antique Auction

Antique and Vintage Fashion and Textiles

14th October 2019

Our October auction features a whopping 500 lots, dating from the 17th century to the present day. Whatever your interest, hopefully there is something for you!


A real curiosity - lots 386 to 388 feature an unusual group of militarily-accurate ‘Soldier Boy’ uniforms, a court livery and dinner suit, all complete with accessories. Made mainly in the late 19th century by an elite children’s tailor for a very privileged child, they have remained in the Hargreaves family, who provided four generations of Grenadier Guard officers. Presumably this little chap went on to follow in the family tradition...


For bigger boys, we have an outrageously colourful collection of Lily Pulitzer menswear- featuring sports jackets, trousers and shirts in flamboyant novelty prints. Examples from her ‘Men’s Stuff’ label are rare, due to the fact that it only lasted a couple of years during the late 1960s-early 70s.


For the contemporary fashionistas, we have a fabulous private collection of Chanel Boutique, including runway examples as recent as 2016, as well as the wardrobe of a Royal Princess, which features designer labels including Prada, Loewe, Dolce & Gabanna, Louis Vuitton, Erdem and Christopher Kane. We also have a stunning evening gown by Andrew Gn, Pre-Fall 19, estimated at £200-300, still with its original retail tags attached and currently retailing at Matches fashion for £5,143. This just proves that when it comes to value, why buy new when you can buy from Kerry Taylor Auctions?


Textiles include a unique 'Feed the World' Live Aid quilt, by Anne Watts, June 1985-1987 (lot 398). It incorporates Live Aid related motifs, Bob Geldof's signature and the signatures of the air crew who flew aid to Africa and India. It took 18 months to complete and was raffled to raise money for the Live Aid cause in 1987. The Live Aid concert which took place July 13th 1985 eventually raised around £130 million for famine relief.


A private collection of Islamic textiles includes a rare Ottoman early 17th century embroidered quilt facing, lot 438, estimate £6,000-10,000. Lots 492-498 are rarely seen Military Chinese rank badges and lot 500 is a Chinese summer gauze dragon robe, circa 1900 - the final lot in the sale, estimated at £1,000-1,500.

Auction Info

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.

Auction: Monday October 14th

Morning session begins at 10am, afternoon session begins 2pm (lots 251 onwards)

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

Friday October 11th, 9-5pm
Sunday October 13th, 11-4pm

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 GDPR.

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 Invaluable. Bidders wishing to bid online need to register via the online bidding platform and complete their registration process for us to approve. Please note there is an additional 3% buyer’s premium for online bidding via Invaluable.

Payment is due immediately, in pounds sterling. We do not accept other currencies. We accept payment by debit or credit cards (there is a maximum of £1000 for payments on credit cards), cash (up to £8000 only), or bank transfer (fees apply to sending bank wires depending on the country of origin).

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, They provide competitive worldwide quotations for packing and shipping of purchases and are experienced in handling rare costume and textiles.

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A brocaded pale blue moiré silk and gold thread prayer arch or qibleh cloth, probably Marmara, N


An embroidered deep turquoise-blue satin coverlet, Turkish, Ottoman, circa 1910


A good embroidered red felt prayer arch or qibleh cloth, probably Balkan, Ottoman, late 19th century


An embroidered pale blue wool turban cover, Turkish, Ottoman, early 19th century


Two pink silk prayer arches or qibleh cloths, Turkish, Ottoman, early 20th century


An embroidered muslin quilt cover, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


A gold thread embroidered crimson satin boçha, Ottoman, 19th century


An embroidered mehrab or prayer arch, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


A large embroidered velvet mehrab or prayer arch, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


A turquoise satin Maras-work wedding coverlet, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


A pair of Maras-work satin portiere panels, probably for a mosque, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


A Mara?-work tomb cover, Ottoman or Persian, 19th century


A large and impressive Maras-work cover, circa 1880


A fine Maras-work mosque portiere, Turkish, Ottoman, 1880-90s


A large embroidered grey satin cover, Turkish, Ottoman for the European market


A large and fine Maras-worked satin portiere, probably for a mosque, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


An embroidered leather bag, Anatolian, Ottoman, early 20th century


An embroidered purple velvet wedding robe, Turkish, Ottoman, late 19th century


An embroidered muslin panel, Turkish, Ottoman, 1830-50


An embroidered muslin panel, Turkish, Ottoman, 1840-50


An embroidered cotton qibleh cloth, Turkish Ottoman, mid-19th century


A gilt thread embroidered bolero jacket, probably Albanian, Ottoman empire, 1860s


A young man's jacket of Isfahani brocade, Persian, late 19th century


A cover of pale blue brocaded satin, Qajar dynasty, 19th century


An embroidered Nakesche trouser cuff, Persian, 19th century


A Safavid-style brocaded stole border, Polish for the Persian market, late 18th century


A Safavid brocaded stole panel, Persian, circa 1650


A large processional standard (Alam), Qajar dynasty, Rasht, Persia, mid-19th century


A coin adorned headdress or 'money hat', Samu'ah, southern Hebron hills, Palestinian Authority, 20th century


An embroidered runner, Uzbek, 20th century


A large embroidered suzani, Uzbek, late 19th century


An embroidered suzani, Central Asian, probably 1930s