I particularly like this batch of 67 unused late 19th century miniature metal purse frames that I found yesterday as the 3 different designs here are good examples of the 3 main decorative trends of the late 19th and early 20th century: The celtic design is a lovely example of an Arts & Crafts piece both in the bold celtic design and the rounded shape of the frame, the small flowing leaf is a very delicate example of the Art Nouveau style set within a slightly square but still rounded frame-shape, and finally the largest frame is more typically late Victorian, both in its shape and the style of the dainty, more naturalistic flowers.
Measuring about 2"/5cms across, they could easily be turned into period purses. There are only a handful of the Victorian and Art Nouveau ones, but lots of the celtic Arts & Crafts style. I shall put them on my website later today, please contact me via the website email if you are interested.
Here are two early 19th century French printed toile pelmets, one commemorative with some scenes from the history of Mary Queen of Scots, the other showing classical Greek scenes. They both date to somewhere about 1810-30. The red toile is plate printed in a traditional, slightly old fashioned style and most likely comes from Bolbec or Rouen as both regions are known to have produced very similar versions of this design. I am not sure about the purple toile, but I have a feeling it was manufactures at Nantes or possibly Alsace. It may be a bit earlier than the other one as it is a very neoclassical 'Empire' design, simple and elegant.
Both pelmets are currently listed on my website: www.morgaine-le-fay.co.uk
Imagine my surprise and delight when I opened an unexpected mystery parcel from Canada to find this incredibly beautiful reproduction English wooden doll made secretly for me for my 50th birthday by David of The Old Pretenders who, together with Paul, make the finest museum quality reproductions and restorations of 17th and 18th century English wooden dolls.
We have been friends for a while now and I source authentic scraps of fabric from the period for them to dress their creations wherever possible, and we often chatter away about life, the universe and everything via email. I have always loved these dolls with a passion, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would own one, especially such a beautiful girl, who so reminds me of my daughter when she was a wee bairn! Her name is Daisy, she is about 14"/35.5cms tall, and has the most perfect patina with the most delicate eyelashes and brows. Thank you David, you have made a dream come true...
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!