Auction: Hôtel Drouot – Dentelles, etc. – November 17, 2017

Etoffes – Costumes Anciens – Dentelles – Broderies Blanches
Date: Friday, November 17, 2017
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 13
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Time: 11:00 – 18:00, laces start at lot 91, end at lot 266.
Public Viewing:  Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11:00 to 18:00
The day of the sale from 11:00 to 12:00 for the lace alone.
Telephone during the viewing: +33 (1)1 48 00 20 13
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie, Mathilde Fellmann +33 (0)1 45 56 12 20
Lace expert: Claude Vuille,, 33 (0)6 74 66 39 05
Linens, costume expert: Raphaël Maraval-Huton,, 33 (0)6 16 17 40 54

The laces run from lots 91 to 266. It’s an amazing sale.  Here are some of my favorites:

Lots 107-115  These early laces are similar to those illustrated in “Old Italian Lace” by Elisa Ricci.
Lot 120:  Early metallic lace.
Lots 140, 141, 149, 139 132, 138  Lappet sets, three with attached ruffle. Early to mid 17th c.
Lot 150 Valenciennes lappets, 1760-70.
Lots 156 and 157 – both lappet/cap back sets, and lot 156 has a matching ruffle – extremely rare to find a complete set.  Good cap backs, lots 133 and 142.
Lot 164  Alençon handkerchief, excellent, dense design.
Lot 169  A rare white Chantilly handkerchief.  see also lot 176 for a white Chantilly triangular shawl.
Lot 171  An Empire wedding dress of Blonde de Caen, ~1815.
Lot 226  Point de Gaze rectangular shawl.
Many more excellent pieces.

If you wish to purchase any of the lace and cannot come to Paris, there are three ways to do so – these notes are from Claude.

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 9:00 AM, Friday November 17th – go to
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.

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