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 Friday, November 24, 2017

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[Harding Collection] Old Irish Glass. The Walter Harding Collection. Including old English & other pieces. Liverpool privately published: 1925. An infamous collection within the small world of Irish glass collectors -though more through guilt by association than actual defect. Harding had been one of the best customers of Elizabeth Graydon Stannus, collector, glass factory owner, author of a well-known book on antique Irish glass, and antiques dealer. Unfortunately, Stannus has also been called "the greatest villain in the manipulation of the history of Irish Glass" (McConnell, Magazine Antiques, Sept.2004). In a talk in 1924 she seems to have obliquely admitted that she had produced some fake Irish glass using genuine old molds, and she was also thought to have "improved" some of her genuine old pieces with extra engraving and cutting. As if that was not enough to endear her to the hearts of local collectors, she also admitted to melting down pieces of antique Irish colored glass and using the metal to produce new pieces that would have the correct antique color. Such stories inevitably have endings, and this one came symbolically in 1936 when the Harding Collection was auctioned by Sotheby's for about 1/12th of what he had paid for it. The irony of that is that the collection is not known to have had an over-abundance of fakes, although in the auction, and in this earlier, private catalog, some of the date attributions are improbably early. Still, the collection was large and varied, and is presented elegantly, with most of the glass photographed against a black background. And if you are looking for a famous collection of Irish glass (for better or worse), this is it. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 108 pages, many b/w plates. Covers rather soiled, a little soil to the endpapers. Inscribed by Harding to HJC Grierson, the noted Scottish literary scholar and critic who wrote books about Tennyson, Donne, Blake, Scott, Byron and Swinburne and edited the Oxford Book of 17th Century Verse.

Inventory #: 8774
Price: $ 275.00       

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       

Lucas, A.T. Treasures of Ireland. Irish Pagan & Early Christian Art. New York Viking Press: 1974. A well-illustrated survey of Irish metalwork, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric times to the 10th century. A large amount of space is devoted to metalwork, including jewelry, household and ecclesiastical objects. Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 200 pages, 41 color and 134 black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35191
Price: $ 25.00       

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.

Inventory #: 90238
Price: $ 125.00       

Teahan, John. The Dr. Kurt Ticher Donation of Irish Silver to the National Museum of Ireland. National Museum of Ireland: nd (1980s). The collection of Kurt Ticher, author of several noted books on Irish silver. This catalog was skillfully compiled by John Teahan. Fifty-six items are illustrated and described in a joint English/Gaelic text. Softcover. 8"x8", 95 pages, b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 34679
Price: $ 65.00       

Warren, Phelps. Irish Glass. The Age of Exuberance. New York Charles Scribner's Sons: 1970. The first American edition of this standard, well-illustrated study of Irish glass made between 1780 and 1830. Hardcover. 6.5"x10", 155 pages plus 4 color and 103 b/w plates, dj. Light wear, jacket with a few small dings, gift inscription on the endpaper partially covered by a bookplate.

Inventory #: 33671
Price: $ 40.00       

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