Auction and News: Hôtel Drouot – Fans, Costumes, Textiles, Lace – October 14, 2015

The news is that Coutau-Bégarue lace expert Martine Gauvard will be retiring by the end of the year, and will be replaced with Claude Vuille, well known to many LaceNews readers. Claude is currently assisting in the evaluations.

Eventails et detelles
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 7
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Time: First part at 11:00, 2nd part at 14:00
Online Catalog:  laces start at number 231-382
Public Viewing: Tuesday October 13 11:00 to 18:00
Wednesday, February 12th from 11:00 to 12:00
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarue
phone: 01 45 56 12 20
fan expert: Georgina Letourmy-Bordier, +33 (0)6 14 67 60 35 (lots 86-230)
lace expert: Martine Gauvard, +33 (0)6 80 72 42 90, assisted by Claude Vuille  (lots 231-382)

Notes: Claude sends the following notes of interest:
251 (unused Bertha, Burano with edelweiss flower design)
254, 257, 280  (fine Chantilly bobbin lace, mantilla & 2 parasol covers)
255 (one early reticella needle laces, one drawn thread & Antwerpen bobbin lace beginning 17thc,  one late 16th / early 17thc bobbin laces with cords brides)
263 (Beveren Waas)
270 (an early 17thc Venise needle lace, a 17thc Milanese, an Alençon & a Brussels drochel from 18thc)
273 (late 17thc Point de France)
326 (a Mirecourt bobbin lace cape)
342 (Point de Paris with coat of arms & lions)
374 (beautiful Bucks with animals surch as lions, deer, birds, butterfly….)
376 (Point de France needle lace flounce with Lily flowers design)
382 (a finely worked chantilly lace long skirt)

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 lists upcoming auctions.
Bidding:  Obviously you can come and bid in person. Phone or absentee bids are accepted.
Online bidding: All bidders must first register with Drouot (before Thurs Oct 10th at noon for this sale). Go to to create an account.
Login at for online auctions, or for live auctions on the net.
There are many videos (in French) explaining the bidding process at:
Buyer’s Premium:  24.99% = 20.84% plus VAT of 20%
TTC (toutes taxe comprises) – check on this before the auction.
Payment due:  Expected almost immediately after the auction, cash, pre-approved cheque or credit card.

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