Textiles

Textile design includes tapestries and quilts as well as smaller pieces of embroidery like samplers, conceived to demonstrate a variety of stitchwork.

This form has attracted modern artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Henry Moore but antique examples by both named and unnamed hands are also a popular collecting area.


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LARTA’s online coverage as 11th edition gets underway

25 January 2021

Usually held on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park, the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) migrates online this year with an extended run.

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Opie saddles up in Boston

18 January 2021

Grogan’s 170-lot sale of Fine Rugs and Carpets in Boston, Masssachusetts on January 31 includes 65 rugs and weavings from the collection of James Opie.

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Bidder makes a holy order

21 December 2020

Model produced for pilgrims and tourists to Jerusalem in mind is a highlight as specialist sales launch

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Peter Collingwood: an artist-weaver who worked wonders

26 October 2020

For the second time in as many sales, Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design auction on October 13 included a ‘microgauze’ wall hanging by the British artist-weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

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Dealer looks to global demand for textiles

12 October 2020

Meg Andrews was as disappointed as many others by the cancellation due to the pandemic of the Textile Society’s antique and vintage textiles fair at Chelsea Town Hall earlier this month.

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Grayson Perry’s 'The best of British' taken to new high at Phillips

21 September 2020

An auction record for Grayson Perry’s (b.1960) 'Britain is Best', a limited edition coloured embroidery depicting five loyalists from East Belfast, was set at Phillips (25% buyer’s premium) in London on September 10.

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Czech tapestry mastery at Berlin art gallery

14 September 2020

This handwoven tapestry by Czech designer and architect Josef Místecký (1891-1957) is offered at Galerie Ulrich Fiedler’s exhibition Textile Moderne, which features Avant Garde carpets and textiles by European makers.

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Samplers thread their way from orphanage to auction

17 August 2020

Estimated at just £30-50, a late 19th century sampler sold via thesaleroom.com for £1850 at Wotton Auction Rooms (18% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire. A clue to the appeal is the inscription 'M Mountain, 5 Orphan House, Ashley Down, Bristol, 1879'.

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Personal items that belonged to Marie-Antoinette lead auction at Versailles

01 June 2020

Personal items that belonged to Marie-Antoinette were the highlights of Osenat’s (20.83/18% buyer’s premium) themed sale titled Royalty at Versailles.

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Dealers come up with tech solutions to display an exhibition no visitors can now attend

27 April 2020

'Calyx (Blue)', a 1951 textile by Lucienne Day (1917-2010), sprouts with Modernist forms. Its colourful, flower-like shapes hint at the mobiles of Alexander Calder or the biomorphs of Joan Miro.

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Architects of a house sale success at Dreweatts

20 April 2020

Contents of Palladian home in County Durham provide showpiece auction in Newbury

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Cat’s out of the bag – May emerges from behind the Morris curtain

06 April 2020

Although often overshadowed by her famous father William, May Morris (1862-1938) was herself an important figure in the British Arts & Crafts movement.

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Shell out for unusual furniture

30 March 2020

As a young man in the 1960s, British creative designer Anthony Redmile (b.1937) took the London interior design scene by storm. Although his work was hugely eclectic, he became best known for his quirky designs taken from the animal kingdom.

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Kashmir woollen design is surprise top seller as a family estate comes to Yorkshire auction

23 March 2020

Long unseen material from the country home of an ancient English family brought some estimate-demolishing five-figure bids at Morphets (17.5% buyer’s premium) including a genuine sleeper.

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Triumph of Mark Antony tapestry crowns Whitfield collection sale

16 March 2020

One of the highlights of a busy week in the salerooms came at Dreweatts’ auction of the Sir William Whitfield (1920-2019) collection.

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Textile Society award supports restoration

09 March 2020

While one of the Textile Society’s important functions is holding fairs, another is its annual awards and bursaries, including a professional development award.

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Royal towel emerges at Versailles auction

24 February 2020

This damask towel measuring 3ft 5in x 2ft 5in (1m x 75cm) and decorated with wreaths of fleur de lys and a central bouquet of roses will feature in Osenat’s La Royauté à Versailles auction, to be held in Versailles on April 5.

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Designer’s textiles revived for the modern day

17 February 2020

A UK-based design studio trio last year took over the UK licence to the archive of Florence Broadhurst, an Australian designer whose whirlwind life came to a tragic end in 1977.

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Rugs and carpets move on up at latest staging of London fair

10 February 2020

The latest staging of The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair was marked by strong sales of carpets and fewer big-ticket sales, according to organiser and exhibitor Aaron Nejad.

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London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair saddles up for the 10th time

13 January 2020

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) celebrates its 10th anniversary this year on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park.

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