November 2005 Vintage Clothing & Textile Auction

  • November 18th & 19th, 2005
  • New Hope, PA

The majority of lots for this fall auction came directly from the back rooms and storage facility of the Denver Art Museum. The remaining lots were de-accessioned from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and other institutions. To round out this sales event, we added consignments from some remarkable estates and private collections. Highlights include Chew family textiles and clothing, in storage since removal from Cliveden mansion (the 18th C. National Trust property, in Germantown, PA.) and deadstock antique linens purchased from Max Littwitz, an early 20th C. heirloom linen shop in NYC.

This sale will be filled with treasures from past museum exhibitions and many items that have not been viewed by the public for a half century or more. Because of the sheer volume of items in all of the consigned collections, many complementary pieces have been grouped together to create large trade lots. These are two sale days guaranteed to please any textile collector.

Our catalogue listing all lots and the order of sale for both days will be posted on this website by mid-October. Keep checking the auction photo galleries, which will be added to each week.

Session 1 - Friday November 18th, 2005

Textiles, Laces, Linens, Fans, Parasols, Walking Sticks, Patterns features an astounding collection of handmade laces & fine bed & table linens,  including a 280” lace banquet cloth, 18th C, fabrics & textiles, c. 1760 metallic brocade coverlet, c. 1690 Swedish Biederwand Panel, embroidered Chinese coverlet, silk damask & brocade curtain panels, lace wedding hankies, shawls, exquisite fans, including hand painted & feather, generous trim lots, and hundreds of garment patterns dating from late 19th C, - 1970s.

Session 2 - Saturday November 19th, 2005

Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Clothing and Fashion Accessories featuring a group of 18th C. gentlemen’s embroidered garments, a Schiaparelli beaded evening jacket, a rare 1927 Gabrielle Chanel metallic cape, three Fortuny Delphos dresses, Doucet evening gown, c. 1770 silk brocade open robe, 1736 English wedding shoes w/ provenance, exquisite 19th C women's dresses, c. 1890 Gents’ court suit, Victorian children’s clothing, hand made lace tea gowns, large collection of beaded 20’s dresses & wraps, Irish Crochet dresses, exquisite silk lingerie, designer clothing from Pingat, Chanel, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Paquin, Dior, Norell, Adrian, McCardell, Galanos, Blass, Courreges, Quant and others, fur coats, generous shoe, stocking, glove & hat lots, etc.

Sale Condition Key

Near perfect. No evidence of wear. No visible flaws.
Gentle wear or minor damage, easily repairable.
Garment is sound. Visible repair or in need of repairs.
Significant evidence of wear or damage.
No longer intact. Useable for salvage or recycling parts