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Costume, Accessories & Textiles Summer Sale Preview

30th July 2021.

An exceptional Early 19th Century Patchwork Quilt is to star in Tennants Auctioneers’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on 21st August, estimated to sell for £3,000-5,000 (plus buyer’s premium). The rare quilt incorporates pieces of an 18th century textile, beautifully embroidered with floral sprigs and flower heads. The 18th century embroidery is in remarkable condition, retaining its vivid colour and fine stitching.

Also expected to attract interest from international buyers is a Late 19th/Early 20th Century Suzani, a decoratively embroidered tribal textile originating from Central Asia (estimate: £300-500). This particular example bears a fabric label for Ganeshi Lall & Son, a family run jewellers and embroiderers who have been established in India since 1845.  Further embroidered lots of note include an 18th Century Needlework Embroidery of a Young Girl, who is depicting holding a cornucopia (estimate: £300-500) and a Late 19th Century Wall Panel embroidered with a depicting a river surrounded by trees with a huntsman and his dog shooting bustards (estimate: £300-500).

A Late 18th Century Queen Anne Type Doll is offered with an estimate of £600-800; measuring 40cm high, the doll has a carved wooden head with blonde wig and wide eyes with inlaid blue irises and is sold together with costume remnants and a blue grosgrain hat. Also of note is a small private collection of fabric samples and textile designs are also up for sale, ranging in date from the 19th century to the 1970s and being sold in 10 lots. Highlights include a 19th Century French Fabric Sample Book, incorporating approximately 1128 fabric samples (estimate: £200-300).

A broad range of antique and vintage costume is on offer in the sale, ranging from a small Private Collection of antique lace costume accessories and trims and Victorian Crinoline Frames to Edwardian dresses, daywear from the 1940s to 1960s and eveningwear from the 1970s. Luxury designer accessories on offer include scarves by Hermes and handbags by the likes of Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Cartier.

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