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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Franses to stay in gallery home after Supreme Court ruling

10 December 2018

Tapestry and textiles specialist Franses has won a landmark Supreme Court case against its landlord, allowing it to continue to operate from the London gallery that has been its home for more than 25 years.

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South London sale surprises from India and Egypt

19 November 2018

Two of the outstanding surprises from the specialist 478-lot Islamic & Indian Art sale at Roseberys (23% buyer’s premium) in West Norwood on October 22 are illustrated here.

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Details announced for the Chelsea brocante revived by Matthew Adams

05 November 2018

As we announced in April, fair organiser Matthew Adams of Adams Antique Fairs is relaunching an event at Chelsea Town Hall this month which he last held in 2005.

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Pick of the Week: Sampler soars to £14,000 result

29 October 2018

Among the most desirable of all needlework samplers are those associated with pupils of the orphanages, asylums and charity schools of the Georgian and Victorian eras.

St Paul tapestry

Lost Henry VIII tapestry found in Spain goes on show in the UK

25 September 2018

A previously lost tapestry, commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court during turmoil of the English Reformation, has been rediscovered in Spain.

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Textile Society's fairs support developing talent

17 September 2018

Funds from the Textile Society’s textiles fairs held in London and Manchester go towards the six annual bursaries and awards to textile historians, students, curators and conservators.

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Dealers organise West Country showcase for textiles

17 September 2018

Organised by the well-known Somerset textiles dealers Liz and Jack van Hasselt, the regular West Country Textiles Weekend takes place next on Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7.

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Sumptuous quilt, sampler and silk robe add sale colour

10 September 2018

The product of child labour – but conscious-clear purchases for bidders – provided two of the top lots at a specialist textiles and costume sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of North Yorkshire.

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A material world: vintage and textile dealers in the spotlight

11 June 2018

Spotlight on textiles fairs, dealers and a two London exhibitions covering designers...

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Fabulous fabrics and enticing textiles on show

21 May 2018

A selection of rare 19th century suzanis, handwoven silk embroideries from the areas of modern-day Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, go on offer next month at Afridi Gallery’s exhibition 'Gardens of Delight' in London.

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Pick of the Week: Talismanic shirts lead to saleroom good fortune

30 April 2018

Two finely executed Indian talismanic shirts made multi-estimate sums at Roseberys in south London.

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North Mymms contents sale tops £1.75m and posts best-ever sale for Sworders

23 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including an important collection of European tapestries – provided Sworders with its best-ever sale last week.

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Obituary: antique lace and textiles specialist Betty Mendes

23 April 2018

Betty Mendes, who has died peacefully aged 90, was one of the leading lights in the field of antique lace and textiles.

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Obituary: textile designer Elizabeth Joan Gibbons

23 April 2018

When, where, how – ie when was it made? Where was it made? How was it made? And how much is it worth? These are the four fundamental questions which every reputable antique dealer has to ask when he/she looks at an object.

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Charles Voysey River Rug flows into auction

23 April 2018

A hand-coloured design for Charles Voysey’s 'River Rug' surfaced at Lawrences of Crewkerne where it sold at £21,000 (plus premium).

Tapestry

Sumptuous tapestries help country house auction to total a hefty £1.75m for Sworders

19 April 2018

The primary contents of North Mymms Park in Hertfordshire – including a collection of European tapestries that have been at the property for over a century - have sold at auction for close to £2m.

Victoria and Albert Museum wall hanging

V&A Museum buys large embroidery made for Louis XIV’s mistress at Brussels fair

03 April 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum has purchased a rare 17th century wall hanging from the Belgian restorer and weaver De Wit Fine Tapestries.

North Mymms Park, Hertfordshire

“A sanctuary of fine art and antiques”: Sworders sweeps back the curtains ahead of historic Hertfordshire estate contents sale – video

07 March 2018

Sworders has said that its upcoming auction of the primary contents of the historic Hertfordshire estate North Mymms Park will be “among the finest house sales we have conducted in 30 years”.

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Gertrude Bell furnishings on offer at Tennants

26 February 2018

Furnishings that were once part of the family home of Gertrude Bell, one of the most fascinating figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are coming up at auction at Tennants in North Yorkshire on March 17.

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Rug roughs it out to sell at £19,500

26 February 2018

Cautiously catalogued as mid-19th century and suffering some damage, a large suzani attracted international interest at the Andrew Smith & Son (19% buyer’s premium) Winchester sale.

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