Ebay Alerts! Eighteen items – November 13, 2011

http://tinyurl.com/cdoe4sy ANTIQUE LACE-BOBBIN LACE BORDER
Size: 3.5″ x 113″
Starting price: $29.99
Auction ends: Nov 14, 2011 14:13:01 PST
Offered by: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: There are some 18th century Flemish pieces that look quite similar to this, although the earlier ones are on a much finer scale. It’s also a little coarse for a Yelts piece. Given the edge finishing, I think this is probably Italian, or perhaps an Eastern European variation. It looks to be a heavier linen, but I can’t say for certain.  Wish we knew more about these laces. I can see a little fraying along the edge and seller cites some damage. But I can’t spot anything major from the photos.

   Sold for $122.50, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/74xl7px Ensemble de 5 volants de dentelle BRUXELLES au point de Gaze 3m15
Size: 9.5 cm x (.92m, .6m, 3 at .55m)
Starting price: 65.00 EUR
Auction ends: Nov 15, 2011 05:45:44 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller florencel4670, Palaiseau, France
Comments: Five lengths of Point de Gaze cut from the same narrow piece. No raised work, but there’s a nice star shaped filling at the center of the main motifs. A vertical design with a narrow repeat. Seems to be a number of holes in the ground, can’t tell how extensive this is from the photos.

   Sold for $134.75, 5 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/6loypwj Handmade Brussels Duchesse Lace Wedding Handkerchief 1800’s 13 1/2″ x 13 1/2″
Size: 13.5″ square
Starting price: $199.99 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Nov 15, 2011 09:57:00 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller sugarbaby2011, The North Pole, Canada
Comments: A Duchesse handkerchief, no needlelace that I can see. A little on the Bruges side. A conventional pattern of small flowers and leaves. Condition appears quite good – the motifs aren’t quite as crisp as they might be, perhaps a sign of washing. The B&W photo is much shaper than the color ones.

   Sold for $149.00, offer?

http://tinyurl.com/7ar8zus ANTIQUE LACE- C.19THC.RARE NEUCHATEL LACE SHAWL
Size: 28″ x 127″
Starting price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Nov 15, 2011 13:09:57 PST
Offered by: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A rectangular shawl of Swiss Neuchâtel point ground lace. A very similar shawl sold in 2010. This lace is sometimes mistaken for Bucks or the elusive ‘white Chantilly’ (remember Chantilly has a halfstitch clothwork). It might even be mistaken for Spanish Ret-Fi if there were more information about that lace. But the Neuchâtel pattern is quite unique – the havy continuous motifs with large areas of honeycomb ground. It does have a gimp.   This lace has been written about recently by Marie-Louise Montandon. This piece looks like cotton, which would put it in the 1st half of the 19th century. Condition looks good for a large point lace piece, but it does have some poorly done repairs and a few small areas of fraying and damage.

   $350.00, 6 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/74l3ky8 Brussels Lace Bridal Veil Antique Vintage Lace 111″ x 20″ GORGEOUS!!!
Size: 20″ x 111″
Starting price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Nov 16, 2011 11:23:39 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller ncm206, America the Beautiful, United States
Comments: A rectangular shawl of Brussels application on machine net. The net look in good shape, which is important in a piece like this. There seem to be bobbinlace and needlelace motifs – the roses being treated in a point de gaze style. Some needlelace fillings in large areas. Overall the design is primarily massed at the ends, and seems a bit thin. I do like the esprits in the ground – a little extra effort.

http://tinyurl.com/7eg4x8f EXQUISITE 19THC. POINT D’ALENCON LACE FLOUNCE
Size: 9″ x 82″
Starting price: $45.00
Auction ends: Nov 16, 2011 17:15:34 PST
Offered by: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A very beautiful mid 19th century Alençon flounce, of which collectors are taking quick notice. It appears to have the reseau ground, and has a vertical, short repeat design suitable for a ruffled application. The jour fillings are good, but not particularly elaborate. Overall it’s a well worked piece in very good condtion. Seller cites some minor openings near the edge, but I can’t spot them. I don’t know the significance of the name on the tag which appears to be something like Wm Mabbey Stewart – this is not a manufacturer, so it could be a past collector.

   Sold for $2,225.00, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/74altk5 ANTIQUE FINELY DETAILED HANDMADE POINT DE GAZE LONG LENGTH YARDAGE
Size: 3″ x 85″. Not sure if this includes the engrelure.
Starting price: $99.00, $399.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Nov 16, 201 17:59:24 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller simonteddy, THE HANDMAIDEN OF WESTMINSTER, VERMONT, United States
Comments: A narrow border of Point de Gaze with a short repeat of grape leaves, simple flowers and sprays that might be a wheat or grass motif. Some of the stems are made of rows of rings, otherwise there isn’t too much in the way of decorative fillings. Seller notes a few tiny holes in the net and a little age discoloration, all minor. Nice condition, a good usable length.

   Sold for $122.50, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7orww42 Fine quality Venetian Gros Point lace c1680
Size: 8 cm x 56 cm
Starting price: 68.00 GBP
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 01:26:50 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller lunnantiques, London, London, United Kingdom
Comments: Pieces like this have been reassembled so often over the years that the best way to evaluate them is on the quality of individual motifs. This one, as far as the large flowers is concerned, is very good.  Note the well-done sculpting of the cordonnet and the addition of fine picots.  The clothwork patterns in the large areas are quite beautiful. Some staining, minor in my opinion. It’s also my opinion that you can learn virtually everything there is to know about needlelace by studying a good piece of early Gros Point.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/6mvuz6f Antique Bedfordshire handmade lace lovely handkerchief
Size: 13″ square
Starting price: 19.99 GBP
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 06:47:30 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: Here’s your second chance at this very good Beds handkerchief. The leaf and sunflower  design is quite well done, with mall raised tallies throughout. It is a nice, flowing pattern, in very good condition. I don’t see any problems from the photos, although the seller cites a small flaw in the center of the linen.

   Sold for 31.00 GBP, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/8xsht68 Vintage Maltese Bobbin Silk Lace Wedding Handkerchief Elaborate Stitching
Size: 13.5″ square
Starting price: $125.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 07:32:22 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller gb-best, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, United States
Comments: A nicely designed Maltese handkerchief.  Finely worked leaves and guipure. The leaves are arranged in several patterns.  Very minor breaks, overall very good condition.

   Sold for $125.00 Buy-it-Now.

http://tinyurl.com/6llhhsz Vtg Antique Real Handmade Alencon Lace Trim Edging Rare Needlelace
Size: 2″ x 15″
Starting price: $95.00
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 07:56:19 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller twist-in-time, Philadelphia / DFW, United States
Comments: This pieces seems intact and I’m thinking it’s a small collar. Later 19th Alençon often used a more open clothwork stitch, probably to help the speed of working. It has an ordinary reseau ground. This one is a bit light on the elaborate filling stitches, and also has an unfortunate tear mid center. But small, intact pieces like this are not too common.

   Sold for $95.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/6q5lkzx Vtg Antique Spanish Blonde Silk Bobbin Lace Wide Edging Trim Flounce 19th Cent
Size: 11″ x 102″
Starting price: $125.00
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 08:16:30 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller twist-in-time, Philadelphia / DFW, United States
Comments: Spanish Blonde (Catalonian Blonde, Ret-Fi), but with extensive repairs. It look like at least one large section has been replaced with a machine imitation. Hopefully that is only confined to a limited area – it’s hard to tell from the photos.  The real parts have typical Spanish fillings, especially the 6-pointed star ground. Seller cites tiny breaks throughout, expected in a fine silk lace. Seller also notes that the last 12″ on one end is not in great shape.  Blondes from France or Spain in any shape are pretty rare.

   Sold for $152.50, 2 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7js6plm Antique Honiton bobbin lace lovely handkerchief
Size: 14″ x 13.5″
Starting price: 39.99 GBP
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 10:12:56 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller discover4, London, United Kingdom
Comments: A Honiton guipure handkerchief with large thistles and roses in the corners. The work is well beyond the snails/slugs stage. The motifs are tightly worked with a little raised elements in the leaves. Good tally grids in the centers of the flowers and nice tight bride work. Very minor condition issues in the cloth center.

   Sold for 72.00 GBP, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/88qofd2 MARIAN POWYS DRAWING FOR FAN LEAF
Size: Not given.
Starting price: $75.00
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 10:56:38 PST
Offered by: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: I can’t make up my mind about Powys. She obviously had connections in her lace business in New York, thereby removing from the market hundreds of outstanding pieces. What kind of influence she had on lace design in the Art Nouveau movement has never been discussed. She’s been described as a ‘free spirit’, which could cover a very wide range of personalities. I do know two things. First, someone should write her biography.  And second, offerings like this might be of interest to the new OIDFA working group on Art Nouveau Laces and Barcelona Style Laces.
I suggest people look at all of Maria’s listings from the archive – I’m sure more will come. These include #160681195619, #160681177347, and #150697129061.

   Sold for $75.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/cxo8hhz Vtg Antique Duchesse Bobbin Lace Trim Edging 3D raised work 1 yd x 3-3/4
Size: 3.75″ x ~36″
Starting price: $135.00
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 18:18:22 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller twist-in-time, Philadelphia / DFW, United States
Comments: A narrow duchesse border, no needlelace, of fine raised bobbin motifs. The condition appears very good, perhaps a few stains, but nothing major. It is a good, well thought out and executed design.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/7j56mod Point de gaze lace trim
Size: 4.1″ x 45.7″
Starting price: $180.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Nov 17, 2011 20:06:32 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller mammersb, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Comments: A Point de Gaze border, rather light in execution. Raised petal roses, and it looks like the maker has tried for a little shading in the leaves. Seller cites a few small  holes in the net.

   Sold for $180.00 Buy-it-Now.

http://tinyurl.com/7qsmay2 Antichissimo colletto 800 sottilissimo tombolo in seta introvabile
Size: 41 x 36 cm – not sure what that means.
Starting price: 20.00 EUR
Auction ends: 18 nov 2011 21:29:57 CET
Offered by: Ebay seller millefilixunsogno, Italy
Comments: An interesting dress front of guipure bobbinlace. It could be Italian, or Spanish, or French, or maybe Eastern European. It seems to have a lot of staining, but the lace itself is intact. Some motifs have gimps, some don’t. A puzzle.

   Sold for 20.00 EUR, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/7ongu8k 4 Antique handmade Victorian Bedfordshire bobbin lace butterfly lot butterflies
Size: ~4.25″  x 3″ each
Starting price: 20.00 EUR
Auction ends: Nov 18, 2011 18:31:21 PST
Offered by: Ebay seller shotgun*wedding, MILWAUKEE, United States
Comment: These seem a little heavy for Beds.  Might be Cluny or even Maltese.  Just goes to show that cut butterflies aren’t always in Point de Gaze. Condition looks good, maybe a little stained.

   Sold for 37.01 EUR, 9 bidders.

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