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 Roberta di Camerino trompe l'oeil printed polyester jersey kaftan and two similar uncut panels, 1978


Roberta di Camerino uncut trompe l'oeil printed polyester panels, for two garments, late 1970s


A Roberta di Camerino uncut trompe l'oeil polyester jersey panel, 1970s


A Roberta di Camerino uncut trompe l'oeil wool-jersey panel for a 'Gatsby' dress, 1978


A Roberta di Camerino printed jersey dress, late 1970s


A Zandra Rhodes printed chiffon 'Zebra skin' kaftan jacket, 'Kenya' collection, Spring-Summer 1981


A Zandra Rhodes printed brown chiffon stole, 1970s


An Ossie Clark black moss crêpe dress, mid 1970s


A sequinned organza evening gown, possibly Norman Hartnell, 1940s


A jacket made from an Azute or Asuit stole, 1930s


A Balenciaga couture dark grey ottoman cotton ensemble, circa 1960


An unusual sheepskin ski jacket, probably French, late 1930s or 1940s


A pistachio-green velvet opera coat, late 1920s


A brown/black embroidered velvet opera cloak, early 1920s


An Agnès-Drecoll ivory grosgrain silk evening coat, circa 1929


A British Civil Court Livery, 1923


A British Civil Livery ensemble, probably 1960s


Three Hermès silk scarves, 1980s-90s


Four Lulu Guinness 'summertime picnic' novelty handbags, 1990s-2000s


Twelve designer novelty and evening handbags, mainly 1990s


Three handbags with celluloid frames, 1920s


Four parasols with silk canopies, 1850s-1910s


Three pairs of opera glasses, 1890s-1900s


La Coiffure à la Mode' printed hand-coloured fan, French, 1770s


A framed and mounted fan, French or Italian, circa 1785


Two framed and mounted fans, 18th century


Three fans relating to the French Revolution


French War and Peace printed paper fan 1820


Two carved ivory brisé fans, Chinese for the European market, 1790-1820


A carved ivory brisé fan, Chinese for the European market, circa 1820-30


Two carved ivory fans, Chinese for the European market, 1820-50


A group of fans, mainly 1840-1900