Top lot in textiles sale makes thousands

An exceptional early 19th-century patchwork quilt was the star lot in a recent costume, accessories and textiles sale in North Yorkshire.

Tennants Auctioneers saw the top lot sell above its pre-sale estimate to make a hammer of £5,200.

The rare quilt incorporated pieces of an 18th-century textile, beautifully embroidered with floral sprigs and flower heads. The 18thcentury embroidery was in remarkable condition considering its age and retained its vivid colours and fine stitching.

Detail of a Quilt with 18th Century Embroidery Elsewhere in the sale, a further 19th-century applique reversible cotton patchwork quilt beat its £200-300 estimate to sell for £1,100, and a late 19th-century cotton patchwork quilt with a ‘tumbling block’ pattern sold for £600.

Strong bidding was seen throughout the sale, with many lots selling well above estimate. Further highlights of the sale included a late 18th-century Queen Anne type doll that sold for £2,500; measuring 40cm high, the doll had a carved wooden head with blonde wig and wide eyes with inlaid blue irises and was sold together with costume remnants and a blue grosgrain hat.

Detail of Queen Anne Type Doll

A pair of circa 1900, possibly French, wax mannequin busts modelled as young ladies sold for £2,500, a circa 1930s large Steiff mohair kangaroo and joey sold for £350, and a 19th-century French fabric sample pattern book, part of a small private collection in the sale, sold for £850.

An impressive 18m length of Hazleton House’s ‘Homage to Rose Cumming’ hand block printed linen, a pattern known as on of the finest examples of English block printing, sold for £650, and a cushion with early 19th-century woolwork embroidery depicting a gentleman shooting sold for £600.

The sale also included a good selection of costume, including modest mid-century ladies house coats and work robes which were particularly in demand; a lot of circa 1930s to 1950s dressing gowns, robes and house coats sold for £750, and a lot of circa 1940s and 1950s ladies’ cotton work robes sold for £600. On the other end of the scale were luxury lots such as a 1970s dress by Bill Gibb that sold for £320, a gilt metal hinged bangle by Hermès that sold for £500, and a Mulberry black crocodile Gladstone style travel bag which fetched £450.

The sale achieved a total hammer prices of £62,050.

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