Textiles have been a 50 year passion for Paul Reeves, starting when he was a young and influential clothes designer in the 1960s.
The upcoming auction is his determined aim to establish Textile Art rightly alongside the Decorative & Fine Arts.
All the pieces will be presented in a manner which makes them eminently usable and ready to hang, many framed, others mounted to display with great effect in either modern or period settings.
The pieces will be chosen from his renowned and vast collection, spanning some 100 plus years of Textile Design.
There will, of course, be examples of work by William Morris, Walter Crane and C.F.A. Voysey from the late 19thcentury, but pieces from the 1920s and 30s and beyond will surprise as will 1960s embroideries by Beryl Dean, who studied at The Royal School of Needlework and 1980s works by Joy Clucas of the 52 Group and the Manchester Embroiderers' Guild.
Textiles by painters such as Raoul Dufy, Salvador Dali and Alan Reynolds will illustrate the cross over already established between the different fields of art. These will show that the link between Fine and Textile Art was already made but overlooked by the art establishment.