Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [Virginia Woolf]. Cross-Stitched Tapestry Handbag. [London (?): circa 1910s]. Fully embroidered in cross stitch in blue, purple, pink and green on a pale blue background with an abstracted tulip vase design with purple drawstrings. Bag measures about 9 inches-square, housed in a shadowbox frame of approximately 15.5 x 15.75 x 2.5 inches. Accompanied by a Descriptive Invoice from Sotheby's-Parke Bernet establishing the provenance. According to the invoice and the Sotheby's catalog listing, the bag was embroidered by Woolf and given by her to Janet Case, Woolf's classical Greek tutor from 1902 to around 1907. Case became a close friend and an influence in her work as well as her personal life, maintaining a relationship with Virginia, and her husband Leonard, for the next three decades. Woolf published a remembrance of Case in the London Times following her death, after which she wrote of Case in her diary, "And how I loved her, at Hyde Park Gate... and how great a visionary part she has played in my life, till the visionary became a part of the fictitious, not of the real life." A remarkable artifact, wonderfully preserved. (Henry M. Alley, A Rediscovered Eulogy: Virginia Woolf's "Miss Janet Case: Classical Scholar and Teacher.")

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2017
    8th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 352

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 September 5 Rare Books Signature Auction Books - New York .

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 May 14 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2019 May 14 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $735,674