Antique costume and textiles collections in Yorkshire sale

Various collections of vintage and antique costume and textiles are set to go under the hammer in a North Yorkshire saleroom in August, ranging from 18th-century costumes and handmade dolls house furniture, to children’s clothes from Uzbekistan.

A collection of south east Asian textiles in the antique costume and textiles sale
A collection of south east Asian textiles

The sale at Tennants includes the contents of a private collector from Gloucestershire who over a number of years put together a collection of Central and South East Asian textiles, which includes brightly coloured children’s clothes and hats, 19th-century Miao baby carriers, robes from Turkmenistan and much more.

A highlight is the collection is a Suzani type Toran, or decorative embroidered door hanging from Central Asia, which carries an estimate of £150-£250.

Closer to home comes a private family collection from North Yorkshire consisting of 18th-century costumes and accessories. Beautifully preserved in a family home, the collection includes a range of embroidered silk waistcoats, with one particularly fine example being a cream silk waistcoat dating from c.1780, embroidered in coloured silks with floral garlands and sprigs. It carries an estimate of £300-£500. Also of note is a fine, hand-painted Chinese silk robe, decorated in flowers with very well preserved colouring.

Antique Dolls House furnitureFor dolls house aficionados, a private collection of fine dollhouse furniture and furnishings along with two dollhouses and many other accessories looks set to have appeal. Many of the furnishings are from leading makers, such as Vic Newey and Tarbena Miniatures, and the furnishings have been grouped into themed lots, with estimates starting at £60-100.

The sale will also include two small family archives from textile manufacturers – Jean Gossein, a lace designer and Elliott Hosiery manufacturers.

Jean René Joseph Gossein (1890-1971) was born in Sangatte, Pas-de-Calais in 1890, but moved to England to work as a French lace maker, first in Derbyshire before establishing his own company in Nottingham. Jean designed and hand drew all of his samples for lace making, but he also produced hand painted designs for wallpaper, linoleum, carpets and rugs. Many of his designs for lace and home furnishings are now up for sale, including samples of lace patterns.

Also up for sale are silk and woollen underwear and sundry items from the Elliott Hosiery factory in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Founded by Stephen Elliott, the factory operated between 1847 and 1950, and every piece produced was marked with a letter ‘E’ or ‘Swanwick’. Sold alongside the hosiery are family photographs and a pair of shoes worn by Harriet Elliott.

The sale takes place on August 18.

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