A pair of early 17th century gloves with unusual tapestry decorated gauntlets

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Lot 546
A pair of early 17th century gloves with unusual tapestry decorated gauntlets

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 8,610) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

3 Jun 2014, 10:00 BST

Oxford

A pair of early 17th century gloves with unusual tapestry decorated gauntlets
The tabbed gauntlets faced with finely woven silk and silvered thread tapestry, depicting a stag to one side and a dog to the other, surrounded by birds and flowers, including robins, pansies and carnations, edged with spangle decorated metal bobbin lace, the gloves of cream kid leather, the seams trimmed with plaited silvered braid; together with an accompanying frame and article from 'Country Life' dated October 1st 1921, discussing the early glove collection of Mr Robert Spence, gloves 30 x 17cm, frame 40.5 x 49.5cm. (4)

Footnotes

  • A very similar pair of gloves, featuring tapestry gauntlets are in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection, dated 1590-1610, accession number T.145&A-1931, attributed to the Sheldon Tapestry Works at Bordersley in Worcestershire or Barcheston in Warwickshire.
    For a further example of similar delicate tapestry used for dress accessories in the early 17th century, see 'The Micheál & Elizabeth Feller Needlework Collection: 1', pages 138-9 for a tapestry chatelaine, thought to be from the Mortlake Tapestry Works.

    Provenance: Inherited through one family from the original owner, Baron Honywood, who was granted his Baronetcy by Charles I.
    The gloves passed to his grandson, General Sir Philip Honywood (1710-85), the MP of Appleby and Governor of Kingston upon Hull, who married Elizabeth Wastell in 1748; then passed to her brother the Rev. Henry Wastell of Northumberland; then onto his son John Wastell, the race horse trainer, a Worshipful Member of the Jockey Club and owner of the Oaks winner in 1802 (who married his housekeeper Hannah Chicken). They then passed by descent to the Rev. John Wastell (who married his first cousin Frances Wastell); to their daughter Frances Wastell (who married William Whytehead) and to their daughter Emmeline Fanny Whytehead, who married Marcus Valentine English (1856-1936) in 1880. They continued to pass by descent to their son Marcus Claude English (1886-1958), his son Marcus F. H. English (1928-2013) and on to the vendor.
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A pair of early 17th century gloves with unusual tapestry decorated gauntlets
A pair of early 17th century gloves with unusual tapestry decorated gauntlets
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