Out of the gate today .
“signen's Kunstauktionen”, Cologne , Germany finally posted the results of the carpet portion of their Oct. 11 general antiquity sale . This was again a very small offering but it turned out to be a very reasonable outcome for them . Out of the 15 items put under the hammer 9 found buyers. Far from earthshaking , but not bad either . Looking over the results of the “complete” sale it appears that was only a moderately successful production on the whole for the “signen's ” staff .
One minor thing worth noting , some of the Mid – range , mediocre Turkmen pieces in this offering did sell well over their “modest” pre- sale estimates . A small plus for the signen's Auktioneers , i suppose , in what was an-otherwise unremarkable sale .
Better luck next time !
As for the lot i featured in an earlier post , it did find a new home.
Lot # 411 , Senneh kelim , pre- sale est. € 180.00 . Sold for € 950.00 , a minor upside surprise in this fairly ordinary sale. Unclear if the posted price includes the comm. or not. I felt this piece had very good “eye” appeal .
Next up.Bonham's , L.A.'s “major” rug sale is set to start.
New day , new circumstances.
The Bonham's sale is now in the books and for all intensive purposes it turned out somewhat better than their last few auctions. Out of the approx 275 items offered for acquisition 153 ended up finding new homes which works out to a sold percentage of about 55%. Their sales totals usually come in at something more in the neighborhood of 45 – 50 %.
I did however feel that this group was just slightly better quality than what they generally tender , so good for them !
Austria Auction Co. update !
It appears UDO and staff worked the unsold lots of the last sale pretty hard so their complete / updated sales total bumped up to more in the range of 70 %. This is not something i usually pay attention to but as you may have noticed there has been plenty of interest in the results of this sale recently .
One more thing .
My new BFF “Tyrola ” has suggested I put the popularity / interest in the 4 Sept. rug auctions to a vote .
I guess he missed the fact that you can already vote for your favorite of the 4 sales on the ” La Opinionada ” poll .
Granted i have had some technical issues with the poll and it was out of order for a while but it's been up and running for more than a week now so if you have not yet voted please do so .
I am planning a new poll to be posted in a week or so , so there is only a limited amount of time left.
Let's just see if “Tyrola”is correct in his choice of the most popular Sept. sale .
Another “comment” is also available for your reading pleasure too.
The carpet portion of Sotheby's , ” Important English and European Decorative Arts” sale has just wrapped up and it was a fairly successful affair for their rug dept. Out of the 24 pieces run under the hammer only 6 failed to sell . A sold percentage of 75 % . This was a small group but they were for the most part more high end items. In the end a respectable out come for M.J. and the Sotheby's rug dept.
Concerning the 2 pieces i featured in the previous post they both sold and very well at that.
Lot # 157 Caucasian “Dragon ” carpet , pre- sale est. $ 20-30,000.00 .Sold for $ 68,750.00 including comm. , hardly a surprise.
Lot # 160 Caucasian ” Dragon ” carpet , pre- sale est. $30-50,000.00 . Sold for $ 149,000.00 including comm. Easily the better of the 2 pieces offered .
Both had interesting provenance and were “fresh to the market” which most likely helped boost the price that they fetched.
One other thing worth a mention .
Out of the 12 early tapestries included in the sale only 5 found takers. The ones with the higher pre-sale estimates had the hardest time and failed to sell .
The “Leclere “sale went off today , no posted results yet.
Other than that still on the quiet side .
Still quiet !
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You will certainly be remembered by one and all !!!
First off minor road excursion.
Out of town visitor and commerce .
A nice way to end the week?
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So we're gonna start the new week off with another auction that features a selection rugs and carpets.
Sotheby's , NYC has scheduled a general antique sale on Oct. 22 titled “Important English and European Decorative Arts ” that included's 24 various rugs and carpets. This is by no means a big deal but it does feature a few notable items.
Two of which are listed below.
Lot # 157 Caucasian Dragon cpt. , pre-sale est. $ 20-30,000.00 . Not the oldest and not in the best condition but still a scarce carpet with interesting provenance.
Lot # 160 , Caucasian Dragon cpt. , pre-sale est. $ 30-50,000.00 . Possibly a little earlier and also in rough condition but again with interesting provenance.
In the end a few nice room size carpets and other pieces round it out to make this a slightly better more interesting small group.
Auktionhaus “Dr Hull” , has another one of their “Major ” rug extravaganza's scheduled on Oct. 27 in Cologne , Germany . The inventory of this sale consist of 526 total lots of all type of rugs , carpets and flat weaves. Regrettably as in the past offerings , although a large group of items nothing in the way of a stand out collectors piece or exceptional decorative carpet in the whole group . Just a lot of mid- range entries that look to be in pretty good condition. If your a retailer looking for shop stock this could be the sale for you.
Looks are free so if you have a little spare time to peruse the offerings , and with that many pieces you could see something that suits your needs , stranger things have happened !
Response to the 2nd “tyrola ” comment which is also posted for you all to enjoy .
I would assume we have never met because if we had you would know I don't consider any of my opinions to be errors , EVER.
Just my opinions so keep that in mind.
And I take full responsibility for my opinions , always !
If you don't agree ,so be it.
I also assume that your not in the rug business or you would understand.
It's also possible that your an investor in UDO's operation so your defensive opinion would make sense .
Most all auctions are forgotten and I figure this last Austria Auction Co. sale you so love will be too , Sorry.
So in the future you will come to realize this sale was not a big deal at all just another rug auction in a long line of rug auctions !!
One last thing , people who hide behind fake E Mail address are never taken serious !
So come on out and show yourself !!
Grogan & Co. have scheduled a carpet and textile auction on Nov. 3 in their Dedham, Ma salesrooms. This time around the sale will included 111 lots of all types of rugs , carpets and assorted textiles. Unfortunately there are not any standout collectors items in the group.
It is however an interesting assortment and worth your time to check out .
Quiet for the moment but ARTS looms in the near future !!
A small piece of fresh rug world news.
” Leclere “auction house of Marseille, France has another small scale rug sale scheduled on Oct. 24 that will include 40 lots of rugs and textiles . Nothing to get overly excited about but the group is fairly diversified and features a number of items worth a second glance .
Two pieces I thought were worth mentioning are posted below.
Lot # 6 , Bakshaish small carpet , pre- sale est.€ 2-4,000.00. If the reds OK and it's not overly restored this is a very fair starting point for what appears to a pretty good looking carpet.
Lot # 15 , Shield carpet ,18th century , pre- sale € 18-22,000.00 . The piece appears to be in decent condition, if true easily the most interesting carpet in the offering.
Looks like for a small sale Mr Gissinger did a very commendable job.
Arts opening afternoon !!
On the subject of the ART's show one thing that still bothers me a bit is the teaser detail photos posted on R.R. and the dealers refusing to give any info on the items till the opening . Makes it tough for people who aren't going to attend the show but could still be a potential customer . And I am sure the exhibitors can always use another buyer.
First things first .
Road trip preparations.
Smooth road trip .
Back on Terra Firma.
Long Beach Antique fair in progress .
A quiet end to to a hectic week!
Procrastination may be the worlds worst enemy , don't cater to it !! , Sheik Frederich , 2014 .
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