First reports from the S.F. Tribal Arts show were mixed .
The show was good , as expected , but as far as oriental rug activity goes unfortunately it was a bit on the weak side. Only a hand full of rug dealers exhibited , down from 12-15 in years past , so this was to be expected .
As I mentioned in an earlier post more of a tribal art and artifact show these days .
The weather on the East Coast is certainly having a negative effect on the rug and textile business nation wide !
Still silent !
Major cabin fever lingers on the East Coast !
Viva “Valentines Day” !!!
No action at the Long Beach fair today.
Presidents Day in the U.S. and with it more snow across the Eastern seaboard .
Time for a break in the weather and resumption of normal business.
Unfortunately more snow on the horizon for the foreseeable future.
The March 16th , Bonham's , L.A. rug auction is live on the line now for your viewing pleasure .
Unfortunately the offering is along the same lines as all Bonham's L.A. sales .
Nothing more than 287 total lots of mid- range mediocre dealer type stock .
As in the past the bulk of the sale is a large selection of modestly valued roomsize carpets , nothing as far as standout carpet included in this area .
This group does include a fair size number of entry level Caucasian and Turkish items , but again no more than run of the mill dealer stock .
Regrettably not a thing in in the whole auction that could be considered a serious collectors item.
However business has been very quite since the beginning of the new year so i suppose a quick look could be in order and you may run across something that “might” strike your fancy ! ,
The forthcoming Netherhampton rug auction scheduled on March 4th in Salisbury , U.K. is up on the line now.
Similar to there past sales Ms. Barrett and staff have put together another substantial offering consisting of 458 total lots of all types of rugs , carpets , trappings and textiles . This selection is in the same vain as their previous sales . Nothing in the way of serious decorator or collectors item . Just another large group of mid to low end shop stock type pieces and entry level “collectable ” items.
Nothing you could even consider high end but if your a bargain hunter this could be the sale for you.
Not really much in the group caught my eye but in keeping with the spirit of fair play I listed a couple of items that might be at least mildly interesting below.
Lot # 427 Shahsevan sumac bags. -sale est. £ 4-600.00. . Common design , good condition with minor provenance . Ex collection Michael Noel- Clark . Published in J. Housego , Tribal Rugs , plate 32.
This is a poor quality illustration and the one in the Housego book is in black and white but the piece seems to warrant a closer look if your in the U.K.
Lot # 483 , Ottoman textile items , 18th century ? . Pre-sale est. £3-500.00 . Certainly one of the oldest items in the sale but in distressed condition . Still scarce and a realistic estimate .
This sale sale is hardly a big deal but still worth a little of your time to have a quick look in this slow and boring rug market !
Another SLOW day !
The Brunk Auction Gallery of Asheville , N.C. has a sale scheduled on March 13-14 that features the “Liberty Textile Collection”. I am not quite sure what Liberty Textile Coll. is , but it's listed as part of the “Athene USA Corporate ” collection ?
No matter its a fairly large group of mostly late ethnic textiles of all varieties . Nothing appears to be particularly important but still worth look if you have a little spare time. .
There are also a decent size group of decorative oriental rugs and carpets most likely not part of the collection . Again nothing collectable .
The most impressive items in the sale are a large group of American Indian pieces .There are some very nice examples of Indian pottery included and if your interested in this type of collectable this s definitely something you should check out.
Out of town visitors escaping the snowy east coast this afternoon.
Visitors again today.
Appointment canceled .
Thats it for today !
Next up the Daytona 500 …….
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Celebrate Ground Hog Day !!!
After yesterday ( Yes , the Super Bowl ) today was fine but something of a let down ?
Viva , Pats ……
Well then , it's back to the business of silence .
Until the East Coast gets a break from the weather it's gonna greatly affect how business on the West a Coast flows too.
Still not much to report but one small piece of fresh news.
Sotheby's , London has a general antique sale scheduled on Feb. 24 titled , Of Royal and Noble Decent .
Not a big deal really but in this time of little action it includes 10 oriental rugs and one tapestry of which one is worth a line or 2 .
Lot # 221 , Isphahan , 17th century , pre- sale est. £ 7-9,000.00 .
Quite a snappy main border on this example .
I suppose it's just another “one of those ” but better than nothing at all , so let's just see how it ends up.
There are also a few mid-range Caucasian items to round out the group .
Other than that tomorrow is the Feb. edition of the “world famous” Rosebowl flea market .
The Jan. date was a rain out so here's to a better showing tomorrow.
Definite signs of an upswing in the rug business !
Nothing but a dry hole at the Rosebowl this morning .
So this week ends on a quiet note ,,,,,again !
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More of the same.
Out of town visitors today.
Interesting conversation but nothing in the way of commerce.
Plenty of auction action on schedule in coming months .
March 4 , Netherhampton Salesrooms , U K.
March 16 , Bonham's , L.A.
March 25 , Sotheby's , NYC.
March 28 , Skinner's , Boston .
March 29 , Nagel , Germany .
April 11 , Rippon – Boswell Germany .
April 22 , Arts of The Islamic World , London .
April 30 , Austria Auction Co. , Austria .
Seriously with all this to look forward to ” What more could you ask” ?
If that's not enough don't worry I am sure there is certainly more to come !
First impressions are coming in from the High Noon show in Mesa , Az. and it appears it went pretty well for the people I talked to that exhibited there.
All reported making multiple sales and there was a decent size crowd of buyers / collectors in attendance too.
Prices fetched on sold items were apparently realistic but nothing in the way of over the top.
This is the first High Noon show since it was sold to “Brian Lebel” and it looks like it picked up right where it left off , with both the dealer fair and auction turning out positive.
I guess this is a small affirmative sign on the way to a successful start to the new year !
Now what we need to do is keep the ball rolling !
One small thing worth at least a brief mention.
Next Thursday ( Feb. 5th ) is the opening night gala of the annual Caskey – Lees , S.F. Tribal Arts show.
The regular show runs through Sunday Feb. 8 and opens at 11am each day.
This used to be a fairly good show for the oriental rug crowd but at this point it's more of a general tribal art and collectors item fair with only a few rug dealers exhibiting .
Not much in the way of any overflow rug dealer activity rumored at the Capri motel this time around either but you never know since it's not a scheduled event.
Nada , zilch , nothing .
Paper work , bloody paper work .
Will it ever end , of coarse not !
Visitors at O.C.G. today and modest commerce buts that's about it.
Super Sunday , let's get this party started !
Here's to a hopefully competitive game !
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