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Faune & Flore Exotiques dans l'Art Paris Le Louvre des Antiquaires: 1983. The catalog to an exhibition of 19th and 20th century sculptures of exotic animals and several prints of exotic fauna. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 17 pages, black & white illustrations. Covers worn, creased, some soil.

Inventory #: 34596
Price: $ 25.00       




Audran, Gerard. Les Proportions du Corps Human, Mesurees sur les plus belles Figures de l'Antiquite. Paris Chez Joubert: 1801. A reissue of the 1683 edition. Gerard Audran [1640-1701] came from an artistic family in Lyon and was taught engraving by his father, Claude. He worked for Le Brun in Paris, and gained favor with the patron J. B. Colbert, through whose efforts he was appointed engraver to Louis XIV. This work is an interesting study of ideal human proportions for artists, based on ancient sculpture he studied while in Rome. Hardcover. 10.5"x16", title page, 4 pages of text, 1 page advertisement, and 30 engraved plates. Bound in old marbled boards with a plain leather spine, covers with some wear. Pages lightly age-toned, title page with some soil, a small hole near the margin. Some 2 chips to the edge of Plate 27 (not affecting text or image), light stain runs across the top of most of the plates.

Inventory #: 33452
Price: $ 375.00       




Baumgartner, Eric W. A Marvellous Repose. American Neo-Classical Sculpture, 1825-1876. New York Hirschl & Adler Galleries: 1996. A beautifully photographed exhibition featuring the sculpture of Hiram Powers, William Henry Rinehart, William Wetmore Story, and others. The essay by Eric Baumgartner and the catalog entries describing each piece are enjoyable and informative. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 47 pages, color and b/w illustrations near fine.

Inventory #: 31402
Price: $ 40.00       




Bleier, Paul & Meta. John Rogers Statuary. Schiffer Publishing: 2001. "The clay and plaster statuary groups made by John Rogers (1829-1904) from 1859 until after 1888 were so appealing in late Victorian America that "scarcely a family of reasonable means and taste did not possess one." He portrayed ordinary, everyday, urban and rural people doing ordinary, everyday things. Thereby, he offered an unrivaled transcript of the manners, sports, amusements, social customs, domestic interests, costumes, and even modes of furnishing for the period. He made statues of Civil War soldiers, family groups, literary topics, theater scenes, and historical figures from eight to forty-six inches tall. This book chronicles each Rogers group with a photograph, size, patent or design date, and pertinent anecdotes. It will be useful today as a reference for interpreting life in Victorian America and today's collectors will covet the pictures, personal letters, advertising, and social commentary presented in the text. The Rogers statuary reflects the lives of our common ancestors of the late nineteenth century." Softcover. 6"x9", 256 pages, black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90382
Price: $ 29.95       




Breck, Joseph. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Collection of Sculptures by Auguste Rodin. New York MMA: 1913. 1000 copies printed. A reissue of material originally contained in the Met's 'Bulletin', with additional text in the form of "extracts from an essay on Auguste Rodin and his French critics reprinted from the Edinburgh Review". Softcover. 5.75"x8.75", 44 pages, b/w illustrations. Some soil and wear, especially around the edges, spine base slightly torn. A few pencil notes. Rather fragile.

Inventory #: 31251
Price: $ 50.00       




Casson, Stanley. Some Modern Sculptors. London Oxford University Press: 1928. An attempt not to survey the whole of modern sculpture, but rather certain key portions. Casson begins with Rodin and others of the classical form, wends his way through Mestrovic and Rosandic, examines Eric Gill and Gaudier-Brzeska, and then concludes with Jacob Epstein and "Dramatic" sculpture. Stanley Casson (1889-1944) was a multi-talented art scholar and army officer who read Classical Archaeology at Oxford, served as Assistant Director of the British School at Athens, Special Lecturer in Art at Bristol University, and was Director of British Academy Excavations at Constantinople in 1928-1929. His publications include numerous articles and books on the subject of Classical Antiquities. He also had two distinguished war records, starting the First World War as an officer with an infantry regiment in the trenches of Flanders before becoming part of the British Salonika Force in 1916 and finally serving on the General Staff in 1918. His war poems, written in the Flanders mud, are now part of the War Poetry Collection at Napier University in Edinburgh. Starting in 1939 he again served the British government in Holland, and later transferred to Greece where he was serving as a liaison officer when he was killed in an airplane crash in 1944. This interesting association copy was owned by Francis Henry Taylor (!903-1957), and includes three typewritten letters written to Taylor by Casson, on New College, Oxford letterheads, from the early 1930s. A former Curator of Medieval Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Taylor was Director of the Worcester Art Museum at about the time of these letters, and eventually became Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first letter simply greets him and extends Casson's admiration for an article that Taylor wrote on Greek sculpture the other two were evidently written after Taylor had taken a trip to London and the two had become friends. A few excerpts give a general idea of the scholarly goings on: [Aug 7th] "I enjoyed that evening in London more than I have enjoyed anything in this country for a very long time. My only sorrow is that I cannot give the return party to you here... How precisely I got home after you had decanted me from the taxi I cannot say. By strange luck I got into the right train and there remained semi-comatose until Oxford. Again Heaven aided and there was actually a taxi at the station... Meantime I suggest a good line of research would be to find out if Miss [R] keeps a stature of Hermes in her bedroom... By the way, Wilenski has just written a crazy book on "Modern Sculpture" that I find would serve as an admirable whipping post for discussing the ultra-modern coprolite-sculptors... Eric Gill, whom I saw on Sunday after our carouse, is commissioned to do some 150 full size figures on a new cathedral at Guildford in Surrey. He is getting together a band and going to do it in the real mediaeval manner (I mean as regards the organisation)." [Nov 2, 1932] "As to the statue, actually I see no reason to doubt it and it really is a scoop... but there will be Hells own row in Greece and someone will get the permanent push in Athens. I cant imagine how on earth they get such things out without being spotted. ... Meantime if in due course I can come over your way, as you suggest, I feel little doubt that I shall see U.S.A. a bit more from the right viewpoint than most of the many academics that sour the atmosphere of your genial land. Gawd, what stiffs we do send you sometimes!". A superlative association copy. Hardcover. 7"x10", 119 pages, plus 40 b/w plates covers lightly faded, some general wear.

Inventory #: 5253
Price: $ 200.00       




Curtis, Gregory. Disarmed. The Story of the Venus de Milo. New York Alfred A. Knopf: 2003. "The Venus de Milo is both a great work of art and a popular icon, and from the moment of her discovery in 1820 by a French naval ensign, she has been an object of aesthetic and archeological controversy. Using memoirs, letters, and official accounts, Gregory Curtis introduces readers to Venus as she was unearthed by a farmer, digging for marble building blocks on the Aegean island of Melos at the moment a young officer and amateur archeologist looking for classical relics happened by. Curtis tells how the island's elders fought with their Turkish overlords over who owned Venus, and how the French pressed their claim, outwitting other suitors to bring her to the Louvre, where she became an immediate celebrity. Curtis's depiction of Europe in the early 19th century, caught in the grip of a classical art mania, reveals just how far the Louvre was prepared to go to prove it had the greatest classical find of the era, and how the French scholar Salomon Reinach and the German Adolf Furtw_ngler battled over the statue's origins and authenticity for decades. Curtis also presents competing theories about the statue's original appearance." Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 247 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published at 24.00.

Inventory #: 95029
Price: $ 12.50       




Dunlap, William. History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States. New York George P. Scott and Co.: 1834. There is not much need to pontificate at length upon the extreme importance of Dunlap's book -it remains an invaluable reference for the student of American painters, sculptors and miniaturists, and is the granddaddy of all other historical surveys of the American arts, and in many ways the foundation upon which all subsequent studies have been based. If Dunlap had not recorded this information much, if not most, of it would have been irretrievably lost before other researchers got around to caring about the subject at the end of the nineteenth century. A much-revised and very useful second edition was edited by Frank W. Bayley and Charles Goodspeed in 1918 which contained a large amount of new material but in which the editors also, regrettably, deleted much of the original material. As Bayley & Goodspeed note in their 1918 preface- "The peculiar nature of Dunlap's work -its' faulty composition, irregular orthography, duplications, irrelevancies and prolixity- have made the editors' office a difficult one", and in their late-Edwardian fit of "purification" they deleted such things as "extraneous anecdotes of Stuart and Jarvis, verses by Allston, a technical treatise on miniature painting by Cummings, and various notes of small value or ephemeral interest". Well, one man's "irrelevancy" is another's bread and butter, and their deletions guaranteed that there will always be a place for the original 1834 edition on the art historian's bookshelf. Hardcover. 2 volumes. 6.25"x9.75", 433 + viii + 480 pages. Original board covers with patterned cloth spines covers with moderate wear including some soil spine heads and bases chipped tips rounded outer cloth on Vol. 1 spine splitting slightly shaken moderate internal foxing, as is so often the case.

Inventory #: 31060
Price: $ 650.00       




Gerdts, William H. American Neo-Classic Sculpture. The Marble Resurrection. New York The Viking Press: 1973. From Horatio Greenough and Hiram Powers to a bevy of lesser-lights, Rome and big chunks of white marble had quite an effect young American sculptors of the mid-19th century. This well illustrated study is still a standard in the field, and features a jacket photo of a young William Gerdts looking for all the world like a member of The Beatles. Hardcover. 7.5"x9", 160 pages, b/w illustrations, dj bibliography. Light wear, name on endpaper.

Inventory #: 30479
Price: $ 50.00       




Gunnis, Rupert. Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851. London The Abbey Library: (1970s). Revised edition. An invaluable reference, with more than 12,000 entries. Hardcover. 7"x10", 514 pages, some b/w illustrations, dj a very good copy in a somewhat worn jacket text lightly browned.

Inventory #: 31059
Price: $ 25.00       




Henderson, George & Isabel Henderson. The Arts of the Picts. Sculpture and Metalwork in Early Medieval Scotland. New York Thames & Hudson: 2004. a well-illustrated study of the stone sculpture and carving, as well as metalwork, of Scotland in early Medieval times. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 256 pages, 326 black & white illustrations, 6 maps, dust jacket. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34697
Price: $ 85.00       




Laliberte, Alfred. Legendes - Coutumes - Metiers de la Nouvelle France, Bronzes d'Alfred Laliberte. Montreal Librarie Beauchemin Limitee:1934. A survey of the work of this popular French-Canadian sculptor. Born in Quebec in 1878, as a child Laliberte learned to carve wood with a pocketknife on his family farm. At the age of 20 he completed a full-size statue of the Canadian Prime Minister for the Provincial Exhibition in Quebec City, and the Prime Minister was so enchanted that he encouraged the young man to attend art classes at the Societe des Arts in Montreal. Laliberte later also attended the Conseil des Arts et Metiers and then traveled to Paris, to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for more study. After Paris he returned to his native land and completed both large commissions and smaller works. Although he had been heavily influenced by Auguste Rodin, Laliberte managed to move on into his own unique style, and it was in that style that he created perhaps his most famous sculptures. This was a series of 200 or so small pieces completed between 1928 and 1932, based on the humble workers of his own home town in Quebec, which he called " Legends, Metiers et Coutumes". These pieces show a wide variety of men and women engaged in the crafts and work of a typical Quebec rural community, and it was this work that earned him his title, "Sculptor of the Rural Tradition". This study is a well illustrated study of these rural pieces, illustrating French-Canadian men and women and their everyday tasks. Softcover. 9.5"x12", 7 pages of text plus 122 b/w plates covers with moderate wear.

Inventory #: 13133
Price: $ 150.00       




Luthgen, Eugen. Romanische Plastik in Deutschland. Bonn & Leipzig Kurt Schroeder: 1923. A very well-illustrated study of 11th century sculpture in Germany, including stone, wood and metals. Luthgen also wrote a book on Gothic sculpture. Hardcover. 10"x12", 180 pages of text plus a color frontispiece and 144 b/w plates covers worn, spine badly flaked personal card pocket on the rear paste-down. Not a great copy externally.

Inventory #: 5258
Price: $ 40.00       




[Marbury Hall] Classical Sculpture Formerly from Marbury Hall. London Christie's: July 10, 1987. Fourteen classical sculptures originally acquired by James Smith Barry in Rome in 1776, during his 'Grand Tour'. This was a particularly good time from collecting classical antiquities, as many of the large Italian collections of antiquities, originally formed in the Renaissance, were being dispersed and much fine material was available on the market. As the introduction notes, this auction not only represents a superlative selection of antique Classical sculpture, but also a "collective legacy of the days of the Grand Tour and the enduring influence of Renaissance Italy on the life and culture of England". Hardcover. 8"x10", 43 pages, 14 lots, color plates and b/w illustrations prices realised sheet stapled to title page light wear.

Inventory #: 9048
Price: $ 45.00       




Pope-Hennessy, John. The Frick Collection, An Illustrated Catalog: Vol. III, Sculpture: Italian Vol. IV: German, Netherlandish, French and British. News York The Frick Collection: 1970. The two volumes of the Frick Collection catalog devoted to sculpture. Better known for its important paintings, the Frick Collection nonetheless, as John Pope-Hennessy points out, contains "the finest collection of small bronzes in the United States and one of the finest collections of small bronzes in the world". It also contains larger masterpieces in marble and bronze, especially some fine 18th century French examples. 2 vols. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", xxxii + 254 pages & 177 pages. Many black & white and some color illustrations, dust jackets. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35601
Price: $ 200.00       




Robinson, J.C. Italian Sculpture of the Middle Ages and Period of the Revival of Art. South Kensington Museum... London Chapman and Hall: 1862. "A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works, forming the above Section of the Museum, with additional Illustrative Notices". Includes a good survey of Florentine sculpture, sections on Michaelangelo and della Robbia, and sculptural elements besides figural pieces, such as tombs, tabernacles and chimney pieces. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xxxi + 192 pages, 20 lithographed plates publisher's handsomely gilt-decorated cream cloth covers covers with some soil, a little wear a little internal soil, corner of half-title page slight chipped but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 4924
Price: $ 85.00       




Robinson, J.C. South Kensington Museum. Italian Sculpture of the Middle Ages and Period of the Revival of Art. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Works Forming the Above Section of the Museum, with additional Illustrative Notices. London Chapman and Hall: 1862. An important and popular catalog which included a good survey of Florentine sculpture, sections on Michelangelo and della Robbia, and sculptural elements besides figural pieces, such as tombs, tabernacles and chimney pieces. This example is from the extra-illustrated edition, which, as Hamber notes in 'A Higher Branch of the Art', "included up to twelve albumen prints... curiously the photographs used for these extra-illustrated editions frequently duplicated the existing line-engraved illustrations". Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xxxi + 192 pages, 20 lithographed plates and 11 mounted albumen plates publisher's extremely handsome full gilt-stamped morocco covers with a little wear and rubbing a little internal soil mounted plates quite nice and unfaded bookplate showing this was given as the Queen's Prize for modeling from the Antique in the National Art-competition in 1866.

Inventory #: 30324
Price: $ 250.00       




Sieveking, Johannes. Die Bronzen der Sammlung Loeb. Munchen: 1913. An elegantly produced catalog of ancient Roman, Hellenistic, Etruscan and Egyptian bronze mirrors, figures, busts, and other artifacts owned by noted collector and philanthropist James Loeb. Loeb [1867-1933] retired early from the family business and spent the rest of his life traveling, collecting, and doing good things with his money. He founded the Loeb Classical Library at Harvard, became a trustee at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and helped found what would become the Julliard School in New York. The bronzes illustrated in this catalog, along with this ancient pottery, were eventually given to the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich. Loeb explained his philanthropy by writing- "In an age when the Humanities are being neglected more perhaps than at any time since the Middle Ages, and when men's minds are turning more than ever before to the practical and the material, it does not suffice to make pleas, however eloquent and convincing, for the safeguarding and further enjoyment of our greatest heritage from the past. Means must be found to place these treasures within the reach of all who care for the finer things of life." Hardcover. 9"x12", 86 pages of text with 12 collotype illustrations in the text and 46 gravure plates printed on a fine, heavy cream stock original parchment covers, spine soiled, boards lightly soiled spine label perished. A lovely catalog.

Inventory #: 9530
Price: $ 375.00       




Vermeule, Cornelius. European Art and the Classical Past. Cambridge Harvard University Press: 1964. Curator of Classical Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cornelius Vermeule was well-qualified to write this perceptive study of the Classical influence on Western art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the Neoclassic and Empire eras. Medieval, Mannerist, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic paintings, sculpture, drawings, friezes and other decorations are compared with their antique models and inspirations. Hardcover. 8"x9.5", xvi + 206 pages, plus 128 b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly worn dj.

Inventory #: 5187
Price: $ 50.00       




Vermeule, Cornelius. European Art and the Classical Past. Cambridge Harvard University Press: 1964. Curator of Classical Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Cornelius Vermeule was well-qualified to write this perceptive study of the Classical influence on Western art from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the Neoclassic and Empire eras. Medieval, Mannerist, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic paintings, sculpture, drawings, friezes and other decorations are compared with their antique models and inspirations. Hardcover. 8"x9.5", xvi + 206 pages, plus 128 b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly worn dj.

Inventory #: 5188
Price: $ 50.00       




Williams, Robert Folkstone. An Historical Sketch of the Art of Sculpture in Wood, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time with notices of the most remarkable sculptural works in the same material now remaining in Europe, and some Account of the Designers. London published at the Library of the Fine Arts: 1835. Williams begins his essay in the dim ages of antiquity before exploring the woodcarver's art in Europe and England from the early times through the 17th and 18th centuries. He spends most of his time in England and Italy, although France and Germany are certainly not neglected. He then returns to the Far East and ancient times in an appendix. The author came from an architectural background and approached his subject with the eye of the architectural historian, treating not only sculpture but also all other types of decorative carving to be found in churches, cathedrals and the great houses. Mantelpieces, railings, even furniture fascinated him, and he treated all as more or less equal products of the chisel. Williams has an eye for the odd- "There are many bas-reliefs, particularly those carved underneath the seats of the choirs of different religious structures, that represent grotesque, and even obscene subjects, altogether at variance with the sacred character of the buildings in which they are placed. What may be thought most singular, is, that these sculptures sometimes represent priests and other religious persons, engaged in actions of a very profane description. The sculptors who executed those carvings were the caricaturists of the time and, as different religious communities were frequently at variance with each other, they employed these artists to satirize their mutual follies and vices. Under their seats they concealed from the public eye, but exposed for their own private gratification, a series of pictorial libels. In one place, the monks of a certain order are represented as licentious, ridiculous, and depraved: -in the building belonging to these holy fathers, will, probably, be found a similar se Hardcover. 5.5"x8", 96 pages, original "satined" cloth covers recased with a new spine and new endpapers contents with some moderate foxing.

Inventory #: 31398
Price: $ 350.00       



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