You’ve probably heard by now that the LaMothe Collection will be featured in the Collect.com Collectibles Auction #1 that runs from Nov. 23-Dec. 12.
The latest news is that the auction catalog is available for download:
Collect.com Auctions is expanding its reach across the collecting
spectrum by offering 487 lots including the largest known collection of
metal mesh handbags and vintage fashion. CLICK HERE to download the free special eight-page catalog
for the sale, composed primarily of the Dennis and Terri LaMothe
Collection, a three-decade pursuit for Whiting and Davis and Mandalian
Mfg. Co. metal mesh handbags and fashion, plus additions of fine jewelry. The online, absentee and telephone auction opens Nov. 23 and closes Dec. 12 on www.collect.com/auctions.
It’s rare when husband and wife come together with a shared passion for
collecting, yet the LaMothes’ union produced two of the 20th century’s
top collectors of metal mesh used in fashion. The auction is comprised of four different categories: antique mesh, vintage fashion, jewelry and the LaMothes’ collection of Department 56 collectibles.
Standout lots include a series of handbags depicting Hollywood icons
Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Mickey Mouse as well as celebrity
memorabilia from Cher and Lisa Hartman-Black.
Included are a number of rare scenic handbags depicting a range of Art
Deco-inspired themes such as skyscrapers, peacocks, sunrises and meadow
scenes. Once a design was chosen it naturally narrowed the market for
the handbag. As such, the design and style had to be of the finest
quality and feature dynamic designs. “It took 24 hours for each color
to dry once it was applied,” Terri said of the different colored
enamels used in the designs. “Once they were complete the stencils were
destroyed so they really are living history.”
Also in the selection of handbags are 70 lots of rare specimens made by
the Mandalian Manufacturing Company. Mandalian-made handbags are highly
sought after by collectors because of the company’s eclectic designs
and strict production methods. “They used crushed fish scale and
applied it to the mesh to give it the shine,” Terri said. “They made a
better bag but they couldn’t go up against Whiting and Davis.”
Rounding out the metal mesh collection is a selection of vintage fashion designer Anthony Ferrara made specifically for the Whiting and Davis line.
Among the fine jewelry is a white gold bracelet adorned with 72.23
carats of rubies and a pair of earrings with an impressive 8.7 carats
of sapphires accented with diamonds.
Collect.com Auctions’ first vintage fashion
sale welcomes mail, phone, absentee and online bids through
Collect.com. Bidding opens Nov. 23 and closes Dec. 12. Complete
descriptions and images for all lots can be found at www.collect.com.
For information on any lot or to learn more about bidding in this sale, call the Collect.com offices at 888-463-3063.
Photos courtesy Dennis & Terri LaMothe.
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