Auction: Hôtel Drouot – étoffes – Costumes anciens Dentelles – June 13, 2016

étoffes – Costumes anciens Dentelles
Date: Monday, June 13, 2016
Place: Hôtel Drouot, salle 5
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Time: 11:00 and 14:00
The announcements for the laces (from N° 82 to 150) are both in French and in English. Unfortunately, Drouot has somehow mixed-up the French and the English parts. Therefore Claude has sent a more readable list of announcements.  DentellesLaces_June13th_OCB
Public Viewing: Saturday, June 1, 2016 11:00 to 18:00
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 82 to 150, and with some books later on. Claude sent some notes on interesting pieces:

N° 83  Deep flounce of muslin applique on a machine net, end of the 19th cent beginning of the 20th cent.
N° 85   N° 90 & N°91 Very good length of fine handmade Chantilly bobbin lace, about 1860‐70.
N° 92  Flounce of French handmade Blonde de Caen bobbin lace, about 1830.
N° 93  A very deep flounce of fine Princess lace applique
N° 95  A very long flounce of fine handmade embroidered tulle lace, Lier, Belgium, end of the 19th cent
N° 98  A good length of Brussels Point de Gaze needle lace
N° 104  A baby bonnet of fine linen with a long strip of Hollie Point needle lace insertion, 18th cent
N° 105  A child bonnet and a baby chemise of fine linen with Hollie Point needle lace insertions, 18th cent
N° 108  Large collar of Floral curved motifs made of fine crochet and two grounds of needle lace, Belgium (?)
N° 109  A shaped wedding veil of Brussels lace
N° 113  A little collar of needle lace, Punto in Aria, trimed with a fine bobbin lace
N° 114  A bertha collar of Bruges Duchesse with insertions of Binche type of lace with butterfly motifs
N° 115  A bertha collar of Burano needle lace, about 1890‐1900
N° 117  A mantilla of Blonde bobbin lace, in a warm cream silk thread, 2nd half of the 19th cent
N° 119  A very rare and gorgeous skirt of Bayeux “ombre” Chantilly bobbin lace, about 1860-70
N° 120  A very rare and beautiful jacket of Bayeux “ombre” Chantilly bobbin lace, about 1865-70
N° 122  A rare shawl of white Chantilly bobbin‐lace, 2nd half of the 19th cent
N° 123  A rare Kerchief of Valenciennes bobbin‐lace, about 1880‐90
N° 124  A rare handkerchief of Valenciennes de Gand bobbin lace, about 1850‐70
N° 125  Collar of Valenciennes de Gand bobbin lace, about 1850‐70
N° 126  Beautiful and rare apron of needle lace, Italy, Jesurum (?) end of the 19th cent
N° 127 & N°128  Brussels bobbin lace lappets, about 1750‐70 &
N° 129  Bonnet back of Brussels bobbin lace, about 1710‐20
N° 131  A rare and beautiful skirt and bodice of Brussels Duchesse lace, bobbin lace and needle lace, about 1880
N° 135  A round shaped tablecloth of lace illustrating the fairy tales of Charles Perrault, end of the 19th cent
N° 137  Table cover made of rare bobbin lace edgings with tree of knowledge and puttis motif, Flemish, Antwerpen, about 1660‐80.
N° 148  The Lace Collection of the Musée des Tissus de Lyon, printed in Paris in Mai 1909

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.

Online bidding with Drouot Live:
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 to create a Drouot Live Account. You must also register for this specific auction before noon on June 13, 2016 – go to and find the auction on the page for June 13.
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.

Phone bidding:
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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