?
National Pretzel Day , partake !
God speed , Poway , Ca.
A.A.C. Is back at it with their 3rd rug auction of 2019 , Fine Antique Oriental Rugs XV , scheduled on May 18th at their Vienna , Austria auction gallery . This production includes 215 total lots of all types of rugs , carpets , textiles and flat weaves .
So here we go !
After multiple passes through the sale inventory my initial impression is the group is somewhat superior to the previous 2 sales . Not as much in the way of commercial decorative filler items included in the group and thankfully a modestly interesting selection of reasonably priced bona fide collectors pieces .
There are however a few other things to consider .
First off Mr Langhauer has keep up with his recent trend and kept the starting points on the very consevative side to fan the bidding flames . Which is of course good .
Next , unfortunately once again there are no clear cut , topshelf collectors items to get the international rug collectors excited . The most interesting pieces in the sale inventory are for the most part fragmentary . Some pretty good ones but still fragments .
Overall and in my opinion only this is a far more compelling selection than the two earlier sales which to me is a step back in the right direction for A.A.C. . Now lets see if it pays off as well considering how successful the first two sales of the year were for them ?
A couple lots i did go back to multiple times are featured below .
Lot # 182 , Ningxia Frag. Pre-sale starting point , € 200.00 . Rough but scarce.
Lot # 187 , Konya Frag. Pre-sale starting point , € 200.00 . Again distressed , but these used to be very popular !
Skinner’s “major” rug and carpet sale is under way and at the half way point the sale is doing fairly well . Not quite at the level of the previous 2 auctions that featured the “Newman coll.” pieces but good none the less .
That’s a wrap and the final outcome is very positive for Mr Kearney and the Skinner’s rug dept . At the finish not wholly as successful as the “Newman coll. complete sales totals but certainly a very good turn of events for them .
Out of the 382 + lots run across the podium only approxamately 68 failed to find new homes . A sold percentage of right at 82 %. Very respectable for an offering of this size in a somewhat stagnate rug market .
A couple of other things to consider !
First up , there were plenty of aggressive upside pops to lend excitement to the sale , note lot #’s ,15 , 19, 22, 28, 67,117,124 and 214 to name a few .
Next up , the Turkmens in the sale were weak as far as quality goes in general so that lead to modest sales overall and weak prices on those that did end up selling .
All that said this sale should be considered a very successful production for L.K. and crew which is certainly good for the overall rug market so , keep up the good work and KUDOs to you !
Concerning the 3 lots i featured in the earlier post all sold and well over their high estimates but still quite affordable !
Lot # 22 , Caucasian prayer kelim . Pre- est. $ 1-1,500.00 . Sold for a very reasonable $ 6765.00 . Nice for the new owner .
Lot # 113 , Holbein cpt. frag . Pre-sale est. $4-5,000.00. Sold for $5,535.00 . Condition issues or some one got a deal ?
Lot # 266 , Kurdish / Varamin salt bag . Pre- sale est. $ 1-1,200.00 . Sold for $3321.00 . Very realistic .
That , as they say is in fact that. Next in line , “on the line” is Christie’s and Sotheby’s . What more could you want !
Dog o the week
Caught and jailed !
Some people have no shame or morals !
If elected as president of Fresh , Clear , Wild Party my first act would be to add a stripper pole to the oval office so A. O. C. could make some extra $$$$$ , boo yah ! , Sheik Frederich , 2019
Shitty movie o the week , 4/20 Massacre , 2018 . 5 out of 5 poopsickles . Seriously unwatchable !
Movie o the week , Alpha , 2018 . A real winner !
Song o the week , Autograph , I Lost My Mind in America on Get Off Your Ass , 2017.