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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Wallpaper well covered by an American auction

03 October 2022

Bonhams conducts a sale in New York on October 6 titled Wonders in Wallpaper.

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Peter Collingwood wall hanging consigned to auction by Prue Leith

03 October 2022

This ‘microgauze’ woven linen and steel wall hanging by pioneering British weaver Peter Collingwood (1922- 2008) comes for sale courtesy of Prue Leith.

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Salon set for sizeable 2022 staging in New York

03 October 2022

Salon Art + Design puts the emphasis on the eclectic nature of its offering, bringing together vintage, modern and contemporary design and setting it against 20th century art.

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Obituary – Ida Chapman, 1941-2022

24 September 2022

My wife Ida Marie Anna was born in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, Paris, in 1941, eldest daughter to a Greco-Italian mother, Ivy Contarini, and a French father, Guy George Antoine Lapierre.

Sledge flag

UK buyer sought for Arctic exploration flag from Captain Henry Kellett

06 September 2022

A flag from polar explorer Captain Henry Kellett (1806-1875) has been barred from export in the hope £120,000 can be raised to keep it in the UK.

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English embroideries impress at US auction

05 September 2022

Massachusetts sale includes elaborate examples of early needlework from across the Atlantic

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Careful approach pays off in Cheltenham

25 July 2022

Mainland Chinese buyers bidding on jade, porcelain, wooden and textile offerings dominated the leader board at an Asian & Islamic sale at Cheltenham.

Needlework book

Guide gets to the point: needlework sample album highlight of Nottinghamshire sale

18 July 2022

Just as the title reads, this album offered by Mellors & Kirk in Nottingham contains Specimens of Needle-Work Executed in the Female Model School, Kildare-Place, Dublin.

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Mary Ireland ‘fabric mosaics’ emerge from collection of dealer Paul Reeves

18 July 2022

Eighteen works by the Birmingham School artist Mary Ireland (1891-1980) were offered at a recent Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Previews: Design

13 June 2022

Stand-out lots on offer in upcoming summer auctions and from dealers.

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Collingwood wall-hanging work on the up at auction

06 June 2022

Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) Design sale on May 18 included a record for a wall-hanging by the weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

ATG letter: Antique lace purchase put life into perspective

09 May 2022

Recently my son Phil Swift (Antique Laces – stall 1 Portobello Road) sold a piece of antique lace via the internet to a lady who lived in Kyiv (Ukraine).

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Chaise longue value lies in the maker

11 April 2022

Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire

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5 Questions: Rebecca Scott of Witney Antiques

04 April 2022

Rebecca Scott runs Witney Antiques, which is one of the businesses taking part in this week’s 'Cotswolds Curated' event.

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A man with textiles in the blood

04 April 2022

Dealer offers vintage and new design art after more than 30 years in family weaving company

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Qing period cushion cover brings a comfortable bid from online Chinese bidder

28 February 2022

Qing period embroidered satin throne-back cushion covers can be seen still in situ in a number of the buildings in the Forbidden City including the Hall of Supreme Principle and the Palace of Eternal Spring. Others are held by institutions and collectors throughout the world.

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Indian & Islamic garments prove to be auction talismans

17 January 2022

Indian talismanic shirts or Qur’an jama were believed to carry protective powers.

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Pin cushions with animal attractions tempt buyers

17 January 2022

Appealing to a range of different types of collectors, Victorian and Edwardian animals pin cushions have their own niche in the novelty silver field.

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Mary Queen of Scots link to bed curtain fragment

17 January 2022

Still a figure of glamour 450 years after her execution, Mary Queen of Scots was reputed to have embroidered the c.16th century fragment of bed curtain sold at Hansons (25% buyer’s premium) at Etwall on December 7.

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5 Questions: Masoud Mazaheri

10 January 2022

Masoud Mazaheri of Bakhtiyar is among the dealers set to appear at LARTA this month.

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