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Special Textile Design Auction:

Antique Swatch Books
& Contemporary Textile Design Art

Biddington's is pleased to present for sale a collection of antique to modern items related to the field of textile design. These unusual items are being offered for sale by the owner of a textile design studio in New York City. Contact Biddington's with Questions about the Textile Art Collection

19th Century Fabric Swatch Books

During the 19th century, French fabric mills--especially those near Lyon in south-central France-- were famed for the superb quality of their textile production. The sample books being sold through Biddington's include hundreds of examples of these glorious fabrics. The antique fabric swatch books include designs for both home decor and for fashion fabrics-many of the fabrics made by the jacquard looms of Lyon.

Within the home and fashion textile design industry, these fabric samples are treasured as a source both of instruction and of inspiration. (As a result, individual swatches sell for hundreds of dollars a piece.)

The fabrics in the books being offered are in very good condition. The books themselves are deteriorating from constant use over the past 100-200 years.

French Textile Prints Designs for Home Furnishings

These 75 pieces of original art were produced within the past 10 years. They represent a broad range of designs for an array of decorative home fabrics. The format is watercolor and gouache on poster board. They are actual size with a 27" X 27" image and are designed for a 27" X 27" repeat.

Textile Prints for Fashion

More than 1500 original pieces of recent art for the fashion industry are also being offered for sale. These works of watercolor, poster paint and gouache were produced in France, England and Italy. They vary in size from 11" X 14" to 30" X 24". These works are available in minimum batches of 100 pieces.
    Textile Prints for Fashion are available in the following categories:
  • Botanical Prints
  • Seasonal Prints
  • Florals

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