Breaking News! Alençon veil sells for 65,000 euros at the Drouot Sale

More information just in on the auction of the veil.

There were just two telephone bidders, but once the hammer went down a representative from the Alençon Museum of Fine Arts and Lace in the room stood up and announced that they were buying the piece. This was due to the French law of pre-emption – once a price has been decided at auction a state museum has the right to step in and buy at that price.

Potential lace buyers – Learn this lesson well, and remember it the next time you bid on a spectacular piece of lace at Drouot.

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Auction: Dentelles, Broderies Blanches, Linge de Maison – Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Auction: Dentelles, Broderies Blanches, Linge de Maison
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 2
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Directions:  http://tinyurl.com/85b78gl
Time: 11:00 – 13:00 lots 1 to 100 (linens)
starting at 14:00, lots 101 to 448 (laces)
Catalogs: http://tinyurl.com/y8okcjgo
ClaudeVuille_LaceSale_October24th_2018 (English version)
Public Viewing:  Tuesday October 23, 2018 11:00 to 18:00
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie, Mathilde Fellmann +33 (0)1 45 56 12 20
email: information@coutaubegarie.com
Lace expert: Claude Vuille, claude_vu@hotmail.com, 33 (0)6 74 66 39 05

This auction is astonishing, perhaps the best in about 30 years  (Congratulations, Claude!).  This first part is about linens, with some excellent lace pieces (lots 61, 62, 63, 65, 65 for example).
Everything in the laces is worth a look, and the auction includes pieces from Margaret Simeon and other collections.  Here are some that catch my eye:

Lot 122  Point de Gênes border, Iklé collection
Lot 124  Polychrome Buratto border
Lot 135  Panel of Milanese with religious motifs
Lot 140  Sedan collar – I don’t recognize the form, it was probably remade from another piece.
Lot 146  Lappets in 2nd quarter 18th c Belgian needlelace.  Someday I’ll do a piece on the term ‘point de venise a reseau’, which is basically a meaningless name.
Lot 176  Argentan scarf
Lot 199  Excellent Alençon handkerchief
Lot 215  Veil of Brussels bobbinlace applique on droschel ground.
Lot 218  Catalonian blonde black silk mantilla – a wonderful lace, often overlooked.
Lot 223, Bayeaux ombré scarf
Lot 239  Wedding veil of Brussels needlelace applique on machine net.
Lot 242  The Alençon wedding veil, 3rd quarter 19th c.  It doesn’t have a specific provenance, and could be a Lefebure piece, although there were several other firms capabile of doing work of this quality.
Lot 256  A Valenciennes de Gand collar, copy of the one in the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  (I cataloged that piece around 1980, so this one means a lot to me). See also lot 338.
Lot 279 – Bayeux ombré fan leaf.
Lot 283 – Alençon fan
Lot 303 – Rare white Chantilly flounce
Lot 354 – Unusual, extravagent Alençon flounce.  See also Lots 358 and 359.
Lot 363 – Burano flounce, interesting design.
Lot 371 – Point ground flounce, might also be Bucks.

For those not in the USA, the Mega Millions lottery will be up to $1.6 billion with the next drawing on Tuesday, October 23rd. If you win, buy every single piece in this entire auction.

If you wish to purchase any of the lace and cannot come to Paris, there are three ways to do so – these notes are from Claude.

Online bidding with Drouot Live:
If you want to bid by yourself you will have to create an account. Then you will be able to follow the sale with a real time viewing of the auction directly from your computer. You can bid by clicking the appropriate bidding price when the auctioneer reaches the lot you are interested in. If you wish to register for the auction please follow the instructions at http://tinyurl.com/zl5beow to create a Drouot Live Account. You must also register for this specific auction before 9:00 AM, October 24th – go to http://tinyurl.com/ycsx9fwn. The view on your computer has a few seconds delay but the auctioneer is used to it and he will wait a few second when somebody is bidding through the net. This works well as long as the internet equipment has no connection troubles.

Phone bidding:
Otherwise, you can ask to be called when the auctioneer is approaching the particular lot number. A member of the staff will phone you a few minutes before the item will be on sale and you can instruct him to bid on you behalf, in real time.  Both of these possibilities are free of charge and will not have any impact to the final hammer price.

Absentee Bid:
You can also submit an Absentee Bid Form (an order bid) and the auction house will execute it by bidding for you behalf until the price has reached your nominated amount. If bidding doesn’t reach this amount, you win the item for the price at which the bidding ceased. If you are the winner, a member of the staff will send you by email your final invoice. We will send your item to the appropriate postal address as soon as we will get your payment.

Buyer fee’s is 27.60% TTC (23% plus TVA of 20%).

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Auction: Étoffes – Costumes Anciens – Dentelles – Broderies Blanches – Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Étoffes – Costumes Anciens – Dentelles – Broderies Blanches
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Place: Hôtel Drouot, ‘Richelieu Salle 10
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Directions:  http://tinyurl.com/85b78gl
Time: 11:00 – 13:30 lots 1 to 100,
starting at 13:30, lots 101 to 452.  Laces go from lot 391 to 452
Catalogs: http://tinyurl.com/ycwqvjp6
http://tinyurl.com/yc5x7fqm
Public Viewing:  Tuesday March 27, 2018 11:00 to 18:00
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie, Mathilde Fellmann +33 (0)1 45 56 12 20
email: information@coutaubegarie.com
Lace expert: Claude Vuille, claude_vu@hotmail.com, 33 (0)6 74 66 39 05
Linens, costume expert: Raphaël Maraval-Huton, rmarval@gmail.com, 33 (0)6 16 17 40 54

The laces run from lots 391 to 452. Lots of good borders in lots. I’m especially attracted to the following:

Lot 411 17th c flemish border
Lot 417 I think this is a Sedan border, or perhaps Alençon or Argentan
Lot 419 lappets with joining border, Flemish or English with droschel ground.
Lot 429 Black blonde de Caen, seems a little dense for a bonnet veil. Perhaps an abbreviated piece of a rectangular shawl.
Lot 431 Chantilly collar with long lappets.
Lot 433  A very interesting Chantilly motif.
Lot 435 Chantilly diamond shaped mantilla, Ombre shading.
Lot 436  Chantilly rectangular shawl.

If you wish to purchase any of the lace and cannot come to Paris, there are three ways to do so – these notes are from Claude.

Online bidding with Drouot Live:
If you want to bid by yourself you will have to create an account. Then you will be able to follow the sale with a real time viewing of the auction directly from your computer. You can bid by clicking the appropriate bidding price when the auctioneer reaches the lot you are interested in. If you wish to register for the auction please follow the instructions at http://tinyurl.com/zl5beow to create a Drouot Live Account. You must also register for this specific auction before 9:00 AM, March 28th – go to http://tinyurl.com/ycsx9fwn. The view on your computer has a few seconds delay but the auctioneer is used to it and he will wait a few second when somebody is bidding through the net. This works well as long as the internet equipment has no connection troubles.

Phone bidding:
Otherwise, you can ask to be called when the auctioneer is approaching the particular lot number. A member of the staff will phone you a few minutes before the item will be on sale and you can instruct him to bid on you behalf, in real time.  Both of these possibilities are free of charge and will not have any impact to the final hammer price.

Absentee Bid:
You can also submit an Absentee Bid Form (an order bid) and the auction house will execute it by bidding for you behalf until the price has reached your nominated amount. If bidding doesn’t reach this amount, you win the item for the price at which the bidding ceased. If you are the winner, a member of the staff will send you by email your final invoice. We will send your item to the appropriate postal address as soon as we will get your payment.

Buyer fee is 27.6# TTC (23% plus TVA of 20%).

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Lace Guild Advent Calendar

Meanwhile, over at the Lace Guild:

This year’s Lace Guild Advent Calendar is online at https://www.laceguild.org/adventcalendar with pictures and patterns and a competition for you to get your teeth into. I hope you enjoy the lace and feel inspired to enter the competition but remember the closing date is 31st December 2017.
Kind Regards,
Clare Lewis, Lace Guild Hon. Vice Chairman

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Advent Calendar

This note just in from David Leader:

Jean and David Leader have produced an annual Lace Advent Calendar for a number of years, previously hosted on The Lace Guild website. As they are no longer associated with that website, the calendar this year has been mounted at a different location:

https://www.jeanleader.net/calendar/index.html

There is an alternative phone edition at www.jeanleader.net/phonecal.html Tap away to find what’s in it!

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Auction: Hôtel Drouot – November 17, 2017 – Correction

Apologies, I misread the catalog on some items. Certain pieces are not from the publications of Ricci, Levey, Simeon, and Toomer.  They are however, similar to examples illustrated in these works.  I’ve corrected the post.

Laurie

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Auction: Hôtel Drouot – Dentelles, etc. – November 17, 2017

Etoffes – Costumes Anciens – Dentelles – Broderies Blanches
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 13
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Directions:  http://tinyurl.com/85b78gl
Time: 11:00 – 18:00, laces start at lot 91, end at lot 266.
Catalogs: http://tinyurl.com/ydfgheza
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Public Viewing:  Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:00 to 18:00
The day of the sale from 11:00 to 12:00 for the lace alone.
Telephone during the viewing: +33 (1)1 48 00 20 13
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie, Mathilde Fellmann +33 (0)1 45 56 12 20
email: information@coutaubegarie.com
Lace expert: Claude Vuille, claude_vu@hotmail.com, 33 (0)6 74 66 39 05
Linens, costume expert: Raphaël Maraval-Huton, rmarval@gmail.com, 33 (0)6 16 17 40 54

The laces run from lots 91 to 266. It’s an amazing sale.  Here are some of my favorites:

Lots 107-115  These early laces are similar to those illustrated in “Old Italian Lace” by Elisa Ricci.
Lot 120:  Early metallic lace.
Lots 140, 141, 149, 139 132, 138  Lappet sets, three with attached ruffle. Early to mid 17th c.
Lot 150 Valenciennes lappets, 1760-70.
Lots 156 and 157 – both lappet/cap back sets, and lot 156 has a matching ruffle – extremely rare to find a complete set.  Good cap backs, lots 133 and 142.
Lot 164  Alençon handkerchief, excellent, dense design.
Lot 169  A rare white Chantilly handkerchief.  see also lot 176 for a white Chantilly triangular shawl.
Lot 171  An Empire wedding dress of Blonde de Caen, ~1815.
Lot 226  Point de Gaze rectangular shawl.
Many more excellent pieces.

If you wish to purchase any of the lace and cannot come to Paris, there are three ways to do so – these notes are from Claude.

Online bidding with Drouot Live:
If you want to bid by yourself you will have to create an account. Then you will be able to follow the sale with a real time viewing of the auction directly from your computer. You can bid by clicking the appropriate bidding price when the auctioneer reaches the lot you are interested in. If you wish to register for the auction please follow the instructions at http://tinyurl.com/zl5beow to create a Drouot Live Account. You must also register for this specific auction before 9:00 AM, Friday November 17th – go to http://tinyurl.com/y93tfqvm.
The view on your computer has a few seconds delay but the auctioneer is used to it and he will wait a few second when somebody is bidding through the net. This works well as long as the internet equipment has no connection troubles.

Phone bidding:
Otherwise, you can ask to be called when the auctioneer is approaching the particular lot number. A member of the staff will phone you a few minutes before the item will be on sale and you can instruct him to bid on you behalf, in real time.  Both of these possibilities are free of charge and will not have any impact to the final hammer price.

Absentee Bid:
You can also submit an Absentee Bid Form (an order bid) and the auction house will execute it by bidding for you behalf until the price has reached your nominated amount. If bidding doesn’t reach this amount, you win the item for the price at which the bidding ceased. If you are the winner, a member of the staff will send you by email your final invoice. We will send your item to the appropriate postal address as soon as we will get your payment.

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