Thursday, July 14, 2016

Of Interest


Of interest

Coming up for AUCTION on July 16th with an estimate of  $80 – $120 is a patchwork bedcover (73″ x 86″) made with scraps of white baby lace,  black lace, baby cloths, collars, etc., stitched to a cotton foundation with an applied eyelet border circa 1940. The condition is noted as fair to good condition with areas of staining and  some losses.
What really caught my eye was the Catalogue Note:
According to family tradition this cover was made by Mable Taylor, possibly on the occasion of the death of her daughter at age ten. The bedcover has descended through the family of Mable Taylor, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
It is sad that the bedcover is being sold. I hope that it finds a good home.
Last week there were several interesting lots sold. My favourite was an unfinished 18th Century longstitch (auctioneeer’s terminology) needlework study.
In the unfinished section you can see where the embroiderer has sketched out the design to be stitched. There are several detailed photos on the AUCTION site that embroiderers will enjoy studying and bookmarking to return to.
Whilst unfinished, unsigned and undated bidding was very brisk with the hammer finally falling at £2,300 British Pounds.
This came from a deceased’s estate and there were several other pieces of needlework in the collection. Here are a further three.
A mid 18th Century needlework sampler by Elizabeth Young, dated August 22nd 1768, aged 10 years, featuring upper case and lower case alphabet, numerals, two figures named “Thomas and Mary Young”, flowers, butterflies, and birds, 36.5 cm x 31.5 cm.
It sold for £4,800 British Pounds.
An early 18th Century needlework sampler by Elizabeth Talford, dated March 13th 1706, featuring houses, flowers, flowerheads, manor house, three figures, four sheep, and religious script, and inscribed below “Elizabeth Talford was taught this needlework by S. Breckon March 13th day anno 1786”, 39 cm x 33 cm.
Sold for £4,400 British Pounds.
There are some detailed photos of this sampler that can be studied HERE
A 19th Century lacework study of a gentleman, probably depicting The Duke of Wellington, 15.5 cm x 14 cm  Sold for £4,800 British Pounds despite the condition report:
The panel itself has discolouration, especially to the shoulders. Otherwise has wear and tear. It is not known whether it is stuck down to the backing. The backing has white dots and dirt and dust. Frame is battered. The back is missing its easel and is ripped in several places.

Caveat emptor or Let the buyer beware

Auctions are always interesting and you never know what you are going to see being sold but a note of caution always read each auctioneer’s terms and conditions carefully, they do vary between houses. Remember that there are further charges to be added to the hammer price – the auctioneer’s premium which can be hefty, sales tax, online bidding fees etc., and you still have to arrange collection, packing and postage.
If you are tempted to bid do your homework thoroughly, ask for detailed photos and condition reports. Check out the provenance. Factor in the extra charges, set your limit and STICK TO IT !!!
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