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 Friday, November 24, 2017

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Boesen, Gudmund & Erik Lassen. De Danske Dronningers Guldtoilette. Copenhagen Det Berlingske Bogtrykkeri: 1955. A study of the magnificent mid-18th century gold toilette service of Sophie Magdalene of Denmark. The sumptuously decorated service originally included a mirror, water basin & ewer, candlesticks, snuffers & tray, four graduated pairs of boxes, two brushes, four flasks, a salver, two pin trays, a covered bowl, a plate, a knife, spoon & fork, and two more flasks in later years more articles were added, until the assemblage totaled 46 golden articles weighing 20 kilos. This careful study of the set includes a summary in English, as well as notes on the decorations and makers, and illustrations and descriptions of each piece. Hardcover. 8"x11", 94 pages with 4 color and 5 plates of line illustrations, plus 30 b/w plates red & gold patterned boards a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 35479
Price: $ 125.00       

Churchill, Arthur, Ltd. A Coronation Exhibition of Royal, Historical, Political and Social Glasses commemorating Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Events in English History. London Arthur Churchill Ltd.: 1937. In the late 1930s the noted English glass specialists Arthur Churchill Ltd. found themselves holding "a more complete range of historical glass than it may ever possess again, and as this Coronation period appeared so suitable a time, it was resolved to exhibit it in its entirety". The glass is arranged here in chronological order, starting with a Restoration goblet of ca.1681 and ending with a George V Coronation wine glass. There is a running descriptive text and an illustration and discussion of each glass this is a very special and unusual glass sale catalog. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 42 pages of text plus 44 b/w plates, printed so that each page of text faces its illustrated plate the larger clothbound edition a fine copy with just a little minor internal soil.

Inventory #: 9886
Price: $ 250.00       

Jones, E. Alfred. The Gold and Silver at Windsor Castle. Letchworth Arden Press: 1911. Edition limited to 285 copies. Revolutions, wars, Royal debts- all have conspired to devastate the Royal Collections of antique silver in most European countries, with the exception of Russia. The other exception is England, whose Royal Collection is surveyed here by that quintessential English collection-monger, E. Alfred Jones. What can one say about the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle? It's pretty nice stuff... and elegantly presented to boot, in a book large and heavy enough to pave a driveway with. Hardcover. 13"x17", lxiv + 241 pages, plus 103 b/w plates.

Inventory #: 3262
Price: $ 800.00       

Jones, E. Alfred. The Old English Plate of the Emperor of Russia. Privately printed by W.H. Smith & Son at the Arden Press, Letchworth, and at XCV Fetter Lane London 1909. Noted silver historian E. Alfred Jones' catalog of the English silver in the Czar's collection held at the Winter Palace and the Kremlin. This remarkable collection of pieces, dating from the late 16th century to the mid-18th, comprised the gifts of a succession of English monarchs to the Czars of Russia, and preserved many pieces which might have been melted down and lost during the Commonwealth period, had they remained in England. Elegantly composed and printed. Hardcover. 10.5"x12.5", lvi + 115 pages, plus 50 black & white plates. Quarter leather and brown cloth, with gilt spine title, as issued. Covers rubbed along the edges, leather scuffed, spine head with minor chipping, tips slightly bumped. Contents clean and fine, hinges tight.

Inventory #: 32543
Price: $ 500.00       

Jones, E. Alfred. The Old Royal Plate in the Tower of London, including the Old Silver Communion Vessels of the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula within the Tower. Oxford Printed and Published by Fox, Jones & Co.: 1908. Noted silver historian E. Alfred Jones does his usual scholarly job cataloging the Royal Plate in the Tower, which included the late 12th century Coronation Anointing Spoon, a 16th century standing salt, and from the 17th century a massive font, wine fountain, many standing salts, tankards, dishes, a flagon, alms dish, and four pairs of maces. Hardcover. 9"x11", xxxv + 79 pages, plus 22 black & white photogravure plates with tissue guards. There are also 6 line illustrations in the text. Bound in red smooth and pebbled cloth with gilt spine title, as issued. Covers with light soil, former owner's name neatly penned on the endpaper, but otherwise in fine, clean condition.

Inventory #: 32541
Price: $ 400.00       

Miller, John. Bourbon and Stuart. Kings and Kingship in France and England in the Seventeenth Century. New York Franklin Watts: 1987. In the 17th century educated people took it for granted that royalty was the best form of government -the only question was whose royalty... Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 272 pages, b/w illustrations, dj a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 30308
Price: $ 25.00       

Mitford, Nancy. Madame de Pompadour. New York Harper & Row: 1968. A well illustrated account of the life and mischief of Louis XV's mistress. Hardcover. 7.5"x10", 304 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 30306
Price: $ 25.00       

Plumb, J.H. Royal Heritage. The Story of Britain's Royal Builders and Collectors. London British Broadcasting Corporation: 1977. A wandering, wondrous look at Royal collections in Britain and the buildings that house them, from the Tower of London to the Banqueting House at Whitehall and the pavilion at Brighton. Paintings, furniture, drawings, porcelain and glass, books, silver and scientific instruments -they and much more are all here. Hardcover. 8.5"x12", 360 pages, filled with b/w and color illustrations, dj light wear.

Inventory #: 4703
Price: $ 45.00       

Ross, Marvin C. The Art of Karl Faberge and His Contemporaries, Russian Imperial Portraits and Mementoes, Imperial Decorations and Watches -The Collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post. Norman University of Oklahoma Press: 1965. "The collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post are among the most important ever assembled. This book deals mainly with Karl Faberge and his contemporary goldsmiths and silversmiths. Also represented are Russian imperial mementoes and portraits, and decorations and watches. Mrs. Post acquired her first Faberge object in 1927, and in 1931 her daughter gave her Faberge's imperial "Pink Egg" made in 1914. Her great interest in and systematic study of these art objects were given full expression during an extended stay in Russia, from 1936 to 1938". An important catalog for the Faberge lover, and a small but fierce book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 238 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Light soil, jacket rubbed.

Inventory #: 35427
Price: $ 75.00       

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