CIRCA 1700's,RARE BONNET W/HOLLIE POINT BIRDS,TREE OF LIFE,MECHLIN LACE. A lovely design on this early Hollie Point infant's bonnet. The crown design has a Tree of life and urn with birds on each side of the Tree. There are lovely dainty decorations done in Hollie Point at the top of the crown and all around the central round Hollie Point there is decorative lace flowers with central openings in the design.At the top of the crown there is a vertical insertion of very fine early Valencienne lace with tiny Drawnwork on each side and also all around the top of the bonnet. There is a wide border of Mechlin lace measuring approx. 11" by 2" wide. The design on the Mechlin lace is quite lovely, with lilies or pomegranates? florals and undulating vine and leaves with fine tiny fillings. The design and workmanship are both excellent. A wonderful bonnet in very good strong condition.
CIRCA 1700's.RARE HOLLIE POINT LACE WITH VASE, FLOWERS.
Circa 18THC.example of Hollie Point Lace.The design is quite lovely and rare.There is a stylized large urn or vase with a tall flower. Hollie Point was begun during the reign of King James 1st and it is said that the Puritans were the first to make and use this lace during the 18THC.The lace was also sometimes called Holy Point ,mainly because it was first used for religious articles and eventually was also used for infants bonnets and shirts, etc. during the 18TH and early 19THC.The frame measures approx. 5 by 2 1/2"There was a reflection from the sun when we took the photograph, the frame has a blue backing and is in good condition. Some of the motifs used during that period were depicting..the Tree of Life,The Dove of Peace,The Crown of Glory and Lillies and important dates were also used in the designs. A rare and lovely item for the lace collector.
Item # AL836
CIRCA 1890-1900, MAGNIFICENT SILK CANTON EMBROIDERED SHAWL. I think this is one of the most beautiful shawls I have come across. The cream silk thread used is luminous!! Circa 1890-1900, this hand embroidered shawl has everything, perfect workmanship and a truly wonderful design. The blue-turquoise silk is superb and the combination of the hand embroidery with the finest cream silk thread is quite wonderful.The scale of the large heirloom cabbage roses at the center of the shawl, the elegant floral swags around the edges and the deep glistening Macrame silk fringe all around the edges ,all this is perfection. Measuring approx.64-65" with additional 27-28" for Macrame fringe. A few small minor spots,MINOR, this shawl was rarely used and is in very good strong condition.
CIRCA 1760's, EXQUISITE AND LUMINOUS SILK SPITAFIELDS SILK BROCADE PANELS. Absolutely my favorite items, I truly love Spitafields silk brocades. The silks from Spitafields shines and is truly luminous. The designs were always so very elegant and refined. The French Huguenot silk weavers of Spitafields in London came to England feeling persecution because they were French protestants.They came in their thousands and it is said that the word "refugee" truly came into the English vocabulary. Not only do I love the silk which must have been divine and so beautiful in candlelight that was used in the times, but the designs are truly exceptional. Many of the clothing was made for the aristocracy and the Court, beautiful silk dresses, waistcoats, elaborate hangings etc.There are five pieces in this lot ,the measurement for length are 44",37",36"21" and 20". At one time these parts were probably part of a gown. Perfect for the early silk collector. In good strong condition.
Item # AT52
CIRCA 1910-1920,OPULENT LADIES NET DRESS W/RAISED SATIN STITCH EMBROIDERY. A beautiful example of these lovely net lace dresses that were so popular during the early 1900's. This dress has the most lavish design, there are large raised satin stitch whitework embroidery throughout the dress with insertions of Filet lace. This dress stands out because ether is so much more embroidery. The dress I think could even be worn either way. There is a small opening at top with a small button at the back...what I like best is of course the level of workmanship and design but also that there are fine net ruched flounces at the back and sides which would have given the lady of the times much more ability to dance etc. Excellent in design and workmanship.A few minor openings but mainly there is so much work here, that I consider the dress in very good strong condition. A beautiful dress to wear or for the collector.
Item # ALC99
CIRCA 1900's, WONDERFUL LADIES TEA DRESS W/WHITEWORK,VALENCIENNE LACE.A wonderful frothy ladies lawn dress with a lavish design of large raised satin stick embroidery and Valencienne lace. The design is perfect and the workmanship is excellent. Love the whitework embroidery!! A superb dress and I think very wearable. The dres has numerous insertions of Valencienne lace and had lovely pin tucking throughout the design. Good condition.
Item # ALC98
CIRCA 1900, STUNNING LADIES LAWN GOWN W/VALENCIENNE LACE. This is such a lavish gown..beautiful in design and also excellent workmanship. The combination of laces, satin stitch embroidery and Valencienne lace make this gown a true gem. if I had to give it a score..it would most definitely hit the number 10 button... so a dress that is really rarely found. It must have been a wonderful sight to see the lady during the times to appear with this dress. for it is quite a opulent dress in every sense. A beautiful item for the collector or to wear.
Item # ALC97