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Kerry Taylor Auctions have a bumper bundle of interesting lots for their next scheduled auction, which will be held on the 3rd December 2013. The first lot that is of note is a set of 18th century wig bellows, Lot 41.

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

They bear, as you can plainly see,  the cypher of King George III, and date from circa 1775.

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

They are made of mahogany with leather sides and have an ivory tip. They are painted in gold with a crown and the cypher “GR III, 16cm” and measure 6 1/4in long. They would have been used by the king’s valet, as Kerry Taylor tells us:

to administer tinted, scented powder to the wig before it was placed on the Royal head. Wig bellows are rare an
d Royal ones especially so.

Quite so. The estimate is between £1000-1500. Fascinating.

The next lot to be of interest to us is Lot 46,

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

a fine broderie anglaise summer gown, circa 1815-20. It has an empire-line bodice,

©KerryTaylor Auctions

©KerryTaylor Auctions

a skirt hem and sleeve sides trimmed and inset with cutwork lace, cotton tassels and tufts.

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

The lot also includes a whitework sprigged cotton empire line skirt.

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

©Kerry Taylor Auctions

The estimate for this lot is between £800-1200

And finally some garters, dating from the 1820s.

Made of printed and painted satin, they are embellished with scenes which include that of boys and girls at play with dogs, and a girl feeding chickens.

©Kerry Taylor Auctinos

©Kerry Taylor Auctinos

The estimate for this lot, Lot 40 , is between £500-900. I confess…I’d love them ;)

Kerry Taylor’s fashion auction today has two dresses that might interest you ( breaking away from our Pride and Prejudice theme for a moment)

The first is Lot 192:

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

A cotton printed cotton day dress, circa 1820,

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

roller-printed with teal-blue flower heads and wine coloured scrolling grasses,

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

Empire line with puff sleeves, flounces to neck and cuffs, piped bands to hem.

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

The estimate for this lot is between £500-900.

Lot 377, a Spitalfield silk polonaise robe a l’Anglaise, circa 1765-70

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

altered in the 19th century for fancy dress, of pale green/ivory changeable silk taffeta woven with scattered posies of blossom,

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

closed-front bodice, with furbelows of undulating, twisted ribbons of matching fabric with added padding to the bodice, with floss silk tufts, thick baleen bones to the front closure, ruffled close-fitting engageants, ivory floss silk covered buttons bust approx 71cm( 28ins);

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

together with a pale blue quilted silk petticoat and a whitework sprigged muslin apron.

©KerryTaylor

©KerryTaylor

The estimate for this dress is between £500 and £800. It will be interesting to see what figures these raise. Do go here to read the rest of the catalogue: there are some wonderful clothes and accessories for sale, especially a wonderful collection of antique lace.

The next “Passion for Fashion” sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions takes place on the 26th June, and there are some wonderful pieces to interest us in it. Let’s look shall we?

The first is Lot 72, a French Gentleman’s ensemble which  dates from the early 19th century:

Gentleman’s Ensemble,French, early 19th century. ©KerryTaylorAuctions

This is fascinating: a green wool hunt coat, circa 1810-1820, which has lapels with sharp “M” notches. The coat is cut high and square at the waist. It has pocket flaps concealed in the tails. The breeches are made from soft white leather. The lower legs have “extenders” for wearing inside boots, and have mother-of-pearl buttons. This set is estimated to fetch £3000-5000 at auction.

Detail of a Gentleman’s Ensemble,French, early 19th century. ©KerryTaylorAuctions

Next is lot 74, a Gentleman’s ensemble dating from the late 18th century:

A Gentleman’s Ensemble, late 18th century, ©KerryTaylorAuctions

The coat is made of ivory silk and is lined in mustard twill silk, and dates from 1780-90. The waistcoat is made of striped orange silk, and is double-breasted and has mother-of-pearl buttons. The breeches are made of sapphire blue silk and date from 1760-1770. This ensemble has a sale estimate of £1000-1500.

Lot 75 is a rare find: a French Fencing ensemble from the late 18th century:

A French Fencing Ensemble, late 18th century. ©KerryTaylorAuctions

The jacket is made of padded linen with a chamois leather breast and upper right arm. The breeches are made of tan calico.

Fencing Mask/Helmet, French,Late 18th Century. ©KerryTaylorAuctions

The helmet/mask is made of wire mesh with red morocco leather bindings, and red morocco leather also covers the head brace. This is estimated at £2-3000.

My favourite Lot is Lot 82:

Lady’s Summer Coat, circa 1790 ©KerryTaylorAuctions

is this elegant Lady’s Summer coat.made from “Holland”, a coarse unbleached linen.  This has an integral caplet to the shoulder which is edged in black velvet ribbon. It is lined in flannel for warmth…well, it is a summer coat after all ;) This has an estimate of £800-1000.

The auction contains some wonderful modern clothes, and some of the Alexander McQueen items  are very tempting. If you would like to see the virtual catalogue of all the items then go here, and go here to the main page for the auction.

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