Detail of the 19th century English quilt sold for £5200 at Tennants.

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Made in the first quarter of the 19th century, it includes pieces of an 18th century textile, beautifully embroidered in fine woollen thread with floral sprigs and flower heads, and other panels of printed fabrics.

The reverse is mounted with three widths of white cotton, hand-quilted with scalloped designs and flower heads with cotton loops stitched to the top for hanging.

It had some small areas of wear and discolouration but it was generally in remarkable condition and retained its vivid colours.

As the star lot in the auction house’s Costume, Accessories and Textiles sale in Leyburn, it was estimated at £3000-5000 and did not disappoint, selling above top estimate for £5200.