Collection of a Lifetime

26/01/2016     News Stories & Press Release, Works of Art, Sculpture & Clocks

Roseberys London Art & Antique Auction

Saturday 6 February 2016 10am

A complete wedding gown ensemble, c.1895, in ivory silk damask, the boned bodice with voluminous leg o’ mutton sleeves and silk chiffon detailing, underskirt, skirt, long detachable train with shell and silk floral corsages, silk stockings and a pair of ivory kid leather shoes with silk bow detail.
A complete wedding gown ensemble, c.1895, in ivory silk damask.

London – Roseberys Fine Art Auctioneers present the collection of Mr & Mrs Oliver. The love of the theatrical went beyond trips to the theatre for this couple, Frank and Dorothy Oliver married in 1956 and moved into a large Edwardian house in Gravesend. At a time when fireplaces were being ripped out and paneled doors were being skinned with hardboard, theirs was a house that gently filled objects of yesteryear. All manner of collectibles; pocket watches, match cases, furniture, glass and porcelain which had fallen out of fashion at that time lined the shelves in a house that never knew the scourge of central heating.

Although both primarily worked as teachers, their joint passion for the theatre resulted in their collecting and making theatrical costumes and from this, several original dresses were salvaged which formed the core of the collection. Period fashion shows were held to raise money for local charities; this drove the building of the collection with many donated items and the scouring of charity shops often resulting in some stunning finds. The demise of a local milliner and the closing of a gentlemen’s outfitters brought further treasures.

The comprehensiveness of the collection is a tribute to their passion; many dresses being fully accessorised with gloves, shoes, stockings, hat pins, parasols and bags.

When Frank died in late 2011, the collection was left, wrapped in tissue and laid in long florist’s boxes each bearing the name of the lady who had modelled the contents, until Dorothy’s decision to liberate it.

The collection now rests in the hands of Roseberys Fine Art Auctioneers who are honored to present the collection in its entirety on Saturday 6 February. The collection comprising over 70 lots

 

Richard Gibbon, Roseberys Textiles Specialist shares his highlights from this collection.

A complete wedding gown ensemble, c.1895, in ivory silk damask, the boned bodice with voluminous leg o’ mutton sleeves and silk chiffon detailing, underskirt, skirt, long detachable train with shell and silk floral corsages, silk stockings and a pair of ivory kid leather shoes with silk bow detail.

An early 20th century burnt orange silk velvet opera cape, with stand-up ruched collar and flower detail, together with a 1920s black velvet opera coat, with ruched shawl collar and ruched sleeves and a black silk opera cape with lilac lining.

A rare Regency silk ikat dress, c.1815, by Thorpe, Cromwell Place, London, the floral design accented with pleated pink silk chiffon and cream lace and silk floral braid, together with a matching dolly-bag.

The collection will be available to view

Thursday 4 February 1.00 – 5.00pm

Friday 5 February 9.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday 6 February 9.00am – 9.45am

 

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Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 years.

With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.

Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.

Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.

Roseberys is a member of SOFAA – The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.

For more information on any of the Lots mentioned please contact

Press Contact

Charlotte Meddings charlottemeddings@roseberys.co.uk

 

 

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