Auction: Hôtel Drouot – Dentelles, etc. – April 21, 2017

Etoffes – Costumes Anciens – Dentelles – Broderies Blanches
Date: Friday, October 21, 2017
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 10
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris
Time: starts at 11:00, laces (lot 91) start at 14:00
Public Viewing:  Thursday, Apr 20, 11:00 to 21:00
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 91 to 269. There are a number of ‘early laces’ (before the 18th c), lots 119 to 141.  18th c laces go from lots 142 to 170.  Then comes a section of lace edge and whitework handkerchiefs.  19th century laces start at lot 198 to the end. These start off with two beautiful Blonde de Caen shawls.  Here’s a few that caught my eye:

Lot 134  early Venetian needlelaces
Lot 135  Punto Neve – Point de Neige border.
Lot 138  An elaborate figural Milan panel, 3.3 m x 0.8 m
Lot 139  Alb set of Flemish bobbinlace
Lot 147  Wide, long flounce of Brussels bobbinlace with bride ground
Lot 149  Very decorative Mechlin lappets with partridge eye ground
Lot 151  Valenciennes lappets with 5-hole ground
Lot 155  Brussels bobbinlace with droschel ground, long flounce
Lot 165  Argentan dress pannel, called a ‘quille’.
Lots 198, 200 and 201  Blonde de Caen rectangular shawls
Lot 209  Spectacular flounce of Ombre Chantilly, reputed ordered by Empress Eugenie from LeFebure
Lot 232  Valenciennes de Gand flounce
Lot 264  A selection of Beveren laces

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 9:00 AM on April 21st – go to and find the auction on the page for April 21st.
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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Lace Event USA: Great Lakes Lace Group Spring Fling 2017 – May 5-8, 2017

Spring Fling 2017 – The Great Lace Escape
Sponsor:  Great Lakes Lace Group, Inc.
Date:  Friday May 5, to Sunday, May 7, 2017
Place:  Kensington Hotel
3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Call and make reservations (734-761-7800 or 800-344-7829).  $139.00/room/night. Tell them that you are part of the Great Lakes Lace group to get the special rate.
Information and Registration: 
Send registration and fees to Chris Hope, 229 McMillan Road, Grosse Ponte Farms, MI 48236-3509.  Registration_SP_2017
Fees:  Check, traveler’s check or money order to GREAT LAKES LACE GROUP INC
$50.00/attendee.  Class fee $125 for 12 hours instruction.  Cancellations received prior to March 15th will be refunded less a $10 processing fee. No refunds after March 15th unless a paying substitute is found.
Meal fee $79.00 for Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, Saturday banquet.
Contact: Chris Hope – Registrar, 313-881-0512,
Marcha Krieg – Chair, 734-417-4591,

Friday May 5, 2017
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  Vendor set-up
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM   Store Open
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM   Registraton
5:00 PM  Dinner, Teacher introduction
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM  First Class Session
9:00 PM to 10:00 PM  Store Open
Saturday May 6, 2017
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM  Breakfast
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Second Class Session
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  Store Open
12:30 PM  Lunch
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM  Third Class Session
6:00 PM  Dinner
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Program
8:30 to 9:30  Room Show
8:30 to 9:30  Store Open
Sunday, May 7, 2017
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM  Breakfast
7:00 AM to 11:00 AM  Vendor final pack up
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM  Last Class Session

Class Offerings:
Cynthia Maxwell – Beginning Bobbin Lace
Josée Poupart – Wire Lace Jewelry
Holly Van Sciver – Designing Lace
Diane Willett – Knitted Lace
Julie Nicholls – Needle Lace
Vicki Clarke – Tatting

Timeless Stitches
Van Sciver Bobbin Lace – books and supplies

Spring-Fling-2017-Announcement      Chelsea

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Lace Event Canada: Lace Getaway 2017, Vancouver Lace Club – April 24-26, 2017

Lace Getaway 2017
Vancouver Lace Club
Canada – 150 Years
Monday April 24 to Wednesday April 26, 2017
Granly Church Hall
9243 152nd Street, Surrey, BC., Canada
Registration: Registration form:  getaway-registration
Cost is $20/day or $50 for all three days
Fee includes:
– the BC Lace Luncheon on Wednesday
– tuition (not supplies) for the “Tesselace” workshop
– coffee, tea, and snacks for all three days (bring your own lunch Mon & Tues)
– a pair of complimentary lace bobbins

Workshop on Tuesday:  Lenka Suchanek, “Tesselace”
Pricking and supply list will be provided by instructor.

Supplier:  Kathy Nicholson of RainCity Lace
You are welcome to bring supplies that you might want to resell.

Program:  Ivan Sayers will present a 1-hour program starting at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, to be followed by the BC luncheon.

Display:  Both local work, and works on the theme “Canada – 150 Years will be displayed.
A People’s Choice award will be given for the most popular entry using the theme.
A pattern for a maple leaf can be found at

This is an easy-going 3-day retreat for lacemakers. Spend time making lace and socializing.



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Lace Event: Poole Bobbin Lace Circle Lace Day – June 3, 2017

Poole Bobbin Lace Circle Lace Day
Saturday, June 3, 2017
St. George’s Church Hall,
Darby’s Lane, Oakdale, Poole BH15 3EU
10:30 AM until 4.00 PM

Illustrated Talk:  Jean Julier, ‘Japanese Embroidery and Beading’
“Lace with Beads”
Raffle: In aid of “AboutFace” 

Gavand Lace and Craft
Sarah Clothier  with  Harlequin Lace
Chris Parsons with his Painted Bobbins
C J Beaders
Stephen Mobsby with Wellhead Books
and a representative of The Lace Guild will also be in attendance

Tickets:  £4.50 purchased in advance, £5.00 at the door. Junior £1.00.
Lunch bags £4.00, order by May 12th or bring a packed lunch.
Ticket application form: lace_day_2017_application_for_tickets_and_lunch_bags

Why not join us for a day of lace?

A5-Flyer-for-Lace-Day-2017-colour-version-website   Poole map


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Lace Event Canada: Ottawa Guild of Lacemakers 29th Lace Day – April 2, 2017

Ottawa Guild of Lacemakers 29th Lace Day – 29e Journée de la dentelle
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Place: RA Center, Clark Room
2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Time: noon to 4:00 PM

Events:  Guild members will display some of their work, and experienced lacemakers will be on hand to identify heirloom/antique laces.  They will also demonstrate the techniques of bobbin lacemaking.  This is a family event with a great opportunity for children and adults to try their hand at the art of bobbin lace making.

Competition: Every year the Guild challenges members to create works related to a theme. This year’s theme is “Canada 150”.  Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite item in the theme competition.

Exhibits:  The “Canada 150” exhibit; and other hand made bobbin and needle laces produced in the current year in any and all styles

Vendors:  Vendors from Canada will have books and merchandise of interest to bobbin lace, tatting,  needle lace and embroidery enthusiasts.

Fees:  $5.00 adults, children under 12 free

The Ottawa Guild of Lacemakers, composed of lacemakers from the Ottawa and surrounding areas including the Outaouais, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the art of bobbin and other types of lacemaking.  While we are interested in all forms of lace, our main interest is in bobbin lace. The Guild promotes the exchange of ideas and techniques amongst members, offers workshops by local and international teachers, and maintains a small library. The Guild meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm and on the third Saturday for a day of lacemaking.

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Lace Event UK: Wolds Lacemakers Lace Day and AGM – March 11, 2017

Wolds Lacemakers Lace Day and AGM
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Place: The Marist Hall, Church and Parish House
119 Cottingham Road, Kingston-upon-Hull HU5 2DK United Kingcom
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Facebook:  Wolds Lacemakers
Twitter: @woldslacemakers

Talk: “Our Adventures in Lace”
Suppliers:  Jo Firth Lacemaking
Please come along and have a go at lacemaking on our practice pillow

Lace Exhibition (Free entrance):  City of Culture – Made in Hull
Exhibit of handmade lace made by our members 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Watch lacemakers at work. Try your hand at making bobbin lace.

Tickets: £1.50 members, £4.00  non-members.
Telephone: 01482 346123
Contact: Maureen Bromley,
If anyone is in the area, please come – everyone is welcome!  But bring a packed lunch. Car parking and disabled access is available.

The Wolds Lacemakers are a very friendly and extremely active group, including bobbin and needlelace, knitted, tatted or crochet lace. They are based at the southern end of the Yorkshire Wolds, in the area around Hull, with a membership of around 60.The group was formed back in 1985.  The group will hold their 35th anniversary in 2020.

2017 is City of Culture for Hull and we will have, at our meeting in March, an exhibition of lace which has been made by our members available for the general public to view 1pm to 3.30pm.  The entrance for this will be free.  The general public will also have the opportunity to have a go on a practice pillow.

Meetings are held 4 times a year (January, March, May and November). The AGM is at the March meeting, and an Annual Lace Day is held in September.  All meetings are held at the Marist Hall, 119 Cottingham Road, Hull.  Wolds demonstrators can frequently be found at various other events throughout East Yorkshire. See their website, Facebook page or Twitter for further details.
Annual membership is £8.00.


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Auction: Hôtel Drouot – Textiles & Mode Ancienne – March 1, 2017

Textiles & Mode Ancienne
Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Place: Hôtel Drouot, Salle 10
9 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, France
Time: starts at 13:30
Online Catalog: There is also a printed catalog.
Public Viewing: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 11:00 to 18:00
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 11:00 to 12:00
Auction by: Thierry de Maigret, 5, rue de Montholon, 75009 Paris
01 44 83 95 20,
Expert: Séverine Experton-Dard,, +33 (0)6 80 65 12 18

Notes: The laces in this auction run from lots 71 to 104. There are also some excellent traditional headpieces starting at lot 37.   Note the following:
Lot 81 and 87 Mid 18th c Brabant or Brussels flounces.
Lots 83 and 86, these both have wide, long flounces of application on machine net.
Lot 95 An excellent Point de Gaze lappet scarf.
Lot 98  Punto in Aria flounce, looks maybe 2nd quarter 17th c.
Lot 99  35 x 260 cm flounce of Mechlin. Looks all in one piece.

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.
Bidding:  Obviously you can come and bid in person. Phone bids are accepted for lots with the low estimate higher than 300 . Absentee bids can be made by submitting a request 24 hours in advance of the auction
Online bidding: All bidders must first register with Drouot. Go to to create an account.
You must also register to bid on a specific auction. Login at for online auctions, or for live auctions on the net.
There is a lot of instructional material at
Buyer’s Premium:  26.4% TTC (toutes taxe comprises, 22% VAT + VAT 20%) – check on this before the auction.
Payment due:  Expected almost immediately after the auction, cash, pre-approved cheque, Mastercard and Visa.

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