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Textile Auction at Kerry Taylor London

Many of you will already know Kerry Taylor’s London-based auction house for its expertise in antique and vintage fashion, for which the company is renowned worldwide. Since the ex-Sotheby’s auctioneer started the firm in 2003 each sale has contained a relatively small section of quality textiles, alongside the amazing array of couture-wear. However, the upcoming sale on Tuesday 8 April is set to pull in a much larger textile crowd. A significant number of lots will be textiles from across the globe, including an important single-owner collection of Central Asian, Ottoman, Indian, Persian and Moroccan textiles and robes.

More specifically the sale will feature numerous beautiful ikat coats, Central Asian textiles including a group of suzanis. There will also be a selection of good quality Kashmir shawls, Indian costume and Persian textiles, including a gigantic Rescht panel, circa 1860, (estimate £4000-6000) in great condition. Russian robes are a particularly strong feature, plus Chinese costume, such as an orange silk semi-formal robe, circa 1900 (estimate £4000-6000).

This mandarin robe is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue Giuseppe Messerotti Benvenuti. Un italiano nella Cina dei boxer. Pictures and letters (1900-1901), a publication which reproduces photographs taken in October 1901 showing Benvenuti’s family members wearing this robe and also the lady’s robe and accessories in the following lot.

Another great piece is a lady’s Ottoman anteri robe, late 18th – early 19th century (estimate £5000-8000) with fine embroidery. For gentlemen is an embroidered purple velvet nobleman’s robe (joma) from Bukhara, late 19th century (estimate £5000-8000).

On 8 April the sale will start at 10am with a selection of vintage fashion, while the ‘Textile Treasures’ section will form Session 2 starting at 2pm, lot 251 onwards.

Detail of large and fine Rescht panel, Persia, circa 1860. Estimate £4000-6000

Anteri robe lrg

A fine embroidered lady’s anteri robe, Ottoman, late 18th – early 19th century. Estimate £3000-5000

Chinese ensembles copy

Photograph of Europeans wearing Chinese robes (lots 251-252)

Robe lrg

A fine and important embroidered purple velvet nobleman’s robe, (joma), Bukhara, late 19th century. Estimate £5000-8000

Robe detail lrg

Nobleman’s robe (detail)

Anteri robe sleeve lrg

Anteri robe sleeve (detail)

chinese robe lrg copy

A fine apricot silk embroidered semi-formal robe, circa 1900, (late Qing) (part of lot) Estimate £4000-6000

chinese robe copy

Chinese robe (detail)


Detail of large and fine Rescht panel, Persia, circa 1860. Estimate £4000-6000


Detail of large and fine Rescht panel, Persia, circa 1860. Estimate £4000-6000

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