Debra Brown, who runs the Vintage Textiles Department at TW Gaze Diss Auction Rooms, is delighted to announce a special, single-owner auction which will take place on Thursday 23 September at 2pm: part of a lifetime collection made by a textile aficionado it includes rare and important textiles and fabrics from the 18th Century, 19th Century, and early - mid 20th Century.
These include English and French printed linens and chintzes; silks, damasks, jacquards, tapestries, ethnic weavings, Ikats and embroideries sourced from all over the world. The collection includes silk and velvet from China, block prints from Persia and India, Ottoman embroideries, Mud Cloth from Mali, Kente Cloth from Ghana, tribal pieces from Latin America and the Middle and Far East, Uzbek needlework, Psychedelic and novelty prints from the 60’s and 70’s, Moroccan tent hangings in silk damask, pieces of chasubles, vestments. altar cloths, several pairs of stunning large dramatic curtain panels and portieres and last but not least, hooked rugs from the United States .
With a strong emphasis on design, the collection would be a great resource for textile designers, interior decorators, and some pieces such as a Bizarre Silk and Fortuny curtain panels would be worthy of a museum collection. There are also many smaller scale prints that could be used as inspiration for womenswear and menswear, and several suitcases purely of various stripes and checks, including Neapolitan silk sashes and paisley shawls.There are also some dramatic stand-alone pieces such as Arts and Crafts tapestry panels, and a spectacularly large Kente cloth made by the Ashante people of Ghana, a box of early wallpapers, including pieces of early 19th Century hand-blocked Chinoiserie wallpaper, a children’s print circa 1920, a large roll of 1960’s Beatlesmania very graphic silver foil and black screen-printed wallpaper and early 20th Century florals, both French and English.
In other words this is a sale not to be missed ,with something for everyone from the serious collector to the professional designer.
The next Vintage Fashions sale will take place on 14 October.