April 2006 Vintage Clothing & Textile Auction

  • April 7th and 8th, 2006
  • New Hope, PA

The second auction of Denver Art Museum’s historic clothing de-accession was held on April 7th & 8th, 2006 .  Rounding out this sale were de-accessions from the Maine Historical Society, the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Kent State University, other major institutions together with select consignments from a few remarkable estates and private collections. In addition, we sold a collection per order of the Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to benefit their Acquisition Fund. 

In addition to the huge volume of items cataloged for this two-day auction, we scheduled our second "Discovery Sale" for Friday evening, immediately following the Session 1 cataloged sale. Thousands of un-cataloged 19th-20th C garment & textile treasures were offered to the highest bidder.

Session 1 - Friday April 7th, 2006, 10AM

Textiles, Linens, Laces, Beaded Bags, Fans, Parasols, & Children’s Clothing.

Highlights included Mariska Karaz’s Phoenix Tapestry; a 4th C. woven Coptic figure; quantities of antique fabrics; 18th C embroideries & brocades, including chasubles; an astounding collection of handmade laces; export & paisley shawls; fine bed & table linens; unusual Turkomen tent bag; Turkish embroideries; silk damask & brocade curtain panels; lace wedding hankies; a large volume of New World weavings; generous trim lots; children’s & infant clothing to include heirloom christening gowns, party dresses, 19th C. calico dresses, bonnets, shoes, etc.

Discovery Sale - Friday Evening immediately after Session 1 cataloged sale.

Session 2 - Saturday April 8th, 2006, 10AM

Women’s & Men’s Clothing & Accessories, w/ an extensive collection of Wedding Gowns & Related Accessories, Fashion Prints, Ephemera & Display Racks.

Highlights included a rare 1927 Ballets Russes costume; a 1930s Chanel lace evening gown; two 19th C. Worth dresses; a Norell mermaid dress; a 1920s Molyneux beaded evening gown; 17th C lady’s shoes; early 19th C ball gowns; mid to late 19th C afternoon gowns; 19th & 20th C. handmade lace wedding gowns & wedding veils; lame, beaded & sequined flapper dresses; collection of jeweled 1920s heels; 1930s bias cut evening gowns & printed chiffons; collection of hand-painted 40s crepe blouses; 1940s-1960s day & evening wear; 20th C designer garments including Norell, Beene, Galanos, Balmain, Chanel, Dior, Blass, Mainbocher, Lesser, Carnegie, etc.; exquisite silk lingerie & volumes of ladies whites; gents 19th & early 20th C suits, 1853 top hat w/ leather case; trade lots of collarless shirts & boxes of collars; generous shoe, stocking, glove & hat lots; rare 18th C framed fashion prints; large mirrored hat display, 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
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