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Exhibition of Early American Paintings, Miniatures and Silver Assembled by the Washington Loan Exhibition Committee. Washington National Gallery of Art: 1925. The catalog of an early loan exhibition of American works. The short introduction to the Miniatures section was written by Albert Rosenthal. The somewhat longer introduction to the silver was written by Elizabeth Benton of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Members of the Committee on Silver included Hollis French and Luke Vincent Lockwood. The silver was categorized into New England wares New York Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis & Washington, and Anonymous makers. Softcover. 5.5"x8.5", 107 pages, plus 15 b/w plates covers somewhat worn, a little soil, spine split in a few places a delicate catalog.

Inventory #: 8807
Price: $ 100.00       

Important Silver, including the Sir Peter Wills Collection of Commonwealth Silver, Objects of Vertu and Portrait Miniatures. London Christie's: November 9, 1994. English and European portrait miniatures comprise lots 4-95. The Wills Collection of Commonwealth silver comprises lots 211-246. Sir Peter Wills formed this collection, with the assistance of silver expert G.E.P. How, while on active duty with the Coldstream Guards in the Second World War, and its quality is outstanding. When Sir Peter was killed in combat in Italy a few days before the war ended, the collection passed to his brother and had been in storage until this sale. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 94 pages, 246 lots, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34498
Price: $ 40.00       

Caffrey, Paul. John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland, c.1620-1850. Kilenny Archaeological Society: 1999. The catalog to an exhibition of the work of late 18th century Irish miniature portraitist john Comerford and his contemporaries. One of the very few monographs on Irish portrait miniatures. Softcover. 8.5"x12", 80 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 35990
Price: $ 45.00       

Carrick, Alice van Leer. Shades of our Ancestors. American Profiles and Profilists. Boston Little, Brown, and Co.: 1928. An important early study of American silhouettes. Carrick discusses the various methods used by American silhouettists, where they worked, and their silhouettes. Hardcover. 7"x10", 205 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w color frontispiece. Covers with soil and some spots and rubbing. Some minor internal browning. Not a pretty copy, but solid and functional.

Inventory #: 31748
Price: $ 30.00       

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.

Inventory #: 90134
Price: $ 14.95       

Dunbar, Philip H. Portrait Miniatures on Ivory 1750-1850. From the Collection of The Connecticut Historical Society. [in the] Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1964. An entire issue devoted to this subject, with an historical essay on miniature painting and painters in Connecticut, and a catalog of 53 examples in the collection. Softcover. 6"x9", 47 pages, many b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 90001
Price: $ 20.00       

Frank, Robin Jaffee. Love and Loss. American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures. New Haven Yale University Press: 2000. The beautifully produced catalog to the traveling loan exhibition of portrait miniatures assembled by the Yale University Art Gallery. Frank not only explores the role of portrait miniatures in American life, but also in American death, as her extended essay "Not Lost but Gone Before" chronicles the uses and symbolism of mourning miniatures. Other chapters cover the role miniatures played in society, the miniaturists who created these tiny jewels, and the competition between miniatures and photography. The catalog features brilliant color photographs and many enlargements of details. Hardcover. 5.5"x7", 358 pages, many color and b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90135
Price: $ 42.00       

[Girl Scout Loan Exhibition] Long Text and Brief Sermon. [contained in] The Magazine Antiques. November, 1929. A short appreciation of the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition, with some pictures. This issue also contains the articles- "Newly Discovered Miniatures by Edward Greene Malbone" by Ruel P. Tolman "Some North of England Chairs" by G. Baseden Butt "New York State Glasshouses" by Harry Hall White, etc. Softcover. Light wear, a little soil.

Inventory #: 7426
Price: $ 20.00       

[Joachim] Fine Silver, Objects of Vertu and Portrait Miniatures, including the Frederick Joachim Collection, Part 1. London Christie's: March 8, 1995. Lots 1-100 consisted of portrait miniatures from the Frederick Joachim Collection. Lots 101-116 were silhouettes from the Christie Collection. As a whole, the miniatures and silhouettes comprise the first 159 lots. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 58 pages, 206 lots, color illustrations. Light wear. Prices realized sheet.

Inventory #: 34499
Price: $ 40.00       

[Lawton] Rare and Valuable American Furniture, Paintings, Silver... from the Collection of Herbert Lawton, Boston, Mass. New York American Art Association: April 2nd-3rd, 1937. Sale 4314. An important sale of American silver and furniture, including pieces by Phyfe, Townsend, Goddard, Seymour, McIntire, Coney, Revere, Burt, etc. There was also an outstanding collection of American portrait miniatures, including works by Peale, Fraser, Malbone, Inman, Copley, the Birch enamel of Washington, and Ellen Sharpless' bust of Hamilton. Lawton was a prosperous textile manufacturer who "assembled collections" of American antiques and then sold it all off from time to time... Softcover. 7"x10.5", 168 pages, 410 lots, 150 lots illustrated in b/w. Covers with light soil, a few chips. Title page browned, light soil, half-title slightly spotted.

Inventory #: 31956
Price: $ 75.00       

Mansion, L[eon Larue]. Lettres sur la Miniature, par Mansion, eleve d'Isabey. Paris Chez Louis Janet, Libraire: 1823. Originally published in London by Ackermann in the same year. The folding frontispiece is an attractive, hand-tinted palette of 12 colors for flesh tones and shadows. Softcover. 4.5"x7", 244 pages, folding hand-colored frontispiece. Publisher's original printed paper covers, covers with some slight chipping, a little toning and spotting throughout, page tips and fore-edge a bit browned, spine paper chipped and cracked. Still, an attractive copy in the publisher's original paper covers.

Inventory #: 31377
Price: $ 275.00       

Parker, Barbara Neville. New England Miniatures, 1750-1850. Boston Museum of Fine Arts: 1957. The catalog of a noteworthy loan exhibition of New England portrait miniatures, with an essay by Barbara Neville entitled "The Art of Miniature Painting in New England". Softcover. 5"x7.5", about 80 pages, 60 color and b/w illustrations. Covers lightly worn.

Inventory #: 35789
Price: $ 25.00       

Wehle, Harry B. American Miniatures 1730-1850. One hundred and seventy-three portraits selected with a descriptive account. Garden City Publishing Co.: 1937. New edition. First published in 1927, this has remained a standard study of American miniatures and their painters. It includes introductions to the development of miniature painting and the use of ivory, and then goes on to the development of American miniature painting, treated regionally and chronologically. There is also a biographical dictionary of American miniature painters, compiled by Theodore Bolton. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 127 pages, plus a color frontispiece and 4 color and 44 b/w plates. Jacket rubbed and a bit worn, some soil.

Inventory #: 31480
Price: $ 40.00       

Williamson, George C. Portrait Miniatures from the Time of Holbein 1531 to that of Sir William Ross 1860. A Handbook for Collectors. London George Bell and Sons: 1897. An early and influential collecting guide to portrait miniatures. Dr. Williamson was one of England's leading experts on portrait miniatures and wrote a number of books on the subject. In the preface to this volume he concludes- "To the amateur collector I present this volume, and I trust that in his hands it may be of some service. I hope it may stimulate him to purse with greater knowledge and enthusiasm the collection of miniatures, and I am sure that their fascination will amply repay him for his pains, and the beauty of the treasures he accumulates will be a constant source of delight to him, and an incentive to the further study both of history and art". Hardcover. 6"x9", 170 pages, many black & white illustrations. Minor wear, light soil.

Inventory #: 35813
Price: $ 45.00       

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