Catalogue 301

 

RECENT ACQUISITIONS
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SUMMER, 2007

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1. Alexander, Christopher. A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art. The color and geometry of very early Turkish carpets. Oxford University Press: 1993. A noted study of rug design and color based on one of the finest collections of early Turkish carpets in the Western world. Alexander, an architect, has exactly the type of mind needed to conduct such an exhaustive survey and his collection, filled with unique rarities, is mesmerizing. Gold brocade-covered flexible cloth covers, 8.5”x12”, 351 pages, color, b/w and line illustrations. With clear plastic jacket; light wear, small pen note on the endpaper, but a very nice copy. [31015] $450.00

 

2. Al-Jadir, Saad. Arab & Islamic Silver. London; Stacey International: 1982. 2nd prtg. A supremely well illustrated study of antique and traditional silver of North Africa and Spain, the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant, Mesopotamia, Persia, Turkey, Caucasia, and Central and South-east Asia. One of the few reference works on this subject, so it's nice that it's a good one. Hardcover. 10.5"x12", 216 pages, hundreds of color and b/w illustrations, dj; library deaccession stamp on copyright page, no other marks; else a nice copy. [31001] $100.00

 

3. Andrews, Edward Deming & Faith. Visions of the Heavenly Sphere. A Study in Shaker Religious Art. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia for Winterthur Museum: 1969. A nicely illustrated, elegant study of Shaker inspirational drawings of the 1840s-1860s. Hardcover. 9.5”x10”, 138 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. Light wear, jacket a little soiled and with a short clear-taped tear. [30966] $50.00

 

4. Audsley, George Ashdown & Berthold Audsley. The Art of Polychromatic & Decorative Turning. A Practical Manual for the Professional and Amateur Turner. Boston; Small, Maynard and Company: 1916. A book with technical instructions for the creation of decorative effects using different-colored woods in lathe-turning. The first portion of the text deals with colored woods suitable for use, the next portions with the processes of studding, lamination, geometrical inlaying, and practical applications. George Ashdown Audsley was an architect and influential Victorian designer, and an authority on Japanese arts. Hardcover. 5.5”x8.5”, [vi], 109 pages with 4 line illustrations, plus a color frontispiece and 20 b/w plates. Publisher’s red cloth with gilt title; covers slightly unevenly faded, a little rubbed. Internally some light spotting, moderate on the endsheet. [31022] $200.00

 

5. Austin, John C. Chelsea Porcelain at Williamsburg. Charlottesville; University Press of Virginia for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: 1977. A nicely produced catalog, organized by form and type, including Oriental decoration, European landscapes, fable decoration, botanical decoration, natural forms, birds, colored ground, toys, and figures. Also includes a facsimile of the 1755 Sale book. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 227 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Jacket a bit worn and rubbed. [30967] $40.00

 

A classic catalog of Baltimore furniture-

6. Baltimore Furniture. The Work of Baltimore and Annapolis Cabinetmakers from 1760 to 1810. Baltimore Museum of Art: 1947. Although much of the material in this important catalog has been updated by other authors, it remains as the publications which first focused the attention of collectors and scholars on Maryland furniture. The 125 objects illustrated were selected for the exhibition by Joseph Downs and Henry Francis du Pont. Ames & Ward. Semowich 881. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 195 pages, b/w illustrations; spine slightly faded, lettering slight rubbed, else a very nice, clean copy. [30995] $250.00

 

7. Battershall, Jesse P. Food Adulteration and Its Detection. New York; E. & F.N. Spon: 1887. "To embody in a condensed form some salient features of the present status of Food Adulteration in the United States is the object of this volume....the photogravure plates, most of which represent the results of recent microscopical investigation, are considered an important feature of the book." The subjects include tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, butter, cheese, bread, sugar, beer, wine and liquors, oils, mustard, spices, pepper and other foods. An uncommon book in the marketplace. Hardcover. 6"x9", 328 pages, plus 4 color and 8 b/w plates. Publisher's brown cloth with impressed black device and rules and gilt titles. A clean and bright copy. With the pasted-in plate of C. Smith Boynton, and his ownership signature on the flyleaf and title page. Boynton, an 1864 graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, practiced medicine in New Hampshire until 1875 when he moved to Brandon, and then Burlington, Vermont as a druggist. [30944] $250.00

 

8. Beecher Falls Co. The Bedroom Book, Illustrating and Describing Selected Designs of Sensible Furniture for the Bedroom. Beecher Falls, Vermont: 1914. Illustrated trade catalog of a general line of dressers, bureaus, tables, beds, nightstands, etc., in 1920s-plain Arts & Crafts style. They furniture was available in ash, birch, mahogany and enamels. Softcover. 6”x9.5”, 1 page plus 18 folding plates of line illustrations; inserted loose price sheets. Moderate soil, some pencil notes, general wear. [31016] $45.00

 

9. Born, Ignaz Edler von). Monachologia: or, Handbook of the Natural History of Monks; arranged according to the Linnaean System. By a Naturalist. Edinburgh; Johnstone and Hunter: 1852. A satire, first published in 1783, on the habits and habitats of that most curious of species -the clerical Monk, in a clever send-up of both the new Linnaean system and monks in general. Born (1742-1791) was Austrian by birth and educated at a Jesuit college in Vienna. He spent 16 months as a member of the order before leaving, eventually becoming a Freemason. Restless after leaving the Jesuits he studied law for a time in Prague and then toured Holland, France and Germany studying mineralogy. He returned to Prague in 1770, and worked in the department of Mines and the Mint. In 1776 he returned to Austria and wrote several books on mineralogy, including a very influential study in 1786 dealing with extracting precious metals through amalgamation. In addition to his scientific work, Born was known for his satire, especially of the Jesuits. Hardcover. 6"x9", 77 pages, lithographed pictorial title page and 14 sepia plates of various types of monks in their natural habitats, plus 4 lithographed plates showing distinguishing characteristics of monks. Original gilt-pictorial cloth with a gilt-stamped bat holding the title in a banner; rebacked, with new endpapers and a new spine which matches the original red cloth. [30945] $250.00

 

One of the most singular and outspoken cabinetmaking books of the 19th century-

10. Brown, Richard. The Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture: comprising Instructions for designing and delineating the different articles of those branches geometrically and perspectively; thereby producing the effect each piece will have when executed: and shewing by a scale the real measures for the workman. Illustrated by Appropriate Diagrams and Designs, Proportioned upon Architectural Principles, After the Manner of the Antique, on Twenty-five Plates, each accompanied with explanatory remarks. London; printed for M. Taylor: 1835.

            First published in 1820, this is one of the most singular and outspoken cabinetmaking books of the 19th century, and was also the first devoted in large part to the new Greek Revival style in furniture. An architect and designer in London, Brown introduced several elements which were to become Victorian mainstays, among them the rounded form which became so popular later in the century (Joy). He was moved to write, like many others both before and since, by a disatisfaction with his contemporaries' work. He deals with both Chippendale and Sheraton in a single sentence, criticising their "trivial compositions... taken from the models of the French school of about the middle of the last century, now obsolete" and then for good measure slam dunks Chippendale by further commenting that of the two Sheraton "is the one most worthy of notice." He has no use, however, for Sheraton's attempts at delineating a system of geometry for cabinetmakers, noting his "entangling vanishing points, and crossing the diagrams in a confused and cobweb-like manner..." (he would not be the first, or last, to find fault with Sheraton's geometry).

            Brown believed that the study of earlier times held the key to tasteful decoration. He tolerated the Egyptians (whose designs were "more to be admired for their sublimity than true elegance"), despised the Romans ("pompous... covered every part of their works with ornaments in wanton profusion...and render their productions one indistinguishable mass") and admired the Greeks, "who have displayed a taste hitherto unequaled, and that fills the enlightened world with admiration."

            When dealing with ornament, Brown truly reached his stride. He stated "All ornaments introduced into furniture should be rich, graceful and consistent, and not of the vulgar kind: the passionflower, for instance, is extremely rich, the sun-flower vulgar, although we frequently see it introduced, with dolphins, shells, and other incongruous appendages, on the poles of window curtains." He advises against use of "serpents and other obnoxious reptiles, to which we have a natural antipathy." His imagination was unlimited: a dressing table should have the decorations of plants which produce perfume; sofas need decoration denoting comfort, for instance couch flower and heartsease; for a table for playing cards "perhaps the mask of Comus, the god of festivals and mirth, will be found to accord.". Since Brown comments in this vein on every piece of furniture, the book is quite entertaining reading. The designs include a wide variety of tables as well as chests, bookcases, seats, sofas, beds and other pieces, and also several room designs; the pieces are interesting, often very dramatic. Needless to say, the perspective is perfect.

            Bound at the back, but paginated within the sequence of the main book, is “An Elucidation on the Principles of Drawing Ornaments, Exemplified on Seven Plates”, first published in 1822.

            Hardcover. 10”x11.5", xvi + 87 pages, plus 25 + 7 plates. Bound in the publisher’s original printed boards, covers somewhat scuffed and soiled. Rebacked, with a new, sympathetic spine, and new endpapers. Some light internal spotting and a little soil. Ex-institutional, with a number on the margin of the frontispiece and several numbers written on the copyright page. A nice copy in the original pasteboard covers. [31026] $3,000.00

 

11. Carrick, Alice van Leer. A History of American Silhouettes. A Collector's Guide, 1790-1840. Rutland; Charles Tuttle: 1968. A reprint of Carrick's important 1928 study, "Shades of our Ancestors". The author discusses the various methods used by American silhouettists, where they worked, and their silhouettes. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 205 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w; color frontispiece, dj; jacket a bit worn and soiled, spine lightly sunned. [30978] $50.00

 

12. Chapuis, Alfred, et al. A Loan Exhibition of Antique Automatons. New York; A La Vielle Russie: 1950. The catalog to a benefit loan exhibition, featuring pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a number of private collections, including that of Dr. Maurice Sandoz. The focus of the exhibition was mainly on clockworks and music box pieces of the 18th and 19th centuries. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 69+ pages, many b/w illustrations and 6 tipped-in color plates; with the loose addendum sheet. Light wear, a little soil, but overall a very nice copy. [30965] $100.00

 

13. Chinese Snuff Bottles. Fall, 1997. Winter Park, FL; Asiantiques: 1997. An elegant and beautifully-produced catalog issued by a dealer in very fine antique Chinese snuff bottles. Softcover. 8”x10.5”, 95 pages, 150 snuff bottles illustrated in color, most with several illustrations; a fine copy. [31002] $25.00

 

14. Cole, Alan S. Ornament in European Silks. London; Debenham and Freebody: 1899. A wide-ranging study, based on work the author had initiated for an exhibition held by Debenham and Freebody several years earlier. He expanded upon that work for this book, drawing illustrations from the South Kensington (Victoria & Albert) Museum as well as the archives of examples sold by Debenham & Freebody. Cole discusses the manufacture of silks in Europe, materials and processes, ornament design, silk patterns of Sassanian, Egypto-Persian & Byzantine origin; patterns of Saracenic, Spanish, Sicilian and Italian origin; 15th and early 16th century Italian patterns; 16th century Ottoman patterns; 17th and 18th century patterns; and ornament in embroidery. Hardcover. 8”x10”, xv + 220 pages, 169 b/w illustrations; publisher’s green cloth with gilt spine title; covers a bit soiled and rubbed at the tips, etc., endpapers a bit spotted, else a nice copy. [31006] $250.00

 

A very uncommon marble gravestone estimator-

15. Complete Granite Estimates, Based on Barre Granite also adapted for other Granites giving the Complete Costs for Cutting and Finishing Numerous Sizes and Styles and Finishes of Stones, including Stock... Chicago; Charles H. Gall: 1911. “Also methods and basis rates used in estimating, with numerous illustrations for variations. All arranged for quick reference. With an addenda illustrating some orders of architecture and a brief glossary of architectural terms”. Complete tables for estimating the cost of any part of a marble monument, with tables for dies, caps, plinths, crosses, steps, columns, shafts, markers, and various types of decorative carving, with simple line illustrations to show each type and style. Uncommon. Softcover. 5.5”x10.5”, 192 pages, line illustrations. Publisher’s leatherette covers with gilt title; covers worn, tips chipped, some general soil. Obviously a copy which saw extensive use, but with tight hinges. [31019] $150.00

 

Deluxe Edition of 150 copies, with extra plates-

16. Cornelius, Charles O. Furniture Masterpieces of Duncan Phyfe. New York; published for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Doubleday, Page & Co.: 1922. Deluxe edition, limited to 150 numbered copies. The earliest major exhibition and catalog of Phyfe's work, and an important loan exhibition, although much of the information has since been updated. “Interesting today chiefly as an early indication of the deep and abiding interest in Phyfe” -Ames & Ward. Semowich 468. Hardcover. 7"x10", 86 pages plus 57 b/w plates and 5 folding line drawings, as well as 17 extra b/w illustrations included in this edition. This edition also features a leather spine and the frontispiece is in color. Light wear, spine label soiled; spine a bit faded and scuffed; some scattered light spotting and a little soil. [31007] $375.00

17. As above, later printing, trade edition. New York; published for the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Doubleday, Page & Co.: 1928. Hardcover. 7"x10", 86 pages plus 57 b/w plates and 5 folding line drawings, dj. A nice, clean copy in a slightly soiled jacket. [31008] $150.00

 

18. Cust, Lionel. Catalogue of the Collection of Fans and Fan-Leaves presented to the trustees of the British Museum by the Lady Charlotte Schrieber. London; Longmans & Co.: 1893. The noted collector, Lady Charlotte Schrieber, had presented her collection of antique fans to the British Museum in 1891, and had catalogued the collection in two massive, illustrated folio volumes which, even at the time, were quite expensive (and are today quite scarce and several magnitude above “extremely expensive” in price). This volume is an un-illustrated summary of that information, with more concise entries. Uncommon. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, viii + 138 pages. Publisher’s black, ruled cloth with gilt spine title. Ex-library with small spine number, 19th century bookplate on the front pastedown, small stamp on the title page. Covers lightly rubbed, else a clean, tight copy. [31028] $250.00

 

19. Drey, Rudolf E.A. Apothecary Jars. Pharmaceutical Pottery and Porcelain in Europe and the East, 1150-1850, with a Glossary of Terms used in Apothecary Jar Inscriptions. London; Faber and Faber: 1978. This scholarly study includes chapters on Italy, England, France, the Low Countries, Spain & Portugal, Germany & Austria, Switzerland, Denmark & Sweden, and China. The supplemental section on inscriptions also explains what each remedy was used for, which is an interesting study in itself. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 249 pages, 8 color plates and 96 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with a short tear along the front bottom edge; jacket spine sunned, a little soil, else a very nice copy indeed. [30973] $350.00

 

20. Dvorakova, Jaroslava. Porcelanova Manufaktura Royal Dux Bohemia, a.s.. 150 let ve sluzbach krehkosti a krasy. R-studio: 2003. A colorfully-illustrated book celebrating the first 150 years of production of the Royal Dux manufactory. English summary. Softcover. 6”x8.5”, 84 pages, color and b/w illustrations, marks. A fine copy. [31012] $40.00

 

21. Egger, Gerhart, et al. Vienna in the Age of Schubert. The Biedermeier Interior 1815-1848. Elron Press/V&A Museum: 1979. A loan exhibition, with chapters on furniture by Franz Windisch-Graetz; silver by Gerhart Egger; porcelain by Waltraud Neuwirth; glass by Wilhelm Mrazek & Neuwirth; textiles & fashion by Angela Volker; clocks by Erika Hellich; domestic life by Christian Witt-Dorring, and more. Softcover. 7.5”x9.5”, 111 pages, b/w and some color illustrations; a fine copy. [30972] $40.00

 

22. Evans, John Thomas. The Church Plate of Oxfordshire. Oxford; The Alden Press: 1928. The Diocese of Oxford is the largest rural diocese in England, with 650 parishes; the County of Oxford holds 286 churches, all of which are included here in a study which took 8 years to complete. Evans was the author of a number of studies of English church plate. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, xxxiii + 223 pages, plus 31 b/w plates; publisher’s blue cloth with gilt titles and emblems; covers a bit dusty and a little rubbed; endpapers a bit browned, else a nice copy. [30999] $150.00

 

Portraits from an important seafaring town-

23. Foote, Henry Wilder, et al. Catalogue of Portraits in the Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts. Covering Three Centuries. Salem; The Essex Institute: 1936. The catalog of more than 400 portraits owned by the Essex Institute, the center of seafaring on the north coast of Massachusetts in the 18th and 19th centuries. Merchants, shipmasters and other well-to-do persons and public officials are all well represented, as is the work of most of the important portrait artists in the area during that time period. The portraits are all fully described, including biographical notes on their subjects. An increasingly uncommon book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", xii + 306 pages, many b/w plates; a little light cover rubbing, but overall a very nice, bright copy. [31009] $275.00

 

24. Fox, Eleanor & Edward. Gaudy Dutch. Pottsville, published by the authors: 1968. A lively and personal study of this interesting and collectible pottery, illustrating and describing the sixteen known designs at some length, and providing a good introduction to the background and study of this enigmatic ware. Softcover. 6”x9”, 35 pages, 16 color plates; light soil, former owner’s name on endpaper and 2 unobtrusive blindstamps on title page. [30979] $85.00

 

25. Funeral Processions in Boston. [in the] Bostonian Society Publications Volume 4. Boston: 1907. Period accounts of the funerals of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770, Governor John Hancock in 1793, and mourning ceremonies for George Washington in 1800. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 40 pages [article], several woodcuts; entire volume with some cover soil and rubbing, a little internal soil. [30950] $50.00

 

An elegant catalog of Medieval manuscripts, ivory carvings & more from one of the preeminent antiquarians of the 19th century-

26. Gatty, Charles T. Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum, including the Mather Collection of Miniatures and Medals Relating to the Bonaparte Family. Liverpool; Gilbert G. Walmsley: 1883. An elegant catalog of Medieval manuscripts, ivory carvings, jet carvings, enamels, coins, seals and niello, Medieval and “modern” oriental, Venetian, German, Spanish, French and English glass; later enamels; French Revolutionary and First Empire badges and medals; Wedgwood medallions illustrating the French Revolution; and the Mather Collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family. The illustrated plates show the Medieval manuscripts and ivories, and some enamels, miniatures and Bonaparte items. Joseph Mayer [1803-1886] was one of the preeminent antiquarians of the 19th century. A goldsmith and jeweler by trade, collected a vast range of antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, and other objects, and also wrote several books on antiquarian subjects. He was a founder and benefactor to both the Liverpool Museum and the Liverpool Public Library, and most of his collections were eventually donated to the two institutions. Uncommon. Hardcover. 9”x11.5”, viii + 108, i, iii pages, plus 16 b/w plates. Original red-brown cloth with paper spine label, covers somewhat worn and soiled, a bit faded along the extremities and spine; spine lable soiled and chipped; a bit frayed at the tips and spine head. Contents with a little soil, small paper label of the Burlington Fine Arts Club. [31029] $350.00

 

27. Gerdts, William H. & Theodore Stebbins Jr. “A Man of Genius”. The Art of Washington Allston (1779-1843). Boston; Museum of Fine Arts: 1979. A major reevaluation of the work of the most successful and proficient American Romantic artist on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Once one of America’s most famous and admired artists, Allston’s reputation waned in the 20th century, but this exhibition and catalog helped restore his glory. Hardcover. 9”x11”, 255 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj; light wear, a nice copy. [30985] $40.00

 

28. Griffen, Smith & Co. Majolica. Catalogue of Majolica. Griffen, Smith & Co. Phoenixville; Brooke Weidner: 1960. A facsimile of the 1884 color catalog of this important American majolica manufactory. Softcover. 6”x9”, 13 pages, including 11 full-page color plates; some wear, a little soil. [30974] $35.00

 

29. Hali. The International Magazine of Antiques, Carpets and Textiles. Issue 25. January, 1985. Articles on Afghanistani Mushwani rugs, the McCoy collection of tribal rugs, an unusual Caucasian rug, an exhibition of outstanding Armenian rugs, and more. Softcover. 8.5”x12”, 132 pages, color illustrations, light wear. [31014] $65.00

 

30. Hali. The International Magazine of Antiques, Carpets and Textiles. Issue 29. January/February/March, 1986. Articles on Kamil Aliev, Azerbaijani rug designer, Halley’s Comet as art, a Renaissance velvet cope, Mediaeval tapestries of Nuremburg, Noh costumes, South Persian tribal rugs, Avar rugs from Daghestan, and the history of felt. Softcover. 8.5”x12”, 176 pages, color illustrations, light wear. [31013] $60.00

 

31. Harington, John. The Metamorphosis of Ajax. A New Discourse of a Stale Subject by Sir John Harington. London; Fanfrolico Press: 1927. Printed for subscribers in an edition of 450 numbered copies. A reprinting of the 1596 edition of this satirical Elizabethan book about constructing sanitary plumbing, edited, and with a new introduction by, Peter Warlock and Jack Lindsay. Sir John Harington [1561-1612] was a figure at Court and Elizabeth’s godson, a relationship that did not prevent his slipping in and out of favor. This satirical work about the construction of a revolutionary flushing privy contained a potshot at Leicester, which got him into temporary trouble, but also included some good, common sense sanitary design that was ignored by householders for another 200 years. In fact, Harington is given credit by some historians as being the inventor of the flush toilet (more or less) and apparently actually built one of the contraptions he described in this book for the Queen. “Ajax” was a play on words, the Elizabethan slang for privy being a “jake”.

            Harington was not a first-rank writer, but he was entertaining and had his moments. As Lindsay says of this work in his Preface- “It lacks the epic prodigality of Rabelais (but) it is more precise and neat as becomes a man who essays not to cleans the earth’s bad morality with lyric laughter, but its bad smells with carefully devised carpentry...Harrington is no great poet; but I defy any great poet to write a better book on privies than this”. That about says it all. Hardcover. 6.5”x10”, xxix + 144 pages; portrait frontispiece and several line illustrations in the text; decorated covers. Some toning along the top margin of the cover, spine darkened, a little internal soil, but a nice copy. [30946] $150.00

 

32. Hartung, Marion T. & Ione E. Hinshaw. Patterns and Pinafores. Pressed Glass Toy Dishes [and] Book Two. Des Moines; Wallace Homestead: 1971 and 1978. A pair of very popular and well-thought-of books on children’s toy glass ware. All the items were drawn from the authors’ collections. 2 volumes. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 102 and 100 pages, b/w and some line illustrations, dj’s; jackets a bit worn, spines sunned. [30984] $125.00

 

A very early study of electric lighting-

33. Holmes, A. Bromley. Practical Electric Lighting. London; E. & F.N. Spon: 1884. 2nd edition. An expanded edition of a pioneering study first published in 1883. Holmes, an electrical engineer (and later founder of an electrical supply company in Liverpool) notes in his preface- “Public attention has, during the past twelve months, been directed to the Electric Light as a possible means of general illumination. On the one hand, enthusiastic believers in electricity have predicted its rapid adoption in the place of gas, and on the other, equally extreme views have been put forward denying the possibility of any extensive introduction of the new system of lighting, chiefly on account of its alleged greater cost...the aim of the following pages is to explain in simple language the principles involved in the production of the light, and to afford information as to the construction and working of the apparatus employed for this purpose without preference for any particular machine, lamp or system”. Holmes also illustrates and describes several types of bulbs and a few fixtures. Uncommon in the trade. Hardcover. 5.25”x7.5”, 172 pages, 68 text illustrations. Publisher’s red cloth with gilt script title and black rules. Covers somewhat soiled, hinges a bit loose, a little interior soil, but overall a bright copy. [31023] $350.00

 

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree.
Where Alph, the sacred river,
ran Through caverns measureless to man,
Down to a sunless sea".

34. Honour, Hugh. Chinoiserie. The Vision of Cathay. London; John Murray: 1961. A detailed look into the world of the European craftsmen and artists of the 18th and early 19th centuries who took Eastern arts as their guides and created an entirely new style based on them. "My book is intended for those who, like myself, have a nodding acquaintance with Chinese art and have wondered how and why a European style called "chinoiserie" should ever have come about. I have, perforce, approached the subject from a strictly European standpoint, attempting to discover how western artists and craftsmen, from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, regarded the Orient and expressed their vision of it". Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 294 pages, 4 color plates and 144 b/w illustrations, dj. Light soil, but a nice copy. [30994] $75.00

 

35. Hughes, Therle & Bernard. English Painted Enamels. Spring Books: 1967. With examples drawn from the collections of Queen Mary and Mrs. Ionides, this survey presents a fine selection of 18th century enamels. A very popular, well illustrated book. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 156 pages, 4 color plates and 83 b/w illustrations; dj; jacket lightly worn, a few small chips. [30976] $40.00

 

36. Itoi, Kenji. Thai Ceramics from the Sosai Collection. Oxford University Press: 1989. When you combine the fine eye and deep knowledge of a noted Japanese collector of ceramics with the work of Thai potters of the 13th-15th centuries, you are sure to have a great collection. In this case that collection is catalogued by a Japanese scholar of Thai ceramics who has published 3 prior books on the subject. It doesn’t get much better than that. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 122 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear, tiny edge bump along the bottom edge, else very nice. [31003] $60.00

 

37. Jacob W. Walton Sons. Horn Combs. Philadelphia: 1915. A trade catalog of combs “made of the best quality horn, well seasoned, by skillful workmen with the most modern appliances and machinery”. Includes life-sized illustrations of their lines of dressing combs, wide-back dressing combs, pocket combs, raw horn mane combs, barber combs, taper barber combs, quill back dressing combs, oval back dressing combs, metal-end teeth combs, nickel back dressing combs, fine teeth combs, and plantation combs. All the combs are fairly plain, with little or no decoration. Softcover. 10.5”x7”, title page, 1 page, plus 33 b/w plates. Mild water wrinkle and very light and small stain along bottom; light soil. [31017] $125.00

 

38. Jensen, Veryl M. The First Book of International Willow Ware China. Oakridge; Fact Book Company: 1975. A wide-ranging book by a willow ware collector, covering wares made in Canton, England, Europe and America, with many marks illustrated. A useful book, though the illustrations are not all up to modern “spiffy” standards. Softcover. 6”x9”, 96 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [30982] $100.00

 

The controversy over the Chalice of Antioche-

39. Jerphanion, Guillaume de, S.J. Le Calice d’Antioche. Les Theories de Dr. Eisen et la Date Probable du Calice. Rome; Pont. Institutum Orientalium Studiorum: 1926. An early scholarly inquiry into the date assigned to the famous Chalice of Antioche by one of its leading chroniclers, Dr. Gustavus Eisen. In 1923 Eisen had published his deluxe, mammoth 2-volume study of the Chalice, in which he assigned a date in the First Century A.D. to it. Few doubted Eisen’s credentials, but his dating was suspected to be a wee bit optimistic by some, including Fr. Jerphanion, who dates it to the 4-6th centuries, which roughly corresponds to today’s accepted date. Published as Vol.VII, No.27 (August-September, 1926) of the Orientalia Christiana series. Softcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 175 pages with 50 line illustrations, plus 24 b/w plates; light soil. [31005] $85.00

 

40. Jones, Harvey L. Mathews. Masterpieces of the California Decorative Style. Salt Lake City; Peregrine Smith: 1980. The lives and work of the influential and talented husband-wife team of Arts & Crafts painters, furniture makers and decorators. The Mathews “held a preeminent position in the arts and cultural life in the San Francisco bay area in the period 1890-1920”. Hardcover. 9.5”x10.5”, 127 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with light wear, covers just slightly bowed, slight mothball odor. [30988] $45.00

 

41. Kelly, Alison. Decorative Wedgwood in Architecture and Furniture. London; Country Life Ltd.: 1965. The first and only study of Wedgwood's work as it was used by cabinetmakers and architects. This work included inlays, plaques, fonts and urns, tiles and other architectural details. Hardcover. 7"x10", 147 pages, 6 color and 75 b/w illustrations, dj. Near fine. [30975] $50.00

 

42. Ketchum, William C. Jr. American Basketry and Woodenware. A Collector's Guide. New York; Macmillan Publishing Co.: 1974. An interesting general study intended to help and guide the novice enthusiast, written with Ketchum's usual fluid, straight-forward style. The basket section covers antique splint, willow, straw, farm & market, and fisherman’s baskets. The woodenware includes food- and kitchen-related, textile-related, boxes, and more. Well illustrated. Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 228 pages, 83 b/w illustrations, dj; jacket with a little soil, some wear. [30948] $25.00

 

43. Kim, Dr. Chewon & G. St. G.M. Gompertz (eds.). The Ceramic Art of Korea. London; Faber and Faber: 1961. Although unappreciated for many years, Korean ceramics have gradually been accorded something like their rightful place in the ceramic arts beside those of China and Japan. The finest collections of Korean ceramics are in Korea, at the Duksoo Palace and the Korean National Museum, along with pieces in private collections. This fine study illustrates examples from both the Duksoo Palace and the National Museum, as well as several private collections. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 222 pages, 100 color and b/w plates; light wear. [30958] $100.00

 

A Selection of Books by John Kirk-

44. 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

 

45. 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

46. As above, New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1982. Softcover. 9"x12", 397 pages, 1,508 illustrations, some in color; dj; a nice copy; Signed. [09138] $50.00

 

47. 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. [09148] $25.00

 

48. Kirk, John T. The Impecunious Collector’s Guide to American Antiques. New York; Alfred A. Knopf: 1975. This is, without question, my favorite book of all time on American antiques. 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

 

49. 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

 

50. Kirk, John T. American Furniture. Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality. New York; Harry N. Abrams: 2000. ”What style is it? How is it put together? Is it real or is it a fake? How can I make it look its best without destroying its value? John T. Kirk answers these and many other questions about when, where, how, and even why a piece of furniture was made. And by juxtaposing genuine works with copies, he shows how to judge the quality and authenticity of antiques to distinguish a fake from the real thing. Covering three centuries of changing styles, this handsome and useful volume details each period's essential traits, offering practical guidance to novice and seasoned collectors alike. The book moves sequentially through major design periods, including the popular William and Mary and Queen Anne styles, Rococo and Chippendale, Federal, Shaker, Modern, and Revival. Illustrations of silverwork and paintings set the furniture in context, and comparisons with European pieces point out the unique aspects of American design.” Hardcover. 9”x12”, 234 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Select bibliography. New. Signed. [90202] $40.00

 

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51. Knight of Glin. Irish Furniture. Dublin; Irish Heritage Series: 1978. A colorful romp through highlights of Irish cabinetmaking, notable for the enthusiasm and scholarship the author shows when discussing his subject. In no way a substitute for his recently published book [see #92], but a charming essay nonetheless. Softcover. 6”x9.5”, 24 pages, loaded with color illustrations; light wear and soil. [30970] $25.00

 

52. Koyama, Fujio (ed.). Chinese Ceramics. One Hundred Selected Masterpieces from Collections in Japan, England, France and America. Tokyo; The Nihon Keizai: 1960. The elegant catalog to this important exhibition held at the Takashimaya Department Store in Tokyo under the auspices of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, which drew examples from public and private collections around the world. Among the supporters of the exhibition were Sir Harry Garner, Eugene Bernat, Edward T. Chow, and Sir Percival David. Japanese text with an English introduction and English plate captions. Hardcover. 10.5”x12.5”, v + 62 pages, with b/w illustrations, plus 112 plates, including 32 tipped-in color plates; slipcased. Gold cloth covers with light soil, else a fine copy in a very nice slipcase. [30960] $125.00

 

53. Lahikainen, Dean, et al. In the American Spirit: Folk Art from the Collections. Salem; Peabody Essex Museum: 1994. A beautifully produced catalog to an exhibition which focused on the museum’s little-known folk art collection. The pieces include paintings, drawings, carvings, textiles and other objects, nicely illustrated and fully described. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 161 pages, color and b/w illustrations; light wear. [30971] $60.00

 

54. Lea, Zilla Rider (ed.). The Ornamented Tray. Two Centuries of Ornamented Trays 1720-1920. Rutland; Charles Tuttle: 1971. The standard and very heavily illustrated study of antique toleware trays and their decoration. Includes chapters on lace-edge decoration, the Chippendale style, gold leaf ornament, freehand bronze decoration, stenciled trays, and country-painted trays. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 255 pages, several color and hundreds of b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear, a little soil. [30947] $100.00

 

55. Locher, Paul. The Late, Great S. Routson and His Pottery. In Search of an Early Ohio Craftsman. Wooster; Atkinson Printing: 1983. Samuel Routson was a potter of brownware, stoneware and redware in Doylestown and Wooster, Ohio between 1835 and 1882. This extensively illustrated history documents his life and work fairly thoroughly. Uncommon. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 86 pages, b/w and line illustrations. Cover somewhat soiled and with several creases. [31011] $125.00

 

A very scarce Maiolica catalog-

56. [Maiolica] Borenius, Tancred. Catalogue of a Collection of Pottery belonging to W.H. Woodward. Privately printed: 1928. An elegant catalog of superb 16th century Italian maiolica, with some additional Turkish, Hispano-Moresque and Persian examples also included. The text begins with an overview of Italian and related maiolica of the period, illustrated with 8 b/w plates, which is followed by the catalog itself, illustrated with 17 additional plates. The cataloger, Tancred Borenius [1885-1948] was a Finnish art historian who specialized in Renaissance Italy and was a professor at University College, London. The author of a number of art histories, he was a member of the Burlington Fine Arts Club, one of the founders of Apollo magazine and wrote for Apollo and Burlington magazines as well. Quite an uncommon, privately-printed catalog. Hardcover. 10.5”x12”, xv + 38 pages, plus 25 b/w plates with tissue guards. Original quarter vellum and cloth with leather spine label. Covers quite bright and nice. Contents with moderate foxing to the endsheets and some light foxing on a few interior pages. [31030] $750.00

 

57. Mali, Millicent S. Quimper Faience. Published by the author: 1979. A colorful little survey of this colorful little French faience. Includes notes on makers and illustrations of marks. Softcover. 8”x8.5”, 16 pages, color illustrations. Paper-clip mark and indentation on cover, owner’s blindstamped embossure on title page; light soil. Signed. [30981] $40.00

 

From Columbus to Mt. Rushmore- in glass!

58. Marsh, Tracy H. The American Story Recorded in Glass. Published by the author: 1962. A chronological history of America from 1492, as seen in commemorative pressed glass, much of it rare. The glass illustrates events, personages and places, buildings and other items of note and distinction, making this a tremendously interesting book for the glass and history lover. Lest one think this is just a pictorial survey, Marsh includes a tremendous amount of information on the glass pieces themselves and the stories behind their design and manufacture. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, xxix + 450 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations, dj; jacket rubbed and worn, with a large chip; book with light wear. [30977] $65.00

 

59. Mayuyama, Junkichi (ed.). Chinese Ceramics in the West. A Compendium of Chinese Ceramic Masterpieces in European and American Collection. Tokyo; Mayuyama & Co.: 1960. Mr. Mayuyama visited the United States and Europe many times in the course of running his noted antique business, and had the opportunity to visit some of the most important collections of Chinese ceramics and handle their greatest treasures, as well as obtain pictures of them. From these he selected those he felt represented the hundred best examples and presents them here in a series of beautiful monochrome plates. There is an English introduction as well as English plate captions. Hardcover. 10.5”x12.5”, x + 18 pages, plus 120 b/w plates, slipcase; book fine, case with light wear. [30959] $100.00

 

60. Merritt, Arthur H. The Romance of Old Blue China. Reprinted from the New York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin for October, 1944. An early short essay on American views on historical Staffordshire, with notes on the scenes and potters as well as the collecting of rare views. An uncommon offprint. Softcover. 6.25”x9.5”, 11 pages, 5 b/w illustrations. A very nice copy. [30968] $30.00

 

The desirable Lord Baltimore Press edition-

61. Miller, Edgar G., Jr. American Antique Furniture. A Book for Amateurs. Baltimore; Lord Baltimore Press: 1937. The desirable original Lord Baltimore Press edition of this classic text. Perhaps classic collection of pictures is a better description, as what Miller set out to do was create an encyclopedic survey of American furniture forms and styles down to “about 1840”. In this he succeeded, drawing heavily on many private collections in the Baltimore area as well as other archives. Ames & Ward notes that the Dover softcover reprint of this set has given it a long shelf-life, “longer than it perhaps deserves”, but even they admit that it retains its usefulness as a pictorial resource. Semowich notes that “it is still considered a standard reference book”, whose “usefulness lies in its photographs”, and Homer Eaton Keyes, editor of the Magazine Antiques, praised the book in its Foreword as a good tool to acquiring “the fundamental knowledge essential to a correct stylistic analysis of any reasonably pure example of old-time American furniture”. Keyes went on to tackle one problem with all the pictorial surveys of the era in one of his better flights of literary fancy, noting that “Not without some guile, I believe, Mr. Miller parades a thoroughly democratic furniture group in which high aristocrats of cabinetmaking consort amicably with honest bourgeois types, and even an occasional upstart of uncertain lineage and doubtful integrity is tolerated if his outward demeanor conforms to a certain accepted minimum of propriety”. Nutting has been criticized for the same failing, but not in such velvet-trimmed words. Semowich 1409. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 8.5”x11”, 1,114 pages, 2,115 b/w illustrations; minor soil, some darkening of the endpapers along the gutters. [30997] $125.00

 

62. Molloy, Peter M., et al. Homespun to Factory Made: Woolen Textiles in America, 1776-1876. North Andover; Merrimack Valley Textile Museum: 1977. This is not a catalog of objects but of processes and tools; not textiles, but the machines and tools that created the textiles. The techniques and machinery used for making woolen textiles changed dramatically between 1776 and 1876, as is well illustrated and cogently described in this fine catalog. Softcover. 8.5”x9”, 104 pages, b/w illustrations, light wear, tips bumped. [30962] $40.00

 

63. Myer, Reginald. Chats on Old English Tobacco Jars. London; Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd.: [1930]. A gentle, meandering stroll through the collection of an early tobacco jar enthusiast. Myer had about 150 such containers in his collection at the time, and not only illustrates and describes them as best he can, but also writes about how he collected them, and the history and uses of tobacco boxes. At the end he reprints the rare 1824 book concerning the famous and fabulous Westminster Tobacco Box, including the illustrations from the original publication, and a current photograph as well. Hardcover. 8"x10", xvi + 111 + [14] + [ii] pages; many b/w plates. Covers with some soil, hinges a bit shaken, text browned, as usual; very light wrinkling along the top of the last plates; short stain to edge of rear cover. [30951] $60.00

 

Rings & bracelets & necklaces, oh my!!

64. Official Program- Eighth Annual Convention American National Retail Jewelers Association. Chicago: 1913. An interesting snapshot of the retail jewelry industry on the eve of WWI, mostly seen through the many advertisements in the program. Indeed, the program contains little editorial matter- there are several pages listing the order of events each day, and lists of officers, standing committees and exhibitors, and the rest of the program is devoted to advertisements from manufacturers of jewelry and silverware and others who wished to sell to retail jewelers. Softcover. 7”x10”, 100 pages, b/w illustrations; light wear. [31018] $100.00

 

65. Pinkham, Roger. Catalogue of Pottery of William de Morgan. London; Victoria & Albert Museum: 1973. A wide-ranging exhibition catalog featuring decorative wares, tiles, and design drawings and watercolors, all drawn from the museum’s collections. The catalog is divided into sections covering the early period (the Chelsea and Merton factories), the latter period (Fulham), and tiles. Softcover. 7”x9.5”, 115 pages, 2 color and many b/w illustrations; some cover soil, a little wear. [30983] $60.00

 

66. Rainwater, Dorothy. (ed.). Sterling Silver Holloware. Des Moines; Wallace-Homestead: 1973. Reproductions of pages from the trade catalogs of Samuel Kirk (1849, 51 and 68); Gorham (1888); Gorham Martele (1900); and Unger Bros. (1904). Softcover. 8.5"x11", about 200 pages, b/w illustrations. Light wear, a little soil. [30992] $85.00

 

67. Ransom, P.J.G. The Victorian Railway and How it Evolved. London; Heinemann: 1990. "During the early part of Queen Victoria's reign, railways were a boom industry -young, vigorous and rapidly expanding. Between 1830 and the mid-1860s -the exciting period covered by this book- there evolved the steam railway system of late Victorian and Edwardian times... this fascinating book describes the scene when those railways were new." Based in large part on contemporaneous records and writings, with many illustrations. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 276 pages, b/w illustrations, dj; a near fine copy. [30943] $25.00

 

68. Ray, Dorothy J. Eskimo Art. Tradition and Innovation in North Alaska. Seattle; University of Washington Press: 1977. A well illustrated study of North Alaskan native arts from the first contact with Europeans to the present day. "Dorothy Ray presents the first comprehensive description, analysis and interpretation of all the arts and crafts of north Alaska, from the Saint Michael area to the Alaska-Canada border... the book is illustrated with over 300 photographs". Includes wooden masks and sculptures, carved ivory objects, painting, engraving and graphic art, skin, cloth & fur work, and jewelry, as well as jade, horn, stone, quill, baleen and birchbark. Hardcover. 9"x11", 298 pages, 307 b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear. [30952] $65.00

 

69. [Remensnyder Collection] The John Paul Remensnyder Collection of American Stoneware. Washington; The National Museum of History and Technology: 1979. John Remensnyder spent fifty years assembling a definitive collection of American northeastern stonewares which he then gave to the Smithsonian. This short catalog illustrates 17 examples from the collection and includes an historical essay by Susan Myers. A short but uncommon catalog. Softcover. 8”x8”, 14 pages, 17 b/w illustrations; light wear. [30969] $60.00

 

A whole lotta ice cubes goin’ on ...

70. Sanders, Walter R. Ice Delivery. Chicago; Nickerson & Collins: 1922. “A complete treatise on the subject- dealing with inefficiency and waste in delivery methods - how to remedy them - organization - personnel and duties of employees - operation costs - accounting systems - service - equipment”. A complete guide to how to run a natural ice company. Very uncommon. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 318 pages, plus 6 pages of advertisements. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt titles. A little light soil, but overall a very nice, clean, tight, bright copy. [31025] $250.00

 

71. Scherer, Margaret R., et al. The China Trade and Its Influences. New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1941. A loan exhibition which featured objects from many noted public and private collections. In addition to Scherer's essay, the text includes two essays by Joseph Downs. The objects illustrated include textiles, ceramics, furniture, paintings, prints, fans, metalware, silver, etc. Softcover. 6"x9", 21 pages of text plus 101 b/w illustrations; light soil. [30956] $40.00

 

72. Schorsch, David & Marjorie. Windsor Chairs 1760 to 1830. Americana Catalogue No. 1. Greenwich; Schorsch Inc.: 1982. A well-produced catalog, filled with illustrations and informative notes. Softcover. 8”x10”, 56 pages, many b/w and some color illustrations; light wear. [30964] $60.00

 

73. Schurmann, Ulrich. Caucasian Rugs. A detailed presentation of the art of carpet weaving in the various districts of the Caucasus during the 18th and 19th century. Basingstoke; The Crosby Press: 1974. 3rd printing. A detailed presentation of the art of carpet weaving in the various districts of the Caucasus during the 18th and 19th century. "The most famous book on 19th Century Caucasian rugs with excellent examples" (O'Bannon). O'Bannon 1476. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 359 pages, color illustrations and 142 color plates, dj; light wear. [30957] $350.00

 

74. Seeler, Katherine & Edgar. Nantucket Lightship Baskets. Nantucket; The Deermouse Press: 1972. 2nd edition. The standard study on these popular baskets. Well illustrated, with large b/w plates. Hardcover. 8"x10", 116 pages, 2 color plates, many b/w illustrations. Light soil; a nice copy. [30953] $40.00

 

75. Smith, S.C. Kaines, et al. Catalogue of an Heraldic Exhibition at the City Museum & Art Gallery Birmingham. Birmingham; City Museum & Art Gallery: 1936. Revised edition. A descriptive catalog of a wide-ranging loan exhibition, featuring 1,255 items including silver, enamels & jewelry, pendants & badges, seals, signet rings, orders of chivalry, armorials, pedigrees, grants of arms, manuscripts, bindings, pictures, arms & armor, textiles, carvings, metal work, window & other glass and ceramics. Hardcover. 7.5”x10”, 180 pages, 4 b/w plates; original colorful softcovers bound into blue cloth; cloth unevenly faded and somewhat soiled; contents nice. [30998] $50.00

 

76. Stevens’ Ice Tools Catalog. Toledo; B.A. Stevens Co.: 1907. A pictorially pleasing folding brochure of ice tools made by Stevens, with illustrations and descriptions of tongs, saws, ice plows, scales, axes, creepers, grapples, and markers, and a page devoted to ice-house building. A single sheet, folded 3 times to make 8 “pages” (4 on each side), each page 7”x10.5”. Unfolded the sheet measures 28”x10.5”. It was then folded two more times to fit in the mailing envelope (included). Printed on thin, fragile paper and in very nice condition. [31024] $125.00

 

77. Stokes, Margaret. Early Christian Art in Ireland. Covent Garden; Chapman and Hall: 1887. A study of early Irish illumination, metalwork, and sculpture, with additional material on architecture and Irish scribes in Europe. At this date there was still much confusion and controversy over what constituted early Irish art and its characteristics and origins, and Stokes object here is “not to present a guide to the antiquities of Ireland, but rather to indicate how these antiquities should be approached, so as to draw forth whatever elements of instruction may lie hidden in them for workers in the present day”. Hardcover. 6”x9”, xvi + 210 pages, plus 40 pages of publisher’s advertisements; 105 line illustrations; folding chronological table; publisher’s dark green embossed cloth with gilt spine title; covers with some wear and a little scuffing, spine head slightly torn; inner hinges cracked but tight. [31004] $65.00

 

78. Strickler, Susan E. [and] Otto Wittmann. American Paintings. The Toledo Museum of Art [and] European Paintings. Toledo Museum of Art: 1979 [and] 1976. The complete catalogs of this fine collection. 2 vols. Hardcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 227 pages [and] 396 pages; b/w and some color illustrations; European volume with rubbed and somewhat worn jacket; both volumes with light wear. [30986] $60.00

 

An uncommon Samuel McIntire study-

79. Swan, Mabel M. Samuel McIntire, Carver, and the Sandersons, Early Salem Cabinetmakers. Salem; The Essex Institute: 1934. "Swan was an indefatigable researcher in period documents, and her studies of Massachusetts furniture resulted in the...reattribution of several pieces of furniture... Swan brought to light McIntire's work as a specialist carver in federal-period Salem... She provides an underpinning for the understanding of relationships among craftsmen in the federal period and of the importance of specialists in the creation of regional characteristics" (Ames & Ward). Semowich 433. Uncommon. Hardcover. 6"x9", 44 pages plus 7 b/w plates. Near fine. [30987] $250.00

 

A microcosm of the entire Victorian Revivalist Movement-

80. Thompson, Francis Benjamin, et al. The Universal Decorator. A Complete Guide to Ornamental Design including designs for cabinet makers, wood carvers, metal workers, Birmingham, Sheffield, and the Potteries. Scrolls, Panels, and general ornament. Alphabets, initials and monograms. London; Houlston & Wright: no date (1860). Originally published in parts during the prior several years, the ‘Universal Decorator’ was, as the name implied, intended to introduce designers and workmen to the ornament and designs of the current and prior eras, and acts as a sort of microcosm of the entire Victorian Revivalist Movement. The texts which accompany the hundreds of plates were written by a variety of authors, and some had appeared in such publications as the ‘Athenaeum’, the ‘Builder’, and ‘Building News’.

            Topics range widely- opening the book at random one finds “National Taste in Architecture should be in Accordance with National Feeling”, a lecture by Mr. Burnell, architect; “The Function of Iron in Nature, Art, and Policy” by John Ruskin; “Employment of Electrotype in the Ornamental Arts”; “The Application of Gutta Percha to the Arts”; “Alleged Poisonous Influence of Green Paperhangings coloured with arsenite of copper”; “The Manufacture of Glass in Bohemia”, and so on. The hundreds of colored and black & white plates were prepared by William Gibbs. If you want to lose yourself smack in the middle of the world of the Victorian designer, artist and manufacturer, this is the book to do it with. Hardcover. 9”x11.25”, xi + 512 pages, plus hundreds and hundreds of plates, many printed in colors. Publisher’s brown patterned cloth with gilt titles, gilt cover vignette, and elaborately gilt-decorated spine. Rebacked, with new endpapers. A little soil and spotting, but a clean, tight, bright copy. [31027] $650.00

 

81. Thurber, Charles. A Heart-Offering to the Memory of The Loved and The Lost. Boston; Press of Geo. C. Rand: 1853. An interesting group of Victorian mourning verses, divided into three parts. The first group deals with the author’s wife, Lucinda Allen Thurber, and the second and third parts contain poems associated with the sickness and death of their young daughter Helen and several other young relatives. Thurber [1803-1886] of Worcester, Massachusetts, was a teacher, firearms manufacturer and a prolific writer and poet who contributed any number of odes and other pieces for a variety of events and ceremonies. He wrote several volumes on the death of his child and a young niece. He is also remembered today as the inventor of one of the first mechanical typewriting machines. Hardcover. 4.75”x7.5”, 259 pages, portrait frontispiece. Publisher’s black embossed cloth with a blindstamped vignette of a funeral urn on a plinth surrounded by a wreath on the front and back covers; gilt spine title. Covers a bit worn, spine head pulled, a little minor internal foxing and soil. [31010] $175.00

 

82. Thwing, Leroy. Old Lamps of Central Europe and other Lighting Devices. Rutland; Charles Tuttle Co. for the Rushlight Club: 1963. This fine study is based on a 1905 German study by Ladislaus Elder von Benesch. Thwing reproduces most of the plates from that work and adds new commentary and research of his own. The pairing of von Benesch's plates with Thwing's more recent scholarship makes this a very useful and valuable resource. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", xii + 33 pages of text plus 48 b/w plates; line illustrations in the text. Light soil, pages a bit ‘waved’, jacket lightly worn. [30955] $100.00

 

83. Vallentin, James. One Hundred & Eight Engravings From Antique Gems in the possession of various Collectors. Walthamstow: 1863. This is a very singular book, indeed. "The plates were formerly the property of the Grace Family but now belong to James Vallentin, who publishes them for his friends to whom they are respectfully presented". The plates were in fact from Thomas Worlidge's 18th century book, "A Select Collection of Drawings from Curious Antique Gems; most of them in the possession of the nobility and gentry of this kingdom; etched after the manner of Rembrandt". Sinkankas devotes a long entry to the history and confusing bibliographic description of Worlidge's original work, which was printed on satin, without any text, in 1768 and then reissued with text in 1780 (still bearing the 1768 date). It has long been noted that Worlidge’s etchings were not strictly accurate representations of the engraved gems he illustrates, but many scholars have viewed this mannerism by the artist as creating a charming and very period piece of art in itself. The Grace family republished the plates in a private edition in 1823, as noted by Sinkankas, but Sinkankas, that most comprehensive of bibliographers, evidently never saw a copy of this 1863 private edition, nor ever heard of it. There is a single copy located on OCLC. A rare work. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", title page plus 108 etched plates; original coarse cloth with gilt title; a little cover wear and rubbing, contents with a little minor soil, several slight splits in the cloth along the spine, but overall a very nice copy. [30942] $750.00

 

Some of the Deco styling is way out there...

84. Vanicky [Art Deco Furniture Trade Catalog] Czechoslovakia, 1930s. An intriguing illustrated design portfolio of leather- and fabric-covered armchairs, ottomans and sofas, a few of them “traditional”, but most either in elegant Art Deco or dramatic Deco and Jazz-Age styles, with Deco-pattern upholstery. Some of the Deco styling is way out there... With the exception of “Vanicky” on the cover, there is no text. Hardcover. 9”x6”, 32 b/w plates. Original red cloth; covers with some soil and a few light stains; endpapers lightly soiled, tips thumbed, etc. [31021] $250.00

 

85. Victorian Silverplated Holloware. Princeton; The Pyne Press: 1972. Selections from the Rogers Brothers 1857 catalog, the Meriden Britannia 1867 catalog, and the Derby Silver Co. 1883 catalog. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 156 pages, b/w illustrations. Light wear. [30993] $60.00

 

An important and influential survey of public and private art collections in early Victorian England -

86. Waagen, Dr. [Gustav]. Treasures of Art in Great Britain: Being an account of the chief collections of paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated mss., &c, &c. [with the] Supplement. London; John Murray: 1854 & 1857. An important and influential survey of public and private art collections in early Victorian England, focusing on paintings, drawings, sculpture and manuscripts. Waagen had written an earlier, shorter version of the work after a visit to Britain in 1835, but this, the more useful edition, was updated, re-written, and re-focused for an English audience. Waagen [1794-1868] was the Director of the Berlin Museum and an influential art historian. A friend of Charles Eastlake, Waagen was a great believer in art education and accessible art museums for the working classes, and the testimony he supplied to a Parliamentary Committee on this subject in 1835 eventually helped lead to the founding of the South Kensington (Victoria & Albert) Museum. Hardcover. 4 vols. 6”x9”, lx + 430 pages; v + 403 pages; vi + 486 pages; vii + 560 pages. Publisher’s red and black patterned cloth with gilt spine titles; covers with light wear, spine heads with minor short tears, volume hinges cracked and a bit loose, otherwise a nice, clean set. Each volume includes the handsome armorial bookplate of Joseph Jones, possibly the wealthy iron manufacturer. [31000] $650.00

 

87. Wainwright, Nicholas B. Colonial Grandeur in Philadelphia. The House and Furniture of General John Cadwalader. Philadelphia; Historical Society of Pennsylvania: 1964. The carefully documented story of how a great Philadelphia mansion was decorated and furnished in Colonial times. General Cadwalader's house was said to have been one of the grandest and most magnificent in the city, and scores of Philadelphia master craftsmen created furnishings and decorations for it. An unprecedented number of original documents, bills, and other correspondence concerning its building, furnishing and ultimate dispersal have survived, and provide an enlightening and important glimpse of the 18th century. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 169 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w, dj. Jacket with slight wear, small tears. [30996] $100.00

 

A wonderful Viennese trade catalog of fine gold and silver pocket watches-

88. [Watches & Jewelry] C.A. Wolf. Uhren-Grosshandlung Gold- u. Silberwaren en Gros. Wien; 1909. A wonderful Viennese trade catalog of fine gold and silver pocket watches, gold chains, gold and silver jewelry and rings with semi-precious stones and some enamels, and fancy German wall clocks. The gold watches and cases, with Swiss works, are especially noteworthy. The styles are traditional late-Victorian/Edwardian, with the influence of a little Art Nouveau wafting through here and there. Each section includes color plates -an elegant and interesting catalog. Hardcover, 6.25”x9.5”, 132 pages, including 40 pages in color, the remainder with b/w illustrations. Publisher’s tan boards with gold design and lettering; covers somewhat soiled and a bit worn around the edges; a little internal soil, a few page creases, but overall a nice copy. [31020] $375.00

 

89. Williams, Howard Y. Gaudy Welsh China. Des Moines; Wallace Homestead: 1978. A wonderful little study of this 19th century china, including a history of its development, illustrations of patterns, information on the potters and their histories, and more! Softcover. 9"x8", 130 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Corner crease, general light wear, owner’s blindstamped embossure on title page. [30980] $150.00

 

90. Wyler, Seymour B. The Book of Sheffield Plate, including Victorian Plate. New York; Bonanza Books: 1960s. A fine, well illustrated study. This volume includes Victorian plate, a subject largely ignored by earlier writers, including a very interesting section of marks on Victorian plate. Hardcover. 7"x10", 188 pages, numerous b/w illustrations and marks, dj. Lightly rubbed and worn jacket. [30991] $35.00

 

 

And now, A SELECTION OF NEW BOOKS-

JUST PUBLISHED-

91. Copeland, Robert. Parian. Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 2007. “Parian - a high-quality, unglazed porcelain - was developed in the early 1840s by Copeland & Garrett, which was the first company to exhibit it in 1845. Its purpose was to provide small sculptures for the public at a time when full size marble statues were gracing the homes of wealthy people. Examples exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition stimulated the demand initiated by the Art Union of London in 1845 and promoted further in the next forty years by other Art Unions. ‘Parian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain’ tells this fascinating story in detail. The debate in the columns of the Staffordshire Advertiser as to which firm was the first to introduce Parian is also examined here in detail. The book goes on to describe the manufacturing processes of mold-making and the casting of the figures. Also included is a comprehensive catalogue of Copeland’s productions of statuettes, groups and portrait busts.” Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 352 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj. New. [90237] $89.50

 

JUST PUBLISHED-

92. Peill, James & The Knight of Glin. Irish Furniture. New Haven; Yale University Press: 2007. “This lavishly illustrated and comprehensive volume provides a detailed survey-encompassing everything from medieval choir stalls to magnificent drawing-room suites for the great houses-from earliest times to the end of the eighteenth century. The first part of the book presents a chronological history, illustrated with superb examples of Irish furniture and interior carving. In a lively text, the Knight of Glin and James Peill consider a broad range of topics, including a discussion of the influence of Irish craftsmen in the colonies of America. The second part of the book is a fascinating pictorial catalogue of different types of surviving furniture, including chairs, stools, baroque sideboards, elegant tea and games tables, bookcases, and mirrors. The book also features an index of Irish furniture-makers and craftsmen of the eighteenth century, compiled from Dublin newspaper advertisements and other contemporary sources. Hardcover. 10”x12”, 352 pages, 100 b/w and 400 color illustrations, dj. New. [90238] $125.00

 

and more new books-

93. Barnhill, Georgia B., et al, [eds.]. The Cultivation of Artists in Nineteenth-Century America. Worcester; American Antiquarian Society: 1997. “This collection of essays published by the American Antiquarian Society brings the role of history back into exploring how young people began and developed as artists in the nineteenth century. The contributors' work reveals the relationship between art education in public schools and training opportunities in the trade. Because many middle and lower-class students could not afford to go to Europe for training and study, many took on employment in the shops of commercial pictorial printmakers and publishers during this time. This provided an alternative entry to art education. Some of these essays examine how various 19th-century businesses offered training opportunities to those wanting to pursue art. The essays here cover topics including engraving, lithography, drawing, sheet music, chromolithography, wood engraving, alternatives to art school, educating designers for industry and art museum schools. Hardcover. 6.5”x9.5”, 226 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90239] $32.50

 

94. 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

 

95. 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

 

96. Beckerdite, Luke (ed.). American Furniture 2006. Chipstone Foundation: 2006. Features articles on: Peter Scott, Cabinetmaker of Williamsburg; Robert and William Walker: Scottish Design and Colonial Virginia Furniture, 1730-1775; The Furniture of Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1740-1820; The Careers and Work of William and Washington Tuck; Thomas Constantine & Co.’s Furniture for the United States Capitol, 1818-1819; also book reviews. Card covers. 8.5”x11”, 255 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90225] $60.00

 

97. [Berlin Catalog] Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin. Martino Publishing: 2001. A facsimile re-issue of both volumes (in one volume) of the famous “Berlin Catalog”, “arguably the most important bibliography of books on the decorative arts... indispensable for reference with prints, decorative arts and early architecture books.” Originally published in 1939, The Berlin Catalogue is a classified bibliography of 5,343 16th, 17th and 18th century illustrated books dealing with ornament, architecture, handicrafts, interior decoration, plastic arts, painting, calligraphy and printing arts. Hardcover. 6”x9”, 782 pages. New. [90222] $85.00

 

98. Boor, John W., et al. Philadelphia Empire Furniture. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006. “This volume looks closely for the first time at Philadelphia Empire furniture and the development of decorative arts in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1840. The authors explore Neo-Classicism, contemporary history of Philadelphia, the emergence of Greek-Revival architecture, and the cabinetmakers of Philadelphia Empire furniture. The furniture illustrated comes from various sources, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Atheneum of Philadelphia, the Winterthur Museum in Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The White House Historical Association, and from many private collections.” Hardcover. 9.5”x12.5”, 596 pages, 495 color and 126 b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90232] $140.00

 

99. 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. New. [90231] $20.00

 

100. Butler, Joseph T., et al. The American Eagle. Spirit and Symbol, 1782-1882. Katonah Museum of Art: 1988. “Symbol of the Republic, America’s ubiquitous eagle surfaced in many places, enhancing furniture, household items, architecture, military artifacts, coins, broadsides, posters, and more. Its appearance reflected popular culture, and its representation mirrored changing aesthetics. The catalogue includes a sampling of the exhibition with black-and-white illustrations. Curator Joseph T. Butler, Curator and Director of Collections at Historic Hudson Valley, Tarrytown, NY, writes about the eagle in the American decorative arts, while Philip M. Isaacson, author of The American Eagle, offers an anecdotal discussion of the history of the eagle as an American symbol.” Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 16 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90230] $12.00

 

101. Cummins, Genevieve. Antique Boxes -Inside and Out. For Eating, Drinking and Being Merry, Work, Play and the Boudoir. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2006. All right boxing fans, have we got a book for you! You really have to see this book to believe it. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s packed with fantastic antique boxes- boxes for eating, drinking, “being merry” (oh my), work boxes, alms boxes, boxes for play, hobbies, sewing, gaming, knives, tea, salt, betel boxes, cricket boxes, hat boxes, writing boxes, perfume boxes -if somebody put it in a box, the box is here. And Cummins is not only concerned with outward appearances- one of the most valuable aspects of this book is that most of the boxes are also shown opened- with their original, or nearly original, contents. “Boxes are beguiling,” the jacket says, “because they can have the double delight of an enticing exterior and the anticipation and satisfaction of a fully fitted interior.” There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had from this book. Hardcover. 9.5”x12”, 439 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90166] $69.50

 

102. Cuthbertson, Stuart & John C. Ewers. A Preliminary Bibliography on the American Fur Trade. Mansfield Centre; Martino Publishing: 2002. “A facsimile of the 1939 edition published by the National Park Service, one of the few book-length efforts to treat the subject. The Fur Trade flourished for about 250 years after the arrival of the Europeans, a time which can be roughly divided into three sections, the "French Era" from 1600 to 1760, the "British Era" from 1760 to 1816, and the "American Era" from 1816 to 1850. By 1850 it all had mostly come to an end. This bibliography includes 2000 items and was originally published in mimeograph sheets for distribution to institutions and interested parties. Hardcover. 7”x9”, 191 pages. New. [90240] $65.00

 

103. Cutten, George Barton & E. Milby Burton. South Carolina Silversmiths and Silversmiths of North Carolina. Savannah; The Oglethorpe Press: 1998. This valuable reference reissues two important books on Southern silver. Burton’s ‘South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860’ was first published in 1942, and was a primary, and one of the first, studies of Southern silver. Burton identifies and includes information on 320 silversmiths, arranged by community. There is a short section of Negro silversmiths in 18th and early 19th century Charleston, with a discussion of slave craftsmen and brief notes on 4 who were identified. Cutten’s “North Carolina Silversmiths” remains a cornerstone study of these craftsmen. Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 429 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90144] $30.00

 

104. Cutten, George Barton. The Silversmiths of Georgia, together with watchmakers & jewelers - 1733 to 1850. Savannah; The Oglethorpe Press: 1998. First published in a limited edition in 1958, this was one of Cutten's more ambitious works, and for many years also one of his scarcest books. The smiths are listed by locality, and the names are then listed alphabetically in the Index. This new edition has new material in the form of Katharine Farnham & Callie Efird’s 1971 Magazine Antiques article “Early Silversmiths and the Silver Trade in Georgia”, and previously unpublished marks. Hardcover. 6”x9.5”, 166 pages, b/w illustration, some marks. New. [90143] $25.00

 

105. Dearborn, Mona L. Anson Dickinson. The Celebrated Miniature Painter, 1779-1852. Hartford; Connecticut Historical Society: 1983. The definitive catalog of this noted miniaturist’s work. After Malbone, Dickinson was one of America’s leading miniaturists, and he was called “the best miniature painter in New York City” by William Dunlap. This catalog illustrates and meticulously describes the 94 miniatures which were included in the exhibition, and also contains a transcript of Dickinson’s surviving workbook which lists some 1,500 sitters. There is also a biography of Dickinson, an essay about his known surviving trade cards, and an extensive and useful bibliography. Softcover. 4”x6.5”, 187 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90134] $14.95

 

106. 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

 

107. 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

 

108. 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

 

109. Filby, P.W. & Edward G. Howard. Star-Spangled Books. Books, Sheet Music, Newspapers, Manuscripts, and Persons Associated with ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. Baltimore; Maryland Historical Society: 1972. Limited to 1200 copies. The Maryland Historical Society holds one of the world's best collections of printed and manuscript material related with the song, "The Star-Spangled Banner." In 1969 the Society mounted an extensive exhibit, based not only on its own materials, but loaned items as well, and this catalogue includes not only items that were on display but those believed unusually important or interesting. This work contains a general background, details of the writing and printing of the poem, analysis of the text, examination of the musical vehicle for the poem, bibliographical descriptions of printed materials, and descriptions of sheet music, manuscripts, graphics, and miscellaneous exhibits. Hardcover. 8.5”x10.5”, 175 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90242] $55.00

 

110. 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 and meticulously described 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

 

111. Gibson, Michael. 19th Century Lustreware. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 1999. Lustreware is so popular- you’d think there would be more books on it. In this volume one of the foremost experts on lustreware provides a wealth of detail on the history of lusterware, its decoration and manufacturers. Gibson “incorporates all the latest research into his text, in some cases re-thinking of previously held theories... the techniques of lustring are described in some detail and there is a comprehensive coverage of the companies and personalities involved in its manufacture." Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 191 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90164] $89.50

 

112. 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. This loan exhibition of Georgia "plain" furniture of the period 1820-1860 was the result of five years of painstaking work; 2,000 pieces of furniture were studied before the final 126 were chosen. Each piece is carefully described and illustrated, and there is an introduction which explains the development of Georgia, her cabinetmakers, and their furniture. In addition to the furniture the organizers turned up a wealth of information on individual Georgia cabinetmakers, and this information is also presented here. 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

 

113. Hamilton, Martha Wilson. Silver in the Fur Trade, 1680-1820. Chelmsford; Martha Hamilton Publishing: 1995. An important examination of North American Indian trade silver, with discussion of First Nations, American, British, Dutch and French trading patterns, an analysis of forms, and all the known Indian trade silver makers’ marks and biographies of the silversmiths. Profusely illustrated and thoroughly researched, this is an essential reference work. Softcover. 8.5”x10”, 236 pages, b/w and color illustrations, marks; near fine. [90146] $45.00

 

114. Hannavy, John. Case Histories. The Packaging and Presentation of the Photographic Portrait in Victorian Britain, 1840-1875. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors Club: 2005. “The cased photographic portrait was fashionable in Britain from the early 1840s to the end of the 1860s. There grew up around it a considerable industry supplying everything from simple leather covered cases to sophisticated creations in molded thermoplastic. In this book, the author looks at the photographic portrait from daguerreotypes to carte-de-visite, and at the range of cases in which they were marketed. Lavishly illustrated.” Hardcover. 10.5”x8.5”, mostly color illustrations, dj. New. [90226] $49.50

 

115. Hollan, Catherine B. In the Neatest, Most Fashionable Manner: Three Centuries of Alexandria Silver. Alexandria; The Lyceum Company: 1994. The catalog to the Lyceum Company’s loan exhibition of the work of Alexandria, Virginia silversmiths over the last 300 years. The catalog describes each of the 161 pieces in the exhibition and illustrates almost all of them, with photographs of many marks also included. There are essays on Alexandria silver and silversmiths and the ownership of silver in Alexandria, as well as a list of all identified Alexandria silversmiths, clock and watchmakers, jewelers and engravers working prior to 1899. Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 189 pages, b/w illustrations; marks. New. [90133] $29.95

 

116. Hunter, Robert (ed.). Ceramics in America -2006. Hanover; Chipstone Foundation: 2006. A selection of essays on ceramical subjects, including ceramics representations of Uncle Tom’s Cabin; commemorative wares in George Washington’s hometown; ceramics at Hampton, Maryland; dated examples of pottery by the slave-potter “Dave”; African-American face jugs; 17th -century tobacco pipe production in the Chesapeake region; J. Palin Thorley (1892-1987), potter; Dutch maritime tiles; a Yankee jug in Dixie; early examples of American architectural terracotta in Charleston, South Carolina; many more! Also contains book reviews and a checklist of recently published books and articles on ceramics in America. Card covers. 8.5”x11”, xiii + 336 pages, color and b/w illustrations. New. [90220] $60.00

 

117. Ketchum, William C., et al. The Board Game: America at Play, 1845-1945. Katonah Museum of Art: 1992. “The imaginative format and animated graphics of this catalogue resemble a board game, even to the “spinner” on its cover. In his essay, curator William C. Ketchum discusses the artistry of board games, and how the history and culture of America is reflected in these pastimes. The development of lithography in the mid-19th century made mass production practical and provided the technology to decorate box covers with colorful illustrations and lively graphics. Softcover, 7.5”x7.5”, 16 pages, color illustrations; folds-out accordion style. New. [90228] $10.00

 

118. Lugt, Frits. Les Marques de Collections de Dessins & d’Estampes. Mansfield Centre; Martino Publishing: 2002. A facsimile of the 1921 Amsterdam edition. “This is a standard reference for all collectors of drawings and engravings, that includes a wealth of information on dealers, collectors, museums, and sales, with more than 3000 illustrations of collector's marks. Marques Estampiles et Ecrites de Collections Particulieres et Publiques. Marques de Marchands, de Monteurs et d'Imprimeurs. Cachets de Vente d'Artistes Decedes. Marques de Graveurs Apposees Apres le Tirage des Planches. Timbres d'edition etc. Hardcover. 7.5”x9”, 596 pages. New. [90241] $80.00

 

119. McConnell, Andy. The Decanter. An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2004. I’ve always had a soft spot for decanters and collected a few myself, but I think even if I didn’t I would love this book. It’s simply gorgeous. It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s loaded with pictures, not only photographs in stunning color, but many period woodcuts and other miscellaneous pictures of decanters in the 18th and 19th centuries. McConnell, who spent seven years on this book and illustrates 2,250 examples in it, leaves no stone untouched and no stopper stopped. If there is anything about English and European decanters and their history, makers, designs and lore that is not here, well... you won’t miss it. There is also an extensive and valuable bibliography which includes a really extensive and valuable listing of periodical materials. A breathtaking book. Just don’t drop it on your foot- it weighs about ten pounds. Hardcover. 9”x11”, 575 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj; bibliography. [90161] $89.50

 

120. Nagler, G.K., et al. Die Monogrammisten und Diejenigen Bekannten und Unbekannten Kunstler aller Schulen, welche sich zur Bezeichnung ihrer Werke eines Figurlichen Zeichens, der Initialen des Namens, der Abbreviatur Desselben, &c. Mansfield Centre; Martino Publishing. Originally published between 1858 and 1879, this is the standard work on artists' monograms with over 30,000 monogram facsimiles. An unsurpassed reference work of permanent value, it is an indispensable tools to identify artists who signed themselves only by their monogram or similar device. Nagler begins by giving an exact facsimile of the monogram(s); this is followed by the artist's name, his biography and then a list of his works. This edition also includes an index of artist names bound at the end of the fifth volume. 5 volumes. Hardcover. 7”x9.25”, xxviii, 1088 + viii, 1121 + iv, 1143 + 1155 + 436 + (Index:) iv, 109 pages; b/w illustrations. New. [90234] $475.00

 

121. Pickford, Ian. Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 2002. Revised edition. “Sir Charles Jackson’s ‘English Goldsmiths and Their Marks’ has long been the classic reference book on British antique silver hallmarks. This major new edition been extensively updated with over 10,000 corrections and an enormous amount of entirely new material. This revision will reconfirm Jackson’s status as the bible for all antique silver enthusiasts”. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 766 pages, 400 b/w illustrations and 15,000 marks, dj. New. [90177] $99.50

 

122. Powers, Steven S. North American Burl Treen. Colonial & Native American. Private published: 2005. A scholarly, well illustrated book on a sadly under-studied subject. This book selects and examines nearly 200 objects from private and museum collections, and illustrates them in more than 250 color photographs. Chapters include- American Colonial Burl Bowls; The Patten Family; The Covered Burl Bowl; The Burl Mortar; Assorted Burl Treen; Burl Effigy Bowls of the Woodland Indians; Native American Burl Bowls; Native American Burl Effigy Ladles, Paddles and Scoops; Atlantic White Cedar Burl of the Abenaki; and much more! Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 208 pages, 260 color illustrations, dj. New. [90149] $125.00

 

123. Rickard, Jonathan. Mocha and related dipped wares, 1770-1939. Hanover; University Press of New England: 2006. This is a colorful explosion of a book, packed with beautiful photographs that vividly capture the colors and wild designs on this distinctive pottery. But it's not all photos- author Jonathan Rickard provides a mighty and solid text to back up the illustrations, exploring the history, makers and styles of these ceramics in England, America and France. Long thought of as a Victorian ceramic, Rickard shows that the style actually dates from the late 18th century. There are many chapters exploring the various patterns and decorating techniques, and the book finishes off with a chapter on the potters and potteries of Mocha and their marks. An exuberant, important study of an under-documented type of pottery. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 178 pages, profusely illustrated in color and b/w, dj; bibliography. New. [90157] $65.00

 

124. Rowan, Michelle. Nineteenth Century Cameos. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2004. “Until now, there has been no book available which explains the characters and scenes depicted on nineteenth century cameos, inspired by Greek and Roman mythology. Michele Rowan, a long-established cameo dealer and collector, has produced a fascinating guide to help the reader identify these mythological subjects, and to explain their significance in Victorian times.” Hardcover. 8”x9.5”, 134 pages, 129 color illustrations, dj. New. [90186] $49.50

 

125. Salter, John. Sauce Labels, 1750-1950. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors’ Club: 2002. Silver sauce labels first became popular in the 1750s, and quickly gained a place on any well-appointed dinner table. This is the first detailed work on the subject of silver labels to adorn cruets - soy, vinegar and pickle bottles in the frame. Profusely illustrated and well-documented, this careful study will enthuse the glass-lover, silver collector and student of dining history. Packed with photos of labels as well as old illustrations from vintage cookbooks and housekeeping manuals, this is a reference that has enough spice for the most adventurous of palates. Hardcover. 8.5”x12”, 179 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj; annotated. New. [90167] $99.00

 

126. Salter, John. Wine Labels 1730-2003. A Worldwide History. Woodbridge; Antique Collector’s Club: 2005. This is the first comprehensive study of wine labels to be published since 1947, and it will become the standard study of the subject for decades to come. Written with the help of members of the Wine Label Circle, who have contributed to the text in accordance with their own specialist expertise, it explores the history of the development of not only the labels themselves, but also of the great collections. It examines the makers, places of manufacture and styles, and covers all sorts of labels, including silver, silver plate, gold, china, pottery, paktong, enamel, bone, aluminum, celluloid, brass, tin, gilt, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, fabric, and other types of labels. A large, heavily illustrated, simply superb study. Hardcover. 8.5”x11” 600 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90145] $150.00

 

127. Simon, Andre L. Bibliotheca Vinaria. A Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Dealing with Viticulture, Wine-Making, Distillation, the Management, Sale, Taxation, Use and Abuse of Wines and Spirits. Martino Publishing. A facsimile reprint of the original 1913 limited edition, which listed over 6,500 items. “Simon is one of the most famous of bibliographers in the field of gastronomy, and his Biblioteca Vinaria is one of the most important works in the subfield of books relating to wine and spirits.” Hardcover. 6”x9”, viii 340 pages. New. [90221] $60.00

 

128. Smith, Yvonne Brault. John Haley Bellamy. Carver of Eagles. Portsmouth Marine Society: 1982. John Haley Bellamy [1836-1914] was one of America’s best-known woodcarvers, and the phrase “Bellamy eagle” will always cause folk art enthusiasts heart to beat faster. Creator of the famous “Lancaster” eagle and many more distinctive, vibrant carvings, Bellamy was a gifted craftsman. His personal life did not mirror the beauty of his creations, and he led an often troubled, restless life, toiling long days for meager wages. This well-illustrated study remains the definitive study of his life and work. Softcover. 7”x10”, 103 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90187] $20.00

 

129. 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

 

130. Taunton, Nerylla. Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries. Woodbridge; Antique Collectors Club: 2007. A comprehensive, beautifully illustrated examination of needlework tools from the seventeenth century to the Edwardian era. From 17th century sewing kits and Georgian boxes to Victorian work tables and all sorts of other wonderful things, this is an extravaganza for the needlework tool enthusiast. First published in 1997. Hardcover. 8.5”x11”, 216 pages, many color and several b/w illustrations, dj. New. [90227] $49.50

 

131. Trigt, Jan Van. Cutlery. From Gothic to Art Deco. The J. Hollander Collection. Pandora: 2003. There are no words to adequately describe the 534 sets of antique cutlery illustrated and described here. I’m not sure how anyone could eat while holding such objects- you’d just sit there, staring at the intricate details and wonderful carving or enamel or engraved work. One might literally starve while attempting to dine. There are knives and forks with handles of carved bone and ivory, decorated porcelain, gleaming enamels, chased, gilt or engraved silver, handles of coral and agate and other semi-precious stones, traveling cutlery of brass or mother-of-pearl... there are heads, stags, flowers, scrolls, bears, priests, angels, buxom women and bearded sages. There may even be buxom sages, I’ve lost track. Published at the time of the exhibition of the Hollander Collection at the Design Museum of Ghent in 2003. Essential for the lover of silver, and cutlery. Essential even if you don’t love cutlery. It’s that good. Hardcover. 10”x12”, 298 pages, color illustrations, dj; bibliography. New. [90168] $75.00

 


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