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THE IKLE COLLECTION
Leopold Iklé was born into a Textile family in Hamburg in 1838 and from the age of 15 worked as a travelling salesman for the family firm of Iklé Freres with branches in St Gall, Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna and New York specialising in machine laces.
He was always a serious student of historic textiles. Eventually his collection expanded from a box in his office to fill his home in St Gall. In 1904 he gave a substantial donation to the Industrie und Gewerbe Museum in St Gall. After his death in 1922, a major part of his collection was auctioned in Zürich. The remainder passed to his sons.
The grandsons of Leopold Iklé sold 254 lots in these rooms on 7 November 1989. The following lots are consigned by further members of the Iklé family.