Textiles tempt buyers from around the world

Tennants Auctioneers’ Vintage Costume, Textiles & Dolls sale on 12th August attracted an unprecedented number of buyers from around the globe when historic textiles spanning four centuries went under the hammer in the North Yorkshire auction house.

A particularly good Private Collection of 18th and 19th century textiles helped attract bidders and provided some of the highlights of the sale. These included the top lot of the sale - an unusual early 19th century patchwork and applique quilt top, thought to have been made to celebrate the marriage of George IV’s daughter, Charlotte, to Prince Leopold. Decorated with heart and flowers, the central panel of the quilt depicts the Prince of Wales feathers along with the accompanying mottos ‘Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense’ and ‘Dieu Et Mon Droit’. After competing bids from across the globe, the hammer finally went down at £2,300 against an estimate of £300-500.

Fine 18th century silk robes in the same collection sold particularly well too, helped by the remarkable condition of the delicate fabric. Of particular note was an 18th century cream sild open robe with matching petticoat front, dating to 1780-1800, which sold for £850.

Notable items of 20th century costume sold strongly too, such as a c.1920s crepe tunic top designed by Raymond Duncan (1874-1966). Raymond Duncan (1874-1966), was an American eccentric: dancer, artist, designer, poet, craftsman and philosopher. He was also brother to Isadora Duncan, the dancer who performed to great acclaim throughout Europe at the end of the 19th century. This simple top sold for £1,200 against an estimate of £400-600.

A mid-century item of note is a dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior. One of the foremost fashion designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent began his career working for the House of Dior, achieving the position of head designer at the tender age of 21. Here he produced notable collections for Dior, until his dismissal in 1960, which included the Fuschia Pink Silk Chiffon dress from the Spring/Summer 1959 collection which sold for £800.

The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £42,780 with 94.5% of the 201 lots sold.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Vintage Costume, Texiles & Dolls on 24th November, please contact us on 01969 623780 or enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk for details.

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An 18th century silk robe and petticoat front – Sold for £850
(top left) Central medallion of an early 19th century patchwork and applique quilt top, likely celebrating the marriage of George IV’s daughter to Prince Leopold – Sold for £2,300