Linge, Dentelles, Tissus
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Place: Richelieu – Salle 16
Time: Auction begins at 11:00 AM
Online Catalog: http://catalogue.drouot.com/indexDrouot.jsp?id=12403
Auction by: Le Calvez et Associés, SVV
Notes: This sale has many fine textiles and costumes, and also a lot of very good lace. Note the wide alb Brussels Duchesse trimmings of lot 131. But keep going toward the end of the catalog, starting around lot 367. Note particularly:
Point de gaze handkerchief, lot 377
Brussels application crinoline flounces, lots 382 and 404
Brussels with drochel ground, lot 391
Point de gaze flounces, lots 396, 413, 450, 451, 452, 453
Brussels with brides flounce, lot 405
Chantilly pieces, lots 406 and 415
Point d’Angleterre flounce, lot 443
I had once started to list Drouot auctions, they occur weekly and often list ‘dentelles’. But without catalogs and with misleading titles, it’s difficult to make a judgment of what is actually there. This one is not a dedicated lace auction, but it does have excellent pieces and a wonderful online catalog. This will be a ‘live auction’, and I believe that the proceedings will be broadcast live on the net.
Drouot is an organization of auction houses throughout France, including their main facility, the Hôtel Drouot in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Established in 1852, Hôtel Drouot held a monopoly on French antiques auctions until legal reforms opened the way for international competition in 2000. The Gazette Drouot http://www.gazette-drouot.com/ lists upcoming auctions.
Online bidding: All bidders must first register with Drouot. Go to https://drouotonline.webzone-secure.org/creationdecompte to create an account.
Login at http://www.drouotonline.com/ for online auctions, or http://www.drouotlive.com/ for live auctions on the net.
You also have to register for individual auctions. There are many videos (in French) explaining the process at: http://www.drouot.com/static/drouot_video_sommaire.html?lang=en.