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 Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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Harriton of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The Harriton Association: 1988. Harriton was built in 1704, and was the long-time home of Charles Thomson, Secretary to the Continental Congress. Softcover. 10"x7", 24 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34972
Price: $ 12.00       




The Architect and the Industrial Arts. An Exhibition of Contemporary American Design. New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1929. The catalog to one of the Met's most interesting exhibitions of industrial art- they engaged leading architects and gave them control over the project, which resulted in a series of Moderne tableaux, each designed down to the smallest detail by a single designer. The catalog includes several short essays on the project, as well as descriptions and a photograph of each of the thirteen settings- Backyard Garden by Ely Jacques Kahn - Man's Study for a Country House by Ralph T. Walker - Conservatory by Joseph Urban - Show Window and Sales Alcove by Eugene Schoen - Woman's Bedroom by John Wellborn Root - Man's Den by Joseph Urban - Child's Nursery and Bedroom by Eugene Schoen - Dining Room by Eliel Saarinen - Bath and Dressing Room by Jacques Kahn - Apartment House Loggia by Raymond M. Hood - Business Executive's Offices by Raymond M. Hood - Sales Room by Ralph T. Walker - Central Garden Feature by Armistead Fitzhugh. An uncommon and interesting catalog. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 83 pages with black & white illustrations, plus 14 black & white plates. Original Moderne-patterned paper covers. Light wear, minor soil. With- the original Addenda and Corrigenda sheet.

Inventory #: 35118
Price: $ 150.00       




The Walpole Society Note Book -1948. Portland Printed at the Anthoensen Press in an edition limited to 40 copies: 1948. Includes a memoriam of Alexander W. Weddell by Herbert A. Claiborne 'The Reinterments of Colonel Trumbull' by Theodore Sizer 'Pilgrimage to Winterthur and Hunting Hill' by Thomas Tileston Waterman, and 'Some Paint Colors from Four Eighteenth-Century Virginia Houses' (Stratford, Mount Vernon, Wilton, and Brandon) by Herbert A. Claiborne. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 81 pages, b/w illustrations, 36 paint chips w/tissue guards marbled boards with black linen spine, as issued. Original marbled boards and black linen spine with paper label. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34649
Price: $ 300.00       




Agius, Paul. Ackermann's Regency Furniture & Interiors. Marlborough The Crowwood Press: 1984. Published between 1809 and 1828, Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics' provides an unparalleled window into the high-class world of Regency England. Gathered here are several hundred illustrations of furniture and interiors as first published by Ackermann. A Regency-style tour de force. Hardcover. 10"x11", 200 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35825
Price: $ 300.00       




Benes, Peter (ed.). House and Home. Boston University: 1990. The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Proceedings for 1988. Includes essays on setting up housekeeping in the 18th century, domestic service in New England, cookstoves in American culture 1815-1900, lower-class life in Connecticut in 1815, female work in the household from 1724-1782, and more. Softcover. 6"x9", 136 pages, b/w illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 90254
Price: $ 28.00       




Blumer & Kuhn. Stairs, Stair Railing, Balusters, Newel Posts, Mantels, Pew Ends, etc., also Interior Finish of every description in all kinds of Hard and Soft Woods, Brackets, Corner and Plinth blocks, Turned Porch & Veranda Work, etc. St. Louis: 1893. A wonderful Victorian trade catalog of fancy decorative woodwork, both interior and exterior. Hardcover. 7"x10.5", 137 pages, line illustrations. Bound into new cloth, some internal soil, a few stains.

Inventory #: 34154
Price: $ 250.00       




Brackett, Oliver. Catalogue of English Furniture & Woodwork. Volume III: Late Stuart to Queen Anne. London Victoria & Albert Museum, Department of Woodwork: 1927. A fine study of very fine of English furniture & woodwork from 1660-1714 in the collection of the V&A. Hardcover. 7"x10", 52 pages plus 56 black & white plates. Light wear.

Inventory #: 33784
Price: $ 35.00       




Brown, Ann Eckert. American Wall Stenciling 1790-1840. Hanover University Press of New England: 2003. "In post-revolutionary America, the decoration of choice for a surprisingly large number of home owners from all social and economic groups was walls painted with intricate stenciled designs. Stenciled walls were cheaper and more sanitary than those covered with paper, but the most compelling reason for the widespread use of stenciling was that it was considered far more stylish than impersonal, mass-produced paper. Stencil artists freely borrowed wallpaper motifs and crossbred them. Successive generations of wallpaper, which became increasingly more affordable after the Industrial Revolution, covered stenciled walls, hiding them, obliterating some and preserving others. Ann Eckert Brown's extensive research has unearthed stencils not just in New England's more characteristic homes, taverns, and inns, but also in the south and midwest. She divides stenciling into rural-based folk art, which uses naturalistic, and sometimes primitive motifs, and classically inspired, urban-based stencils, which feature patterns more refined in scale and earlier in execution, echoing Federal style images. Over 250 illustrations complement Brown's text as she makes fresh stylistic connections among designs, artists, regions, and houses over two centuries, discovering and illuminating some missing links in the history of wall stenciling. Even more, she ties together the shared destinies of the families, descendants, artists, rescuers, and restorers who lived with, created, or have dedicated their lives to preserving, this beautiful art form. She also provides a glossary, a discussion of early paint materials, suggested resources for wall stenciling preservation, and a Who's Who of American wall stenciling which includes 18th, 19th, and 20th century artists and prevationists." Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 269 pages, loaded with color and b/w illustrations, dj. Glossary. Bibliography. New.

Inventory #: 90204
Price: $ 25.00       




Chamberlain, Samuel. Salem Interiors. Two Centuries of New England Taste and Decoration. New York Hastings House: 1950. A marvelous tour of the period interiors of 52 houses in Salem, Massachusetts, presented in chronological order from the mid 17th century to the mid-19th. Most of the houses and furnishings represent the 18th century and Federal periods, and all are meticulously captured by the beautiful, detailed photographs of Samuel Chamberlain. Hardcover. 7.5"x9.5", 176 pages, hundreds of black & white illustrations. Covers with some soil and fading. Contents clean and fine.

Inventory #: 35085
Price: $ 20.00       




Clemmensen, Tove. Danske interiortegninger fra rococo til klunketid. Copenhagen F.E. Brodings Bogtrykkeri: 1951. A well illustrated study of Danish interiors, and their designers, from the 1750s to the 1880s. "Danske, Danske, he's our man! If he can't decorate it, no one can!" Ahem... sorry. Hardcover. 8.5"x10.5", 78 pages, many b/w and several color illustrations. Top of spine perished, light cover soil, light internal wrinkle.

Inventory #: 34001
Price: $ 50.00       




Coleman, Brian D. Historic Arts & Crafts Homes of Great Britain. Salt Lake City Gibbs Smith: 2005. "Exquisitely photographed and produced, this volume tours ten magnificent British homes designed in the Arts and Crafts tradition. Red House, the only house that William Morris ever built (and that also inspired his design firm), is here, as is Hill House- family home to prominent Glasgow publisher Walter W. Blackie, designed by Scotland's Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Also included are Charleston, home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant Kelmscott Manor, William Morris's idyllic country escape and Edward Lutyens' eccentric medieval Castle Drogo". Hardcover. 10"x10", 159 pages, color illustrations, dj. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35741
Price: $ 65.00       




Cummings, Abbott Lowell. Bed Hangings. A Treatise on Fabrics and Styles in the Curtaining of Beds 1650-1850. Boston SPNEA: 1994. 3rd printing. A very well thought of and valuable study, based on a 1960 seminar on 18th and early 19th century bed hangings. Softcover. 6"x9", 60 pages, black & white illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 32680
Price: $ 85.00       




Cummings, Abbott Lowell. Bed Hangings. A Treatise on Fabrics and Styles in the Curtaining of Beds 1650-1850. Boston SPNEA: 1961. A very well thought of and valuable study, based on a 1960 seminar on 18th and early 19th century bed hangings. Softcover. 6"x9", 60 pages, black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35737
Price: $ 85.00       




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

Inventory #: 7438
Price: $ 20.00       




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

Inventory #: 5288
Price: $ 25.00       




Foster, Heather A. Wallpaper in Richmond, Virginia, 1785-1908. Richmond Virginia Commonwealth University: 2000/Ann Arbor UMI Reprints. It is too bad the illustrations do not reproduce better, but this remains a very interesting, well-documented study and of great importance to students of interior decorating of the late 18th century and the Victorian era. Comb-bound. 8.5"x11", 246 pages, muddy b/w illustrations bibliography. A reprint from microfilm, with consequent degradation of b/w photos. New.

Inventory #: 90151
Price: $ 65.00       




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

Inventory #: 9897
Price: $ 150.00       




Garrett, Rhoda & Agnes. Suggestions for House Decoration in Painting, Woodwork and Furniture. Philadelphia Porter & Coates: no date (ca.1880). A popular guide to the Aesthetic, or "Queen Anne" style as it might be applied to the furniture, wallpaper, draperies and other decorations of a middle-class Victorian home of good taste- "Every one who has a house of his own may, I hope, find useful hints, for the rules of good taste apply to the cottage as well as to the manor house...Expensive decoration has not been advocated nothing, in fact, but what may be secured at the same cost as the ugliness which at present pervades too many even of our wealthiest homes". The text is illustrated with 6 wood engraved plates, three of which feature grand mantelpieces. Hardcover. 5"x7.25", viii + 90 pages, with 1 b/w text illustration, plus 6 b/w plates. Publisher's brick-red cloth with black decoration covers a little worn, front endpaper missing, else a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 31386
Price: $ 150.00       




Godon, Julien. Painted Tapestry and Its Application to Interior Decoration. Practical Lessons in Tapestry Painting with Liquid Colour. London Lechertier, Barbe, and Co.: 1879. A striking manual on the Victorian-era Revivalist craft of painted tapestry, meant as a cheaper, more easily available alternative to original Medieval and Gothic woven tapestry. This book includes complete instructions for reproducing various styles of tapestry with watercolors on coarse cloth, as well as vivid color plates illustrating the various stages of a tapestry in progress. There are also instructions for using albumen, wax, oil and acid painting, and gilding. Godon's French text was translated for this English edition by Benjamin Bucknall, a noted Gothic-Revivalist architect and translator and popularizer of the works of Violett-le-Duc. Bucknall designed and partially built one of the most famous Gothic Revival mansions in all England, the brilliant, unfinished Woodchester in Stroud. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", xviii + 89 pages, plus 6 color plates plus a 26-page catalog of artist's supplies. Light wear a nice copy.

Inventory #: 7309
Price: $ 250.00       




Halsey, R.T.H. & Elizabeth Tower. The Homes of Our Ancestors as shown in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, from the beginnings of New England through the early days of the Republic. Garden City Publishing Company: 1937. Since its opening in 1924, the Met's American Wing has been one of the premier collections of American paintings, furniture and the decorative arts. This fine guide was written by one of the men who helped create the Wing and describes the period rooms and their contents one by one with care and affection. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", xxvi + 302 pages, black & white and several color plates with 217 illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket quite chipped and worn, endpapers browned and discolored down the gutter, some scattered light internal foxing.

Inventory #: 33624
Price: $ 20.00       




Heyert, Elizabeth. Metropolitan Places. Interiors from New York, Barcelona, Milan, Mexico City, Paris, West Berlin, London, Los Angeles. New York Viking Penguin: 1989. "Photographs of 32 magnificent city homes, from eight urban capitals around the world, whose owners or designers would settle for nothing less than the best. Ranging in style from the traditionally opulent to the dramatically avant-garde, each of these interiors is like no other in the world". Hardcover. 10"x12", 227 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with some wear.

Inventory #: 34226
Price: $ 25.00       




Kent, William Winthrop. The Hooked Rug. A Record of Its Ancient Origin, Modern Development, Methods of Making, Sources of Design, Value as a Handicraft, The Growth of Collections, Probable Future in America, And Other Data. New York Tudor Publishing Co.: 1937. A widely respected study of the origins and development of hooked rugs in America, their design sources and patterns. In the last chapter, discussing possible sources, Kent touches on Staffordshire pottery, lacy glass, and even daguerreotype cases. Still a useful reference work. Hardcover. 8"x10", 210 pages, folding color frontispiece and 172+ b&w illustrations, dust jacket. Jacket with some wear, light soil.

Inventory #: 35173
Price: $ 60.00       




Little, Nina Fletcher. American Decorative Wall Painting 1700-1850. New York Studio Publications / Old Sturbridge Village: 1952. A standard reference work on the subject, which represented an exhaustive effort on the author's part. As Marshall Davidson points out in the Foreword, most of us have gathered, after reading too much Hawthorne, that our Puritan ancestors lived in a brown and gray world as Mrs. Little shows, this was absolutely not the case. An important study of American architecture, decoration, and folk art. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 145 pages, b/w and color illustrations, dj jacket rubbed and somewhat worn. Pages with some light rippling.

Inventory #: 31579
Price: $ 50.00       




Little, Nina Fletcher. American Decorative Wall Painting 1700-1850. New York E.P. Dutton: 1989. Enlarged edition. This remains the standard reference work on the subject, and represented quite an exhaustive effort on the author's part. As Marshall Davidson points out in the Foreword to the first edition, most of us have gathered, after reading too much Hawthorne, that our Puritan ancestors lived in a brown and gray world as Mrs. Little shows, this was absolutely not the case. The text is copiously footnoted, and there is a long bibliography of related materials. An important study of American architecture, decoration, and folk art. See also Allen and McClelland for related titles. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 169 pages, b/w and color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35920
Price: $ 35.00       




Little, Nina Fletcher. English Engravings as Sources of New England Decoration. [contained in] Old=Time New England, Spring, 1964. An examination of New England overmantel paintings featuring scenes and motifs which were probably drawn from English popular prints. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5" article pp.96-105, 9 b/w illustrations entire issue- 30+ pages, b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 9687
Price: $ 25.00       




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