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A Textile Affair | Textiles As Art: From the Collection of Paul Reeves | Auction 23 February

Paul Reeves, whose collection of textiles will be auctioned on 23 February, here discusses his interest in textiles and the lots coming to auction at Lyon & Turnbull.

I love textiles, their feel and colour, their mood-enhancing and aesthetic properties.

     Textiles Auction

Lot 42 | Sir Robert Lorimer (1864-1929) 
IMPORTANT CREWELWORK HANGING PANEL FOR EARLSHALL, FIFE, DATED 1893 
Estimate: £18,000-22,000 (excluding fees) 

The importance of textiles to human beings is nearly as old as Homo sapiens itself. Once the art of weaving had been discovered, it was only a matter of time before the introduction of art into weaving. Before long, embellishments such as embroidery, painting and printing became a natural extension to the basic technique of making cloth. Like all art and craft, there are examples which are deemed high or low, exclusive or populist. I believe examples from all these mediums, with thoughtful selection, can be reappraised and have a place for us to enjoy as art in our homes today.

     Textiles Auction

Lot 95 | WORLD WAR I INTEREST FRAMED COTTON HANDKERCHIEF, CIRCA 1914-15 
Estimate: £150-250 (excluding fees)

The auction Textiles as Art, hosted with Lyon & Turnbull, consists of examples all selected by myself and includes pieces from the 1840s to the beginning of the 21st century. I have chosen works of popular art such as Berlin work, Folk Art, and machine-woven, embroidered and printed textiles, but also handmade ones such as loomed and printed textiles by William Morris and embroideries designed by Robert Lorimer, May Morris and the artists of the Glasgow School. Many of my choices are, inevitably, from the field with which I am usually associated, The Art & Design Movements of the 19th & 20th centuries. Perhaps more of a surprise will be the modernist embroideries, the naive and folk art pieces, ranging from a First World War handkerchief to a 1960s collage of an imagined Victorian interior and an African print of telephones from the 1980s.
I have also found the domestic embroideries of the 1930s, beach and village scenes and modernist floral designs irresistible and evocative of a lost and charming world. 

     Textiles Auction

Lot 179 | EAST AFRICAN PRINTED COTTON KANGA, CIRCA 1980 
Estimate: £150-250 (excluding fees)

All of these types happily do and have coexisted in my own home alongside furniture by Godwin, Burges, Mackintosh, Voysey and others, collected primarily for my own enjoyment but (nearly!) always admired by friends and visitors. I hope that you too, will appreciate and enjoy this selection.


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Textiles As Art | The Collection of Paul Reeves
23 February | 11:00am
33 Broughton Place | Edinburgh | EH1 3RR

Textiles Auction

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Published: 7 February 2017

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