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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First-timers and stalwarts all welcome at LARTA

09 January 2023

Two new dealers join the latest London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) this month.

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The web shop window: late 19th century Welsh quilt

19 December 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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Yard sale from the Bower Ismay home

05 December 2022

More than 20 yards of Morris & Co fabric and two Howard & Son chairs were among a group of lots consigned to auction in Wiltshire with a provenance to Haselbech Hall, Northampton, and the Bower Ismay family.

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Super sampler selection in Oxfordshire

21 November 2022

Oxfordshire dealership Witney Antiques’ latest exhibition features early example of band samplers.

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Flemish tapestry hunted down after wartime wrongs

21 November 2022

A rare early 16th century Flemish tapestry that was part of an impressive imperial commission is coming up for sale in France in early December.

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Anti slavery: small message, big impact

14 November 2022

The sale of Commemoratives, Fairings, Stevengraphs and Pot Lids at Historical & Collectable (24% buyer’s premium) included this rare pin cushion.

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Tapestries covered in detail attract interest at auction

07 November 2022

Tapestries featured at both Dreweatts’ Chilham Castle auction and Flaxley Abbey sale.

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Persian panel court in the action

24 October 2022

Three large images of a mother and child are repeated against a ground of animals, pomegranate and cypress trees on this rare Safavid silk velvet panel.

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Macbeth collar found in a market

24 October 2022

Glasgow School designer’s embroidered silk design instantly stood out in a box of fabric.

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Curtain covered shrine of the prophet

10 October 2022

This 19th century Ottoman silver thread and black silk curtain is embroidered with the tugra of Sultan Mahmud II (1808-39).

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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.

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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.

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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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