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.


Parfilage: the pick of the bunch at Bleasdales’ sewing sale

26 July 2021

Set of tools was designed specifically to take apart rather than create fine textiles

East to west is a cool move for dealer Phil

28 June 2021

After 10 years based at London’s Old Spitalfields Market, Phil Taylor Cool Stuff is moving west to the antiques hub of Lillie Road in Fulham.

5 Questions: Swift Antique Lace

31 May 2021

Anne Swift and her son Phil run Swift Antique Lace, trading from a stall in London’s Portobello Road antiques market.

Samplers make a string of positive auctions results

17 May 2021

Estimated at just £80-150, a Queen Anne or George I period needlework sampler sold for £10,000 via thesaleroom.com at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

Meat feast out, kimonos in

10 May 2021

Antiques on High Cumbrian branch now open

Paisley Museum asks public and trade to offer paisley items for new display

06 May 2021

Paisley Museum plans to mark its 150th anniversary with a paisley 'callout'.

Bible cover boasts Mary Queen of Scots connection

03 May 2021

A Mitchells (22% buyer’s premium) sale included selected contents from Greystoke Castle near Penrith – home to the Howard family for over 500 years.

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5 Questions: textiles dealer Esther Fitzgerald

22 March 2021

Esther Fitzgerald handles textiles from across the globe covering a time span of 2000 years. She has been trading for three decades and is based in Hampstead, London.

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Crewelwork from 1940s sells at 10-times estimate

15 March 2021

Made using woollen yarns on a linen ground, crewelwork is most typically associated with England in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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LARTA’s online coverage as 11th edition gets underway

25 January 2021

Usually held on the mezzanine of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park, the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) migrates online this year with an extended run.

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Opie saddles up in Boston

18 January 2021

Grogan’s 170-lot sale of Fine Rugs and Carpets in Boston, Masssachusetts on January 31 includes 65 rugs and weavings from the collection of James Opie.

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Bidder makes a holy order

21 December 2020

Model produced for pilgrims and tourists to Jerusalem in mind is a highlight as specialist sales launch

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Peter Collingwood: an artist-weaver who worked wonders

26 October 2020

For the second time in as many sales, Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design auction on October 13 included a ‘microgauze’ wall hanging by the British artist-weaver Peter Collingwood (1922-2008).

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Dealer looks to global demand for textiles

12 October 2020

Meg Andrews was as disappointed as many others by the cancellation due to the pandemic of the Textile Society’s antique and vintage textiles fair at Chelsea Town Hall earlier this month.

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Grayson Perry’s 'The best of British' taken to new high at Phillips

21 September 2020

An auction record for Grayson Perry’s (b.1960) 'Britain is Best', a limited edition coloured embroidery depicting five loyalists from East Belfast, was set at Phillips (25% buyer’s premium) in London on September 10.

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Czech tapestry mastery at Berlin art gallery

14 September 2020

This handwoven tapestry by Czech designer and architect Josef Místecký (1891-1957) is offered at Galerie Ulrich Fiedler’s exhibition Textile Moderne, which features Avant Garde carpets and textiles by European makers.

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Samplers thread their way from orphanage to auction

17 August 2020

Estimated at just £30-50, a late 19th century sampler sold via thesaleroom.com for £1850 at Wotton Auction Rooms (18% buyer’s premium) in Gloucestershire. A clue to the appeal is the inscription 'M Mountain, 5 Orphan House, Ashley Down, Bristol, 1879'.

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Personal items that belonged to Marie-Antoinette lead auction at Versailles

01 June 2020

Personal items that belonged to Marie-Antoinette were the highlights of Osenat’s (20.83/18% buyer’s premium) themed sale titled Royalty at Versailles.

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Dealers come up with tech solutions to display an exhibition no visitors can now attend

27 April 2020

'Calyx (Blue)', a 1951 textile by Lucienne Day (1917-2010), sprouts with Modernist forms. Its colourful, flower-like shapes hint at the mobiles of Alexander Calder or the biomorphs of Joan Miro.

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Architects of a house sale success at Dreweatts

20 April 2020

Contents of Palladian home in County Durham provide showpiece auction in Newbury

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