September 2, 1990 |
The last two decades have been a boom time for auctions. However, there have been recent signs that the auction may be losing some of its allure. Dealers who had been watching the best items go on the block have recently been able to buy important collections and individual items, and they have been getting more consignments. The Philadelphia Print Shop, for instance, recently obtained a consignment of a large and important private collection of Philadelphia prints and maps, the sort of collection that, if it were in an estate, would probably have gone to auction.
April 7, 1990 |
The Freeman/Fine Arts April gallery sale, timed to coincide with the Philadelphia Antiques Show and featuring a previously unpublished illustration by N.C. Wyeth, will be the firm's biggest to date. With a single consignment of 82 paintings listed in a separate catalogue, the sale, on April 19, 20 and 21, actually will consist of two auctions. "It would really take two or three trips here to see it all," said Richard DeWyngaert, head of the Freeman/ Fine Arts painting department, as he toured the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. yesterday.
January 21, 1990 |
The Taj Mahal, a poem of adoration exquisitely shaped in marble more than 300 years ago, lures many tourists to this country, but it intrigued me less than another attraction, the drama of religious devotion performed daily along the Ganges in this ancient city. In the Sanskrit of 1200 B.C., the city was known as Kasi. In 3,000 years the name changed to Kashi, to Benares and now Varanasi. By whatever name, the city has always existed as a holy place for devout Hindus and was already old when Rome was founded in 753 B.C. At Varanasi the Ganges swings gracefully west for four miles, forming a haven for more than 100 ghats (riverfront stairways)
January 11, 1990 |
For months, some city officials have been pushing to remove what they call "a blight" from city streets. Yesterday, at Broad and Spruce Streets, the campaign surged ahead with the might of two front-end loaders, a small dump truck, a big trash truck and a van. The target of all this might: 2-foot by 5-foot signs bolted to 80-pound hunks of concrete. The whole contraption is commonly known as an advertising bench. Several thousand advertising benches dot the city, and most, if not all, are illegal, according to city officials.
August 26, 1989 |
There are those who see Sharon Weiner's proposed business venture in their Rittenhouse Square neighborhood as nothing more than a little shop of - horrors - "used clothes. " No, no, no, cherie. "It will be a very, very, very high-quality consignment shop," she says, "with very, very lovely things worn once or twice and a lot of bread-and- butter things that girls can wear to work. " Weiner, a widow and Philadelphia native who has just moved back home after 20 years in New York, has applied to the Zoning Board for a variance to open her high-class shop at 1953 Locust St., just off very, very lovely Rittenhouse Square.
April 22, 1989 |
In addition to the usual run of fine furniture and colorful crafts, sales next week will offer auctiongoers a couple of glimpses into the odd worlds of Victorian vanity and sports-car nomenclature. The Victorian vanity is a contraption of velvet, wire and beveled glass that will go on the block Wednesday at the Concordville Inn at the intersection of Routes 1 and 322. It is part of a consignment sale being conducted by William H. Bunch. "It's supposed to be a pin cushion," Bunch said yesterday, but added the disclaimer: "They had to call it something.
October 1, 1987 |
Much of the clothing found in thrift and consignment shops can be a turn- off. But occasionally you find a gem of a store - bright, clean and stocked with lightly-worn designer fashions at rock bottom prices. That description fits Merel's Clothes Closet in the Northeast to a "T. " I visited this neat-as-a-pin consignment shop last week and saw racks and racks of women's still-in-fashion clothes from the most famous designers. Some standouts: Lambswool/angora/nylon blend sweater dress by Mirrors of Krizia from the Bonwit Teller Designer Collection.