Auction: Hôtel Drouot – Linge, Dentelles, Tissus – April 22, 2016

4/17/16 – The catalog for this auction is now out, and I’m deleting my earlier post and rewriting it here.

Auction: Linge, Dentelles, Tissus.
Date: Friday, April 22, 2016
Place: Hôtel Drouot,
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Time: Starts at 13:30
Catalog at Coutau-Bégarue:
Public Viewing: Thursday April 21, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday April 22, 2016 from 11:00 to 12:00
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie
phone: 01 45 56 12 20
lace expert: Claude Vuille,, 33 6 74 66 39 05

The laces run from lots 1 to 158, and there are some lace fans later on. Here are some interesting pieces:
41  a deep Brussels flounce with drochel ground and few narrow edgings
47  Four flounces, dating from the end of the 17th / begining of the 18th cent, Flemish & Occhioloni Milanese bobbin lace, and 2 needle laces
50  a good length of Brussels bobbin lace from the beginning of the 18th cent.
62  a beautiful black blonde bobbin lace shawl from the 19th cent
63  a beautiful black blonde bobbin lace scarf from the 19th cent
64  unused strips of French blonde de Caen bobbin lace in a light grey color silk, from the 19th cent
67  a beautiful large collar or kerchief of fine Chantilly bobbin lace, and some other Chantilly items from the 2nd half of the 19th cent
70  a nice oval shape wedding veil of fine Princess lace, beginning of the 20th cent
71  a wedding cape of Brussels bobbin lace applique, middle of the 19th cent.
96  an alb with a Le Puy bobbin lace flounce from the 19th cent
105  edgings of Mechlin, one with armure ground & one with interesting tightly worked motif
106  Binche with interesting diagonal motif, 19th cent.
108  Flemish flounce in the “Berain” style dating from the beginning of 18th cent
109  Brussels “quille” dating from the middle of the 18th cent
111  Two Hollie Point bonnets, 18th cent
114  a long & large panel of cut linen and filet lace with mythological imagery, symbols, animals and the 4 seasons from Vinciolo pattern book
115  Edgings of Point de Paris “Potten Kant” one from Carlier de Lantsheere book
122  Three collars, one of Irish crochet of silk thread & one about 1925-30
128  Mechlin bobbin lace with “point d’armure” ground (over 11m)
132  Brussels deep flounce dating from the beginning of the 18th cent
133  Argentan with a nice motif
134  a few needle laces with nice Alençon collar & an Alençon insertion
136  Youghal edging, 2nd half of the19th cent
140  early 17th cent Genoese edging
141  Argentan needle lace dating from the middle of the 18th cent.
142  Fine Argentella needle lace, 18th cent.
And some lappets and others samplers or edgings of collectible laces.

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.

Claude has sent us these notes on the bidding process, which are much better than what I’ve written in the past:

If you wish to purchase any of the lace and cannot come to Paris, there are three ways to do so.
Bidding by yourself:
If you want to bid by yourself you will have to create an account. Then you will be able to follow the sale with a real time viewing of the auction directly from your computer. You can bid by clicking the appropriate bidding price when the auctioneer reaches the lot you are interested in. If you wish to register for the auction please follow the instructions at

The view on your computer has a few seconds delay but the auctioneer is used to it and he will wait a few second when somebody is bidding through the net. This works well as long as the internet equipment has no connection troubles.

Otherwise, you can ask to be called when the auctioneer is approaching the particular lot number. A member of the staff will phone you a few minutes before the item will be on sale and you can instruct him to bid on you behalf, in real time.  Both of these possibilities are free of charge and will not have any impact to the final hammer price.

Absentee Bid
You can also submit an Absentee Bid Form (an order bid) and the auction house will execute it by bidding for you behalf until the price has reached your nominated amount. If bidding doesn’t reach this amount, you win the item for the price at which the bidding ceased. If you are the winner, a member of the staff will send you by email your final invoice. We will send your item to the appropriate postal address as soon as we will get your payment.

The starting price for each lot is usually 10% to 20% less than the estimated price. If you are the only buyer you can get the item for a lower price then expected. Please note, there is a buyer’s premium on top of the hammer price.

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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