Advent Calendar

This note just in from David Leader:

Jean and David Leader have produced an annual Lace Advent Calendar for a number of years, previously hosted on The Lace Guild website. As they are no longer associated with that website, the calendar this year has been mounted at a different location:

There is an alternative phone edition at Tap away to find what’s in it!

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Auction: Hôtel Drouot – November 17, 2017 – Correction

Apologies, I misread the catalog on some items. Certain pieces are not from the publications of Ricci, Levey, Simeon, and Toomer.  They are however, similar to examples illustrated in these works.  I’ve corrected the post.


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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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Lace Event Belgium: Turnhoutse kant – October 28-29, 2017

Tentoonstelling Turparen: Turnhoutse kant (Flemish Community, Antwerp, Turnhout)
  Lace group Tuparen, Oud Turnhout, Belgium
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017 and Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00
De Djoelen
Steenweg op Mol 3, 2360 Oud-Turnhout, Belgium
Information: Liliane Eykens, secretary Tuparen,
0473/41 19 48

The Turnhout lace style is beautifully illustrated in “Van speldengrond tot Turnhoutse Kant”, by Nora Andries, Harry de Kok, Luc Huygens, Guido Landuyt, Frieda Sorber, and Lieve Vroom. Sometimes called “Point de Paris” (although not by the Turnhout lacemakers), this exhibition will show the best of such work, and also offer demonstrations. This group works with old patterns, and with ones they design themselves.

Tuparen-2017   Turnhout

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Online Auction: Drouot Online – Dentelles – Broderies – Linge de Maison – Outils de Dentellière – ends September 30, 2017

Dentelles – Broderies – Linge de Maison – Outils de Dentellière
Date and Time: Bids close for Lot 1 at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 30, 2017 (Paris time) then close every 30 seconds for the rest of the bids.
Online Catalog:
Click on a lot for additional images and a French and English description.
Auction by: Coutau-Bégarie
email: Mrs. Mathilde Fellmann,
phone: 01 45 56 12 20
lace expert: Claude Vuille,, 33 (0)6 74 66 39 05

This is an unusual auction, totally online, and is a sign of things to come.
Lots 1 to 34 – Household linens
Lots 35 to 90, 176 to 210 and 290 – Flounces and costume accessories of lace and whitework
Lots 91 to 116 and 227 – Handkerchiefs of whitework and lace
Lots 117 to 255 – Collectible Laces
Lots 256 to 289 – Lacemakers tools and needlework samplers

Here are a few things that catch my eye – of course I go right to the Collectible Laces:
Lot 128  Point de France lappets
Lot 131  early 18th c Brussels needlelace, wish there were more. Lot 132 is another piece, different pattern.
Lot 137 Alençon lappet, 3rd quarter 18th c.
Lot 138  Brussels bobbinlace with droschel ground, lappets and connecting band, 3rd quarter 18th c.  In fact there are a number of lots with excellent lappets of all types.
Lot 167  Wonderful collection of Mechlin borders.

Online bidding with Drouot Live:
To bid on a lot, you must first register to the auction. After signing in to your account at, search for the auction you are interested in and click on Register to bid.
In order to insure the security of all transactions, it is necessary to follow the following steps before each auction:

  • Verify your personal details
  • Accept the conditions of the auction and the site
  • Agree to share your details with the sale operator

Upon your first registration, a transaction of 2 euros will be asked for: an amount which will not be debited, in order to verify your card details.
To make the registration process even easier, you can request a Drouot Card.

Phone bidding:
If you wish to bid on a lot but do not want to create an account on the Drouot platform, please contact Claude by mail, and she will take care of your orders.

Buyer’s Premium:  26.4% TTC* = 22% plus 4.2% VAT (20% of the 22%).
*TTC (toutes taxe comprises)

Payment due:  Expected almost immediately after the auction, cash in euros, pre-approved cheque or credit card.

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Auction: Kerry Taylor Auctions, Antique and Vintage Fashion and Textiles – September 25, 2017

Antique and Vintage Fashion and Textiles
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 9:30 Session 1 – lots 1 to 300
2:00 Session 2 – Lots 301 to end of sale
Place: Kerry Taylor Auctions, Ltd.
249-253 Long Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE1 4PR
Viewings: Friday, September 22nd, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 24th, 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Web Catalog:
Phone: +44 [0]208 676 4600
Fax: +44 [0]203 137 0112

The laces in this auction run from lots 483 to 542. There are quite a few lots of excellent laces, and it is quite the sale for early lappets. Here are some items of interest:
lot 487  Carrickmacross applique square veil
lot 491  Early Brussels lappets with brides, 1720-1730
lot 492 4 sets of lappets, early Valenciennes, 2 Brussels with brides, Mechlin – quite interesting.
lot 509, Brussels bobbin and needlelace stole
lot 510  Wide Brussels flounce applique on machine net.
lot 517  Excellent dresden lappet
lot 518  A pair of Argentella lappets
lot 519  Valenciennes lappets,1730-40, a little stained.
lot 520 Flemish bobbin lappets with provenance, worn by Anna Maria Paston of Norfolk to the court of George II in 1735.
lot 525, Brussels lappet 1740-60, with droschel ground.
Lot 528  A collection of various 178th c Italian needlelaces

Bidding: Bidders must register with Kerry Taylor, and bring or send proof of identity by email or fax (such as a driver’s license or passport). They may request a credit card.
If you want to use The Saleroom live internet bidding you must register with them – this is a separate process and your registration will be forwarded to Kerry Taylor to approve.
– There is a 25% buyer’s premium is applied to the hammer price up to 50,000 GBP, 20% above that, and the premium is subject to the prevailing VAT rate.
– A bid slip for commission bidding is available at and can be faxed to the number above.
– Telephone bidding must be requested well in advance of the auction, there are a limited number of lines available.
– Online bidding can be done through The Saleroom.  You must register here for the auction at the site.
– Payment is due in pounds sterling at the end of the auction. They accept debit and credit cards (charges apply, contact Kerry Taylor Auctions for more information).  Cash up to 8,000 GBP only, sterling cheque and bank transfers.

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Lace Event Spain: I Encuentro de Bolillos de Fuenterrebollo – September 9, 2017

I’m gradually getting back to posting events.  This one arrived by email yesterday.

I Encuentro de Bolillos de Fuenterrebollo, Segovia (Segovia, Castile and León)
  La Asociación de Amas de Casa y el Ayuntamiento de Fuenterrebollo
Collaborators:  Ayuntamiento de Fuenterrebollo
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: See Agenda
Plaza de España, and Salón Multiusos “El Trinquete” for the opening.
Information and Reservations:, 626089385/660755855
€5 fee for the meal, send an email with account number ES43 2038 7654 6564 0000 0287.
There is a registration form, which I have not been able to find.
Deadline is August 31, 2017.

10:00  Reception for participants
10:30  Start of the I Encuentro de Bolillos de Fuenterrebollo
12:00  Coffee and sweets
13:30  Drawing
14:30  Meal, traditional Paella prepared by the Assn. Amas de Casa
16:00 Opening of the exhibition of lace, equipment, etc.
17:30 Lecture, Esther Maganto, “El Arte de los Bolillos, ayer y hoy”
19:00 Closing of the Encuentro

I Encuentro Bolillos 2017-1 I Encuentro Bolillos 2017-2 I Encuentro Bolillos 2017-3

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