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Autumn Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale Preview

8th November 2021.

A rare French 19th Century Doll made by Daniel & Cie is one of the highlights of Tennants Auctioneers’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on 20th November. The Paris Bebe Bisque Head Doll (estimate: £2,500-3,500 plus buyer’s premium) is an important piece of doll history; in 1890 leading doll makers Jumeau successfully sued Daniel & Cie for copyright infringement, and all the moulds for Daniel’s dolls were destroyed. Thus, extant examples, such as the present doll, are rarely found on the market.

Further good lots amongst the dolls and teddys in the sale include an Early 20th Century Steiff Light Brown Mohair Jointed Teddy (estimate: £1,000-1,500), a circa 1850s Princess Louise Doll (estimate: £600-800), and a circa 1930s Dolls’ Kitchen Room Setting (estimate: £1,200-1,800).

With a Royal connection come two lots of costume and shoes that once formed part of the 1997 Duke and Duchess of Windsor Sale at Sotheby’s, which saw the sale of over 3,000 lots from the personal collections of the Royal couple. A copy of the catalogue is also included in the sale.

An interesting selection of costume in the sale includes two Victorian wool dress, found in the bottom of a trunk purchased by the vendor at another auction (estimate: £150-250), a good selection of costume from the 1920s to 1950s, a large collection of clothing designed by Jean Muir, and a 1970s outfit from legendary Chelsea boutique Mr Freedom that was frequented by the likes of Elton John (estimate: £100-200). Also on offer is a pair of Circa 1980s Pale Blue Wool Breeches by Vivienne Westwood (estimate: £100-200), and a selection of Japanese-style robes that were once theatrical costumes in a local Country House.

A Rare Early 18th Century White Trapunto Quilted Bedspread, which bears a handwritten label that reads ‘Quilt about 200 years old, sent by Miss **pince, Leyburn’ is on offer with an estimate of £300-500, and a selection of wool-winders, haberdashery, hats, milliner’s tools and feathered accessories is lead by an Allie Maillard Hat Conformer, a head-measuring tool made in Paris circa 1900 (estimate: £800-1,200). Of note, too, is a late 19th Century Wool Work Picture Depicting the British Raj in India (estimate: £300-500).

Finally, a selection of designer and luxury costume and accessories, including fine Gentlemen’s suiting, is also on offer. Highlights include Hermès Black Leather Kelly 50 Travel Bag (estimate: £2,500-3,500), and a selection of Hermès silk scarves.


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