Jean Muir dresses and a Hermes bag for sale at North Yorkshire auctioneers Tennants

Designer fashion including Burberry coats, Jean Muir dresses and an iconic Hermes bag are up for auction next month. Stephanie Smith reports.

These Jean Muir dresses are coming up for sale at Tennants,
These Jean Muir dresses are coming up for sale at Tennants,

A fascinating and beautiful collection of designer clothing is set to come under the hammer next month at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Modern costume and accessories include pieces by Jean Muir, Issey Miyake, Burberry, Herve Leger, Liberty, Hermes, Prada, Mulberry, Christian Dior and Gucci. The top lot of the sale is a blue leather Hermes Clemence shoulder bag, with an estimate of £700-1,000.

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The Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale will take place on February 13 with online bidding and will offer antique, vintage and modern designer fashions as part of an eclectic selection of clothing and accessories dating from the early 19th century to the present day, alongside 19th century quilts and bedcovers and luxury accessories.

Hermes blue leather Clemence bag, estimate £700-£1,000

Featured among the 19th century costume is a Regency cream figured silk wedding jacket, with intricate frogging, piping and tassels, worn by Mrs Sackham (née Harriet Wickens), when she married in 1815 (estimate: £120-180 plus buyer’s premium). The jacket is joined by a Victorian cream silk wedding dress, labelled inside ‘Miss Wharton 34 Duke Street Grosvenor Square’, which is heavily ruched and offered with an estimate of £200-300.

Vintage fashion from the 1920s to 1950s is in demand at auction at the moment, and among the highlights on offer in the sale is a group lot of 1920s and 1930s ladies costume (estimate: £200-300) comprising six dresses and two jackets. Day and evening wear from the 1960s and 70s is on offer too, with pieces from designers Jean Varon, Jean Allen, Frank Usher, Marisa Martin and Bill Gibb.

Textiles in the sale include a 19th century patchwork quilt with a fabulous range of printed cottons (estimate: £600-800) and an early 19th century hand-embroidered bed drapes decorated with floral designs and a crest and coronet (estimate: £300-500). From the 20th century comes a pair of 1940s crewelwork panels made by sisters Mabel and Sybil Eden (estimate: £200-300). Mabel’s diaries following her aristocratic life were published in 2014 as ‘Mabel Eden’s Diary: The Life of a Lady’. Also on offer are a selection of 1960s printed textiles, with designs from the likes of John Piper, Barbara Brown, Maija Isola and Alan Jarvis.

An illustrated catalogue is online at with remote bidding is available. Prices quoted are an estimated hammer price, which is subject to 24 per cent buyer’s premium incl. of VAT. Estimates are subject to change.

Circa 1960-70s, comprising a Jean Muir London green suede jacket; Marisa Martin Knightsbridge kaftan style long dress; Marisa Martin Knightsbridge dress with a green net mounted scooped neckline, black silk gathered long sleeves. See Tennants catalogue for condition report.
A collection of Jean Muir separates
Modern Jean Muir designs, size 10, categories: Costume dated 1950-Present, Estimate: £100 - £150.
Regency Cream Figured Silk Wedding Jacket – Estimate: £120-180
19th Century Reversible Patchwork Quilt – Estimate: £600-800