26th May, 2023 10:30 GMT/BST

Costume, Accessories & Textiles

  Lot 2162


Collection of 20th Century Molas from San Blas Islands, Panama comprising twelve reverse appliqué and embroidered cotton decorative panels comprising a Mola dated 1970 from Mulatupo depicting a central hand pointing a finger, 48cm by 32cm,
a pair of red, orange 'maze' molas on a black cotton ground, 52cm by 45cm,
three birds with outstretched wings on a black ground, 42cm by 34cm,
an Ubigantupo mola with the initials 'RP' decorated with two embroidered faces holding a fork between their teeth, ghost and whale, 43cm by 33cm,
a pair of Carti Yantudo molas depicting an angel with outstretched wing, flanked by two smaller examples on a red ground, 46cm by 37cm,
a pair of Nusartupo panels with a central angle within floral and leaf motifs on a red cotton ground, 40cm by 34cm,
a pair depicting a whiskered creature with horns, outstretched arms on a red cotton ground, 40cm by 37cm,
a single mola depicting a pair of whiskered creatures with upstretched arms, 46cm by 38cm,

John Newall Private Collection

Sold for £80
Estimated at £100 - £200


Some 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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