|Monday’s auction was a huge success selling for above the top estimate with few unsold lots.
The strongest and most exciting section this time was textiles. We included the estate of the late Roderick Taylor (or Roddy to his friends) – collector, academic and connoisseur whose passion for Ottoman textiles in particular was celebrated in this sale. Most of the top ten prices were for textiles listed below.
On the fashion side – YSL Rive Gauche and Ossie Clark were much in demand as were novelty handbags. An Ossie Clark ‘Bridget’ dress (lot 202) made £2,800, and purses in the form of a beaded poodle, by Walborg in the 1950s, and a French 1940s black suede lute, each sold for £1,600 as did a multi-coloured floral Rive Gauche coat and matching trousers, late 1970s-early 80s (lot 153). The Dior exhibition in London spiked interest in the House, the highest Dior price was £2000 for an altered but still very beautiful chiné taffeta Dior London evening gown of 1957 (lot 313).
Lot 377, Ottoman embroidered quilt facing, (Yorgan Yuzu) Turkey, circa 1600, £15,000
Lot 409, Caucasian embroidered panel, late 18th century, £10,000
Lot 375, an embroidered linen bolster panel, Ottoman, late 17th century, £5,500
Lot 182, Ede & Ravenscroft coronation robes and coronets worn by the Earl and Countess of Ranfurly, 1910, £4,000
Above left: Lot 381, Ottoman embroidered quilt facing, 18th century, £3,000
Above right: Lot 202, Ossie Clark/Celia Birtwell ‘Bridget’ dress, early 1970s, £2,800
Lot 429, dark pink damask silk dragon robe, jifu, Chinese, early 20th century, £2,400
Lot 376, an embroidered linen bocha, Ottoman, 17th century, £2,200
Lot 382, embroidered brown satinised wool table or sofa cover, Ottoman, probably 18th century, £2,000
Lot 313, a Christian Dior London chiné taffeta evening gown, circa 1957, £2,000