Auction: Augusta Actions, Specialty Fashion and Textiles – November 2, 2011

Since this auction is coming up so fast I’m moving the post from October 8th back to the front page of LaceNews.  Did you know that Karen Augusta has been doing appraisals for textiles and costumes for the past 9 years on the US version of Antiques Roadshow? Did you ever wonder why lace is never featured? I’ll do a post on that soon.

Specialty Fashion and Textiles – Including Lace from the Marion Powys collection
Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Place: Auditorium, St. Paul’s Church
15 Columbus Avenue (between 59th & 60th), New York
Preview: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, November 1st and
9:00 AM to Noon, Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Auction begins at noon, November 2, 2011
Web Catalog:
Final prices will be posted on the website, but this may take several months.
Karen E. Augusta,, 802-376-9988
Bob Ross,, 802-376-7166
Other Phone: 802-463-3333

Karen Augusta regularly holds auctions of costumes and textiles, all of very high quality. This auction is not to be missed by serious lace collectors, and will include items from the Marion Powys collection (1882-1972, see for a short biography). It is on consignment from Powys’ granddaughter. In looking at the online catalog, first note that photos will be added up to the day of the auction. Not all the lots will be photographed. Here are comments on a few offerings:
– The five piece Alençon set includes 2 sleeve ruffles, a lappet and cap back set (looking a bit reassembled), what appears to be a scarf, and a few edgings. 3rd quarter 18th c. The pattern does seem to match in all the pieces – but the set has seen better days.
Est $800 to $1,200.
– Quite an elaborate Brussels application veil with a lily design with unusual layered flounces at the back. Comes with provenance. Nice. 102″ x 119″.
Est $800 to $1,200.
– A rectangular bobbin/needle application veil, quite an elaborate design. 53″ x 108″.
Est $800 to $1,200.  (I think there’s a pattern here)
There seem to be about 25 other lace lots, and photos are gradually coming online. One is described as a bobbinlace application collar made for Anne Lindbergh including a design of bi-planes (est. $200-$300) Powys made this piece. And the very last lot (as of this writing) appears to be a triangular Valenciennes de Gand shawl, 44″ x 110″, from the Brooklyn Museum.  Est. $800 to $1,200.

Bidding: Here are details from Karen, sent to me on October 15th. Note, more photos will appear in the next week:
The absentee/phone (written) bid forms will be posted on our website later
this week, at the same time the lot numbers are posted. You may participate
in the sale by phone or left (absentee) bid. Once those forms are posted,
you may fill one out and fax it to our posted Fax number.  Our buyers
premium is 20% of the auction hammer price.  We also offer internet bidding.
– that information will also be on our website at the same time lot numbers
and bid forms appear.

The next Augusta Auctions sale will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

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1 Response to Auction: Augusta Actions, Specialty Fashion and Textiles – November 2, 2011

  1. lacenews says:

    Oct 15, 2011 – I have just heard from Karen Augusta and am updating the post.

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