Collection of costume and textiles to be exposed at Christie's

Dress. Circa 1770. France. Muslin, silver. Estimate £12 000–15 000. Christie’s. Fine European Costume & Textiles Including Fans. London, October 1

London – On October 1, Christie’s will hold the unusual sales of applied art named Fine European Costume and Textiles Including Fans. The sales will represent the collection of costume including theatrical, author’s art textiles and fans.

The antiquarian textile is rare and very valuable collection stuff because of its poor safety. It is rare at auctions. From this point of view the Christie’s collection comprising 343 lots is one of the largest in its own way.

The large decorative screen created by the English masters in the middle of the 17th century is the main lot of the sales. It is in excellent condition. Wide silk widths are tied with metal threads and embroidered with rich pattern. A series of allegories and scenes from Bible with figures of Christ, apostles and mythological characters make the central composition. It is estimated at £20 000-25 000.

The next work by the English masters of the 17th century is a casket The Servant and David embroidered with beads and silk. The lot is estimated at £15 000-20 000. The casket is dated to 1650-1675. It is made of the woven material embroidered with beads and silver on a metal structure. The cover depicts the sketch on the bible motive, surrounded by magnificent flower pattern.

Another highlight is magnificent muslin dress which belonged to some court person in the late 18th century. The dress embroidered with silver was created in 1770s, presumably in France. According to fashion of that time the dress consists of puffed skirt, tight corset and many small edged frills and sleeves. The lot is estimated at £12 000. The magnificent French dress from atlas, made in over 1775 is estimated a bit more cheaply at £8000–12 000.

Among the auction top lots is the linen English cap dated to 1620-1640. The old headdress is decorated with pattern in the form of grape leaves and vines. The cap is estimated at £8000–12 000 that makes it more valuable than magnificent dresses of the 18th–19th centuries.

Another interesting lot is the dress of the early 8th century embroidered with dark blue flowers. These items are valuable first of all in their exclusive rarity. Being the attribute of middle classes, they had no value in the opinion of contemporaries and, as consequence, up to now the majority of them are not saved.

The Swiss linen scarf on which the images of Adam and Eve are embroidered is the oldest lot of the sales. It is dated to 1501 and will be exposed on sale estimated at £6000–8000.
In conclusion it is necessary to mention the magnificent Italian fan painted by the artist Gaetano Savorelli. It has the signature and date (1763). The fan’s face is decorated with allegorical composition from three figures symbolizing Power, Dignity and Moderation. The back represents the classical Italian landscape. Notably, the auctions will feature the considerable number of fans, many of which were created in the 19th century under the influence of the Chinese originals. Being one of the greatest in the world, the costume and textiles Christie’s department annually held some large auctions. In July of this year the auction house made a significant record in this area, having sold the French tapestry of the early 18th century for £145 250.

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