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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Bloomsbury Group haven hosts its first textiles fair

09 October 2017

“If you lived here you could make it absolutely divine,” wrote author Virginia Woolf to her sister Vanessa Bell in 1916.

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The buy of the needle

04 September 2017

Shown here is the central medallion of a patchwork and appliqué quilt believed to have been produced by some patriotic sewer to mark the 1815 marriage of Princess Charlotte, the Prince Regent’s daughter, to Prince Leopold of Saxe- Coburg-Gotha.

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Not amused – but happy to crochet

17 July 2017

While it is well known that Queen Victoria sent her troops tins of chocolate boxes for Christmas in the second Boer War (1899-1902), the eight scarves she personally crocheted to send to individual soldiers are not so familiar.

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Suffragette banner stowed away for 10 years in charity shop makes £13,600 at auction

30 June 2017

For more than 10 years a banner sat stowed away in a cupboard at a little charity shop in Leeds after it was donated. Little did the staff know that one day that same once-forgotten item would sell at auction for a hammer price of £13,600.

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New World focus from carpets and tapestries at Piasa auction

05 June 2017

A small but select sale of a collection of carpets and tapestries comes up for sale at Piasa in Paris on June 15. The 14 lots of weavings spanning the 16th to 18th centuries have a particular emphasis on Spain and the New World.

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Beadwork and embroideries

05 April 2017

Through surviving examples of Charles II beadwork, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the splendid colours of Stuart England.

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Celebration of textile designer Lucienne Day

25 March 2017

Textile designer Lucienne Day (1917-2010) was honorary president of the Textile Society from 1992-2002 and in 1993 she created an award in her name for innovative textile design.

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Putting art and soul into textiles

18 March 2017

Dealer on a mission to establish such works alongside more ‘serious’ collecting fields

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Queen Victoria’s silk jacket comes close to double estimate at Ewbank’s textile auction

01 December 2016

A pink silk jacket once worn by Queen Victoria was among the lots that led Ewbank’s recent textile auction to almost double its pre-sale expectations.

Michael Mazarind tapestry

Export block for 300-year-old London tapestry

24 October 2016

The government is hoping to find a UK-based buyer to pay £67,500 for a 300-year-old tapestry to prevent it from leaving the country.

Brussels Point de Gaze bridal veil

From 18th century lace to 20th century Hermès and Christian Dior – vintage fashion at auction

05 October 2016

Kerry Taylor Auctions’ October sale will feature a wide range of antique lacework, from 17th century Italian needle lace to 19th century bridal veils and Brussels Point de Gaze flounces.

Wedding dress made from war maps

Home Front Vintage design wedding dress from Second World War maps

13 September 2016

We meet the imaginative designer who makes wedding dresses from repurposed silk 'escape and evade' war maps.

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A £2200 token of love – Cumbrian medallion sampler surfaces in Cheltenham

18 July 2014

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils at the Ackworth School, founded as a co-educational boarding school in 1779 by the Quaker physician John Fothergill and still thriving today.

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17th century Flemish tapestry in Milton Keynes

01 May 2013

MK Auctions are selling a Flemish verdure tapestry at their sale on May 5.

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‘Elizabeth I’ saddlecloth in Newbury sale

17 September 2012

A saddlecloth reputedly used by Queen Elizabeth I during her state visit to Bristol in 1574 is to be offered at auction.

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Henry Moore panel emerges in Folkestone

17 May 2012

The sale at Grand Auctions in Folkestone on May 23 will offer a textile wall panel designed by Henry Moore in the 1940s, of which only 65 were made.

Murky case of embroideries ‘worth millions’

31 May 2011

A house clearer has won a High Court battle to regain possession of a pair of medieval embroideries thought to be worth millions after a longstanding dispute with a fine art specialist.

Glasgow gives a future to textile conservation

29 April 2010

A NEW textile conservation centre – the first of its kind in the UK – is to be established at the University of Glasgow.

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How about a little nightcap or two?

23 November 2009

EARLY 17th century embroidery is a fairly rare beast, but it does surface occasionally.

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Evidence that Avarice pays

08 May 2009

THE deadly sin of avarice was the theme of this large 16th century Flemish tapestry, but the warning failed to temper the desire of bidders when it came up at Skinner's most recent sale of European furniture and decorative arts in Boston in the USA on April 11.

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