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Putting art and soul into textiles

Dealer on a mission to establish such works alongside more ‘serious’ collecting fields

COLLECTING 19th and 20th century textiles has been a 50-year passion for Paul Reeves.

The influential dealer in British decorative arts started his odyssey as a successful clothes designer in London’s Fulham Road in the Swinging Sixties.

He continued after opening his first antiques shop in Battersea Bridge Road in 1976, through his flagship years at 32 Kensington Church Street and latterly at his home and showroom in Cirencester.

His vision for the Textiles as Art sale, bringing together a mass of representative material for sale at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on February 23, was to redress some of the market and curatorial imbalance that can exist between textiles and other more ‘serious’ forms of the applied arts.

And it worked. With only a handful of unsolds, the collection, spanning Berlin woolwork of the 1840s, embroideries from the Glasgow School and machine and hand-made textiles by leading lights of the art and design movement from Morris to Dufy, totalled £231,600 with premium.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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