Auction: Hôtel Drouot – Dentelles, etc. – October 26, 2016

10/12/16 The catalogs are now available.  This is turning out to be one of the most important lace auctions in recent memory.
10/21/16 An article has also been published about this auction in “La Gazette Drouot”:
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Auction: Dentelles, etc.
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 4
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Time: tbd
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Public Viewing:  Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:00 to 18:00
Wednesday October 26, 11:00 to 12:00
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie
phone: 01 45 56 12 20
lace expert: Claude Vuille,, 33 (0)6 74 66 39 05

The laces run from lots 1 to 205.
Here are notes by Claude on some of the pieces to be offered:

  • Early flounces dating from the 16th & 17th cent laces such as cut-work or Buratto with 2 colored threads and motif of animals, castles, boats, man and woman.
  • A very rare edging of Frisado from Valladolid wich is a Spanish polychrome needle lace with silk and metallic thread.
  • A tablecloth with Van Dyck border.
  • A deep flounce of 17th cent Venise Gros Point.
  • A rare pair of lappets (formerlyin the collection of Alfred Lescure) of very fine Flemish bobbin lace dating from 1715-25  with a beautiful and dense design.
  • 18th cent deep flounces of Burano, Argentan, Alençon, Hollie Point, few lappets, a deep flounce of Gent Valenciennes (2,45m x 29cm) and some smaller flounces & collar of Gent Valenciennes, a deep flounce of Mechlin in an unused condition.
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  • A deep flounce of Tønder in unused condition
  • Two large wedding veils of Brussels laces, kerchief and smaller veils of Brussels lace, handkerchiefs of Point de Gaze and of whitework.
  • A handkerchief of 19th cent  Alençon needle lace.
  • Some deep flounces also in an unused condition of  Brussels laces Point de Gaze, Point d’Angleterre, Burano, Alençon
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    153 187
  • A deep flounce of Honiton (5,35m x 39cm) with amazing design of flowers, birds and butterflies.
  • Alençon flounces (one of 270cm x 40cm )
  • A needle lace surround by E.Mildéova-Palickova a well known Tchécoslovaquian designer.
  • Some Chantilly items: few shawls, some Chantilly de Bayeux flounces such as a set of beautiful matching flounces with the wax seals and in the original box of Cie des Indes.
  • A beautiful panel of extremely fine Chantilly de Bayeux with motif of ruins, animals, baskets, flowers.
  • Some rare Amilia Ars needle lace with animals and Italian coat of arms.
  • The “Mariage princier” needle lace from Lefebure.
  • A few flounces of silk Blonde de Caen even one in the original cardboard with a stamp of the crown from the Swedish royal family
  • A very deep (about 80cm) and long flounce of Burano needle lace.

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:  26.4% = 22% plus VAT of 20%
TTC (toutes taxe comprises) – check on this before the auction.
Payment due:  Expected almost immediately after the auction, cash in euros, pre-approved cheque or credit card.

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