Catalog 293

 

BOOKS ON
FURNITURE &
CABINETMAKERS

 

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1. Alevizatos, Alexandra A. "Procured in the Best and Most Fashionable Materials:" The Furniture and Furnishings of the Lloyd Family of Maryland, 1750-1850. Alexandra A. Alevizatos: 1999 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. Through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the Lloyds were among the most powerful families in Maryland. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 449 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90209] $65.00

 

2. American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection. Volume 1-10. Highland House: 1988-1992. One of the major pictorial sources to fine American antique furniture. The first several volumes reprint the softcover brochures which the Sack firm published for its clients between 1957 and 1967. Later volumes cover the brochures issued during each year. The furniture presented is among the best offered on the American market, the photographs are superb, and the scholarship of the entries is consistently of the highest caliber. Hardcovers. 10 volumes. 9.5"x12", 200-250 pages each; b/w and color illustrations, djs; white dust jackets with some inevitable rubbing, but a very nice set. [30291] $900.00

 

3. Ames, Kenneth L & Gerald W.R. Ward (eds.). Decorative Arts and Household Furnishings in America 1650-1920. An Annotated Bibliography. Winterthur; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 1989. Ames & Ward is one of the most useful of the modern decorative arts bibliographies, covering architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, metals, textiles, timepieces, artisans & culture. Each section was written by an expert in the field, and all the entries are extensively annotated. The entries are cross-indexed by author and title. You simply must have a copy. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 392 pages, a fine copy. [08965] $40.00

 

4. Ames, Kenneth L. (ed.). Victorian Furniture. Essays from a Victorian Society Autumn Symposium. The Victorian Society: 1982. What this does not discuss about Victorian furniture may not be worth knowing. Contributors included Nancy A. Smith, Donald L. Fennimore, Page Talbott, Rodris Roth, Christopher Monkhouse, and David H. Hanks. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 254 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations; light wear; a nice copy. [08498] $40.00

 

5. Anderson, Mark J., et al. Cadwalader Study. Winterthur; Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum: 1995. The results of a landmark project to examine, compare and document every single piece of furniture that could be found that was made for General John Cadwalader and his wife Elizabeth, of Philadelphia. But you knew that already. The co-authors were Gregory J. Landrey and Philip D. Zimmerman. Softcover. 8.5"x11", about 125 pages, b/w and several color illustrations; light wear. [30239] SOLD

 

6. Andrews, Edward Deming & Faith. Shaker Furniture. The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect. New York; Dover Publications: 1970s. A reprinting of the 1950 edition of this classic, first published in 1937. Softcover. 8"x11", 133 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, a little soil. [08798] $20.00

 

7. Aslin, Elizabeth. Nineteenth Century English Furniture. New York; Thomas Yoseloff: 1962. This is a sweeping, scholarly, well illustrated examination of the development of Revival styles, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and other furniture in 19th century England. It also contains a short guide to some of the cabinetmaking firms and a short but helpful bibliography which includes a list of some period exhibition catalogs. Hardcover. 7"x10", 93 pages of text plus 4 color and 135 b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [05213] $65.00

 

8. Baraitser, Michael & Anton Obholzer. Cape Country Furniture. A Pictorial Survey of Regional Styles, Materials and Techniques in the Cape Provinces of South Africa. Cape Town; C. Struik: 1978. 2nd, revised edition. The best edition of this classic reference, with notes on timbers, the V.O.C. stamp, regional variations, and more. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", 368 pages, 1,247 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket rubbed, else a nice copy. [30257] $250.00

 

9. [Barbour Collection] Koda, Paul. Frederick K. and Margaret R. Barbour's Furniture Collection. Hartford; The Connecticut Historical Society: 1963. The Barbour's were discriminating collectors from the second generation of American furniture collecting, specializing in Connecticut furniture. Judging from this catalog, they were also involved in a contest to see how many highboys you could stuff into a house... Semowich 825. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 71 pages, b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [08568] $60.00

 

10. [Barnard Clock] Catalogue of The Barnard Clock, Watches, Fine Marine Chronometers and Fine Table, Bracket and Longcase Clocks (various owners). London; Sotheby & Co.: November 16th, 1970. The 'Barnard Clock' was a "highly important small silver-mounted ebony bracket clock said to have been made for Queen Anne", signed by Tompion, with its original oak traveling case. After belonging to Queen Anne it is said to have been given by George II to Andrew Stone, his private secretary, and passed to his eldest sister, wife of William Barnard, in whose family it descended. It fetched $62,000. Also clocks by Quare, 3 by Knibb, and so on. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 25 pages plus 1 color and 12 b/w plates (one folding); 74 lots; prices realized sheet stapled to title page. [07913] $35.00

 

11. Barquist, David & Ethan W. Lasser. Curule. Ancient Design in American Federal Furniture. New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 2003. A wonderful study of a single aspect of American Classical Revival furniture of the Federal period- the S-curved legs of the sella curulis style. The catalog documents how the style was transmitted and traces the meanings attributed to it over the centuries and in various contexts. Focuses on American Federal furniture, with reference to coins, drawings and furniture design books. Softcover. 8"x10", 48 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90138] $14.95

 

12. Beckerdite, Luke (ed.). American Furniture 2004. Chipstone Foundation: 2004. Features articles on: 'A Table's Tale: Craft, Art and Opportunity in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia' by Beckerdite & Alan Miller; 'The Account Book of Benjamin Baker' by Dennis Andrew Carr; 'High Craft Along the Mohawk: Early Woodwork from the Albany Area of New York' by Trent, Miller, Adamson & Truax; 'John Singleton Copley's Furniture and the Art of Invention' by Jonathan Prown; 'Southern Sophistication on the Early Frontier: The Inlaid Furniture of Washington County, Ohio, 1788-1825' by Andrew Richmond; 'Opulence Abroad: Honore Lannuier's Gilded Furniture in Trindad de Cuba' by Peter Kenny; also book reviews. Card covers. 8.5"x11", 299 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90201] $60.00

 

13. Beckerdite, Luke (ed.). American Furniture 2005. Chipstone Foundation: 2005. Features articles on: 'Early Rhode Island Turning' by Erik Kyle Gronning & Dennis Andrew Carr; 'Mannerism in Early American Furniture: Connoisseurship, Intention and Theatricality' by Glenn Adamson; 'Structure, Style, and Evolution: The Sack-Back Windsor Armchair' by David R. Pesuit; 'New York Card Tables, 1800-1825' by Philip D. Zimmerman; 'Fashioning Furniture and Framing Community: Woodworkers and the Rise of a Connecticut River Valley Town' by Joshua W. Lane & Donald P. White III; plus book reviews. Card covers. 8.5"x11", 282 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90189] $60.00

 

14. Benes, Peter (ed.). The Bay and the River: 1600-1900. Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Annual Proceedings, 1981. Boston University: 1982. Includes articles on regionalism in 17th century New England joinery by Trent; Concord case furniture by Kaye; Jedediah and Jabez Baldwin (1790-1820), clockmakers by Zea, and more. Softcover. 6"x9", 144 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. Furniture historian Myrna Kaye's copy, with her signature. [06211] $40.00

 

15. Benson, James W. Time and Time-Keepers. London; Robert Hardwicke: 1875. A short history of the development of clocks and watches, and survey of interesting antique and modern (Victorian) examples, by a noted clockmaker. James W. Benson had a well-known shop on Ludgate Hill in London where he made "high class" clocks and watches, and was the subject of Bundock & McLay's 2002 book "James W. Benson of Ludgate Hill, Turret Clock Makers". Hardcover. 5.25"x7.75", vii + 189, line illustrations. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt cover vignette of a man checking his watch at a sun-dial, which is also illustrated on the title page. Covers worn and somewhat soiled, spine head and base heavily chipped, spine cloth torn; hinges a bit wobbly, some internal soil, etc. A less than superlative copy. [09704] $150.00

 

One of 445 Leatherbound Copies-

16. Biddle, James. American Art from American Collections. Decorative Arts, Paintings and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods, from Private Collections, in an Exhibition Sponsored by The Friends of the American Wing. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1963.Deluxe edition, limited to 455 copies. The catalog to the first large loan exhibition of American arts staged by the Met since the flurry of activity surrounding the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition in 1929, the New York State furniture exhibition of 1934 and the Greek Revival exhibition of 1943. This exhibition was predominately devoted to furniture, with a good amount of silver as well as selections of prints, paintings, miniatures, glass and textiles. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 114 pages, b/w illustrations; the Deluxe edition, bound in full dark blue leather with gilt titles, signed by Biddle; a nice, clean copy. [09882] $175.00

 

17. Bishop, Robert. Centuries and Styles of The American Chair, 1640-1970. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1972. The most massive and heavily illustrated survey of the development and history of American seating furniture. Robert Bishop authored several books on American antiques and was Curator of Furniture at the Henry Ford Museum. "This work is most valuable for its numerous illustrations drawn from many different collections" (Ames). Hardcover. 9"x11", 526 pages, 923 b/w illustrations, dj. A copy with some water damage on the outer lower corner- pages slightly waved and first few pages lightly stained. Jacket with some wear. [08492] $45.00

 

18. [Boscobel] Fine English, Continental and American Furniture and Decorations, Rugs and Carpets, Property from the Collection of Boscobel Restoration, Inc. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: January 22nd, 1977. Boscobel, one of America's outstanding examples of Federal architecture, was moved and restored in the 1960s, with the type of English, American and Continental furniture and accessories which would have been appropriate to it during the Federal period. When an 1806 inventory of the house was discovered, all the furnishings and decorations were jettisoned in favor of a more keenly authentic restoration, and the suddenly "surplus" antiques were sold at this auction. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 176 lots, 41 pages, 176 lots, b/w illustrations; prices realized list stapled to title page; light wear. [08088] $35.00

 

19. Botwinick, Michael, et al. The American Renaissance, 1876-1917. New York; The Brooklyn Museum in association with Pantheon Books: 1979. A wide-ranging and important loan exhibition examining how a group of architects, designers, artists and collectors combined to create "The American Renaissance" during the time between the Centennial Exposition and the end of WWI. In this period, ranging from High Victorian, through the Aesthetic Movement and into Arts & Crafts, men including John Singer Sargent, Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Herter Brothers, Louis Saint-Gaudens, the firm of McKim, Mead and White, J.P. Morgan, the Vanderbilts, and many others, worked to create interiors, decorations, architecture, paintings and sculpture, which combined to create a unified whole and celebrated America. This was a tall order, and it resulted in some stunning art and architecture. Hardcover. 9"x12", 232 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj. A nice copy in a lightly worn jacket. [09889] $85.00

 

20. Brainard, Newton C. & Houghton Bulkeley & Phyllis Kihn. Connecticut Cabinetmakers. [in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1967 & January, 1968. An important research project which identified more than 350 cabinetmakers working before 1820. Semowich 804. Softcover. 2 vols. 6"x9", 48 + 40 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [90005] $35.00

 

21. Brawer, Nicholas A. Britain's Portable Empire. Campaign Furniture of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian Periods. Katonah Museum of Art: 2001. One comes away from this exhibition catalog with two firmly fixed ideas- the English, even when in the wilds of the furthest corners of the Earth, liked to be comfortable, and they were ingenious in the ways they managed to do it. Here are chairs, desks, beds, and other furniture that come apart and fold up small enough to, if not fit in your pocket, at least fit in two pockets... Softcover. 10.5"x7", 36 pages, color and b/w illustrations; near fine. [30285] $20.00

 

22. [Britton Collection] The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Britton. New York; Christie's: January 16, 1999. The Brittons were well-known Texas collectors. The very best American furniture and accessories were their passions, and they indulged them like true Texans. This was an outstanding auction of fine examples of American cabinetwork, fine Chinese export porcelains, oriental rugs, and other decorations. The catalog has an introduction by Dean Failey. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 184 pages, 927 lots, color and b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy. [30351] $60.00

 

23. Brown, Michael Kevin. Duncan Phyfe. Michael Kevin Brown: 1978 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. Although Phyfe was one of the first cabinetmakers whose work became popular with antique collectors, and has been one of the most written-about American furniture makers, there had been no real new material published since Nancy McClelland's landmark 1939 study which was not based on McClelland's work. Brown reevaluated what was thought to be known about Phyfe, reexamining manuscript materials and period records to produce this study of the organization and operation of Phyfe's workshop. Semowich 464. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 86 pages; 1 poor b/w reproduction of a b/w illustration; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram, a fine copy. [90124] $125.00

 

24. Bulkeley, Houghton. Contributions to Connecticut Cabinetmaking. Hartford; Connecticut Historical Society: 1967. As his friend Frederick K. Barbour writes in the Foreword to this memorial anthology- "In the matter of antique furniture, the average mind likes order, and one is prone to assign dates and localities and attributions of authorship with a precise degree of exactitude. Houghton's reaction to shibboleth was, 'Yes, but is it true?'" This volume reprints all of Bulkeley's articles which had been published in the Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin between 1957 and 1966. Semowich 806. Hardcover. 7"x10", 97 pages, b/w illustrations; spine lightly sunned, else a very nice copy. [07399] $200.00

 

25. Burroughs, Paul H. Southern Antiques. New York; Bonanza Books: nd (1960s). Originally published in 1931, this pioneering work is still interesting as a collection of photographs of southern furniture. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 191 pages plus b/w plates illustrating 118 pieces; 15 line drawings; dj; light wear. [08164] $40.00

 

26. Busch, Jason T. "Such A Paradise Can Be Made On Earth". Furniture Patronage and Consumption in Antebellum Natchez, Mississippi 1828-1863. Jason T. Busch: 1998 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. A study of the "patronage and consumption" of fine furniture by the cotton planters and other wealthy citizens of Natchez in the antebellum era. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 264 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram, a fine copy. [90118] $125.00

 

27. Caldwell, Desiree. Germanic Influences on Philadelphia Early Georgian Seating Furniture. University of Delaware-Winterthur Program: 1985/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A thesis on the Germanic influences found in Queen Anne Philadelphia seating furniture. Before his death, Benno Forman was the original faculty advisor for this thesis. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 162 pages, poor b/w illustrations; bibliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90173] $65.00

 

28. Callmann, Ellen. Beyond Nobility. Art for the Private Citizen in the Early Renaissance. Allentown Art Museum: 1981. Ceramics, ivories, silver, furniture, metals, textiles and other arts illustrated and described in this exhibition which was designed top show that not all the fine crafts of the period were ecclesiastical. Softcover. 8.5x11, 126 pages, several color and many b/w illustrations; a little wear, but a nice copy. [09198] $35.00

 

29. Catalano, Kathleen Matilda. Cabinetmaking in Philadelphia, 1820-1840. Kathleen Catalano: 1972 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The first study devoted strictly to Empire-period Philadelphia furniture makers, with an emphasis on the cabinetmakers and their businesses rather than the dovetailing details on their cabinetry. Some of this material was also used in Catalano's essay in Winterthur Portfolio 13. Semowich 1082. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 197+ pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram, a fine copy. [90130] $125.00

 

30. Clouston, Kate W. The Chippendale Period in English Furniture. London; Debenham & Freebody and Edward Arnold: 1897. Although somewhat dated, Clouston's book remains an important early study of the work of Chippendale, Adam, Shearer, Hepplewhite and Sheraton. Clouston's spidery, intricate drawings perfectly mirror the furniture itself. Hardcover. 9"x12", 224 pages, line drawings; light soil, a little wear, binding dry. [08248] $75.00

31. as above, Weathervane Books: 1975. A facsimile of the 1897 edition. Hardcover. 6"x9", 224 pages, 200 drawings, dj. Pages lightly toned, jacket with closed tear. [05212] $25.00

 

32. Clunie, Margaret Burke. Salem Federal Furniture. Margaret Burke Clunie: 1965 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The first attempt to comprehensively examine Salem's Federal-era cabinetmakers and their work. Clunie had access to the archives at the Essex Institute. Semowich 905. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 313 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90215] $65.00

 

33. Clunie, Margaret Burke, Anne Farman & Robert F. Trent. Furniture at the Essex Institute. Salem; Essex Institute: 1980. A short, informal catalog of this noted collection. Softcover. 8”x8”, 64 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09161] $40.00

 

34. Cooke, Edward S., Jr. New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furnituremakers. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1989. An important exhibition, featuring 25 cabinetmakers from the "Second Generation" of studio cabinetmakers, those working from 1970 onward. Softcover. 10"x10", 131 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [30450] $25.00

 

35. Cooper, Wendy Ann. The Furniture and Furnishings of John Brown, Merchant of Providence, 1736-1803. Wendy Ann Cooper: 1971 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The Rhode Island merchant John Brown has become famous to antique collectors for his good taste in furniture, silver, art and other "decorations". This thesis studies Brown's life and activities, social, commercial, and as a collector of the finest work of the craftsmen of his day. A good complement to Ott's 1965 catalog of the Brown house furniture and silver. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 197+ pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram. New. [90212] $65.00

 

36. Cullity, Brian. Arts of the Federal Period, 1785-1825. A Loan Exhibition. Sandwich; Heritage Plantation: 1989. A fine loan exhibition catalog featuring paintings and furniture, with silver, ceramics and other decorative arts as well. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 122 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a nice copy. [30252] $100.00

 

37. Cummings, Abbott Lowell, et al. Samuel McIntire. A Bicentennial Symposium. Salem; Essex Institute: 1957. A series of papers presented on various aspects of McInitre's life and work, by such notable scholars as Fiske Kimball, Dean Fales, Nina Fletcher Little, and Mabel Swan. Softcover. 6"x9", 118 pages, b/w illustrations, some cover wear and soil. [02026] $75.00

 

38. Curtis, Dewey Lee, et al. An Exhibition of the Decorative Arts of Ireland, with an Essay by Dewey Lee Curtis. Morrisville [PA]; Pennsbury Manor: 1971. A loan exhibition primarily devoted to furniture and silver, with ceramics, glass and several paintings as well. The catalog entries, though short, do contain some interesting information, especially for the furniture. Some of the photographs are rather dark. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 23 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil, tips slightly thumbed. [30253] SOLD

 

39. Davis, Emily M. Eliphelet Chapin. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. April, 1939. A "good biographical study" (Semowich). Semowich 98. This issue also contains the articles- "Philadelphia-Made Marble Mantels in Mississippi" by Harrold E. Gillingham; "Old Metal Fenders" by F. Gordon Roe; etc. Softcover. Light soil, light wear. [07438] $20.00

 

40. Diderot & d'Alembert. L'Encyclopedie Diderot & d'Alembert- Art du Tourneur. Tours; Bibliotheque de l'Image: 2001. A selection of plates from Diderot's famous 'Encyclopedie', with the original French text explaining the processes and tools illustrated. This volume reprints the section devoted to turning on a lathe, with almost 90 plates illustrating the tools and techniques used. Softcover. 9"x12", 19 pages plus 87 b/w plates. New. [95021] $20.00

 

41. Dietz, Ulysses G. Century of Revivals. Nineteenth-Century American Furniture from the Collection of the Newark Museum. The Newark Museum: 1983. A reissue of the Newark Museum Quarterly, Spring/Summer, 1980 issue. An exhibition catalog featuring the major pieces of 19th century Victorian furniture from the museum's collection, with a focus on Victorian Revivalism. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 63 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [08096] $40.00

 

One of 97 Copies on Rag Paper-

42. Dow, George Francis. The Arts & Crafts in New England 1704-1775. Topsfield; The Wayside Press: 1927. One of 97 copies on rag paper, specially bound in batik-patterned boards. "Gleanings from Boston newspapers relating to painting, engraving, silversmiths, pewterers, clockmakers, furniture, pottery, old houses, costume, trades and occupations". As part of the research being carried out in the first decades of the 20th century on early American craftsmen, several members of the Walpole Society spent hundreds of hours scouring colonial newspaper files and other sources for notices regarding craftsmen. George Francis Dow, an Americanist-Extraordinaire and enthusiastic collector and author on many things New England, undertook this exhaustive study, which remains today as an important resource. Semowich 911. Hardcover. 7"x10", 326 pages, b/w plates; light wear; slight foxing to the preliminaries and title page; slipcase a bit beat. [08584] $275.00

43. As above, the trade edition. Hardcover. 7"x10", 326 pages, b/w plates, dj; light wear; a nice copy in a worn and chipped jacket. [08469] $100.00

 

44. Downs, Joseph. American Furniture, Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum. New York; Bonanza Books: 1977. First published in 1952. This is a cornerstone reference work which remains one of the standard studies of this period. Semowich 1290. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", xlv pages + 10 color plates and 401 b/w illustrations; dj. Light wear, jacket worn, with some tears. Furniture historian Myrna Kaye's copy. [06172] $75.00

 

45. Downs, Joseph. John Henry Belter & Company. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques, September, 1948. An early article on Belter by a noted authority on early American furniture. Semowich 42. Softcover. Article- pp.166-68, 7 b/w illustrations; magazine- 70+ pages, many b/w illustrations; light wear. [08358] $20.00

 

46. Dumonthier, Ernest. Chairs by the Jacob Brothers. Directory and Consulate Periods. Paris; Albert Morance Documents d'Art series: 1921. A pictorial survey of the chairs of these important French empire-period cabinetmakers. Georges and Francois-Honore Jacob were the sons of a cabinetmaker who had been imprisoned during the French Revolution; after his release and retirement his sons took over the family firm and became successful and well-known for their work in the Empire styles. This portfolio includes a text booklet which includes a short biographical sketch, a list of the plates, and a page of the marks the brothers used on their furniture. An uncommon title in this series. Card Portfolio. 7"x9.5", 11 pages plus 42 b/w plates, loose in portfolio, as issued. Covers lightly worn, string ties perished; light soil, the margins of a few plates are slightly chipped. [30444] $250.00

 

47. Dyer, Walter A. & Esther S. Fraser. The Rocking Chair, an American Institution. New York; The Century Company: 1928. An early, chatty and anecdotal but nonetheless very interesting study of the development, types and forms of American rockers. Much of the material had appeared in The Magazine Antiques, and there are a number of nice photographs of interesting examples. Certainly no longer scholarly, but a good book to curl up with in your rocking chair. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 127 pages, 29 b/w plates. Original mustard-brown pictorial cloth covers. A little light cover wear, light scattered internal foxing. [30449] $40.00

 

48. Edwards, Ralph & Margaret Jourdain. Georgian Cabinet-Makers c.1700-1800. London; Country Life Limited: 1962. 2nd prtg. of the 3rd, revised edition. A revised edition of this standard reference work by two of Britain's leading furniture experts. Far more than just a set of biographies of Hepplewhite, Sheraton, and Chippendale and , this study details the lives and work of 28 leading Georgian cabinetmakers and partnerships, as well as 60 more "lesser"-known craftsmen. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 247 pages, 233 b/w illustrations, dj; a nice copy in a worn jacket with a few big chips. [08808] $60.00

 

49. Edwards, Ralph. Georgian Furniture. London; HMSO - V&A: 1951. 2nd prtg. A survey of examples from the extensive collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Well illustrated. Good furniture. Need we say more? Softcover. 7.5"x9.5", 20 pages of text plus 171 b/w illustrations; light wear, tips thumbed, slight stain on top corner of title page. [06577] $40.00

 

50. Ellsworth, Robert Hatfield. Chinese Furniture. Hardwood Examples of the Ming, and Early Ch'ing Dynasties. London; Collins: [1970]. The desirable first edition of this classic, oversized reference, which illustrated furniture from a number of private and public collections. "Ellsworth" has become almost folkloric in its reputation, but unlike other celebrities, this one will not leave you sitting there at the end of the show, wondering what the heck you just paid all that money for. An outstanding book. Hardcover. 11"x13.5", 296+ pages, many b/w and some color illustrations; slipcased. A very nice, clean copy. [30258] $400.00

 

One of 200 Copies-
this copy inscribed to the librarian
of the Connecticut Historical Society-

51. Erving, Henry Wood. Random Notes on Colonial Furniture. A paper read before the Connecticut Historical Society in 1922, and now revised. Hartford; printed for the author by the Wayside Press in an edition of 200 copies: 1931. An entertaining essay on American Colonial furniture and other oddments, prepared by a noted early antiquarian and Founding Member of the Walpole Society. Erving radically revised and expanded the paper he originally gave in 1922 for this 2nd edition. There are many changes between the 1922 and 1931 editions, including material which was added to the 1931 volume, but also material which was dropped from that edition and changes in phrasing and examples, so that the two editions are almost two separate books, rather than one being an update of the other. Inscribed by Erving to Albert C. Bates, noted Librarian of the Connecticut Historical Society. Erving read the initial version of this paper before the Connecticut Historical Society, making this an interesting association. Semowich 816. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", marbled endpapers, 60 pages plus 15 b/w plates. Light soil, a little wear, but a nice copy. [09695] $250.00

 

52. Evans, Nancy Goyne. Windsor-Chair Making in America. From Craft Shop to Consumer. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006. "Drawing principally on original source materials, Nancy Goyne Evans presents an authoritative and absorbing historical picture of the vernacular chair shop and industry in this elegantly written and extensively illustrated book. Evans discusses everything from [shop] structure to tools and equipment, from shop personnel to power sources, and from raw materials to ornaments, both painted and stenciled." The book includes a paint color chart based on more than 1,200 references, a bibliography, and a hundreds of photos of the chairs themselves. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 475 pages, loaded with color and b/we illustrations, dj. New. [90188] $65.00

 

53. Fales, Dean A. The Furniture of Historic Deerfield. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1976. The beautiful and scholarly catalog of this very important collection of 17th and 18th century New England furniture. The Flynts themselves purchased most of the items in the collection, so it not only shows a fine cross-section of the best New England furniture, but is also an example of the taste and collecting eye of a single pair of astute and unique collectors. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 294 pages, 578 illustrations, several in color, dj; some wear, jacket a bit soiled, etc. Signed by Dean Fales. [08799] $125.00

 

54. Fastnedge, Ralph. Sheraton Furniture. London; Faber and Faber: 1962. An important study of the life and work of this influential and ultimately tragic cabinetmaker. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 125 pages plus 4 color and 96 b/w plates, slightly soiled dj. [05516] $65.00

 

55. Feld, Elizabeth & Stuart. In Pointed Style. The Gothic Revival in America, 1800-1860. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 2006. A wonderful exhibition catalog, featuring furniture, architecture, glass, lighting, silver and other decorations. Illustrated with many period prints and artwork, as well as stunning new color photographs. With an introductory essay by David B. Warren. Softcover. 9"x11", 144 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Bibliography. New. [90200] $45.00

 

56. Feld, Elizabeth & Stuart. Of the Newest Fashion. Masterpieces of American Neo-Classical Decorative Arts. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 2001. Hirschl & Adler's 50th Anniversary exhibition. A beautifully illustrated catalog, featuring sections on furniture, silver, lighting, metalwork, glass, and porcelain. Softcover. 9"x11", 103 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Bibliography. New. [90199] $40.00

 

57. Feld, Stuart P. Boston in the Age of Neo-Classicism, 1810-1840. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1999. A beautifully illustrated exhibition catalog, featuring sections on furniture, metalwork, lighting, glass, porcelain, and paintings. Includes an introductory essay by Page Talbot. Softcover. 9"x11", 143 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Bibliography. New. [90198] $40.00

 

58. Feulner, Adolf & Preston Remington. Examples of South German Woodwork in the Metropolitan Museum. An offprint from the Metropolitan Museum (of Art) Studies; May, 1930. Includes illustrations of intricately carved and decorated furniture and interior woodwork of the 18th century. Softcover. 8.5"x12.5", 19 pages, 16 b/w illustrations; cover soil. [05288] $25.00

 

59. Feulner, Adolf. Historic Interiors in Colour. London; B.T. Batsford: 1929. A series of 80 paintings of "interiors such as were found in former centuries in the castles, manor-houses and mansions of noblemen and patricians." Primarily 17th and 18th century interiors, each identified as to locality. A popular and useful guide to the coloring and decoration of high-style historic interiors. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", xii pages plus 80 color plates; covers a bit worn, spine slightly tilted; a little internal soil; rubber ownership stamp and penned ownership signature of noted New York set designer Joseph B. Platt, who was the Interior Art Director for 'Rebecca' and also worked on the interiors for 'Gone with the Wind'. [08605] $100.00

 

60. Fitzgerald, L.V. Decorative Wood Work. No.3- Marqueterie, Staining, etc. including Vernis Martin, Certosina, Oil and Water Gilding, Polishing and Varnishing. London; L. Upcott Gill: no date (c.1890). "A practical manual for amateurs", well illustrated, and quite charming, with elaborately decorated covers and color plates, including a photo frame with two marqueterie dragons. The final 15 pages are illustrated advertisements. Uncommon. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 108 pages, many b/w illustrations and 3 color plates; publisher's decorated softcovers; moderate wear, scattered soil. [09934] $100.00

 

61. Fitzgerald, Oscar P. Three Centuries of American Furniture. An Illustrated Survey of Furniture from Colonial Times to the Present Day. New York; Gramercy Publishing: 1985. Reprint of the 1982 edition. An excellent and well illustrated survey of the development of American furniture, "perhaps the best of the current generation" (Ames & Ward). Also includes an extensive and helpful bibliography. Semowich 1313. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 323 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Near fine. [06308] $40.00

 

62. [Floyd Chairs] Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Decorative Arts. New York; Christie's: October 21, 1994. Sale 7980. Included a set of seven Federal side chairs that descended directly from William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 120 pages, 202 lots, color and b/w illustrations, light wear. [09021] $35.00

 

64. Gardner, F.B. How to Paint. A Complete Compendium of the Art. Designed for the use of the tradesman, mechanic, merchant and farmer, and to guide the Professional Painter. New York; Fowler & Wells: 1882. 9th ed. "Containing a plain common-sense statement of the methods employed by painters to produce satisfactory results in plain and fancy painting of every description, including gilding, bronzing, staining, graining, marbling, varnishing, polishing, kalsomining, paper-hanging, striping, lettering, copying and ornamenting. With formulas for mixing paint in oil or water; descriptions of the various pigments used, their average cost, and the tools required." Hardcover. 4"x6", 126 pages plus 20 pages listing other books; several line illustrations in the text; publisher's green cloth with gilt title; light wear, gilt a bit rubbed, soil to the rear cover. [09895] $150.00

 

65. Garrett, Rhoda & Agnes. Suggestions for House Decoration in Painting, Woodwork and Furniture. London; Macmillan: 1879. 6th ed. A popular guide to the Aesthetic, or "Queen Anne" style as it might be applied to the furniture, wallpaper, draperies and other decorations of a middle-class Victorian home of good taste- "Every one who has a house of his own may, I hope, find useful hints, for the rules of good taste apply to the cottage as well as to the manor house...Expensive decoration has not been advocated; nothing, in fact, but what may be secured at the same cost as the ugliness which at present pervades too many even of our wealthiest homes". The text is illustrated with 6 wood engraved plates, three of which feature grand mantelpieces. Hardcover. 5"x7.25", viii + 90 pages, with 1 b/w text illustration, plus 6 b/w plates; 4 pages of advertisements. Publisher's blue cloth with black decoration; covers a little worn. [09897] $150.00

 

66. Garrett, Wendell, et al. Neo-Classicism in America. Inspiration and Innovation 1810-1840. New York; Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1991. A wide-ranging exhibition featuring furniture, paintings, prints, silver and some ceramics and glass, beautifully photographed, with entries written by Wendell Garrett, Susan Menconi, Barbara Ward, Joseph Goddu, and Bruce Lazarus. Garrett also contributes the main essay- "Novus Ordo Seclorum: A New Order of the Ages". Softcover. 9"x10", 135 pages, color and b/w illustrations; New. [90197] $40.00

 

67. Garvan, Beatrice B. Federal Philadelphia 1785-1825. The Athens of the Western World. Philadelphia Museum of Art & the University of Pennsylvania Press: 1987. The catalog accompanying the stunning landmark exhibition celebrating the Empire/Federal style as it flourished in Philadelphia. Mainly a catalog of furniture. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 96 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a near fine copy. [30222] $50.00

 

68. Garvin, Donna-Belle, James L. Garvin & John F. Page. Plain & Elegant, Rich & Common. Documented New Hampshire Furniture, 1750-1850. Concord; New Hampshire Historical Society: 1978. A loan exhibition which explored the regional characteristics of New Hampshire furniture. The documented pieces of furniture often include labels or advertisements, and interesting biographical information on the cabinetmakers. Semowich 980. Ames & Ward. Softcover. 7.5"x11", 153 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [09682] $125.00

 

69. Giner, Francisco. Estudios Sobre Artes Industriales y Cartas Literarias. Madrid: 1926. A series of essays on art and literary topics by a professor at the University of Madrid. The arts section devotes over 100 pages to a history of furniture from ancient times to the 12th century; as well as 75 pages on silver custodias. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 363 pages; bound in newer red Spanish leather with raised bands. [07821] $50.00

 

70. [Ginsburg Collection] Property from the Collection of Cora and Benjamin Ginsburg. Portsmouth; Northeast Auctions: August 3, 2003. The auction of the personal collections of these noted antiques dealers. The breadth of the collections is astonishing and although the quality of the material is superb, this was a comfortable and gracious collection, not stuffy or standoffish. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 127 pages, 2201 lots, b/w and color illustrations; some wear; prices realised list. [09234] $50.00

 

71. [Gothic] Catalogue of a Collection of Gothic Caskets, Wood Carvings and Fine Oak Furniture, the property of an English Private Collector. London; Sotheby & Co.: May 23-24, 1974. A very nice auction of early wood and iron caskets, 16th century wood carvings, and Henry VII, Elizabethan, and 17th century oak furniture. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 119 pages, 231 lots, many b/w plates; prices realised sheet included; a very nice copy. [09047] $45.00

 

72. Gottesman, Rita S. The Arts & Crafts in New York 1726-1776. Advertisements and News Items from New York City Newspapers. New York Historical Society: 1938. This standard reference is divided into chapters devoted to the various arts & crafts including- painting & engraving; silver and jewelry; ceramics; glass; pewter; furniture; clocks and watches; buildings and builders; metals and iron; stone cutters; printers and bookbinders; fabrics and needlework; trades and occupations; costume; painting and glazing; coach makers; and music and musical instruments. A valuable and comprehensive resource. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 450 pages; a nice copy. [09846] $125.00

 

73. Grandjean, Serge. Empire Furniture. 1800 to 1825. New York; Taplinger Publishing Co.: 1966. "The French Empire style had a profound influence on the furniture produced throughout Europe and in the Americas for at least the first four decades of the nineteenth century". This standard study of French Empire furniture was written by the Conservatuer at the Louvre, a specialist in furniture and metalwork. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 120 pages plus 4 color and 96 b/w plates; dj; jacket rubbed and a bit worn; slight internal soil. [30400] $150.00

 

74. Greenlaw, Barry A. New England Furniture at Williamsburg. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia: 1974. A very fine catalog of the collection assembled by Colonial Williamsburg; 164 objects are described. The collection is strongest in 18th century furniture. Greenlaw also discusses the importation of New England furniture into Virginia in the 18th century. Semowich 765. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 195 pages, 164 b/w illustrations; light wear; a nice copy. [30406] $60.00

 

75. Griffin, William & Florence, et al. Neat Pieces. The Plain-Style Furniture of 19th Century Georgia. University of Georgia Press: 2006. A new edition of the classic and important 1983 catalog. Each piece is carefully described and illustrated, and there is an introduction which explains the development of Georgia, her cabinetmakers, and their furniture. An important contribution to the literature on early Southern decorative arts. This augmented edition features color illustrations of most of the pieces, and a new Introduction. Softcover. 8"x11", 236 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90193] $39.95

 

76. Griffith, Lee Ellen. Line and Berry and Inlaid Furniture: A regional craft tradition in Pennsylvania, 1682-1790. Lee Ellen Griffith: 1988 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation for the University of Pennsylvania. The author's research included privately owned examples. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 260 pages, line illustrations and very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90205] $65.00

 

77. Hackenbroch, Yvonne. English Furniture with some furniture of other countries in the Irwin Untermyer Collection. Cambridge; Harvard University Press: 1958. "The Irwin Untermyer Collection...includes superb examples of English furniture of almost every style and every period from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century." An important and massive catalog, devoted in large part to superlative 18th century examples, although 16th and 17th century pieces are also well represented. The catalog is arranged by form, and includes a critical commentary on each piece by Yvonne Hackenbroch, who also considers the evolution of styles and individual cabinetmakers. John Gloag has contributed a distinguished Introduction dealing with the design and social history of the relevant periods, as they relate to the pieces. The strong text, wide coverage, superb examples, and the hundreds of fine plates all combine to make the book an essential reference. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", lxv + 96 pages plus 20 color and 338 b/w plates, dj; jacket worn with several large chips and rips. [30467] $500.00

 

78. Haines, Carol L. & Lisa H. Foote. "Forms to Sett on" A Social History of Concord Seating Furniture. Concord Antiquarian Museum: 1980s. A very interesting exhibition of seating furniture forms from 1680 to 1850. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 36 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30502] $30.00

 

79. Hanks, David (ed.). Victorian Gothic & Renaissance Revival Furniture. Two Victorian Pattern Books Published by Henry Carey Baird. Philadelphia; Athenaeum Library of Nineteenth Century America: 1977. Edition limited to 1000 copies. A facsimile of two very rare 1868 American furniture pattern books- 'Gothic Album for Cabinet Makers' and 'Cabinet Maker's Album of Furniture', with a useful and informative introduction by David Hanks. Hardcover. 11.5"x9", [8] + ii pages plus 23 b/w plates, plus ii pages plus 48 b/w plates; dj; jacket with a small gash. [08606] $250.00

 

80. Harrison, Stephen G. Furniture Trade in New Orleans, 1840-1880: The Largest Assortment Constantly on Hand. Stephen G. Harrison: 1997 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. A study of the business of selling furniture in New Orleans before, during, and after the Civil War. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 6.5"x8.5", 121 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90207] $65.00

 

81. Hasluck, Paul N. (ed.). Wood Finishing, comprising Staining, Varnishing, and Polishing with Engravings and Diagrams. London; Cassell and Company: 1916. A comprehensive study, including stains, varnishes, Beaumontage, French polishing, glazing, wax polishing, oil polishing, dyeing veneers, marquetry, spirit enameling, and floors. First published in 1897. Hardcover. 4.25"x7", 160 pages, line illustrations; publisher's red pictorial covers; covers worn but tight, light soil. [30317] $35.00

 

82. Hayden, Arthur. The Furniture Designs of Thomas Sheraton, arranged by J. Munro Bell, with an Introduction and Critical Estimate by Arthur Hayden. London; Gibbings and Company: 1910. An early collection and analysis of Sheraton's cabinetmaking designs. Hayden's appreciation, while not as up-to-date as some, and a good target for modern revisionists, is nonetheless a lyrical and literate short essay which is fitting tribute to Sheraton's tragic genius. The plates are a reissue of the plates in the 1802 edition of "The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book". Hardcover. 9"x12.5", xxvi pages plus 128 b/w plates; covers scuffed, hinges shaken, endpapers spotted, but contents fine. [08236] $150.00

 

83. Heckscher, Morrison H. & Leslie Greene Bowman. American Rococo, 1750-1775. Elegance in Ornament. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, LA County Museum of Art, and Harry N. Abrams: 1992. The catalog to, and text which accompanied, the important loan exhibition. In addition to describing the pieces exhibited, the authors discuss the European Rococo influence on American arts and architecture of the period, including furniture, silver, prints, glass, ceramics and many other objects, from bookplates to clock faces. Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 288 pages, color and b/w illustrations; dj. Light wear, a little soil. [30237] $40.00

84. As above, softcover edition. [01693] $25.00

 

85. Heineken, Ty & Kiyoko. Tansu. Traditional Japanese Cabinetry. New York; Weatherhill: 1985. 3rd prtg. "Tansu, the unique cabinetry of Japan, springs from a rich folk-art tradition that combines the skills of the wood joiner, lacquer artist, and ironsmith, all widely renowned for their fine craftsmanship. This book is divided into two parts, the first on history and the second on techniques." Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 247 pages, 27 color and 260 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket rubbed, some light wear, a little soil. [08949] $50.00

 

86. Held, Huyler. Chests from Western Long Island. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. January, 1939. Semowich 1030. This issue also contains the articles- "A Question in Cup Plates" by Mildred K. Pike; "Wine, Spirit and Sauce Labels" by Herbert C. Dent; and more. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear. [07436] $20.00

 

87. Hewitt, Benjamin A., Patricia E. Kane & Gerald W.R. Ward. The Work of Many Hands, Card Tables in Federal America 1790-1820. New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 1982. A standard and much sought-after reference. Softcover. 9"x10.5", 198 pages, b/w and some color illustrations; a little wear, just a little soil, tips lightly thumbed, but a nice copy. [08767] $875.00

 

88. Heydenryk, Henry. The Art and History of Frames. An Inquiry into the Enhancement of Paintings. New York; James A. Heinemann: 1963. A very interesting survey of the stylistic development of frames and their relationship to art. Frames have, over the centuries, been meant to do different things, and performed their tasks in different ways, as is explained in the text and captions. Hardcover. 10"x8.5", 119 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography; jacket with some wear, and torn. [09467] $125.00

 

89. [Heywood-Wakefield] A Completed Century 1826-1926. The Story of Heywood-Wakefield Company. Boston; Printed for the Company: 1926. A history of the first 100 years of this famous chair and wicker furniture company, published to celebrate its Centennial. Hardcover. 8”x10.5”, 112 pages, b/w plates; light soil, but a very nice, fresh copy with the original presentation card. [30477] $85.00

 

90. Hinckley, F. Lewis. A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture, Establishing the Preeminence of the Dublin Craftsmen. New York; Crown Publishers: 1971. An important work on Irish furniture which reattributed many pieces thought to be English to Dublin cabinetmakers. "Mr. Hinckley describes the large volume of trade existing between America and Ireland in the eighteenth century and shows how much of the furniture imported to this country during that period originated in Dublin. (He) [shows] how many Irish craftsmen emigrated to America and set up workshops on the eastern seaboard...". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 277 pages, 467 b/w illustrations, dj. Lightly soiled jacket. [30441] $85.00

 

91. Hipkiss, Edwin J. Eighteenth Century American Arts. The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Paintings, Drawings, Engravings, Furniture, Silver, Needlework & Incidental Objects Gathered to Illustrate the Achievements of American Artists and Craftsmen of the Period from 1720 to 1820. Cambridge; Harvard University Press: 1950. 2nd prtg. The well illustrated and important catalog of this major collection of American furniture, silver and accessories. "This beautifully printed volume established a high visual standard for furniture catalogs that was emulated by Joseph Downs in the 1950s and Morrison Hecksher in the 1980s. The catalog includes 125 examples of high-style furniture, the vast majority from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, although some superb Philadelphia objects are included. These objects are not included in Richard Randall's 1965 catalog. Karolik's musings, "As I Reflect upon the Collection", provide a fascinating look at the mind of an idiosyncratic collector" -Ames & Ward. Semowich 1352. Hardcover. 9"x11", 366 pages, 318 b/w illustrations; light wear, but a nice copy. [09507] $275.00

 

92. Hofer, Margaret Kugelman. The Tory Joiner of Middleborough, Massachusetts: Simeon Doggett and his community, 1762-1792. University of Delaware: 1991/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation based on an account book found in the Connecticut Historical Society. Doggett was "an ordinary man who made his living by farming, making furniture, and building houses". He also was imprisoned on his own farm during the Revolution because he was a Loyalist. An interesting study of an individual cabinetmaker, and of the joiners of southeastern Massachusetts. Also includes a list of woodworking artisans in eastern Massachusetts between 1760-1810. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 117 pages, poor b/w illustrations. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90179] $65.00

 

93. Hoopes, Penrose R. Shop Records of Daniel Burnap, Clockmaker. Connecticut Historical Society: 1958. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies. The documented story of one of Connecticuts most noted artisans, as shown by his shop records between 1785 and 1805. Burnap was a clock and instrument maker, a silversmith, and brass founder. Hardcover. 7x10, 188 pages, line and b/w illustrations; light soil, slight spot on cover. [09183] $100.00

 

94. Hornor, William M. Hornor's Blue Book of Philadelphia Furniture. Washington; Highland House: 1988. 3rd prtg. A reprint of the classic 1935 study, now quite expensive in the original edition. "Much work has been done on Philadelphia furniture in the past fifty years in the form of articles, catalogues and theses, but no single book has yet superseded Hornor; it remains essential to research on Philadelphia furniture..." (Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 340 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a lightly soiled jacket. [30231] $175.00

 

95. Household Furniture and Interior Decoration Executed from the Designs of Thomas Hope. London; John Tiranti: 1946. 2nd prtg. Thomas Hope [1770-1831] studied architecture in Italy, Greece, Egypt and Asia Minor and later became a friend of the famous French Neoclassicist Charles Percier, whose influence shows strongly in Hope's own work. Hope's 1807 publication of his "Designs" crystallized the apexual moment (no, "apexual is not a real word) of the English Regency style, which had been bopping around for half a decade or so. This facsimile edition of the plates from Hope's work does not include his accompanying short text, which was more of a political polemic on reform than a discussion of furniture. Hardcover. 10"x14.5", ii pages plus 60 b/w plates, dj; light wear, a little soil; jacket chipped and worn. [08464] $85.00

 

96. Hummel, Charles F. A Winterthur Guide to American Chippendale Furniture. Middle Atlantic and Southern Colonies. New York; Winterthur/ Crown Publishers: 1976. A good study, based on the Winterthur Collection. Something of an update of Joseph Down's book on American Chippendale furniture which was also based on this collection, with updated information, and also some pieces acquired since Downs' work was published in 1952. Softcover. 6"x8.5", 142 pages, 16 color and 135 b/w illustrations; light soil, a nice copy. [06817] $30.00

 

97. Impey, Oliver. Chinoiserie. The Impact of Oriental Styles on Western Art and Decoration. New York; Charles Scribner's Sons: 1977. Even as the China Trade brought Oriental reproductions of European wares to the West, manufacturers and artists in the West were busy copying Oriental themes and decorations. This "Chinoiserie" style would eventually mix with the 18th century Rococo style in an exuberant burst of abandon and flourish which lasted through the 19th century right up to the Aesthetic Movement's Japonism style. This is one of the best illustrated studies of this subject, and includes chapters on the history of the China trade and how it influenced the West, as well as furniture, textiles, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, architecture and garden design. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 208 pages, 20 color and 233 b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy. [30223] $45.00

 

98. Ingolfsrud, Elizabeth. All About Ontario Beds. Toronto; The House of Grant: 1975. A guide to 19th century, mostly Victorian era, beds in Ontario. The descriptions and discussion of provenance and variations make some interesting points. Softcover. 6"x9", 63 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [09869] $25.00

 

99. [Interiors] Interiors. London; Christie's: November 14, 1995. Sale 5507. A very interesting auction of a wide selection of paintings, prints, original drawings, plans, engravings, and so forth of interiors and interior details of the 18th-early 20th centuries. Introduction by Charlotte Gere. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 146 pages, 201 lots, color and b/w illustrations; slight water wrinkle in lower corner, else nice. [09000] $35.00

 

100. Isaacson, Philip. The American Eagle. Boston; New York Graphic Society: 1975. A fascinating study of the eagle motif as used in American decorative and folk arts. This includes sculpture, furniture, textiles, graphics, paintings, ceramics, hats, architecture, and much, much more! A very heavily illustrated survey. Eagles on silver, textiles, hats, furniture inlay and pediments, carvings and sculpture, china, glass, and much more. Iggles here, iggles there, iggles, iggles, everywhere! Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 210 pages, 64 color and 160 b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, cellophane overlay on the dust jacket separating. [30469] $85.00

 

101. [Jackson Collection] Rare and Unusual Pennsylvania Furniture, Pen-Paintings and other objects, 1780-1850. The Collection of Schuyler Brinckerhoff Jackson. New York; American Art Association / Anderson Galleries: November 29th, 1933. Sale 4067. A pioneering collection of frakturs, as well as a fine collection of Pennsylvania furniture and selected folk-arts. Jackson wrote two short introductory notes to the catalog; the first is a rather poetic introduction to the collection, the second a more down-to-earth commentary of frakturs and his attempts to collect them when nobody else was. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 59 pages, 150 lots, b/w illustrations; bound into green cloth, without the original paper covers; prices noted in pencil; a nice copy. [08650] $125.00

 

102. Jervis, Simon. Printed Furniture Designs Before 1650. The Furniture History Society: 1974. An important compilation of 16th and 17th century furniture designs from period design books, with commentary. Jervis had access to museums throughout Europe and England and was able to provide an eye-opening and thoroughly enjoyable survey of designs from these rare books in a volume which is itself becoming increasingly hard-to-find. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", x + 54 pages, plus 449 b/w plates; a nice copy. [08270] $375.00

 

103. Jobe, Brock W. The Boston Furniture Industry, 1725-1760. University of Delaware: 1976/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. The master's thesis of one of the leading scholars of American furniture. Semowich 925. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 143 pages, muddy b/w illustrations; bibliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90153] $65.00

 

104. Jobe, Brock W. (ed.). New England Furniture. Essays in Memory of Benno M. Forman. [in] Old-Time new England. Volume 72. Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities: 1987. Brock Jobe contributes a bibliography of Forman's works, and there are essays on various aspects of American 17th and 18th century furniture by Philip Zea, Gerald W.R. Ward, Jeanne Sloane, Luke Beckerdite, Brock Jobe, Myrna Kaye, William Hosley, Jr., Robert Mussey, Jr., Andrew Passeri and Robert Trent. Softcover. 6"x9", 354 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, light cover soil. [09679] $40.00

 

105. Jobe, Brock. Portsmouth Furniture. Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast. Hanover; University Press of New England/ SPNEA: 1993. A massive and important work, based in part upon an exhibition but, as Jobe notes- "The book is more comprehensive than the exhibition, including furniture dating from as early as 1675 and extends beyond a simple cataloguing of the salient characteristics of the objects to tell the story of the development of Portsmouth furniture. Both the ornate and the ordinary are represented, though the former predominate. Three essays provide an overview of the historical and architectural scene and the business of making furniture in Portsmouth. The appendices include a checklist of Portsmouth-area craftsmen, which is the most comprehensive list published to date, as well as the checklist of branded furniture". Softcover. 9"x12.5", 454 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a near fine copy. [08769] $600.00

 

106. Johnson, Marilyn, et al. 19th-Century America. Furniture and other Decorative Arts. Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Graphic Society: 1970. "This blockbuster exhibition was the first to survey the major styles of nineteenth-century American decorative arts (and) stimulated enormous interest and subsequent scholarship" -Ames & Ward. Focuses most heavily on furniture, but with silver, glass and ceramics well represented. Softcover. 8.5"x11", about 250 pages, color and b/w illustrations; a worn copy with the top of the laminated paper-cover coming off along the spine crease. [08243] $35.00

 

107. Jones, Michael O. The Hand Made Object and Its Maker. Berkeley; University of California Press: 1975. A chair is a chair is a chair, right? Well, of course that's wrong, but how wrong really becomes apparent after looking at Charley's two-seat rocker, complete with attached bookcase, which is just one of the many creations of the group of Cumberland mountain chairmakers the author spent his time with while preparing this book. An intimate portrait of some of the last rural furniture craftsmen, producing beautiful chairs by hand, using centuries-old techniques. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 261 pages, 102 b/w illustrations, lightly soiled dj. [30447] $35.00

 

108. Joy, Edward. English Furniture 1800-1851. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications / Ward Lock Limited: 1977. "At the start of the 19th century the influence of Hepplewhite and Sheraton was at its height and the next fifty years say the flowering of the Regency style, the Classical and Gothic revivals and the evolution of Victorian taste culminating in the Great Exhibition of 1851". Hardcover. 9"x10", 318 pages, 8 color plates and 400 b/w illustrations, dj; a very nice copy. [01671] $150.00

 

109. [Karolik Collection] Art Property of the Estate of the Late Maxim Karolik, Newport, Rhode Island. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: June 17-19th, 1964. Sale 2290. The paintings, furniture and silver from the estate of the great Maxim Karolik (1893-1963), the Russian opera singer, immigrant, and art collector and benefactor who cut a swath through the Boston and American collecting scenes. Amazingly, even after he gave three collections to the MFA, there was plenty left over, which was auctioned in this sale. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 128 pages, 654 lots, b/w illustrations; light wear. [07306] $50.00

 

110. [Karolik] O'Doherty, Brian. Maxim Karolik, 1893-1963. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: (1963). A tribute to the great collector and benefactor; finely printed, a handsome volume. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 16 pages plus 2 tipped-in b/w plates; printed on fine, deckle-edge paper. [05975] $45.00

 

111. Kaye, Myrna. Fake, Fraud or Genuine? Identifying Authentic American Antique Furniture. Boston; Little, Brown: 1987."The lucid text is witty and amusing, but the author is deadly serious, and highly qualified. Distilled from her practical and scholarly experience, the book is written for the average antiques buyer as well as the sophisticated one. Shows how to examine furniture of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in order to discern the genuine, the repaired antique, the honest reproduction, the complete fake, and the many types of frauds... Cautionary tales are accompanied by a rogue's gallery of illuminating illustrations...". Hardcover. 9"x11", 214 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket faded on the spine. [05796] $100.00

 

112. [Keck Collection] The Keck Collection from La Lanterne, Bel Air, California. New York; Sotheby's: December 5-6, 1991. The contents of the faux French Château built by oil-heir Howard Keck. A number of records were set by the museum-quality French furniture, Continental porcelains, marbles and silver, and other French decorations. Quite simply one of the best private collections of French furniture to come under the hammer in years. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 300 pages, 293 lots, color illustrations and folding plates; dj; a near fine copy. [08552] $85.00

 

113. Keen, Michael E. A Bibliography of the Trade Directories of the British Isles, in the National Art Library. London; Victoria & Albert Museum: 1979. A bibliography of 889 trade directories, by county/city, from the 17th century up to about 1905. Illustrated with some interesting period advertisements. Softcover. 8"x11.5", 121 pages, b/w illustrations; paper spine covering chipped and flaking, as usual. [09884] $150.00

 

114. [Kelly Collection] Important New York Furniture and Decorative Arts. The Richard and Beverly Kelly Collection. Portsmouth; Northeast Auctions: April 3, 2005. An important auction catalog filled with Duncan Phyfe and other New York furniture, beautifully photographed, and described by Philip Zimmerman, who also contributed an important illustrated essay, "The Architectural Furniture of Duncan Phyfe, 1830-1845". Softcover. 8.5"x11", 84 pages, color illustrations; light wear, a few penned notes. [09236] $40.00

 

115. Kennedy Galleries. Age of the Revolution and Early Republic in Fine and Decorative Arts: 1750-1824. New York; Kennedy Galleries & Israel Sack, Inc.: 1977. A joint exhibition of paintings, prints, furniture, silver and other decorative art. This must have been quite something to see. The catalog includes good b/w photographs and descriptions of the items. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 95 pages, b/w illustrations; light cover wear. [30512] $75.00

 

116. Kenney, John T. The Hitchcock Chair, The Story of a Connecticut Yankee... New York; Clarkson Potter: 1971. "The story of a Connecticut Yankee- L. Hitchcock of Hitchcockville- and an account of the restoration of his 19th century manufactory". This reference surveys the 19th century chairs and other furniture made by Hitchcock as well as the rise and fall of the Hitchcock factory, and its subsequent revival. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 339 pages, 11 color plates and 400+ b/w illustrations, dj. [08931] $85.00

 

117. Keyes, Homer Eaton. Dennis or a Lesser Light? [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. December, 1938. A lengthy article which examines the problems of attributions among a group of related 17th century carved chairs, some American. Semowich 143. Keyes, the magazine's first editor, died between the writing and publication of the article, and there are two appreciations of him in this issue. Softcover. Light wear, a little soil. [07434] $20.00

 

118. Kimball, Fiske. Mr. Samuel McIntire, Carver. The Architect of Salem. Portland; The Southworth-Anthoensen Press: 1940. Edition limited to 675 copies. This remains the standard reference to McIntire's architectural and interior detail carvings. It is illustrated with 373 b/w photographs and reproductions of plans and drawings, and includes exteriors, interiors, mantels, doorways, staircases, paneling, and so on. Hardcover. 9"x12", 157 pages, plus 373 b/w illustrations; ex-library with perforated stamp on the title page, spine numbers and marks on the endpapers and paste down. Hinges reglued. A good reference copy. [30460] $350.00

 

119. Kimball, Fiske. Old English Books of Furniture and Decoration. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. September, 1929. This issue also contains the article "A Late Hadley Chestmaker" by C.F. Luther; "Yarns of a Sailor in Yarn" by Jonathan Fairbanks, and more. Softcover. Moderate wear and soil, spine separation, etc. [07424] $20.00

 

120. Kimball, Marie. The Original Furnishings of the White House. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. June & July, 1929. These two issues also include the articles- "Abner Toppan, Cabinetmaker" (Newburyport, Mass.) by Dexter Edwin Spalding (Semowich 704), and more. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear, etc. [07423] $40.00

 

121. Kimball, Marie. Thomas Jefferson's French Furniture. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. February, 1929. This issue also includes the articles- "South African Antique Furniture" by Rebecca Hourwich; "A Savery Chest" by Joseph Downs; and more. Softcover. Light wear and a little soil, etc. [07418] $20.00

 

122. Kirk, John T. Early American Furniture. How to Recognize, Evaluate, Buy, and Care for the Most Beautiful Pieces... New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1970. An essential work, and one of the classic books showing how to analyze and understand a piece of furniture. "It is Kirk's gift to be able to see furniture and to communicate his understanding of the form and ornament to others. This introduction remains the best guide to the essential skill of learning to look" (Ames & Ward). Softcover. 9"x12", 208 pages, 204 b/w illustrations; dj; light wear. Signed. [09142] $25.00

 

123. Kirk, John T. American Chairs, Queen Anne and Chippendale. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1972. A valuable reference to American Colonial chairs. "Kirk emphasizes the regional approach to American furniture through a study of construction and design details and an analysis of regional aesthetics... Although Kirk's approach is a visual and aesthetic one, as in his other works he makes use of the objects as documents of the nature of eighteenth century society" (Ames). Hardcover. 11"x12", 208 pages, color frontispiece and 252 b/w illustrations, dj. A very nice copy. Signed. [09129] $250.00

 

124. Kirk, John T. The Impecunious Collector's Guide to American Antiques. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1975. What other book on the subject pictures a pair of VW Bugs? John T. Kirk teaches the reader to -look- at an antique, whether it be a piece of furniture glass, metal -whatever. What do you see? How do you evaluate it? How can you judge quality? The '70s version of Sack's Good, Better Best, but not strictly devoted to the evaluation of furniture. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 178 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. A near fine copy. Signed. [95039] $25.00

 

125. Kirk, John T. American Furniture and the British Tradition to 1830. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1982. A groundbreaking study which examined the sources and background of American furniture design in the Colonial and Federal periods. "Kirk was the first modern scholar seriously to investigate the relationship between American and English furniture, and this important study is the culmination of twenty years of research" -Ames & Ward. Hardcover. 9"x12", 397 pages, 1,508 illustrations, some in color; dj; a nice copy; Signed. [09136] $125.00

126. As above, softcover edition; Signed. [09137] $50.00

 

127. Kirk, John T. The Impecunious House Restorer. Personal Vision & Historic Accuracy. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1984. "How to buy an early American house and make it beautiful inexpensively and authentically; what to restore and what to leave alone; how to do it yourself; when and how to call in the experts; ideas about furnishings -antique and modern". A noted American furniture scholar addresses the issue of period houses; the heart of the book is a illustrated step-by-step description of the restoration of the 18th century Bliss House and its surrounding buildings. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 204 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; a nice copy. Signed. [09150] $50.00

 

128. Knittle, Rhea Mansfield. Early Ohio Taverns, Tavern-sign, Stage-coach, Barge, Banner, Chair and Settee Painters. Ashland; Privately printed: 1937. An interesting and detailed 27-page essay on early Ohio taverns leads naturally to a 7-page article about their signs, which leads to 3 pages on coach and whip painters rounded up with an 8-page listing of tavern-sign, stage-coach, barge, banner, chair and settee painters. Softcover. 6”x9”, 46 pages; text a bit browned, light soil. [30473] $50.00

 

129. [Koger Collection] Savannah Style: The Ira and Nancy Koger Collection. New York; Sotheby's: October 24, 1998. Sale 7207. Ira Koger invented the modern office park, and then did something useful, buying and restoring an 1860 house in Savannah, and filling it with very tasteful English 18th century furniture and silver, and 17th and 18th century ceramics. In furniture their taste ran to the first two Georges, and about the only negative thing one can say is that they appear to have turned every nice Chinese vase they owned into a lamp. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 184 pages, 433 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet; fine. [09233] $30.00

 

Beautiful Hand-Colored Empire Furniture Designs-

130. [La Mesangere, Pierre de] Meubles et Objets de Gout. [Paris; ca.1810-20]] A beautiful privately-bound collection of 29 hand-colored plates, and one uncolored plate, illustrating Empire furniture, from a series of plates published by Pierre de La Mesangere between 1801 and 1831. Although not a complete run, the plates appear to have been bound up like this for a purpose, perhaps by a cabinetmaker for personal reference or to show to clients, or by a furniture connoisseur of the period. Whatever the purpose of creating this portfolio, it survives as an interesting artifact of the period, as well as a dramatic and beautiful collection of design plates. La Mesangere published many of his designs in the 'Journal des Dames et des Modes', and they were very influential in popularizing the Empire style. Hardcover. 14.5"x10", 29 beautifully hand-colored engraved plates and one un-colored engraved plate bound in; with one additional loose colored plate; bound together in a period marbled-board portfolio with a parchment spine; covers quite worn; plates with some minor soil and a spot or two, but generally clean and nice; inkstamp of 'Freiherr Vincke - Haus Hetters I' on the blank endpaper, but this appears to be later than the period of the plates and the binding. Housed in a new custom clamshell box with a red morocco spine, raised bands and gilt title. [09893] $2,600.00

 

131. Ladd, Paul R. Early American Fireplaces. New York; Hastings House: 1977. Ladd explores many of the details of early fireplace making, including the bricks, iron, blacksmiths, etc., and illustrates examples or early fireplaces from a number of historic homes. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 192 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [09317] $85.00

 

132. [Lawton Collection] Early American Furniture, Silver and Paintings from the Collection of Herbert Lawton, Boston, Mass. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: January 4th, 1940. Sale 158. Fine furniture, silver and portrait miniatures. Lawton was a prosperous textile manufacturer who "assembled collections" of American antiques and then sold them. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 64 pages, 200 lots; light wear. [09835] $65.00

 

133. [Lipitch Collection] Michael Liptich. Furniture and Decorations from the Michael Lipitch Gallery [and] Michael Lipitch II. London; Sotheby's: May 22, 1998 [and] Christie's, October 4, 2001. Twin auctions of fabulous Regency, Neo-Classic and earlier Furniture and accessories from this 3-generation-old firm. Startling and distinctive pieces with 'flair'. 2 vols. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 293 pages, 345 lots [and] 218 pages, 183 lots; color illustrations; light wear, a little creasing to the cover of the 1st volume. [09238] $75.00

 

134. Little, Nina Fletcher. Little by Little. Six Decades of Collecting American Decorative Arts. Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities: 1998. A softcover reprint of the 1984 hardcover edition. The Littles were unparalleled trendsetters and a moving force in the world of American country and folk arts for some sixty years. This is the story of their unique collection and how they built it, piece by piece, trip by trip, deal by deal. Along the way they met or dealt with most of the major figures in the antiques and arts, and many unforgettable minor ones, and they tell many interesting stories about their journey. The text is illustrated with hundreds of fabulous color photographs of pieces from their collection. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 308 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w. New. Published at $35.00  [95057] $19.95

 

135. [Little] Important Americana: The Bertram K. Little and Nina Fletcher Little Collection. Parts I and II. New York; Sotheby's: January 29th, 1994 and October 21-22nd, 1994. Softcovers. 2 volumes. 8.5"x11", about 400 pages, 1072 lots, packed with color and b/w illustrations; near fine copies. [09838] $175.00

 

136. Liversidge, Joan. Furniture in Roman Britain. London; Alec Tiranti: 1955. A cool little book, with many illustrations of excavated furniture and furniture parts, Roman artwork depicting furniture, etc. Softcover. 5"x7.5", 76 pages, plus 69 b/w illustrations, some water wrinkling to the illustrations, with a little adhesion loss. [08797] $15.00

 

137. Lockwood, Luke Vincent. Colonial Furniture in America. New York; Castle Books: 1960s. A single-volume reissue of the 1926 edition, the best edition of this classic work. Semowich 1388. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 398 + 354 pages, b/w illustrations; no dj; spine lettering rubbed, light wear. [30228] $25.00

 

138. Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fiftieth Year of American Independence [1825-26]. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1825. A complete listing of residents with their professions, plus streets, and a number of interesting illustrated advertisements. Hardcover. 4.25"x7.25", 478 pages plus advertisements; original board covers, calf spine; covers quite scuffed and worn, spine flaking, hinges loose; some internal soiling and foxing. [30297] $350.00

140. Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Sixth Year of American Independence. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1831. Hardcover. 4.25"x7.25", 722 pages plus advertisements; rebound in modern cloth; minor internal soiling and foxing; contents page torn with loss of the bottom 3rd. [30299] $300.00

141. Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Ninth Year of American Independence. New York; Thomas Longworth: 1834. Hardcover. 4.25"x7.25", 776 pages; original board covers, calf spine; covers worn, spine perishing; shaken and loose, hinges partially cracked; minor internal soiling and foxing. [30300] $300.00

 

142. Loughlin, David. The Case of Major Fanshawe's Chairs. New York; Universe Books: 1978. A set of five Chippendale chairs unearthed in an Irish manor house turn out to be the long-lost Philadelphia Cadwalader chairs by Benjamin Randolph... Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 160 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30235] $20.00

 

143. Lovell, Margaretta Markle. Boston Blockfront Furniture. Margaretta Markle Lovell: 1975 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program examining the differences between Boston and Newport blockfront furniture, and outlining how the style developed in Boston and neighboring communities. Semowich 930. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 89 pages; poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90213] $65.00

 

144. [Lowndes Collection] The Stanley H. Lowndes Collection of American Furniture and Decorations. New York; Anderson Galleries: April 29th-May 4th, 1935. Sale 4178. "Including important examples in the tradition of Savery, Goddard, Duncan Phyfe". Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 250 pages, 1,293 lots, b/w illustrations; light wear. [07761] $60.00

 

145. [Lyon Collection] 18th and 19th Century American Furniture. Property from the Estate of the Late Charles Woolsey Lyon, Millbrook, New York. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: March 3, 1973. Sale 3480. The auction catalog of a fine collection of American furniture. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 47 pages, 167 lots, b/w illustrations; light wear, rear cover soiled. Prices realised laid in. [30364] $60.00

 

146. Lyon, Irving W. The Colonial Furniture of New England. A Study of the Domestic Furniture in use in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. New York; E.P. Dutton: 1977. A facsimile of the 3rd edition of the first book on New England colonial furniture. This edition contains an informative and interesting introduction about the history of the book and Dr. Lyon by Dean Fales, Jr. As the Wards point out (Ames & Ward), Lyon introduced many techniques used by later researchers, including the use of estate and inventory records, newspaper advertisements and cabinetmakers' price books, and he also traveled to England to investigate the origins of his beloved 17th century New England furniture. A pioneering study. Softcover. 6"x8", xxvi + 285 pages, b/w illustrations. Light wear, a little soil. [05511] $40.00

 

147. M*** Art de l'Ornemaniste, du Stucateur, du Carreleur en Paves de Mosaique, et du Decoratuer en Divers Genres. Paris; Audot: 1828. This guidebook from the 'Encyclopedie Populaire' includes chapters on casting and molding ornaments of all sorts; architectural ornament in mosaic; decorating furniture; cleaning of furniture and objects. Uncommon in the marketplace. Softcover. 3.75"x5.75", 120 pages plus an engraved folding plate, plus a 12-page publisher's catalog; publisher's softcovers with some light soil, but overall a very nice, clean, fresh copy. [30334] SOLD

 

148. Malahide Castle, Malahide Co., Dublin. The Property of the Late The Lord Talbot de Malahide, C.M.G. Dublin; Keane Mahony Smith/London; Christie, Manson & Woods: May 10-12, 1976. The auction sale of the fantastic accumulated contents of this ancient castle; this was Part One of the sale, Part Two consisted of the library. This portion included fine Irish, English and Continental furniture and, most notably, the famous 'Boswell Cabinet', a Flemish 17th Century chest in which Boswell stored his papers. In the 1920s, sight unseen, the great bookseller Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach cabled a bid of 50,000 pounds for the contents of the cabinet, an offer which was indignantly refused. Softcover. 7.5"x9.5", 223 pages, 1,258 lots, plus 1 color and 81 b/w plates; light soil. Prices realised list laid in. [30346] $50.00

 

149. Mayer, Lance & Gay Myers. The Devotion Family. The Lives and Possessions of Three Generations in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut. New London; Lyman Allyn Art Museum: 1991. An interesting exhibition featuring 8 period portraits as well as a number of pieces of furniture and some silver, linens, books, etc. Softcover. 8"x10", 64 pages, 25 b/w illustrations; a few pen notes inside the rear cover, but a nice copy. [08269] $40.00

 

150. McBrien, Johanna. The Furniture Craft Community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1798-1837. Johanna McBrien: 1996 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The author worked with Brock Jobe on the landmark book "Portsmouth Furniture", and amassed a large amount of material on Portsmouth cabinetmakers and allied craftsmen of the Federal and early Empire eras that was condensed and appeared as an essay in that book. This thesis represents a fuller examination of the subject. Hardcover. 6.5"x8.5", 302 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm, on acid-free paper; bound in blue buckram, a fine copy. [90117] $125.00

 

151. McClelland, Nancy. Duncan Phyfe and the English Regency 1795-1830. New York; William R. Scott: 1939. Trade edition, limited to 1350 copies. This remains the standard work on Phyfe although, in common with many early works, some attributions have been changed over the years. McClelland is especially valuable for tracing "the English background of Phyfe's work and in placing his shops' production in the context of his competitors, both in New York City and elsewhere" -Ames & Ward. Semowich 488. Hardcover. 9"x12.5", 364 pages, 295 b/w illustrations; a little wear, hinges slightly shaken, spine label worn; ownership inscription of Charles Messer Stow, antiques editor of the New York Sun and author of a number of articles about American antique furniture for The Antiquarian in the 1920s. [08272] $500.00

 

152. Mercer, Eric. Furniture 700-1700. New York; Meredith Press: 1969. A well illustrated and written study of early furniture and its development to the end of the 17th century. One of the better modern books to include a strong section on Medieval furniture. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 183 pages, 16 color plates and 187 b/w illustrations, dj; annotated; bibliography; light wear. [09680] $35.00

 

153. Miller, V. Isabelle. Furniture by New York Cabinetmakers, 1650-1860. New York; Museum of the City of New York: 1956. An interesting catalog of a major loan exhibition, with 41 of the 144 exhibited pieces illustrated. Semowich 1038. Softcover. 6"x9", 84 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil. [08259] $85.00

 

154. Miner, Jennie Bell. The Chinese Influence on Chippendale Furniture. Chicago: 1924/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. An analysis of the sources of Chippendale's designs. A dissertation submitted to the University of Chicago in 1924. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 65 pages, muddy b/w and line illustrations; a reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90150] $65.00

 

155. Montgomery, Charles F. American Furniture -The Federal Period. New York; Bonanza Books: 1970s. The standard work, based on the collections at Winterthur, and superior in quality to the newer reprint (which is just abominable). "This catalog of federal-period furniture at Winterthur is more than that: it remains the best history of American furniture between 1790 and 1820" (Ames & Ward). "The catalog is important and well done, and the background section contains much fresh and interesting information. A fine monument to Du Pont's vision and tenacity as a collector" (Karpel). Hardcover. 9"x12", 497 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear, a nice copy. [05742] $65.00

 

156. Montgomery, Charles (tribute). Charles F. Montgomery and Florence M. Montgomery. A Tribute. New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: June, 1978. Charles Montgomery was Curator of the Garvan Collections at Yale as well as the author of respected books on pewter and American federal furniture. This tribute volume was intended for Montgomery's retirement party, but turned into a memorial book instead after his sudden death. It includes his important essay "Some Remarks on the Practice and Science of Connoisseurship", as well as contributions from Alan Shestack, Wendell Garrett and Constance Clement, photographs, and bibliographies of both Charles and Florence Montgomery's writings. Edited by Barbara M. and Gerald W.R. Ward. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 71 pages, b/w illustrations; a fine copy. [90136] $20.00

 

157. Moreland, F.A. Practical Decorative Upholstery. Containing full instructions for cutting, making and hanging all kinds of interior upholstery decorations. Boston; Lee and Shepard: 1890. Despite the word "upholstery" in the title this is a classic 19th century drapery and window-treatment text. "Illustrated with numerous working diagrams and designs, alike valuable to the upholsterer and housekeeper." First published in 1889, this remains an important source of patterns and stylistic information for 19th century fashions. Hardcover. 7"x9", 320 pages + 4 pages of advertisements; 69 line illustrations and diagrams; ex-library, with a bookplate and pocket remnant; some soil, a bit of cover wear, label removed from spine leaving slight mark; both hinges reglued. A decent copy of a book which is becoming increasingly uncommon. [09460] $300.00

 

Includes a Chapter on Silver Furniture Hardware-

158. Morrison, Mollie N. The Silversmiths and Goldsmiths of the Cape of Good Hope 1625-1850. Johannesburg; published by the author: 1936. The first major monograph on the subject, the result of much original research by the author in South African archives. The text begins with the early history of the colony and then moves through colonial working conditions, church and secular plate, guilds and regulations, and a listing of identified silversmiths, with some makers marks. One chapter deals with silver furniture fittings by Cape Town silversmiths. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", xv + 84 pages, plus 16 b/w plates; marks; original dark blue pebbled cloth and silver-gilt stamped covers; covers clean, contents with moderate foxing around the edges; inscribed by Morrison. [30394] $375.00

 

159. Moussinac, Leon. Le Meuble Francais Moderne. Paris; Librairie Hachette: [1925]. A popular period survey of French Art Nouveau and Deco furniture, including work by Ruhlmann, Galle, Eugene Gaillard, Majorelle, Tony Selmersheim, Maurice Dufrene, Paul Follot, Leon Jallot, Francis Jourdain, Pierre Chareau, Andre Groult, Fernand Nathan, Pierre Legrain, and others. Hardcover. 5.5"x7.75", 102 pages, plus a frontispiece and 80 b/w plates; recently bound into modern cloth with the original softcovers bound in; contents with scattered foxing. [30332] $175.00

 

160. Musgrave, Clifford. Regency Furniture, 1800 to 1830. New York; Thomas Yoseloff: 1961. A stylistic analysis of English Regency styles and their development, examining the historical and social influences which created and fueled them, and also the question of French influence. The text also examines designers and design details, and dissects different types of furniture. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 157 pages, plus 4 color and 96 b/w plates, dj; bibliography. A near fine copy in a lightly worn jacket. [30440] $85.00

 

161. Mussey, Robert D., Jr. (ed.) The First American Furniture Finisher's Manual. A Reprint of "The Cabinet-Maker's Guide" of 1827. New York; Dover Publications: 1987. A facsimile of the first American guide to wood staining, varnishing, polishing, japanning, lacquering and other techniques, with an invaluable and scholarly introduction by Robert Mussey, Jr. which touches not only on the history of the author & book, but on related texts of the 17th and 18th centuries. Softcover. 4.5"x6", xxxiv + 120 pages, light soil. [09160] $40.00

 

162. National Patent Wood Preserving Company. The Robbins Process for Preserving Wood and Lumber from Mould, Decay and Destruction by Worms. An Invaluable Improvement, Susceptible of Universal Application. New York: National Patent Wood Preserving Company: 1868. A promotional book, apparently intended both to sell the product and to entice investors. The Robbins process used a machine, illustrated on the frontispiece, to heat lumber, driving its water content out as steam, and then forcing a creosote vapor mixture into it. The book describes this process and then gives many examples of uses to which such wood might be put, including obvious ones like railway ties, bridges and barrels, and less obvious ones such as wood pavements. The book also discusses preservation of the nation's woodlands, and reprints a number of letters praising the process. Softcover. 7"x10.5", 101 pages, wood-engraved frontispiece; original paper covers, somewhat worn and soiled, with several chips; spine perished; some internal soil. [30309] $250.00

 

163. [New York] City Directory 1845-46. New York; Silas H. Crowell: 1845. A listing of residents with their professions, plus the supplemental Brooklyn City Directory. Hardcover. 6"x9", 487 + 56 pages plus advertisements; original board covers; covers with lots of wear, spine gone, covers detached; LACKING the first 4 pages of the New York directory; some soil and staining, especially to the front. A working copy only. [30301] $125.00

 

164. [Nicholson Collection] The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eddy Nicholson. New York; Christie's: January 27-28th, 1995. Sale 8082. Certainly the premier Americana collection of the 1980s, perhaps of the last half of the 20th century. Nicholson made headlines in the 1980s when he broke record after record buying premier pieces of American colonial and federal furniture and related decorative arts at auction, and then made headlines again when he sold it all. The catalog Christie's produced for the sale is a sumptuous hardcover, packed so full of color illustrations and folding color plates that it almost explodes right off the bookshelf. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 350 pages, 1194 lots, jam packed with color illustrations and plates; dj; a near fine copy. [09260] $150.00

 

165. Nicholson File Co. A Treatise on Files and Rasps. Descriptive and Illustrated for the Use of Master Mechanics, Dealers, &c. Providence; Nicholson File Co.: 1878. "In which the kinds of files in most common use, and the newest and most approved special tools connected therewith, are described -giving some of their principal uses, with a description of the process of manufacture, and a few hints on use and care of the file". A really wonderful period catalog. Hardcover. 8.5"x11.5", xi + 79 pages, b/w illustrations; covers a bit soiled, light sunning; spine worn and chipped, with loss to spine covering at the head; internally very clean and fresh. [08279] $250.00

 

166. Nutting, Wallace. Furniture of the Pilgrim Century (of American Origin) 1620-1720, with maple and pine to 1800, including colonial utensils and wrought-iron house hardware into the 19th century. New York; Dover Publications: 1965. A facsimile of the 1924, revised and enlarged edition. This was the first book published on the subject of American 17th century furniture. Like all Nutting books, caution is required in figuring out where the good examples end and the restored or re-manufactured examples begin. First published in 1921, this book was beset by controversy almost from the start, as within a year a broadside was circulated by an ironworker stating that he had made many of the examples of ironwork illustrated by Nutting. Softcover. 2 vols. 6.5"x9.5, 714 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations; worn. Furniture historian Myrna Kaye's copy, with her signature. [06170] $35.00

 

167. Nutting, Wallace. Furniture of the Pilgrim Century 1620-1720. Including Utensils and Furniture. New York; Bonanza Books: 1977. A facsimile of the 1922 first edition. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 580+ pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a worn and torn jacket. [02014] $40.00

 

168. [Oak Furniture] Fine Oak and English Furniture. London; Sotheby's: May 13, 1994. Includes a 15th century oak ark, much nice turned and carved oak furniture, and also 18th and 19th century pieces. Softcover. 8.5"x10.5", 76 pages, 201 lots, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [09044] $25.00

 

169. 101 Chairs and stools collected, with the assistance of the Furniture Historical Society, from Oxford and district to show the historical evolution of chair design in Great Britain. Oxford; Divinity School: 1968. The title says it all. Softcover. 7.5"x9", 52 pages, b/w illustrations; covers slightly soiled; this book's "perfect" binding is nothing of the sort, and has sprung, leading to an associative disorder between the pages and covers. [30287] $25.00

 

170. Ormsbee, Thomas H. Phyfe ne Fife. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. December, 1929. "Information is provided as the result of new research" (Semowich). Semowich 495. This issue also contains articles including- "Three Bermuda Chests and a Puzzle"; "An Early Connecticut Interior" by Leslie Richardson; and more. Softcover. Light wear and soil. [07427] $20.00

 

171. [Ortiz-Patino Collection] The Jaime Ortiz-Patino Collection of French Furniture and Decorations. New York; Sotheby's: May 20, 1992. A legendary collection, filled with superlatives and material that makes the word "superlative" seem dull and insufficient. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", about 150 pages, 103 lots, color illustrations, folding color plates, dj; near fine. [09262] $60.00

 

172. Otto, Celia Jackson. American Furniture of the Nineteenth Century. New York; Viking Press: 1965. "The nineteenth century was a period of remarkable changes in furniture styles in America, and this book, with nearly 500 illustrations, presents a record of those evolutions. Each of the major styles is examined in detail". A standard study of Empire and Victorian styles, and other 19th century innovations. Copiously illustrated. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 229 pages, 3 color plates and 481 b/w illustrations, dj. A very good copy in a somewhat worn jacket. [08261] $85.00

 

173. Packer, Charles. Paris Furniture by the Master Ebenistes. Newport Mon; The Ceramic Book Company: 1956. Edition limited to 1000 numbered copies. "A chronologically arranged pictorial review of furniture by the master menuisiers-ebenistes from Boulle to Jacob; together with a commentary on the styles and techniques of the art". A standard, very well illustrated reference work. Hardcover. 10"x12.5", xxv + 104 pages plus 237 b/w illustrations; bibliography. Light wear, a little cover soil, but a nice copy. [08278] $250.00

 

174. Page, John F. Litchfield County Furniture, 1730-1850. Litchfield Historical Society: 1969. The well illustrated catalog to a loan exhibition. Includes short biographical notes on identified Litchfield County cabinetmakers. Semowich 827. Ames & Ward. Softcover. 8"x8", 124 pages, b/w illustrations; light soil, unobtrusive cover crease. [07450] $85.00

 

175. The Painter, Gilder, and Varnisher's Companion... Philadelphia; Henry Carey Baird: 1861. 8th edition. "Containing rules and regulations in every thing relating to the arts of painting, gilding, varnishing, and glass-staining; numerous useful and valuable receipts; tests for the detection of adulterations in oils, colours, etc.; and a statement of the diseases and accidents to which painters, gilders, and varnishers are peculiarly liable; with the simplest and best methods of prevention and remedy... to which is added complete instructions in graining, marbling, sign-writing, and gilding on glass". Based on an English text that was published in the 18390s, updated and expanded. Hardcover. 4.75"x7", 216 pages, several b/w figures in the text. Covers well worn and soiled (look like paint spots to me), spine head chipped, slight interior wear, a little foxing, a few soiled spots. [08461] $85.00

 

176. Panton, J[ane] E[llen]. Nooks and Corners. Being the Companion Volume to 'From Kitchen to Garret'. London; Ward & Downey: 1889. The second book in this interesting series of examinations of the Victorian home. For several years Panton wrote a column for 'Lady's Pictorial' on housekeeping, and her columns eventually grew and developed into this book and its companion, "Nooks and Corners". In the course of all this Panton became a professional interior decorator to the upper middle class, a profession which had not really existed before the Victorian era. In her first book, "From Kitchen to Garret", Panton described the perfect abode of the young married couple. Here she meets them again when he is earning a bit more money, she has popped a few kids out, and they are looking to "upsize". A thorough look at decorating and improving the Victorian home, room by room, including chapters on halls and passages; nooks and corners; the billiard-room and library; the nursery; the girls' room; coming-out and dress; christening and weddings; about the boys; some domestic details; the sick room; and "where shall we go for a change?" This book is packed with mind-withering details about both decorations and Victorian middle-class life in general. It is illustrated with charming line drawings which bring the details of the Aesthetic-era Victorian home into terrifying detail. Panton also wrote "Homes of Taste". Most of her books are surprisingly scarce; both "Kitchen to Garret" and "Nooks and Corners" are practically unobtainable in the antiquarian market, and OCLC lists only 6 holdings for this title. Hardcover. 5.5"x7.5", 241 pages, 17 b/w illustrations; publisher's red cloth with black and gilt decorations; some soil to covers, light soil, overall a bit dry and dusty, but a nice copy. [08581] $250.00

 

177. [Papier Mache, etc.] Patents for Inventions. Abridgments of the Specifications relating to the Manufacture of Paper, Pasteboard, and Papier Mache. Part II- Cutting, folding, and ornamenting; including envelopes, cards, paper hangings, &c. London; George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode: 1859. An interesting volume containing abstracts and abridgments of patent specifications relating to paper-related subjects. Arranged chronologically and indexed by Patentee and subject, it begins with a scattering of 17th and 18th century patents, including one to Edward Dighton for printing wallpaper from etched copper plates. The vast majority of patents are 19th century, and include methods of decorating and forming papier mache as well as some related to wall paper. Hardcover. 4.75"x7", viii + 166 pages; ex-library, bound in red buckram, with a bookplate and stamps on the title and half-title; else clean, with tight hinges. [09495] $100.00

 

178. [Parry Collection] The Parry Collection. The Property of Mr. and Mrs. John Parry. London; Christie's: April 24, 1997. Sale 5835. An important private collection largely devoted to English furniture of the Walnut Period and Welsh furniture of the Oak Period. Introductions by Dr. Bill Cotton and Peter Holmes. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 164 pages, 210 lots, color illustrations; prices realised sheet included; light wear. [09223] $45.00

 

179. Parsons, Charles S. The Dunlaps and Their Furniture. Manchester; Currier Gallery of Art: 1970. "This exhaustive presentation of information about the Dunlap family of woodworkers in southern New Hampshire in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is based on a large body of surviving manuscripts, including accounts books, tools and furniture... it has been treated thoroughly and intelligently" (Ames & Ward). This catalog, in addition to illustrating and discussing furniture by the Dunlaps, contains an enormous amount of information of interest to all students of American furniture. The analysis of documents, notebooks and inventories, discussion of tools, materials and other facets of these cabinetmakers' lives and problems, all provides a detailed study of cabinetmaking. Semowich 157. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 308 pages, b/w illustrations; covers with some soil, some overall wear. [07411] $150.00

 

They Created the Empire Style for Napoleon-

180. Percier, Charles & P.F.L. Fontaine. Recueil de Decorations Interieures, comprenant tout ce qui a Rapport a l'Ameublement... Paris; 1812. Percier and Fontaine were a talented team of Empire/Neo-Classic designers who helped Napoleon redecorate many of his residences and public buildings in the new Empire styles and also provided the designs and models for the French Empire style in furniture and interior décor, as illustrated here. This oversized volume features grandly decorated cabinets, chairs, sofas and other furniture, as well as wall panels and decorations, and silver candelabra and dishes, and all sorts of other decorations. A frenzied, meticulously detailed explosion of Empirical Neo-Classicism. Hardcover. 11.5"x16.5", 43 pages of text with an engraved vignette, plus 72 engraved plates; bound in old vellum-covered boards with a leather spine label; boards somewhat worn, scuffed and soiled. Contents with some light soil and light variable foxing; not a pristine copy, but still a nice one. [08280] $2,500.00

 

181. [Phin, John] Hints and Practical Information for Cabinet-Makers, Upholsterers, and Furniture Men Generally. New York; The Industrial Publication Company: 1899. First published in 1884. "A description of all kinds of finishing, with full directions for varnishes, polishes, stains for wood, dyes for wood, gilding and silvering, receipts for the factory, lacquers, metals, marbles, etc., pictures, engravings, etc.". Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 130 pages plus advertisements; publisher's black cloth; spine lettering darkened; light soil. [09707] $85.00

 

182. Pillsbury, William Mitchell. The Providence Furniture Making Trade 1772-1834, As Seen in the Account Books of Job Danforth and William, Samuel and Daniel Proud. William Mitchell Pillsbury: 1975 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. A study based on two account books in the collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society. Danforth was a cabinetmaker, and the Prouds were chair makers. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 143+ pages; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90214] $65.00

 

183. Pinckney, Pauline A. George Woltz, Maryland Cabinetmaker. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. March, 1939. Semowich 747. This issue also contains the articles- "William H. Farrar, Potter" by Mary E. Davison; "Old-Time Foot Stoves" by Lura Woodside Watkins, etc. Softcover. Light wear, a little soil. [07437] $20.00

 

184. Poesch, Jessie. Early Furniture of Louisiana, 1750-1830. Louisiana State Museum: 1972. A loan exhibition. "An important look at a substantial body of early objects that fall outside the mainstream Anglo-American taste" -Ames & Ward. Semowich 874. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 85 pages, color frontispiece and many b/w illustrations, light wear, a nice copy. [09153] $150.00

 

An Impressive Catalog of Magnificent Early Furniture,
Illustrated with 15 Woodburytypes-

185. Pollen, John H. Ancient & Modern Furniture and Woodwork in the South Kensington Museum. London; Chapman and Hall: 1874. An interesting early catalog of the V&A's furniture collection consisting of English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian furniture, mostly of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The text begins with a 259-page Introduction which covers the history of furniture from ancient times through the 17th century, and also includes material on construction and finishing techniques as related by period writers. It finishes with 31-page descriptive listing of identified cabinetmakers, woodworkers and allied craftsmen in England and Europe through the 18th century. This is all followed by the catalog itself, organized by type of furniture; many of the descriptions are quite lengthy and contain many interesting details. The text is illustrated with 42 woodcuts and 15 Woodburytypes which are quite fresh and unfaded. An exemplary catalog of truly fine furniture. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", cclix + 415 pages with 42 woodcuts in the text, plus a chromolithographed frontispiece and 15 photographic (Woodburytype) illustrations; bound in old pebbled boards with a plain leather spine with gilt lettering; recased; title page with some foxing and overall light toning, covers a bit worn, but a nice copy. [30445] $400.00

 

186. Price, Lois Olcott. Furniture Craftsmen and the Queen Anne Style in Eighteenth Century New York. University of Delaware: 1977/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A very interesting master's thesis with an analysis of styles, documentation of cabinetmaking shops, etc. Semowich 1043. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 158 pages, muddy b/w illustrations; bibliography. A bliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90152] $65.00

 

One of 100 Copies on Rag Paper-

187. Prime, Alfred Coxe. The Arts & Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland and South Carolina 1721-1785. The Walpole Society: 1929. Special Edition limited to 100 copies printed on rag paper at the Wayside Press. An important documentation of Colonial and Federal-era artisans and tradesmen, based on an extensive search of period newspaper advertisements and announcements. Topics include painters, miniaturists, engravers, maps, silversmiths, pewterers, ceramics, glassware, cabinetmakers, upholsterers, carvers & gilders, clock & watch makers, wall paper, architects, house painting & glazing, sign painting, and stone cutters. A companion volume, covering the years 1786-1800, was published several years later. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", xvi + 323 pages plus 43 b/w plates; light wear. [30470] $350.00

 

188. Puig, Francis & Michael Conforti (eds.). The American Craftsman and the European Tradition, 1620-1820. Minneapolis Institute of Arts: 1989. An extremely important exhibition and series of essays. Most of the focus is on furniture, with essays by Robert Trent, Morrison Hecksher, Francis Puig, Donna Pierce, and Gregory Wiedman. In addition, Gary Nash and Barbara Ward contribute overviews of the main theme, and there are separate essays on silver by Barbara Ward and Gerald Ward, American glass by Arlene Palmer, and American china by Graham Hood. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 295 pages, color and b/w illustrations; some wear, tips thumbed, etc. A used copy. [30232] $65.00

 

189. Ranck, Samuel H., et al. List of Books on Furniture with descriptive notes, issued in conjunction with the Hundredth Furniture Market in Grand Rapids. Published by the Library: 1927. At this time Grand Rapids, a furniture town, was the home of a twice yearly International furniture exposition, and the library was trying to develop the finest collection of furniture reference material in the world. This catalog's entries are somewhat sketchy, as it acknowledges, because the job was rushed so that it would be ready for the market; still, it is a very interesting document of this library at the time. Hardcover. 6"x9", 143 pages, some wear, spine cover reglued. [30459] $50.00

 

190. Randall, Richard H., Jr. American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1965. An outstanding catalog, almost all of which is devoted to New England furniture. It is important to note that this material does not include furniture from the Karolik Collection, just as the Karolik volume includes none of this furniture. The Wards (in Ames & Ward) note that Randall's work is "the first modern catalogue of a major museum collection (and) has stood the test of time well... Randall borrowed art historical cataloguing methods and established the basic format for modern collection catalogues". Hardcover. 8"x11", 276 pages, color frontispiece and numerous b/w illustrations; moderate wear; worn slipcase. Furniture historian Myrna Kaye's copy, with her signature. [06191] $200.00

191. As above, the 1985 softcover edition. [05816] $125.00

 

192. Randall, Richard H., et al. The Decorative Arts of New Hampshire, 1725-1825. Manchester; Currier Gallery of Art: 1964. An important loan exhibition, the first to try to trace a unique New Hampshire style of furniture during this important period. The exhibition was primarily devoted to furniture, with 76 examples and an additional 16 clocks, with a smattering of silver, paintings, glass, etc. The catalog entries and Introduction were written by Randall; Charles Parsons was also heavily involved in the preparation of the exhibition. Semowich 975. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 73 pages, 106 b/w illustrations; a very nice copy. [30283] $125.00

 

The Legendary Reifsnyder Sale,
                             Inscribed by Israel Sack-

193. [Reifsnyder Collection] Colonial Furniture -the Superb Collection of the late Howard Reifsnyder, including signed pieces by Philadelphia Cabinetmakers... New York; American Art Association: April 24th-27th, 1929. One of the most important sales of American furniture, and extremely well-timed as well. Howard Reifsnyder was a wealthy Philadelphia wool merchant whose taste turned to the antiquarian. He collected books, oriental ceramics & rugs, and American colonial furniture and arts. He did all this at a time, in a place, and with an enthusiasm and knowledge, which made it possible for him to assemble one of the finest collection of American colonial furniture ever made. Reifsnyder was generous with his knowledge and his antiques- his home was always open to the student, scholar and connoisseur, and he lent his treasures freely to museums, with the consequence that by the time he died his collection was known and envied throughout Americana collecting circles.

                For four days collectors battled each other in the halls of the American Art Association as Major Parke knocked down lot after lot for staggering prices. The height was reached by the Van Pelt family highboy which was coveted by both Hearst and Du Pont, with Du Pont (using the name H.F. Winthrop) finally winning for a record-setting $44,000. As Towner sums it all up in 'The Elegant Auctioneers', "It took the explosive Howard Reifsnyder sale of April, 1929 to broadcast the fact that a highboy made in colonial Philadelphia could be worth as much as a 'secretaire a abattant' made for Marie Antoinette... In the giddy antique market of that Spring the Reifsnyder doings were a revelation, the repercussions wide and long-lasting. Native works of skilled craftsmen gained immeasurable prestige, and to this day, the auction is considered historic in the chronicles of collecting events. Forthwith, in the 1929 spender's gambol, colonial highboys became the quarry of the house-proud and the stylish. Authentic pieces were called priceless, their value multiplied; and the AAA was credited, if not with the discovery of America, at least with its multitudinous exploitation".

                Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 275 pages, 717 lots, many b/w illustrations. Bound into blue cloth, without the original card covers. Light wear and soil. With a large presentation inscription on the endpaper to a collector from Israel Sack. [09710] $750.00

 

194. Reynolds, Reginald. Beds, with many noteworthy instances of lying on, under, or about them. Garden City; Doubleday & Company: 1951. A somewhat humorous history of folklore and stories relating to beds and various details of them and activities surrounding them. You have to love a book where a footnote cites the book itself regarding the author's invention of the phrase "Cubicular teratology" to mean one who studies monstrous, horrible or sinister beds, and then not two pages later uses the word archiprotoclinophile. Scandalous. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 310 pages, dj. A nice copy. [08770] $25.00

 

195. Rice, Norman S. New York Furniture before 1840 in the Collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Albany Institute of History and Art: 1962. A well illustrated (for the period) catalog of a fine collection. A "selective catalog of a significant group of objects" -Ames & Ward. Semowich 1007. Softcover. 8"x10", 63 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, a nice copy. [08257] $65.00

 

196. Rose, Milton C. & Emily M. (eds.). Shaker Tradition and Design. New York; Bonanza Books: 1982. Articles on all aspects of Shaker life, with an emphasis on furniture, crafts and architecture, from The Magazine Antiques. Previously published as "A Shaker Reader". Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 128 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a (very) lightly soiled jacket. [02163] $45.00

 

197. [Rubin / Sack Collections] A Collection of American & English Furniture & Embellishments sold by order of A. Rubin, Boston, Mass. [bound with] Early American Furniture, Fine American Silver by Prominent Silversmiths...The Property of Israel Sack. New York; Anderson Galleries: February 1-2, 1929 [and] New York; American Art Association: October 15-17, 1931. Sale 3915. An uncommon and nice Boston collector's catalog bound together with one of Sack's more noted sales of furniture and silver. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 97 pages, 309 lots [and] 135 pages, 500 lots; b/w illustrations; Sack sale priced in pencil; both catalogs bound together in green cloth without the original paper covers; light wear, a little soil, cloth covers with some soil and smudges. [08648] $150.00

 

Good… Better…

198. Sack, Albert. Fine Points of Furniture, Early American. New York; Crown Publishers: (1950) 1963. 6th prtg. The famous "Good, Better, Best". The new edition of this book features new examples, not those discussed here. An indispensable tool for learning to evaluate good furniture form. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 303 pages, 800 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [09678] $35.00

                          …Bestest.

199. Sack, Albert. The New Fine Points of Furniture, Early American. Good, Better, Best, Superior, Masterpiece. New York; Crown Publishers: 1993. Albert Sack's updating of his classic work. He adds two new categories and features an entirely new selection of furniture. "Good, Better, Best" has had a place on the bookshelf of every furniture enthusiast for decades, and now a new edition upholds the tradition. Essential for the student of American furniture. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 320 pages, 650+ color and b/w illustrations, dj; light wear. [30230] $250.00

 

200. [Sack] Antique Reproductions. Cabinet Hardware and Period Fittings -I. Sack. [Boston: late 1920s]. An extremely intriguing and potentially useful catalog issued by Israel Sack in the mid 1920s, illustrating reproduction period brass hardware fittings, including locks, escutcheons, knobs, hinges and lock plates for antique furniture, as well as a number of other surprising things- carved wood and carved gilt-wood eagles and other pediments for furniture and mirrors, carved ball & claw feet for chairs, turned legs for highboys, painted mirror and clock glass, inlays, and a complete section of clock fittings and parts. Harold Sack touches on the origins of all this in "American Treasure Hunt", noting that in the mid-1920s business was good -very good.

                "All that loose money he had accumulated must have burned quite a hole in my father's pockets, for when he returned (from England) he had brought with him large quantities of amber, pigs' bristles, and a stock of brass antique furniture hardware. The amber was eventually to be given to various friends and relatives. The pigs' bristles? I am not certain...But the furniture hardware was quite a different story. Dealers from all over soon heard about 'Crazy' Sack's newly acquired stock. Since most of the antiques dealers of that era were involved in cabinet repair, or one step removed from that type of work, in short order my father had sold most of the antique brass fittings he'd imported... He ordered and reordered brass until, finally, a thriving trade was established, in a shop next door on Charles Street, to be known as the Sack Hardware Company. Eventually he added a foundry in Cambridge, where brass hardware could be designed and cast to order. Although that enterprise was to be run haphazardly by some of our relatives, it would grow into a very large business. Later on, during the Depression, it would be sold to the sons of two prominent Boston families".

                This appears to be the most complete of several catalogs Sack issued, and is accompanied by the very scarce 20 page price list. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 64 pages, b/w illustrations; some soil and wear. With- 20-page softcover price list; some soil & wear, spot on cover ripped. [09403] $125.00

 

201. [Sax Collection] Highly Important Americana from the Stanley Paul Sax Collection. New York; Sotheby's: January 16-17th, 1998. The auction of the superlative collection of this well-known and discerning collector of fine American furniture and other antiques. The catalog includes an appreciation of Sax by Wendell Garrett. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 579 lots, about 300 pages, illustrated in color and b/w; dj; a nice copy. [30350] $60.00

 

202. Scherer, John L. New York Furniture at the New York State Museum. Alexandria; Highland House Publishers: 1984. An important catalog which covers the period 1680-1910. "Most of the objects are labeled or can be traced back to their original owner; thus this catalog is an important resource for the identification of unmarked objects and is a significant addition to the relatively scarce literature on early New York furniture" (Ames & Ward). Softcover. 8.5"x11", 142 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [30407] $60.00

 

203. Schwartz, Marvin D. Please Be Seated. The Evolution of the Chair, 2000 BC-2000 AD. American Federation of Arts: 1968. A wide-ranging exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Seventy-three chairs are illustrated and described, and the short entries for each chair combine comments on the chair itself with stylistic notes on the style or period represented. Not listed in Semowich. Softcover. 10"x10", 61 pages, b/w illustrations; some soil, a little wear. [07341] $40.00

 

204. Schwarz, Cynthia Johnson. The Art of the Windsor Chairmaker: An Aesthetic Inquiry. New York University: 1985/UMI Reprints. A doctoral thesis. Is Windsor chairmaking an art, a craft or both? The author examines this question and documents the process, modern and historic, of windsor chairmaking. She documents the work of present-day chairmakers Michael Dunbar and David Sawyer, and studies the Windsor tradition by examining and evaluating antique chairs. An engaging and interesting examination of windsor chairs. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 162 pages, poor b/w illustrations. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90183] $65.00

 

205. Schwarz, Robert D. The Stephen Girard Collection. A Selective Catalog. Philadelphia; Girard College: 1980. A scholarly catalog of the furnishings and decorations amassed by Stephen Girard between 1780 and 1820. Girard, a successful Philadelphia businessman, patronized many Philadelphia cabinetmakers, silversmiths and other artisans, and his collection was preserved intact, along with many of the original invoices, bills and other notes. This all provides an "unusually complete record of household furnishings reflecting a variety of styles and periods". This catalog, carefully prepared by Robert D. Schwarz, includes furniture, silver, ceramics, and other decorations. A scarce catalog. Softcover. 7.5"x10", 44 pages, many b/w and color illustrations; bibliography. Light wear and soil. [30424] $150.00

 

206. Sharp, L. Corwin. The Janvier Family of Cabinetmakers of Odessa, Delaware. L. Corwin Sharp: 1980 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. The Janvier family of cabinetmakers of Cantwell's Bridge, Delaware, were "among the most prominent and productive cabinetmakers in Delaware at the turn of the nineteenth century", but except for several articles in the Magazine Antiques, there had been no real study of them or their work. Semowich 353. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 219 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90211] $65.00

 

207. Smeaton, Suzanne. The Art of the Frame. An Exhibition Focusing on American Frames of the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1870-1920. New York; Eli Wilner & Company: 1988. An interesting exhibition of frames by identified makers, some of them artists, including Whistler, Charles Prendergast, Stanford White, and Arthur and Lucia Mathews. Softcover. 9.5"x8", 32 pages, b/w illustrations; bibliography; a very nice copy. [08488] $85.00

 

208. Smith, Nancy A. Old Furniture -Understanding the Craftsman's Art. Indianapolis; Bobbs-Merrill: 1975. A lucid and thorough examination, well illustrated, of how old furniture was made and why you need to know. "Essential guidance for the beginning student" (Ames & Ward). Semowich 1491. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 191 pages, 214 b/w illustrations, dj. Inscribed. Light wear; a nice copy. [09681] $35.00

 

209. [Smith] George Smith's 'Collection of Designs for Household Furniture and Interior Decoration'. New York; Praeger Publishers: 1970. An important republication of the 1808 edition of this Regency pattern book. In addition to the original text and plates, this Praeger edition includes introductory material by Charles Montgomery, Benno Forman and Constance V. Hershey, exploring Smith's career and the importance of the book and its designs. Hardcover. 9.5"x11", xxviii + xiv + 33 pages, plus 158 b/w plates; a near fine copy in a lightly soiled jacket; jacket with a mark where a label removed from its spine. [07973] $375.00

 

210. Snyder, John J. Jr. (ed.). Philadelphia Furniture and Its Makers. New York; Main Street/Universe Books: 1975. An anthology of articles from The Magazine Antiques by authors including Alice Winchester, David Stockwell, Clarence W. Brazer, Donald L. Fennimore, Kenneth Ames and John J. Snyder, Jr. [Semowich 1143]. All things considered, I might not rather be in Philadelphia, but I'd certainly rather be sitting in a Philadelphia Chippendale chair. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 158 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w. Inscribed by Snyder. [30405] $100.00

211. As above, softcover edition; light wear. [09152] $60.00

 

212. Solis-Cohen, Lita (ed.) The Americana Chronicles. Maine Antique Digest -30 Years of Stories, Sales, Personalities, and Scandals. Philadelphia; Running Press: 2004. "Since 1973 the Maine Antique Digest has been the publication of record for the antiques market in America. Senior editor Lita Solis-Cohen opens the Digest's archives to present this vastly entertaining anthology of articles about the quirky personalities, amazing discoveries, major sales, auction dramas, and staggering scandals that have defined the $20 billion-a-year antiques industry. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 448 pages, b/w illustrations. New. Published at $19.95. [95022] $10.00

 

213. [Southborough Collection] Fine Oak and Walnut Furniture, from the Collection of the Rt. Hon. Lord Southborough, removed from Bingham's Melcombe, Dorset. London; Sotheby Parke Bernet: November 3, 1978. Includes Henry VIII joint stool, Elizabethan stools and armchair, Flixton Hall Bed (Elizabethan oak tester bed), Charles I & II, James I , Commonwealth, William & Mary and George I furniture. Softcover. 7.5"x9.5", 51 pages, 93 lots, color and b/w illustrations; prices realised sheet included; light wear. [09042] $40.00

 

214. Spillman, Jane Shadel. European Glass Furnishings for Eastern Palaces. Corning Museum of Glass: 2006. "Written as a supplement to the Museum's major summer exhibition, 'Glass of the Maharajahs', this book explores the little-known era in glassmaking history when European glass manufacturers tailored one-of-a-kind and limited-production glass furniture to the tastes of the wealthy Indian elite. The very idea that a chair could glitter like a diamond, catch light like a colored gemstone, and still function as seating must have astounded those who first encountered glass furniture in the mid- to late-19th century. Some of the furniture and printed materials are drawn from The Corning Museum of Glass; others are borrowed from Indian palaces, private homes and archival collections." A fascinating catalog. The text begins by discussing the early 19th century glass furniture of Europe and Russia, and then moves on to India. Firms such as F.& C. Osler, Jonas Defries & Sons, Coalbourne Hill Glass Works, Baccarat and Elias Palme are all discussed at length. One of the most fascinating aspects of this book was the ability of the author to find modern photographs, period prints, and original factory designs for the same pieces of furniture and lighting. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 144 pages, 125 illustrations. New. [90217] $24.95

 

215. Sprigg, June. By Shaker Hands. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1975. One of the more elegant and charming books on Shakers. June Sprigg worked at the Canterbury Community for two years, and has provided an intimate study of Shaker life, craftsmanship and philosophy; the book is illustrated with hundreds of her own finely detailed drawings. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 212 pages, line illustrations, chipped dj. [08199] $65.00

 

216. Sprigg, June. Shaker Design. New York; Whitney Museum of Art in association with the Corcoran Gallery of Art: 1986. The catalog of an important exhibition, beautifully photographed. Furniture, baskets, boxes, tools, textiles, metalware and graphics are included. A beautiful pictorial survey, with illustrations which emphasize the wonderful warmth and luminosity of the woods and stains. Hardcover. 9"x9", 228 pages, color illustrations, dj. Fine. [95012] $75.00

 

217. Stokes, J. The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Companion... London; Dean and Munday, Threadneedle Street: 1841. A desirable early edition of one of the most popular and comprehensive 19th century cabinetmaking and upholstering books. First published in 1838, and in print well into the 1890s, it included extensive information on the geometry and perspective of cabinetry, as well as technical information about veneering, inlaying, staining, lacquering, japanning, varnishing, glues and cements, etc. Hardcover. 4.25"x6.5", 167 pages, 5 b/w plates [numbered 2-6, plate 1 was not issued]; covers with moderate soil and a few spots, some internal soil and a little toned; slightly shaken and a few signatures slightly pulled. [08166] $250.00

 

218. Stratton, Arthur. The English Interior. A Review of the Decoration of English Homes from Tudor Times to the XIXth Century. London; B.T. Batsford: 1920. A magnificent and massive survey of English interior design, featuring full-page photographs of a number of extant period rooms and details. The text is divided into chapters on Tudor and Early Stuart; Late Stuart; Georgian; Principal Features Considered in Detail -wall treatment -color -ceilings in wood and plaster -fireplaces and chimneypieces -doors and doorways -staircases. Stratton was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and author of a noted biography of Christopher Wren and a number of other period studies and architectural surveys. An elegantly produced, heavy volume. Hardcover. 11.5"x15", xxviii + 86 pages with 82 b/w illustrations in the text, plus 115 plates, several in color. Light wear, endpapers lightly spotted, but overall a very nice copy. [08322] $250.00

 

219. [Sussel Collection] Arts and Crafts of Pennsylvania and Other Notable Americana, the Collection of the Late Arthur J. Sussel, Philadelphia. Parts One, Two and Three. New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: October 23-25th, 1958; January 23-24th, 1959; March 19-21st, 1959; Sales 1847, 1872 and 1888. A vast collection of furniture, silver, frakturs, pottery, glass, paintings, textiles, rugs, lighting and more. The three sales realized almost half a million dollars. 3 vols. Softcovers. 7"x10", 155 pages with 642 lots; 156 pages with 729 lots; 124 pages with 739 lots. B/w illustrations; light wear and soil, owner's name on cover; priced. [08672] $175.00

 

220. Swan, Amanda Louise. Context and Influences of Bermuda Furniture: William and Mary and Queen Anne Style Periods. Amanda Louise Swan: 1997 / Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A dissertation submitted to the University of Delaware Winterthur Program. A study of the production of furniture in Bermuda during these periods. English practices were most influential during the William & Mary period, while Boston and Philadelphia became important influences in the Queen Anne era. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 113 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90208] $65.00

 

221. Symonds, R.W. English Eagle and Dolphin Console Tables. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. October, 1930. This issue also contains- "French Provincial Chairs" by Mabel M. Swan; "Picture Trays" by Bernard Hughes; and more. Softcover. Light wear, a little soil. [07430] $20.00

 

222. Symonds, R.W. Veneered Walnut Furniture 1660-1760. London; John Tiranti Ltd.: 1946. A small but informative handbook by the dean of English furniture scholarship in the 1940s and 50s. Another nice aspect of the book is that most of the examples were unpublished and came from private collections or dealers. Hardcover. 5"x7.5", 32 pages of text plus 52 b/w plates; dj; jacket rubbed and with minor chips. [05751] $25.00

 

223. Symonds, R.W. & B.B. Whineray. Victorian Furniture. London; Country Life Ltd.: 1965. 2nd printing. "It is not always appreciated that there were as many changes and trends in furniture design in the reign of Queen Victoria as there had been in those of the previous five sovereigns". This is a well illustrated study of English Victorian era furniture which does a very good job exploring the development and influences of the styles, the methods and materials used, and the social context of the movement. Symonds, one of the leading authorities on English furniture, died during preparation of the book, and it was completed by Whineray, his assistant. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 232 pages, color frontispiece and 281 b/w illustrations, dj. [05518] $100.00

 

224. Talbott, Page. Classical Savannah. Fine & Decorative Arts, 1800-1840. Savannah; Telfair Museum of Art: 1995. The catalog to an extraordinary loan exhibition of early 19th century furniture, paintings and minor decorations which were either made in Georgia or imported into the state by wealthy Savannah residents to furnish their homes. The first portion of the catalog describes the Classical Taste of the early 19th century and its origins; the second portion examines the arts, architecture, interiors, and patrons of Savannah of the period, and the third section is strictly devoted to the furniture of the exhibition. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 196 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90194] $24.95

 

225. Tarule, Robert. The Joined Furniture of William Searle and Thomas Dennis: A Shop-Based Inquiry into the Woodworking Technology of the Seventeenth Century Joiner. The Union Institute: 1992/UMI Reprints. A detailed examination of the methods of construction used by two Ipswich, Massachusetts 17th century joiners. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", about 400 pages, poor b/w illustrations. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90180] $65.00

 

226. Theus, Mrs. Charlton M. Savannah Furniture 1735-1825. Privately printed: 1967. An uncommon title on southern furniture, which includes chapters on woods, Savannah inventories, types of furniture made in Savannah, Savannah cabinetmakers, and furniture made in other places and imported into Savannah. A noted authority on southern furniture, Mrs. Theus worked on the 1952 Virginia Museum exhibition, and wrote articles on the subject for The Magazine Antiques. Alice Winchester wrote the Foreword. Softcover. 5.5"x8", 100 pages, b/w illustrations, a fine copy. [30457] $125.00

 

227. Thornton, Peter. Authentic Decor. The Domestic Interior 1620-1920. New York; Viking: 1984. A pictorial survey of English and European middle and upper-class interiors, illustrated with hundreds of period watercolors, paintings, prints and drawings, explained and dissected by the author. "An extraordinary body of images useful to those interested in room arrangements and decoration" (Ames & Ward). Hardcover. 10.5"x10", 408 pages, 235 color and 299 b/w illustrations, dj. Near fine. [07274] $75.00

 

228. Toller, Jane. Papier-Mache in Great Britain and America. London; G. Bell & Sons: 1962. A good examination of late 18th and 19th century papier-mache furniture, trays, boxes and other objects. A well researched study, based on the author's extensive work with period publications, catalogs, and directories, and with many period illustrations of very unusual articles. Hardcover. 5.5"x8.5", 126 pages, 1 color and 32 b/w plates and 15 line illustrations, dj; light soil, lightly worn and slightly chipped jacket. [30436] $50.00

 

229. Tracy, Berry B. Federal Furniture and Decorative Arts at Boscobel. New York; Harry N. Abrams and Boscobel Restorations: 1981. "A remarkable collection of Federal period furniture and decorative arts graces Boscobel, a delightful example of New York Federal domestic architecture at Garrison, New York." This handsome, oversized book features brilliant color illustrations of the furniture, silver, paintings and other decorations, and a scholarly text by one of the foremost experts on Federal furniture. Hardcover. 12"x12", 165 pages, 166 color and 49 b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [30463] $150.00

230. As above, the softcover edition; near fine. [30462] $65.00

 

231. Tracy, Berry B. & William H. Gerdts. Classical America 1815-1845. Newark Museum: 1963. A "pioneering catalogue" (Ames & Ward) whose decorative arts section "focuses on high-style examples and the understanding of American work in a European context." This is appropriate because the Empire (or Grecian) style was, above all, a European creation, and "high-style" and dramatic in manner. Although there is much material here on furniture, there are also sections devoted to silver, ceramics, glass, wallpaper & textiles, and lamps, stoves & clocks; another section, by William Gerdts, focuses on the fine arts. Many of the objects illustrated and described were from private collections. Semowich 1424. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 212 pages, b/w illustrations; a little light soil to the white covers, a very nice copy. [08242] $450.00

232. As above, the softcover edition; light soil. [05174] $350.00

 

233. Tredgold, Thomas. Elementary Principles of Carpentry. Revised from the original edition and partly rewritten by John Thomas Hurst. London; E. & F.N. Spon: 1899. 10th ed. This edition was first published in 1871. "In order to adapt this work as far as possible to the requirements of the modern carpenter, it has been necessary to re-write the articles on pillars, bridges and timber; to add new sections on coffer-dams, scaffolds, etc.; and to revise the remainder of the work throughout... several new plates and woodcuts have been added". Hardcover. 5.5"x7.25", viii + 527 + 32 pages, with 155 text illustrations, plus 48 b/w plates; publisher's brown cloth with black rules, gilt title and device; covers and contents quite clean and fresh; a lovely copy. [30319] $125.00

 

234. Trent, Robert F. & Nancy L. Wilson. New London County Joined Chairs 1720-1790. [in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Fall, 1985. Based on a CHS exhibition, this includes two articles: 'New London County Joined Chairs: Legacy of a Provincial Elite" by Trent, and 'A Catalogue of New London County Joined Chairs' by Trent and Wilson. Softcover. 6"x9", 199 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [08787] $50.00

 

235. Trent, Robert F. (ed.). Pilgrim Century Furniture. New York; Main Street Press/Universe Books: 1976. An anthology of articles from the Magazine Antiques concerning American furniture of the 17th century. Authors include Wallace Nutting, Helen Comstock, Irving Lyon, Luke Vincent Lockwood, Homer Eaton Keyes, C.F. Luther, Patricia E. Kane, Benno Forman, and others. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 165+ pages, many b/w and some color illustrations; light wear. [09375] $50.00

 

236. Trent, Robert. Hearts & Crowns: Folk Chairs of the Connecticut Coast, 1720-1840, as viewed in the light of Henri Focillon's Introduction to 'Art Populaire'. New Haven Colony Historical Society: 1977. "An excellent book that deals mainly with banister-back and other 18th century chairs" (Semowich). Semowich 832. Ames & Ward. Softcover. 9"x12", 101 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear, corners bumped, spine slightly rubbed. [30408] $65.00

 

237. Trent, Robert. The Spencer Chairs and Regional Chair Making in the Connecticut River Valley, 1639-1863. [in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, Fall, 1984. Also contains the articles "Planemaking by the Chapins at Pine Meadow, (New Hartford) 1826-1929" by Kenneth D. Roberts, and "Abiel Pease: An Unknown Connecticut Sword Maker" by William H. Guthman. Softcover. 6"x9", 21 pages (article), b/w illustrations; light wear. [90004] $20.00

 

238. [Trumbull-Silliman / Williams] Early American Furniture...Including the Trumbull-Silliman Heirlooms, Sold by Order of the Present Owner G.W.F. Blanchfield (&c.) [bound with] The Private Collection of Lenore Wheeler Williams... from Great Hearth, Her Summer Residence near Concord, N.H. [bound with] Fine English Furniture Mainly of the Carolean, Queen Anne & Georgian Periods...Collected by S. Vernon Mann, Great Neck, Long Island. All New York; American Art Association- February 21, 1931, Sale 3890; March 20-21, 1931, Sale 3897 [and] January 29-30, 1932. Sale 3947. The first sale was a bit of an anomaly for AAA at the time- a sale strictly devoted to American furniture and accessories which was not even close to being a single owner sale; it also included "an important historic George Washington clock sold by order of the owner, Comtesse d'Hautpoul, Paris", and antiques from the collections of Col. J. Philip Benkard, William R. Powell, and Elisha W. McGuire. The Mann sale included a very nice selection of fine English furniture. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 76 pages, 243 lots; 121 pages, 517 lots, [and] 127 pages, 401 lots; all with b/w illustrations; light soil, covers with light soil. [08653] $125.00

 

239. Tucker, Henrietta. The Cedar Furniture of Bermuda. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. February, 1925. Also contains the articles- "Old Furniture as it Was Used" by Mrs. Charles Whitmore; "Some Hand Woven Coverlets" by Catherine R. Miller; etc. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear. [07441] $20.00

 

240. Venable, Charles L. American Furniture in the Bybee Collection. Austin; University of Texas Press: 1989. A wide-ranging collection, from 17th century tables to a Sam Maloof rocker. Jonathan L. Fairbanks contributed the Introduction. A beautiful catalog. Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 192 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a fine jacket. Furniture historian Myrna Kaye's copy, with her bookplate. [06204] $75.00

 

241. Waissenberger, Robert (ed.). Vienna in the Biedermeier Era, 1815-1848. London; Alpine Fine Arts: 1986. An intensely well illustrated survey of the life and arts of this exuberant era. With essays by many different experts. Hardcover. 9"x10.5", 280 pages, 80 color and 220 b/w illustrations, dj; a fine copy in a near fine jacket. [02149] $85.00

 

242. Walcott, William S., Jr. Furniture in the Old Hartford State House. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. July, 1928. Not located by Semowich. This issue also includes articles on- "Spanish Glass" by Catherine Moran; "Further Notes on Commemorative Porringers" by Howard Cotterell; "Some Historic American Frescoes" by Edward B. Allen; and "Various South Jersey (glass) Operations" by Rhea Mansfield Knittle. Softcover; some soil and wear, etc. [07417] $20.00

 

243. Walcott, William Stuart, Jr. Samuel Adams' Furniture. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. April, 1929. Not located by Semowich. This issue also contains- "The Story of a Wallpaper" by Grace Lincoln Temple; "Further Light on the Betty Lamp" by Charles L. Woodside; "The Furniture of an American Religious Sect (Shakers)" by Edward & Faith Andrews (Semowich 590); "Two Centuries of English Chintzes" by Thomas Burrell; "Again Glass Doorknobs" by Letitia H. Alexander, etc. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear. [07421] $20.00

 

244. Walker, Philip (ed.). The Victorian Catalogue of Tools for Trades and Crafts. London; Studio Editions: 1994. A facsimile of the plates from the tool catalog issued by Timmins & Sons of Birmingham in 1845. This includes tools for cabinetmaking, carpentry, shoemaking, saddlery, draughtsmanship, and other trades. Walker provides an informative and interesting introduction, and a description of the uses of many of the tools illustrated. Hardcover. 10.5"x8", 22 pages + 162 b/w plates, dj; bibliography. Light wear. [30267] $65.00

 

245. Wands, Scott Lannon. William G. Beesley (1797-1842), Windsor Chairmaker, Colourman, and Decorative Painter of Salem, New Jersey. University of Delaware: 2003/UMI Reprints. A master's thesis. A scholarly transcription and analysis of the daybooks for 1828-1830 and 1937-1842 of southern New Jersey chairmaker and interior paint supplier William Beesley. Beesley's daybooks have been held at the Salem County Historical Society, but this was the first time they had been thoroughly analyzed. "The study of Beezley's daybooks reveals important information about the types of chairs manufactured and sold in Salem, New Jersey, about the production and sale of decorative and house paint, and about the artisan network present there in the 1820s and 1830s." Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 321 pages, poor b/w illustrations. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New. [90182] $65.00

 

246. Waring, Janet. Early American Stencils on Walls and Furniture. New York; William Scott: 1937 (1942?). This is a slightly abridged re-issue of Waring's groundbreaking 1937 limited edition. Hardcover; 8.5"x11.5", 86 pages plus 7 tipped-in color and 96 b/w plates, dj. A very nice copy in a somewhat worn jacket with a tear or two and a few pinholes. [04913] $75.00

 

247. Warwick, Edward. The Source of an American Chippendale Chair. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. March, 1929. Explores English pattern books and their affect on American cabinetmakers. This issue also contains the articles- "Early Firemaking Devices" by Lura Woodside Watkins and William F. Noe. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear. [07419] $20.00

 

248. [Watches & Clocks] Abridgments of the Specifications relating to Watches, Clocks, and other Timekeepers [bound with] Part II: 1857-1866. London; George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode: 1858 & 1871. An interesting volume containing abstracts and abridgments of patent specifications relating to clocks and watches. Arranged chronologically and indexed by Patentee and subject, it begins with a scattering of 17th and 18th century patents, but the vast majority of patents are 19th century. A fascinating and detailed collection of horological invention and development. Hardcover. 4.75"x7", viii + 130 + x + 166 pages; ex-library, bound in red buckram, with a bookplate and stamps on the title and half-title; else clean, with tight hinges. [09496] $175.00

 

249. Watson, F.J.B. Wallace Collection Catalogues - Furniture. London; printed for the Trustees by William Clowes and Sons, Ltd.: 1956. A catalog of the furniture from this important collection of 17th and 18th century French decorative arts formed by the First, Second, Third and Fourth Marquess' of Hertford. "It is the French furniture at Hertford House more than anything else which gives the Wallace Collection its special character," notes James Mann, the Director, in this catalog. It was the Fourth Marquess who made the collection what it is today. Mann says- "The Fourth Marquess of Hertford, born in the last year of the eighteenth century, showed in this, as he did in other matters, his marked individual taste. He cared nothing for fashion or the opinion of others. The thirty years during which he lived in Paris enabled him to take full advantage of the dispersal of the contents of many French royal and noble houses...". A scholarly catalog with very detailed entries. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", lxvi + 360 pages, plus 120 b/w plates; near fine. [05753] $65.00

 

250. Watson, F.J.B. The Wrightsman Collection. Vol. 1- Furniture [&] Volume 2- Furniture, Gilt Bronzes, Carpets. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1966. The first two volumes (of an eventual five) of the catalog of the Wrightsman Collection, one of the foremost collections of French 18th century decorative and fine arts in America. This set is complete in itself; later volumes covered such topics as porcelains and paintings. These two volumes contain pictures and descriptions of some 500 pieces with physical description, attribution, provenance, and bibliographical citations for each piece. There are also photographs of craftsmen's marks, an appendix on the Savonnerie manufactory, biographies of craftsmen, and a glossary of French technical terms. 2 vols. Hardcovers. 10"x11.5", 671 pages, 332 illustrations, including 35 color plates, dj's. A very nice set in somewhat worn jackets with some corner chips, wear, etc. [30464] $800.00

 

251. Whitehill, Walter M., et al. Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Boston; The Colonial Society of Massachusetts: 1974. A classic study, based on a conference held by the Colonial Society. It includes papers by Brock Jobe on the "Boston Furniture Industry 1720-1740"; Dean A. Fales, Jr. on "Boston Japanned Furniture"; Sinclair H. Hitchings on "Boston's Colonial Japanners"; Margaretta Markle Lovell on "Boston Blockfront Furniture"; Gilbert T. Vincent on "The Bombe Furniture of Boston"; Mary Ellen Hayward Yehia on "Ornamental Carving on Boston Furniture of the Chippendale Style"; Richard H. Randall, Jr. on Benjamin Frothingham; and Gordon Saltar on "New England Timbers...Boston Cabinetwoods of the 18th Century". Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 316 pages, 174 b/w illustrations. Ex-institutional, with slight tape residue on the cover, bookplate and pocket removed, etc., and loose hinges. A decent working copy. [30238] $50.00

 

252. Whitehill, Walter Muir. The Arts in Early American History. Needs and Opportunities for Study. With a Bibliography by Wendell D. Garrett and Jane N. Garrett. University of North Carolina Press: 1965. In addition to Whitehill's essay, this also includes a 120 page bibliography of "The Arts in Early American History" by the Garretts. Hardcover. 6"x9", 170 pages, a near fine copy. [05264] $40.00

 

253. Whitesides, Mary. Wicker Design. Salt Lake City; Gibbs Smith: 2003. A pictorial survey of fine wicker furniture of the last hundred and twenty-five years and its possibilities in decorating today. Whitesides, an interior designer, enlisted the aid of several specialist antique dealers and some high-style photographers to create a slick (not scholarly) book filled with photos that could have come out of Architectural Digest. Lovers of wicker will find much to love here by just browsing the photographs, and the somewhat cursory text manages to contain a few nuggets as well. Hardcover. 9"x10.5", 143 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [95027] Published at $29.95. $20.00

 

254. [Whiting Collection] Important American Furniture. Property from the Estate of the Late Mrs. Giles Whiting, New York. New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet: April 14-15, 21-22, 1972. Sale 3346. Mrs. Whiting was a pioneer collector who helped organize the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition, and a number of the pieces auctioned here were in the Exhibition. The auction included furniture by the Seymours, Phyfe, John Elliott, the Dunlaps, and other noted cabinetmakers. Also English and export ceramics, American silver, lighting devices, quilts, and more. Softcover. 9"x9", 125 pages, 763 lots, b/w illustrations; with prices realized list. [07840] $40.00

 

255. Wick, Wendy Caroline. Stephen Girard: A Patron of the Philadelphia Furniture Trade. Wendy Caroline Wick: 1977/Ann Arbor; UMI Reprints. A thesis submitted to the University of Delaware. Between about 1780 and 1820 Girard, a successful Philadelphia businessman, patronized many Philadelphia cabinetmakers, silversmiths and other artisans. After his death his collection was preserved intact, along with many of the original invoices, bills and other notes. This all provides a valuable record of how a wealthy Philadelphia merchant furnished his house during an especially exciting period in American arts. This thesis focuses on his patronage of cabinetmakers. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 284 pages; very poor b/w reproductions of photographs; a reprint from the original microfilm. New. [90224] $65.00

 

256. Williamson, Scott Graham. Extant Furniture Ascribed to New York's Federal Hall. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. May, 1938. This issue also contains the articles- "The Stylistic Aspects of Furniture Credited to Federal Hall" by Homer Eaton Keyes; "The Distinctive Quality of Early New York Silver" by Homer Eaton Keyes; and more. Softcover. Light soil, a little wear. [07432] $20.00

 

257. Wills, Geoffrey. English Furniture 1760-1900. New York; Doubleday & Co.: 1971. A well illustrated study of English furniture from Chippendale and Gothic styles through Adam, Hepplewhite, Sheraton, Regency, and Victorian. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 256 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; near fine. [06100] $40.00

 

258. Wilner, Eli (ed.). The Gilded Edge. The Art of the Frame. San Francisco; Chronicle Books: 2000. Nothing enhances the appeal of a beautiful painting like the perfect frame. Indeed, framing is an art form in its own right, and The Gilded Edge is the first book to offer a comprehensive visual survey of the beautiful antique frames made in America over the last two centuries. With essays by art world luminaries, museum curators, private collectors, and independent scholars, this richly illustrated volume covers topics ranging from frame history and fabrication to the art of perfectly matching frame to artwork. Unlike most art books that depict paintings without their frames, The Gilded Edge presents many photographs that showcase frames in relation to the paintings they border-and as works of art themselves. Hardcover. 10.5x12.5, 203 pages, filled with color and b/w illustrations; bibliography; dj; light wear. [09175] $300.00

 

259. [Wingfield Castle Collection] Fine Old Master Paintings, Tapestries, Furniture, and Objects of Art, being part of the Wingfield Castle Collection. London; Christie's: October 4, 1967. The property of Graham Baron Ash. Included a fabulous George II cabinet-on-stand with 11 inset pietre-dure plaques illustrating classical buildings and scenes. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 46 pages plus 24 b/w plates, 179 lots; prices realised sheet stapled to title page; light wear. [08658] $40.00

 

260. Winkler, Gail Caskey & Roger W. Moss. Victorian Interior Decoration. American Interiors 1830-1900. New York; Henry Holt: 1986. A very useful survey of Victorian interiors and their details which makes great use of period photos, paintings & prints, trade catalogs and books. Winkler and Moss divide the subject into periods- 1830-1850; 1850-1870; 1870-1890 and 1890-1900. There is also a glossary and the text is extensively annotated. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 257 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; glossary; annotated; bibliography. Light wear. [08499] $40.00

 

261. Woodhouse, Dr. Samuel W., Jr. More About Benjamin Randolph. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. January, 1930. A scholarly follow-up to an article Woodhouse had published 5 years earlier. Semowich 527. This issue also contains articles including- "Joseph Wright and His Portraits of Washington" by Fiske Kimball; "The Evolution of the Trencher" by Howard Herschel Cotterell; "An Exhibition of English Chippendale"; "Bright-cut spoons" by Walter C. Hunter, etc. Softcover. Light wear, a little soil. [07428] $20.00

 

262. Woodhouse, Samuel, Jr. Thomas Tufft. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. October, 1927. Semowich 722. This issue also contains the articles- "The Lancaster Glass Works" by Harry Hall White; "Balloons on Old French Fabrics" by Thomas Burrell; etc. Softcover. Light soil, minor wear. [07445] $20.00

 

263. Yates, Raymond F. Antique Fakes and Their Detection. New York; Gramercy Publishing: 1950. A concise guide for unearthing frauds in furniture, glass, silver, ceramics, jewelry, pewter, clocks, lamps, silhouettes, metalware, etc. Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 229 pages, several b/w and line illustrations, dj. Light jacket wear. [08603] $30.00

 

264. Zogry, Kenneth Joel. The Best the Country Affords. Vermont Furniture 1765-1850. Bennington Museum: 1995. Edited by Philip Zea, with a Foreword by Wendell Garrett. A beautifully produced loan-exhibition catalog, featuring large, nicely lit photographs, and many illustrations of original labels, advertisements, etc. Softcover. 8.5"x12", 172 pages, many b/w and some color illustrations. New. [90191] $40.00

 


 

 

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