Nice score to finish last week !
Still not much to speak of as far as fresh rug dumb news !
For your viewing pleasure , Rock on !
4 weeks till NYC !
Morning road trip .
Vok Day at Rippon !
Fini , done , kaput , over and out.
That’s it for today’s “Vok Coll.” Selection 3 sale at Rippon- Boswell in Wiesbaden, Germany and as one would suspect it once again turned out quite well for Mr Vok , D.M. and the Rippon staff. Out of the 94 lots up for sale only 9 failed to garner any interest but as is the m.o. at Rippon i am sure they are working the phones after the sale to find buyers for the unsold lots.
So here we go . The majority of the unsold lots were in the early part of the sale where the more common , less desirable lots were placed. As I stated in the previous post the first 20 or so lots were not up to the high standards of all the other items in the Vok Coll. , in my opinion , however there are things of this nature in all collections put together over a long period of time. That said there were also a number of upside pops to lend excitement to the auction .
One lot that did surprise me a bit was lot # 261 , Kermina Susani . Pre- sale est. € 30-35,000. Sold for € 62,000.00= comm, To my unsophisticated eye far from the most beautiful piece in the offering but someone else really liked it !
All said and done another great job done in a spotty rug market by Mr Maltzahn and the Rippon rug dept. so “kudos” to them !
As for the lots I featured in the earlier post they all found new homes .
Lot # 220 , Qashgai Kelim , pre- sale est. € 4-5,000.00 . Sold for € 4.200.00+ comm. Right in the zone .
Lot # 236 , Yuncu kelim , pre-sale est. € 3,5- 4,200.00. Sold for € 30,000.00+ comm. Not unexpected as good examples of this type have been scarce lately. My second favorite piece in the sale .
Lot # 260 , Karshi Susani , pre-sale est. € 30-35,000.00 . Sold for € 48,000.00+ comm. A modest but well deserved upside burst.
Lot # 269 , Ura Tube Susani , pre- sale est. € 40-48,000.00 . Sold for € 46,000.00+ comm. Not nessarily inexpensive but right in the boundaries. For what it’s worth my favorite item in the group.
Out of town visitor.
Set aside the infernal desire for empathy and just get the job done ! , Sheik Frederich , 2017.
Song o the week , Lamb of God , Still Echoes on VII:Strum Und Drang , 2015 .
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Solitude is golden !
Wha da ya say , wha da ya know ?
Just this !
Austria Auction Co. is back in the game with a rug, carpet ,and flat weave sale scheduled on April 22 at their Vienna , Austria gallery .
Small preview online but no full catalog yet.
Christie’s held their “Virata Coll.” sale today and as far as results go everything included in the sale found a new home. Concerning the 11 rugs in the inventory they all sold over their high pre-sale estimates , some well over. If your area of interest is Chinese rugs it’s well worth your time to view the sale results . This sale certainly confirms Chinese items including rugs are still a very active part of the antique market.
As for the lot I featured in the previous post it did very well for the estate .
Lot 637 , ” Goloubew” five medallion carpet , pre-sale estimate , $ 20-30,000.00 . Sold for $56,250.00 including comm. far excecding the pre- sale estimate , however not unexpected.
It’s a blessing to be part Irish !
Watch for late update ?
Patience and perseverance always tend to pay off ! , S.F.
Is time on your side or has it ever been ? , Sheik Frederich, 2017
Song o the week , Eminem , Kings Never Die on the Southpaw soundtrack , 2015 .
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Minor rug world news .
Christie’s , NYC has another one of their ” Living with Art” sales scheduled on March 28-29 that includes 3 unimportant rugs , one tapestry and one moderately interesting textile item posted below.
Lot # 415A , Kaitag embroidery , pre- sale est. $ 5-8,000.00 . Mid -range as far as desirability and design but scarce lately .
No reason this can’t be fun !
2 Northern Cali. millennials overheard just taw- kin !
Millennial # 1 , Did you hear what she just said ?
Millennial # 2 , No What ?
Millennial # 1 , She said she’s going to Hawaii this summer .
Millennial # 2 , O.K ?
Millennial # 1 , This Summer !
Millennial # 2 , I don’t get it .
Millennial # 1 , You can’t fly to Hawaii in the summer. The suns is too hot. The plane will blow up.
Millennial # 2 , I didn’t even think about that . Maybe there going to drive .
Millennial # 1 , What are you Taw – kin bout ? You can’t drive to Hawaii. Do you know how far Hawaii is ? It would take forever to get there .
Better than a rug anyway !
Out of town visitor and possible commerce to end a modest week .
Bridges are to be built not burned so gather your thoughts before you think to start a fire ! . Sheik Frederich, 2017.
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Life in silent city !
To the Winner goes the accolade’s ?
Netherhampton Salesroom’s, Salisbury, U.K. held their March rug and textile auction today and if “the Salesroom’s” posted results are any indication of how it went for them and the posted “last bid ” figures hold up it turned out very positive for them.
These are of course unaudited results , but here we go.
If these numbers are accurate only 5 lots failed to garner any bids , at all. If so , this could be one of the most productive sales they have recently held . Granted most of the items sold at or near their very conservative pre-sale estimates and a moderate portion sold below the low side of the pre- sale estimates . Nothing at all in the way of any upside pops .
But as I always say, sold is still sold .
Like I stated in the previous post there was absolutely nothing in the way of high end items of any type to create any kind of buzz around the sale but it still garnered plenty of interest.
They did however do a little better as far as lots breaking the £ 1,000.00 threshold with 16 reaching that level . Right at 5 % of the total lots offered , somewhat better than the last few sales so that’s a positive move forward for Ms Barrett and the rug dept.. All in all if the results stand it shows there is life in low end items at least on the European side of the rug market . As you all know it’s a little on the weak side in the U.S. So we end with a tip of the hat to the Netherhampton rug dept. for what appears to be a job well done in a treacherous rug market !
Out of town visitor.
In what looks to be the highlight of the Spring auction season , at least up to this point Rippon- Boswell’s Vok Collection , Selection 3 scheduled on March 25th in Wiesbaden, Germany is live ” on the line” now for your viewing experience. This time around the inventory features 94 total lots of flat weaves , sumaks and susani’s . As with the previous 2 sales this group includes plenty of top shelf , serious items although the first 20 pieces fall more into the mid-range , beginner category. That said there are at least 16 clear cut winners in this group in my opinion , of which 4 of my personal favorites are illustrated below. This is not a recommendation to buy these items it’s just the ones I thought were some of the most intriguing . There are plenty more pieces that are notable i just do not think it’s necessary to post them all. It’s well worth your time to peruse the complete sale weather your a flat weave and textile person or not.
Lot # 220 , Qashgai kelim , pre-sale est. € 4-5,000.00 . Great eye appeal !
Lot # 236 , “Yuncu” kelim , pre-sale est. € 3,5-4,500.00. Condition issues ,but a powerful design .
Lot # 260 , Karshi susani , pre- sale est. € 30- 35,000.00 . Not inexpensive but a great one .
Lot # 269 , Ura Tube susani , pre-sale est. € 40-45,000.00 . My personal top pick of the whole sale .
To round out the week we have the catalog from the upcoming “Dorotheumn” rug and carpet auction scheduled on April 3rd in Vienna , Austria up and available ” on the line ” now . What the “Dorotheum” rug dept has assembled this time out is 172 late, newish ordinary rugs , textiles and carpets. Unfortunately this is another sale that looks to be focused on the European retail rug market. For the most part all the items appear to be in very good condition which is what seems to be what sells well in that region of the market. Nothing at all for the serious international collectors included . Look if you must but this one may just be a waste of your time if your focused on real rug collecting ! Sorry .
One more thought ?
Still no activity on the “Austria Auction Co.” horizon , giving up ? Out of the picture , who knows ?
Alls quiet on the western front !
The wicked wheels kept turning with the smell of B.S.burning but keep in mind it always comes clean in the wash ! , Sheik Frederich, 2017
Song o the week , Body Count , No Lives Matter on Bloodlust , 2017.