26th May, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Costume, Accessories & Textiles

  Lot 2158


Collection of 20th Century Molas from San Blas Islands, Panama comprising eleven reverse appliqué and embroidered cotton decorative panels and a shirt, including a pair of red and yellow 'maze' design mounted on to a green cotton ladies top,
a pair of mola panels depicting 6 figures seated or standing in coloured boxes, appliquéd with names including 'Bob Lewis' and 'Ron Lundy' on red cotton grounds, 49cm by 41cm,
a figure on a table beside a lit match on a red ground, 41cm by 31cm,
three kite flying figures on an orange ground with embroidery, 44cm by 34cm,
another depicting dancers and musical instrument players at a party on a red ground, 45cm by 38cm,
a pair of flying birds on a black cotton ground, 43cm by 35cm,
a donkey on a black cotton ground with embroidered motifs, a four legged creature on a blue background, each 47cm by 31cm,
Medellin molas depicting figures playing the maracas, and a 'maze' style design in yellow and red with a pair of 'eyes' to the centre, each 42cm by 35cm,
a pair of sand timers on a red cotton ground, 45cm by 36cm,

John Newall Private Collection

Sold for £110
Estimated at £100 - £200


Fading and wear overall.


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Auction: Costume, Accessories & Textiles, 26th May, 2023

Highlights include quilts from Cumbria, a private collection of late 19th and early 20th century quilts from Great Britain, the United States and Canada, and a good selection of dolls. Amongst the luxury designer goods is a selection of Louis Vuitton luggage, a collection of 1990s designer outfits, a variety of 20th century costume, and modern perfumes.


Tuesday 23 May - Wednesday 24 May 10am-4pm, Thursday 25 May 10am-5pm and the morning of the sale from 8am

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