Pair of 18th Century Lady’s Shoes, Owned by Department Store Mogul, to Sell at Bonhams

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LONDON.- A pair of embroidered lady’s shoes, dating back to 1740, is to be sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, as part of its Fine English Furniture Sale on 2 March 2011. The shoes are part of a remarkable collection of early English needlework comprising 63 pieces with estimates totalling £210,000 – 315,000, which was owned by the former Chairman of Debenhams and Harvey Nichols, Sir Frederick Richmond (1873-1953). Made from embroidered yellow silk worked in chain stitch, depicting carnations, tulips and other flowers, and with a broad silk lined tongue and a pointed toe, the shoes have attracted a pre-sale estimate of £1,000 – 2,000. Sir Frederick, who, in his role as Chairman, established Debenhams as the largest textile distribution empire worldwide, started collecting needlework in 1907. The Edwardian and inter-war period was a great time for the dispersal of family collections, and, from these, and