Get touchy-feely with a needlework and textile collection at auction

Textiles such as needlework and tapestry from a range of eras have a strong collector market whether it is 19th century samplers or 17th century tapestry wall hangings.

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The 7 x 9.5in (17cm X 24cm) feltwork collage by folk artist George Smart (1774-1846) is estimated at £2000-3000.

A choice selection of interesting items will be offered later this week at the The Collector auction – fine and early works of art and furniture at Bishop & Miller on October 15.

Among the lots are items from a late private collector from Fulham, southwest London. They originally collected Chinese snuff bottles which they sold in the 1990s and then decided to turn their attention to embroideries and textiles.

The items have been selected by the late collector's estate.

Here are five highlights. View and bid for items in this collector sale via the saleroom.com.

1. George Smart feltwork collage

Folk Art favourite George Smart (1774-1846) was a Sussex tailor and local celebrity. A number of his cloth collages are in museums across the UK and he is recognised as one of the key figures within the history of English Folk Art. This (pictured above) feltwork collage picture of The Earth Stopper, is estimated £2000-3000.

View and bid for his George Smart feltwork collage via thesaleroom.com.

2. Early 17th century tapestry panelled picture

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This in 7 x 9in (17 x 23cm) 17th century needlework and loose work tapestry is estimated at £1000-1500.

This early 17th century needlework and loose work tapestry panelled picture depicts a story of a family and is estimated at £1000-1500.

View and bid for this 17th century panel picture via thesaleroom.com.

3. 17th century band sampler

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The 6in x 2ft 9in (15cm x 82.5cm) 17th century band sampler is estimated at £1500-2500.

This 17th century band sampler is dated 1649 and features rows of geometric designs and stylised flowers including the alphabet a rabbit and a dog. It is estimated at £1500-2500.

View and bid for this 17th century sampler via thesaleroom.com.

4. Moses needlework

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This 16 x 12in (41cm x 31cm) 17th century needlework is estimated at £3000-5000.

This mid-17th century needlework depicting the discovery of Moses in the bulrushes has provenance to the former dealership Sampson and Horne. It is estimated at £3000-5000.

View and bid for this Moses needlework picture via thesaleroom.com.

5. Mother and child needlework

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This 15 x 10.5in (39 x 27cm) 17th century needlework picture is estimated at £2000-3000.

This 17th century needlework picture, with a mother and child with attendants, lion and unicorn is estimated at £2000-3000.

View and bid for this mother and child needlework picture via thesaleroom.com.

Read more about the sale of textiles on Antiques Trade Gazette.

The Collector auction at Bishop & Miller on October 15 also includes a wide variety of rare and unusual items.

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A rare 17th century model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, with an estimate of £15,000-25,000.

Among the highlights is this rare 17th century model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, with an estimate of £15,000-25,000. View and bid for this Jerusalem church model via thesaleroom.com.

 

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