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.


15th Century Chinese Silk Brocade Geometric Panel

Geometric furnishing fabric

18 October 2021

Chinese textiles specialist Jacqueline Simcox is selling this 15th century Chinese silk brocade geometric panel, priced at £20,000.

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Cryséde shawl in demand

27 September 2021

Alec Walker (1889-1964) created Cryséde fabrics as a small experimental silk-printing firm in Newlyn in 1920.

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Ottoman panel used as tomb cover sells ten times above estimate at Dreweatts

20 September 2021

This large Ottoman metal thread and silk hanging features a dedication to Sultan Ahmed III (1673-1736).

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Two goes into one with fairs at Hilton Olympia in Kensington

13 September 2021

Always a bonus for buyers is two fairs in the same venue on the same day.

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Quilt given warm reception

06 September 2021

While 19th century American-made needlework quilts can often sell for substantial four and even five-figure sums, it is a rare that an English example brings as much as this one offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on August 21.

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Sisters' sampler skills on show at Mallams' auction

30 August 2021

Samplers made by siblings or generations of the same family can attract a significant commercial premium.

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British needlework looks sharp at auction

16 August 2021

Embroidered samplers and pictures in high demand stateside

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Mortlake tapestry leads the way

09 August 2021

Depicting Bacchus and Ariadne riding a golden chariot drawn by leopards, a monumental Mortlake tapestry led a small but significant textiles section at Dreweatts.

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Parfilage: the pick of the bunch at Bleasdales’ sewing sale

26 July 2021

Set of tools was designed specifically to take apart rather than create fine textiles

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East to west is a cool move for dealer Phil

28 June 2021

After 10 years based at London’s Old Spitalfields Market, Phil Taylor Cool Stuff is moving west to the antiques hub of Lillie Road in Fulham.

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5 Questions: Swift Antique Lace

31 May 2021

Anne Swift and her son Phil run Swift Antique Lace, trading from a stall in London’s Portobello Road antiques market.

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Samplers make a string of positive auctions results

17 May 2021

Estimated at just £80-150, a Queen Anne or George I period needlework sampler sold for £10,000 via thesaleroom.com at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Meat feast out, kimonos in

10 May 2021

Antiques on High Cumbrian branch now open

Paisley items

Paisley Museum asks public and trade to offer paisley items for new display

06 May 2021

Paisley Museum plans to mark its 150th anniversary with a paisley 'callout'.

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Bible cover boasts Mary Queen of Scots connection

03 May 2021

A Mitchells (22% buyer’s premium) sale included selected contents from Greystoke Castle near Penrith – home to the Howard family for over 500 years.

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5 Questions: textiles dealer Esther Fitzgerald

22 March 2021

Esther Fitzgerald handles textiles from across the globe covering a time span of 2000 years. She has been trading for three decades and is based in Hampstead, London.

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Crewelwork from 1940s sells at 10-times estimate

15 March 2021

Made using woollen yarns on a linen ground, crewelwork is most typically associated with England in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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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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