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.


Bayeux embroidery replica

Bayeux Museum buys Victorian replica of the famous tapestry from the collection of Rolling Stones drummer

31 January 2024

The Bayeux Museum in France has bought a life-size Victorian replica of the Bayeux tapestry from the Charlie Watts sale.

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Five questions with Joseph Sullivan of Textile Antiques

22 January 2024

Joseph Sullivan of Textile Antiques is one of the exhibitors at the London Antiques Run & Textile Art Fair running this week (January 23-28) at Evolution London, Battersea.

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Lampshade highlights the work of Quentin Bell, the last of Bloomsbury

22 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans in Macclesfield.

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Abigail and Maria’s sampler skills still celebrated today

22 January 2024

There is a huge disconnect today between the best and rest in the sampler world.

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Roman tapestry work of Romano

15 January 2024

Markus Voigt returns to the London Antique Rug & Textile Art (LARTA) Fair after some years away with a silk and wool tapestry fragment that stars as the main image for this year’s fair logo.

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Textiles take centre stage at fairs, exhibitions and auction

15 January 2024

Focus on quilt on offer at the first Decorative event of the year - which shares its venue with specialist fair LARTA

Lampshade

Quentin Bell lampshade takes nearly 40-times estimate

10 January 2024

A lampshade painted by Quentin Bell sold for a remarkable £4700 when Adam Partridge dispersed the residual collection of Michael Evans (Dayabandu).

A Turkoman asmalyk

Rare central Asian textile takes £26,000 at Gorringe's

09 January 2024

A 19th century silk weaving sold for 144 times the top-estimate in Lewes on January 8.

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Specialist promotes folk art of the future

27 November 2023

Antiques-dealer-turned-artist Tom Hickman is the focus of this winter’s exhibition at Robert Young.

Charles II stumpwork panel

Dealer says stumpwork panel ‘of outstanding cultural significance’

20 November 2023

A dealer who bought a piece of 17th century stumpwork at the Robert Kime sale believes it may hold more significance for the history of race and gender than initially understood.

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Greek textiles wow on Pall Mall

20 November 2023

A near pair of Rhodian bed curtains were among the highlight sales at Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch’s recent exhibition 'Four Rivers from Eden: Works of Art and Paintings from the Islamic & Indian World'.

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The Russell Fling textiles collection goes under the hammer in Philadelphia

20 November 2023

Material Culture, Philadelphia specialists in ethnographic art, is selling the Russell S Fling collection of rugs and textiles on December 4.

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The London Antique and Vintage Textile Fair supports the next generation

06 November 2023

Textile Society fair is good business for dealers but it also acts as a fundraiser for student bursaries

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Two 18th century samplers related to Robert Burns are among five lots to watch

30 October 2023

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

Tapestry

Fundraising boost to save Henry VIII’s lost tapestry

28 October 2023

A previously lost tapestry, commissioned by Henry VIII during the turmoil of the English Reformation, is a step closer to returning to the UK.

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Colourful creations but the work of Quakers

16 October 2023

A small thread-covered purse or sweet bag in the shape of a pair of bellows is one among the highlights at Witney Antiques’ exhibition 'Choice and Precious Work: Treasures from the Schoolroom', which looks at historic needlework creations beyond the sampler.

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Early dated Scottish sampler draws bidding six times over estimate

25 September 2023

Prices for embroidered samplers can vary hugely depending on what specific features are involved as well as factors such as condition and provenance.

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Textiles events take centre stage

25 September 2023

Annual west London extravaganza heads a look at some of the specialist fairs coming up

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An auction format that proved to be the right time, right place

18 September 2023

Specialist Bleasdale says his sewing antiques and Tunbridgeware timed online sales are working out well

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Hand-embroidered pannier dress flies over expectations

04 September 2023

By the mid-18th century, as the fashion for the pannier dress reached its peak, some women wore dresses measuring 7ft (2.13m) wide.

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