Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Real Schimmel or Mountz?



There is a flurry activity right now around an auction item on eBay with the simple title of "antique carved folk art dog". Obviously by looking at the carving, the speculation is that it is a heretofore undiscovered work by either Wilhelm Schimmel or Aaron Mountz (a real expert could tell, but I always get them confused! Personally, I feel the market for both are more than a little overinflated, but that's just my opinion...) Fueling the fire is that the eBay seller is listed in PA, where both worked I understand.


Seems like the right collectors have caught on to it fairly quickly as it has already been bid up to almost $ 2,000.00 within the first day of the initial listing. Will be interesting to see where it finally lands at.
Update: Sold for $ 4,329.98!

4 comments:

Tobermory said...

Just for kicks I looked up the bid history in this auction - it started at only $9.99! I wonder if the seller had any idea of where this would end up!

Joey said...

I know! I have a feeling the seller didn't know, as the description is so spare. They're probably having a heart attack right now! Nice surprise.

Tobermory said...

I've been continuing to watch this item - it's like a train wreck that you can't NOT look at - and there now may be a snag in the bidding war. Someone asked the seller if they had ANY info about the carver and the response was that theyhad picked it up in a junk shop in Vermont while on a skiing trip. This seems to blow a hole in the Pennsylvania link.

Joey said...

LOL, it's totally a train wreck. Def. the better answer would have been "I found it in an old barn in the Cumberland Valley" but there's probably a ton of reasons as to why the piece, if it's really legit, would have ended up in Vermont. Just charges me up to think that there's still treasure to find in them thar hills...