Ebay Alerts! Ten items – December 25, 2011

http://tinyurl.com/7d8wva3 ANTIQUE LACE- PRETTY BRUSSELS LACE
Size: 4″ x 60″
Starting Price: $75.00
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 06:40:18 PST
Seller: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A narrow border of Brussels bobbinlace application on machine net.  Well-worked small motifs, quite naturalistic. Note the small esprit circles in the ground, sign of a better quality piece. Seller cites a few small openings in the ground, and there might be a little discontinuity along the footer attachment. Overall good condition.

   old for $75.00, 1 bidder.

http://tinyurl.com/7ywxpzl ANTIQUE LACE-CIRCA 1700’s, SUPERB VALENCIENNE LACE
Size: 2-3.4″ x 31″
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 06:41:12 PST
Seller: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A high-quality Valenciennes border with the 5-hole ground that was developed just after then snowflake ground.  Snowflakes used as fillings, as well as the quatrefoil design you also find in Mechlin. The design is flowing and naturalistic, good flat line drawing delineation. Seller cites minor openings, but overall very good condition. One of my favorite laces.  Dates 1730-1740. Wish it were longer.

   Sold for $295.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/6nnstha ANTIQUE LACE-SUPERB HANDKERCHIEF
Size: ~11″ square
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 06:41:34 PST
Seller: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A mystery piece. Given the small size and elaborate design, including fleur-de-lis, I wonder if this piece doesn’t have a religious purpose. And maybe a little Art Nouveau? It is very unusual even for a pieced lace. I wonder if it isn’t a fine Spanish lace. Condition looks very good, aside from a little staining, I don’t see any problems from the photos.

   Sold for $295.00, 3 bidders.

http://tinyurl.com/7sq3bm7 ANTIQUE LACE-FINE BINCHE LACE HANDKERCHIEF
Size: ~12.5″ square
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 06:41:54 PST
Seller: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: A Binche handkerchief, later 19th or 20th c. It almost looks likes two layers, but I don’t see any obvious  seam. It has a good, snowy appearance. No small tallies which would push it into the Point de Fee regime. Good close work, and condition looks very good. Seller cites a few small openings, and some spots, all minor.

   $113.06, 4 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/88y24b6 ANTIQUE LACE-RARE NEEDLEPOINT HANDKERCHIEF
Size: ~14″ square
Starting Price: $45.00 with reserve
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 06:42:18 PST
Seller: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: An interesting Venise handkerchief – work looks Belgian. Good tight clothwork with diamond windows, and ornamented raised cordonnets with loops and picoted edges. Italy is also a possibility for something like this, but I don’t think it would be Burano – but would have to get a much closer look to rule it out completely. Zele in Belgium did this kind of work, but normally in a more figural context. Condition looks very good from the photos, no obvious problems that I can see.

   $178.49, 4 bidders, reserve not met.

http://tinyurl.com/6nnkbe7 ANTIQUE LACE- CIRCA 1700’s, FINE MILANESE LACE
Size: 5.5″ x 45″
Starting Price: $75.00
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 06:42:50 PST
Seller: Maria Niforos, Ebay seller mithya, London-New York, United States
Comments: Milan started using plaited grounds like this in the later 17th century, continuing on into the early 18th c. The undulating tapes, doubled back on themselves with flower terminals, the elaborated header and plain tape footer, are all Milanese characteristics. This one lacks any elaborate fillings, but is still a nice example. Few small holes, one join (not sure where), overall good condition.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/722p37q ANTIQUE VINTAGE HEIRLOOM IRISH CROCHET JACKET SHIRT
Size: 15″ across front bust, 14″ across shoulder front, 16″ length
Starting Price: $150.00, $175.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Dec 28, 2011 12:13:38 PST
Seller: Ebay seller nannysgirl, Georgia, United States
Comments: An Irish crochet shirt with lots of small detail. Mainly Rose of Sharon used as cloth, with raised buttons, and some nice leafwork and other raised work along the front seam. Condition looks very good, I don’t see any problems from the photos.

   No bids.

http://tinyurl.com/7xev776 PERFECT MUSEUM QUALITY c1870 SHEER LAWN& DEEP HONITON BOBBIN LACE WEDDING HANKY
Size: 14″ square
Starting Price: $178.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Little less than 4 days
Seller: Ebay seller grannyfannyssattic, Lebanon, Tennessee, United States
Comments: A Honiton handkerchief, a little on the snails/slugs side. I’ve heard those round roses called ‘cabbage roses’. Nicely worked piece with a few plaited tallies. Good design. A few stains, no damage to the lace.

   1/6/12 still available.

http://tinyurl.com/8ywnnb6 MAGNIFICENT MUSEUM QUALITY c1850 HONITON BOBBIN LACE COLAR~THISTLES~LEAFS~ROSES
Size: 20″ neck edge, 42″ outer edge. 4″-5.5″ deep
Starting Price: $298.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Little less than 4 days
Seller: Ebay seller grannyfannyssattic, Lebanon, Tennessee, United States
Comments: A Honiton collar with needlelace ground – the so-called Honiton Point. Very good, fine work with nice delineation in the half-stitch leaves. Good and varied tally fillings. Very good condition, I don’t see anything major form the photos. Overall a nice example, well away from the slugs/snails genra. Note the roses – you see this tape-like pattern in early Devon laces.

   1/6/12 still available.

http://tinyurl.com/7gytaav Ornate Wide Antique Victorian 19th C Chantilly Lace Trim Flounce 156″ 3.9 meter
Size: 156″ long, not sure how wide.
Starting Price: $170.00 Buy-it-Now
Auction ends: Jan 12, 2012 18:31:18 PST
Seller: Ebay seller canalettored, Connecticut, United States
Comments: A Chantilly flounce, long, but no width given. They are usually around 12″ wide. Photography counts a lot in selling lace on Ebay. I like the green background, finding just the right background color that absorbs shadows for black lace is always a challenge. Closeups are included which definitely mark this as handmade. It has a good swag and flower design, few small holes, nothing major. No racroc separation that I can see. Seller says both ends are finished, I’m not sure it that’s original or part of the use of this piece. But then, it doesn’t seem very used.  Probably Belgian.

      1/6/12 still available.

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1 Response to Ebay Alerts! Ten items – December 25, 2011

  1. Antique Lace-Superb Handkerchief. I don’t have anything definitive to add, but a few comments. The fact that it has a designed corner indicates a date in the last half of the 19th century or early 20th. The motifs inside the lace appear to have a winkiepin edge — pin after 2 threads — which is characteristic of rosaline (a part lace). The style of this piece however is nothing at all like rosaline. From the photos I can’t be sure if it is a straight lace or a part lace. Photos showing the back in sufficient detail haven’t been posted. We would need to look for lumpy knots of threads on the reverse side to be sure it was made with part lace construction methods. The small motifs on the outer perimeter make me think of some of the designs in LePompe 1559. These motifs don’t have the shapes of the LePompe ones and certainly weren’t copied from that book, but there is something about those shapes that reminds me of LePompe.

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