Still moving .
The world famous Chelsea Garage flea market closed for the last time on June 29 2014. It had been around for about 40 years or so . I personally had found quite a few good to great items there since 1988 . It's a shame that all the good old Manhattan flea markets have passed by the way side but real-estate prices have taken their toll. The fellow who was in charge is trying to to keep the ball rolling at a new location ,on 25th street between 5th and 6th time . One garage stallworth our old friend and long time rug dealer , P.E.Saunders , AKA , Zondra Fox was there at the end .
Thanks , R.W. ,
Humid and quiet.
Netherhamton went off today .As usual it will be a few days before Ms Barrett posts the results , other than that not much to blog about .
Commerce continues !
Still not much to report .
Unsubstantiated results from Netherhampton sale which are very positive are on line today , however I will have more on this when the the audited results are available .
Out of town visitors at the new location.
Tomorrow the Rosebowl fair.
Another “dry hole ” at the bowl this morning .
Something fresh of note .
More comic “hi jinx ” on the “Jump Start ” strip .
Bonham's L.A. rug extravaganza just finished up and for a change it turned out pretty well for them . As I said in the previous post there was nothing included in the sale even approaching a real collectors item but the but the sale was far more successful than the past Bonham's offerings have been. Out of the 252 lots run under the hammer only 56 failed to find buyers. A sold percentage of about 78%. In recent history the Bonham's rug dept. has had a hard getting more than 50-60 percent sold no matter where they hold a sale , L.A. , S.F. or N.Y.C. None of this group was anything more than dealer shop stock , but sold is certainly sold and it backs up my opinion that decent condition inexpensive stuff is moving in Europe ,the U.K. and certainly in the U.S.
The day before the final move completion .
Blues – Rock great Johnny Winter passed to day , R I P , you were one of the best !!!
If in fact you don't know , you don't know !!!
Move finally complete.
First full day in the new location.
The only minor thing worth mentioning is the July edition of the “Long Beach Antique fair ” tomorrow .
Not much to report on the Long Beach fair today. Out of town visitors showed up today with a few mid range collectors items but unfortunately nothing interesting enough to consider purchasing. There were also a few mediocre somewhat late decorative Persian pieces that got bought up in the field but again nothing special just shop stock.
One more thing .Uzbek / Lakai embroideries seem to be very popular lately so I thought I would mention something I came across recently.
New rug and textile publications worth reading have been in short supply in the last few years but one publication caught my eye last Friday that in my opinion is merit able if you are interested Uzbek / Lakai items.
Uzbek Embroidery , in the Nomadic Tradition by Kate Fitz Gibbon and Andy Hale is not a new pub. (2007) but certainly one of the best , if not the best book on the subject that I know of. As I said I just came across it and if you are partial to this type of embroidery you really need to check this book out .
I am sure you will like it.
It's available at Rugbooks.com .
One last thing , really !!
The audited results from the July Netherhampton sale are posted on line now and as I suspected the early reports were very optimistic and turned out to not be accurate . Out of 423 lots offered only 244 ended up selling a sold percentage of just over 56 % not the 90+ percent posted by the online bidding service on 7/10/14. This is more inline with previous Netherhampton auctions. Not bad , I guess since it's the beginning of summer , there was nothing above average included in the group and people have better things to do now. Perhaps they just needed to clean out their rug room ?
That's all for now .
You certainly new better and you certainly should not have done it , but you did anyway , why ? , Sheik Frederich, 2014.
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For a welcome change this week starts off with some fresh and interesting rug news , rugtracker.com just posted a new article titled , ” Inscrutable Isfahans “. As with all of J.T.'s posts this one is comprehensive and through with great illustrations . No matter if you like or dislike classic Persian carpets take the time to check this out you will not be disappointed.
Moving still moving .
One minor announcement , Netherhampton Salesroom has scheduled another rug and carpet happening on July 9 . No details yet but sooner or later they are gonna include a good piece , maybe ?
Fair well , Eli Wallach , the legend . You were great and you will be remembered !!!
Move winding down.
The Netherhampton July 9 sale catalog is live on line now . This time out the group is slightly smaller than usual clocking in at just 423 total items in comparison to their previous sales which were more in the 475+ range .
As it has been in the past nothing in the stellar category included in the sale . Once again just a large selection of mediocre items. Their last sale did have one case of the elusive up side surprise , lot # 1998 early Yomut main cpt. fragment but I can't see anything that would bring that result on this occasion . Looks to be a good opportunity for the low end buyers out there.
To be kind to Ms Barrett and staff one worn and damaged lot worth at least a look is # 408 Karachov Kazak pre-sale est. £ 2-300.00 .
A possibility ?
One more pass through the group but no stone had been left unturned , just medocrity.
More issues pop up with the on going location move.
Still silent .
Fresh rug world news is nonexistent for the moment.
Not really worth much attention as usual but Bonham's L.A. has one of their ” Major” oriental rug auctions on tap this July 14th . As is the Bonham's M O the group includes nothing special , just 252 lots of commercial grade dealer shop stock type “stuff”. On a business shortened holiday week not really worth your time to check out unless your bored and need to see everything !
Another minor thing to mention .
Bonham's S.F. also has has one of their wildly popular “Period Design” offerings scheduled on July 20 . This sale includes 56 lots of various rugs and carpets similar to the L.A. selection. Once again not a thing for even a beginning collector just more dealer shop stock type rubbish . Something thing this sale does include is a large group of ethnic textiles of all varieties and a large group of book lots on them if that's your cup of tea.
Quiet except for party preparations.
The day before the noise begins.
Here we go .
No news but good food , booze and plenty of fire works .
Party on … Wayne and Garth !
No fresh news , no good news , but no bad news either.
Commerce continues even during this drawn out relocation.
First client visit at the new location.
All's well that ends well on this U.S. holiday weekend !!!
In these unchartered times make sure to take care before you hit the B.S. Button ! , Sheik Frederich , 2014.
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