antique Auction

Passion for Fashion

20th November 2017

Our long-awaited Passion for Fashion and Fine Textiles sale has finely arrived. There is something for everyone. We present the crème de la crème of fashion and textiles from the 1600s – 2010s.

The sale kicks- off with luxury accessories (including pieces originally owned by inspirational St Martin's Professor, the late Louise Wilson OBE, lots 35 to 43), vintage furs, handbags by Hermès, Chanel, Cartier, early luggage by Vuitton, fabulous costume jewellery by Iradj Moini, Coppola e Toppo and others.

We have one of the finest selections of 17th and 18th century dress ever to come onto the open market. Many of the pieces came from the attics of Sizergh Castle in Cumbria which has been home of the Strickland family since 1239. Also included is a 1610s velvet jerkin from the renowned American collector, the late Helen Larson, as well as a fine stumpwork pillow, formerly in the Sir Frederick Richmond collection, and a stunning Italian 1720s embroidered coverlet depicting Christopher Columbus landing on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola which looks as though it was made yesterday.

For ballet and opera lovers, we have early stage costumes from the Royal Italian Opera Company (the precursor to the Royal Opera House) bearing the stamps of the great Arts patron Sir Joseph Beecham (of pharmaceutical fame) as well brightly painted costumes from Serge Diaghilev’s 1914 London production of Prince Igor, designed by Nicholas Roerich and a Margot Fonteyn worn bodice from the 1954 production of ‘The Firebird’.

We have a small Royalty section dedicated to the late Princess of Wales on this 20th anniversary of her tragic death, which includes an Arabella Pollen striped silk ensemble she wore on an official trip to Adelaide, Australia in 1983 as well as sketches of Princess Diana dresses by one of her favourite designers – Victor Edelstein, as well as notes and letters sent to him.

In contrast to this quite demure outfit we have razzle-dazzle outfits worn by Dame Shirley Bassey on stage in the late 1960s and a nice roomy, comfortable silk night-shirt worn by Sir Winston Churchill, bearing his intials.

We have the finest fashion too of course - including Mariano Fortuny, Maria Gallenga, Paul Poiret, Gabrielle Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, early John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace, right up to more recent cutting-edge show pieces by Rei Kawakubo and menswear by Mr Fish, McQueen and Chalayan.

The sale culminates with drop-dead glamour from the Jean-Louis Scherrer archive. The House, since its inception in 1962, was famous for its exquisite workmanship and use of luxurious fabrics and furs. The pieces selected for this auction, are highly wearable defile pieces, originally worn on the catwalk and are perfect for Red Carpet or special events the world over.

A limited-run of printed catalogues are available to purchase, they cost £14 UK, £18 Europe and £20 rest of the world, including postage. They cost £12 from our saleroom. Please contact us with your address and card details to purchase your copy. You can view a virtual catalogue here.

Auction: Monday 20th November 
Session 1: 10.30am, lots 1 to 222
Session 2: 2pm, lots 223 to end of sale 

Venue: 249-253 Long Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE1 4PR

Viewing:
Friday 17th November, 9-5pm
Sunday 19th November, 11-4pm
There is no viewing on the morning of the auction

Auction: Monday 20th November 
Session 1: 10.30am, lots 1 to 222
Session 2: 2pm, lots 223 to end of sale 

Venue: 249-253 Long Lane, Bermondsey, London, SE1 4PR

Viewing:
Friday 17th November, 9-5pm
Sunday 19th November, 11-4pm
There is no viewing on the morning of the auction

Purchasers will be charged a buyer’s premium which for lots up to £50,000, is 25% of the hammer price. For lots selling for above £50,000, the buyer’s premium is 20% of the hammer price. The premium is subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Purchasers will be charged a buyer’s premium which for lots up to £50,000, is 25% of the hammer price. For lots selling for above £50,000, the buyer’s premium is 20% of the hammer price. The premium is subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

If you have never bid with us before we require you to register. This can be done in person during the exhibition or via email in advance of the auction. We require photographic proof of I.D such as a driver’s license or passport and proof of address. Please clearly supply your full name, address, telephone number and email details. We may also request credit card information. This information is held by us in strictest confidence under the Data Protection Act.

Bidding in person: Just turn up on the day of the sale – if you have already registered you will be handed a numbered paddle, which you show to the auctioneer once you have made a successful purchase. If you are a new bidder we will require you to register with us first.

Commission bidding: Your written maximum bid is given to the auctioneer to operate on your behalf. We undertake to purchase the lot(s) on your behalf as cheaply as possible taking into account the reserve and other bids received. Bids can be left with us directly – online, by fax or by email. You can also download a bid slip here. You can leave bids via the website but please note if you are a new bidder we will contact you for further ID, and your bids will not be registered until this information is supplied. 

Telephone bidding: There are a limited number of lines so we advise that you request telephone bids well in advance of the auction and not on the day of the sale when it may not be possible to assist. We require a list of your requested lot numbers and primary and back-up phone numbers if possible. Landlines are preferable to mobiles, which are not as reliable. We also recommend you leave a cover bid in-case we cannot reach you for whatever reason.

Live Internet bidding. You are able to bid in real-time during the auction via The Saleroom or Invaluable. Bidders wishing to bid online need to register via the on-line bidding platform and complete their registration process for us to approve.

Payment in due immediately, in pounds sterling. We do not accept other currencies. We accept payment by debit or credit cards (credit cards have varying charges so contact us for more information), cash (up to £8000 only), sterling cheque or bank transfer.

We send out invoices the day after the auction and include shipping quotes where necessary.

On receipt of cleared funds, lots can be collected from our saleroom. They are available for collection during our office hours – Monday to Friday 9.30-5pm. We provide shipping quotes via our appointed shippers, Godspeed Couriers. If you would like to contact them prior to the auction with any questions, please email Gary Martin, info@godspeedcouriers.co.uk. They provide competitive worldwide quotations for packing and shipping of purchases and are experienced in handling rare costume and textiles.

Download Catalogue

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A Chanel quilted white leather shopper, 1990s

2

A Chanel black quilted leather 2

3

A Gianni Versace pale-blue faux crocodile handbag, early 1990s

4

A Chanel brown alligator bag, 1980s

5

A JOS Fourrures arctic fox fur cape, 1970s

6

An Hermès tan togo leather Birkin, 2002

7

An Hermès black calf leather miniature Kelly bag, 2004

8

A Brahams of Norwich ocelot coat, 1950s

9

An Hermès cyclamen-pink togo leather Birkin, 2007

10

An Oscar de la Renta bright purple mink jacket, modern

11

A Birger Christensen chinchilla fur wrap

12

A sable coat, probably 1980s

13

An Hermès black togo leather Birkin, 2005

14

A fine Royal Crown light brown sable coat with adjustable hem, probably 1970s

15

A fine GLMA dark brown mink coat with adjustable hem, probably 1960s

16

A Noble Furs blonde mink coat, 1960s

17

A Chanel quilted navy leather bag, 1990s

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A Lanvin champagne-coloured mink evening jacket, Autumn-Winter 2005

19

A fine Mendle reversible black mink coat, 1990s

20

A fine Fendi brown mink coat

21

A Fendi light brown mink coat, probably 1990s

22

A fine Dicker & Dicker arctic fox coat, with adjustable hem, probably 1970s

23

A Chanel quilted beige leather bag, 1990s

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A Chanel quilted brown leather bag, 1990s

25

An Hermès black Fjord leather Birkin, 2010

26

An Hermès tan togo leather Birkin, 2003

27

An Hermès chocolate brown crocodile handbag, 1960s

28

An Hermès black clemence leather Birkin, 2003

29

A Chanel emerald green quilted lizard-skin bag, probably 1990s

30

A Cartier black crocodile handbag with 9ct rolled gold chain, early 1960s

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A Louis Vuitton trunk, late 19th century

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A Chanel octagonal black alligator bag, 1980s-90s