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Charles A. Whitaker Auction Company

 Two-Day Couture, Vintage Fashion, Textile, Jewelry and Ethnographic Arts Auction

Several Important Museum Deaccessions and Private Collections 

Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2014 at 10AM 

Previews: Thursday April 24, Noon-6PM

Friday and Saturday from 8AM – 10AM

Location: Eagle Fire Co. 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938


This season’s two-day auction will feature institutional property from The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) sold to benefit future acquisitions; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology; Shippensburg University. Property from private collectors and estates will also be sold, including a large collection of Christian Dior and other designer clothing from a Washington DC estate and a collection of Chanel and accessories from a Philadelphia estate.



Friday April 25:  Jewelry includes Couture costume for Balenciaga, Chanel, and Dior as well as gold jewelry by Cartier, Kulicke-Stark and others. Fabric samples and swatches, collection of printing blocks, two museum collections of laces, lace tablecloths, and parasols will be sold. A museum deaccession of ethnographic textiles from Japan, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, India, Africa, Middle East, South America, and Mexico, Continental textiles and Oriental Carpets will also be sold. From the same museum a collection of Chifu and other Chinese embroideries will be sold.

Saturday April 26: Couture, vintage clothing, and accessories including important examples from: Christian Dior (15+), Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Andre Courreges, Thierry Mugler, Emilio Pucci, Thea Porter, Chanel, Callot Soeurs, Worth, Galanos, Balmain, etc. Fifteen plus lots from Alexander McQueen including accessories. Several examples from important American designers Ralph Rucci, Geoffrey Beene, Gilbert Adrian and others will be sold. Also 1920’s beaded dresses, Victorian and Edwardian clothing will be offered. Period costume from LACMA and The MET includes over 140 Eighteenth Century gentleman’s garments: waistcoats, suits, coats and breeches as well as German, Austrian and Eastern European 18th and 19th Century headdress and wedding crowns and a group of parasolsAccessories to be sold include Hermes, Vuitton, and other designer handbags, pair of glitter decorated star and lightning bolt men’s platform boots circa 1970, collection of figural hat stands, etc. Large un-cataloged “Discovery Sale” begins at the conclusion of the catalog lots on Saturday.  

                   Photos posted weekly and illustrated catalog available on or about April 6

Additional information, catalogs and 100’s of photos: or 215-817-4600