Vintage Fashion & Textiles

Marilyn Monroe’s record-breaking ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress, which sold for $1.2m in 1999; Olivier Coutau-Begarie’s two-day sale of 5000 pieces of antique silks tapestries and embroideries from the House of Hamot; the lively vintage fashion fairs held around the country every month – each has its own place in the world of fashion and textile collecting.

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Tablecloth and napkins believed to be with royal approval

12 September 2022

The latest sale of Costume, Accessories & Textiles at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn included an unusual example of early 20th century Irish linen: a white damask tablecloth and napkins made around the time of the coronation of George V in 1910.

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.

Nurse's cape

Soldiers’ thanks to nurse Esme: cape with military badges brings demand at auction

05 September 2022

This scarlet and navy woollen cape sold in an Essex auction is sewn with the numerous cloth regimental badges that were given to Esme Kathleen Robinson (d.2017) by the soldiers she treated in Oxfordshire as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) during the Second World War.

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Perfect for lovers of alternative frock

05 September 2022

'Frock Me!' was launched 25 years ago when vintage fashion was viewed by many as just someone’s old rubbish cast-offs, probably harbouring germs.

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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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Second World War nurse's cloak is among five lots to watch this week

29 August 2022

With estimates from £150-4500, here are five previews of items upcoming up at auction this week.

WEB Tennants Mountbatten Dolls

Textiles with aristocratic connections including to Mountbatten offered in North Yorkshire auction

13 August 2022

The Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale at Tennants on August 20 will feature a range of textiles with provenance from three aristocratic households.

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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).

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Mickey and Minnie return to Glamis Castle

30 May 2022

This pair of Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys has been on quite an adventure.

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Get the ultimate dressing-up set

30 May 2022

The numerous coronations offer a chance to buy more esoteric objects at auction.

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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The web shop window: Edwardian leather suitcases

09 May 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Hackney hopes for Pop Up Vintage Fairs

02 May 2022

Maxine Stonehill of Pop Up Vintage Fairs popped up in March at the Grade II-listed St John’s Church in Hackney, which has had a £6m restoration and is now a busy music and events venue as well as remaining a working church.

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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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