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A Magnificent Papal Presentation Dish, by Giovanni Francesco Travani, Rome, 1670. Geneva Christie's: November 15, 1984. A single-lot special catalog illustrating and describing this magnificent 17th century Papal presentation dish showing the Rape of Europa. Softcover. 8"x10", 10 pages, 1 color plate and 3 black & white illustrations. Light soil.

Inventory #: 34504
Price: $ 25.00       




A Private Collection of English and Scottish Silver. New York Sotheby's: April 23, 1993. A fine selection of Queen Anne and Georgian silver with a James I silver-gilt wine cup and an Elizabethan silver-mounted tigerware jug thrown in as well. Nice stuff. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 36+ pages, 90 lots (numbered 239 thru 329), b/w and some color illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 8683
Price: $ 25.00       




A Sale of Early English Silver Spoons... London Phillips: September 6, 1991. "Comprising Diamond Point, Acorn Knop, Maidenheads, Moor's Head, Lion Sejants, Apostle Spoons, Seal Tops, Slip Tops, Puritans, Trefids, Wavy-Ends, Basting Spoons, Liberty spoons, and a few foreign and base-metal spoons. A fine selection, dating from Henry IV to Victoria. Softcover. 7.5"x9.5", 132 lots, 70 pages plus 25 black & white plates. Light wear, minor soil.

Inventory #: 34354
Price: $ 100.00       




A Stack of 26 Sotheby's Belgravia silver post-1830 Auction Catalogs from the 1980s. London Sotheby's Belgravia: 1980s. A large stack of auction catalogs devoted to English and European silver from 1830 to 1970, but mostly Victorian. Softcover. 8"x8", 60-100 pages each, black & white illustrations. 26 catalogs, includes several duplicates. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35894
Price: $ 25.00       




A Stack of 64 Sotheby's Belgravia silver post-1830 Auction Catalogs from the 1970s. London Sotheby's Belgravia: 1970s. A large stack of auction catalogs devoted to English and European silver from 1830 to 1970, but mostly Victorian. Softcover. 8"x8", 60-100 pages each, black & white illustrations. 64 catalogs, includes several duplicates. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35893
Price: $ 50.00       




An Exhibition of Silver by Paul de Lamerie. Williamstown Robert Sterling Clark Art Institute: 1953. The catalog to the third Clark exhibition, held at Lawrence hall, Williams College. "In 1910, after a distinguished career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. It is in this spirit that the Clark has expanded over the last five decades to become the influential institution it is today" (from the Museum website). Softcover, 6.5"x10", 2 pages of text plus 31 black & white plates. Light cover soil, bookplate.

Inventory #: 34302
Price: $ 20.00       




( Exhibition of Silver of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. An Exhibition of Silver of the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. Williamstown Robert Sterling Clark Art Institute: 1951. The very first Clark Art Institute catalog. The exhibition was held at Lawrence Hall of Williams College, as the Introduction notes that the Institute has only recently bought land for the permanent museum building. "In 1910, after a distinguished career in the United States Army, Sterling Clark settled in Paris and began collecting works of art, an interest he inherited from his parents. When he married Francine Clary in 1919, she joined him in what quickly became a shared passion. Together they created a remarkable collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, porcelain, drawings, and prints with complete reliance on their own judgments and tastes. In 1950 the Clarks founded the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a permanent home for their collection, and the museum first opened to the public in 1955. Since its conception, the Institute has had a dual mission as both a museum and a center for research and higher education. It is in this spirit that the Clark has expanded over the last five decades to become the influential institution it is today" (from the Museum website). Softcover, 6.5"x10", 9 pages of text plus 10 black & white plates. Light cover soil.

Inventory #: 34301
Price: $ 25.00       




Britannia & Muscovy English Silver at the Court of the Tsars. Yale Center for British Art: 2006. A small handbook which accompanied the exhibition of British diplomatic silver sent to Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Gives a general overview of the topic, rather than discussing and illustrating specific items. Softcover. 5"x7", 29 pages, 6 black & white illustrations. Fine.

Inventory #: 32701
Price: $ 10.00       




Catalogue of Silver and Plate of the Reigns of King William IV and Queen Victoria. London Sotheby & Co.: July 3rd, 1969. Includes an unusual caviar pail in the form of a shell being held up by bearded tritons an early Victorian six-light centerpiece candelabra with lions on the base an unusual pair of reading candelabra made to resemble ancient Roman lamps a beehive-shaped honey pot with an inscription to Jenny Lind, and more. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 70 pages plus 9 b/w plates.

Inventory #: 7916
Price: $ 25.00       




E. Alberta Brenner. The Romance of Silver. Lecture Program with Extensive Exhibit. [New York: 1940s]. A promotional brochure for a lecturer about antique silver, its history, construction and collecting, who offered a program "well adapted for any hour of the day: morning, noon, afternoon, tea, dinner or evening. Equal interest has been manifested before women's, men's, or mixed audiences ranging in age from eight to eighty". Folder. 9.5"x7", b/w front and rear cover illustrations folded once, light soil, pencil note on rear cover.

Inventory #: 9998
Price: $ 20.00       




Early European and American Silver from the Newbury Collection. Detroit Institute of Arts: 1959. A short catalog of 43 pieces, 19 of which are illustrated. The descriptions are short, but the photographs are large and nicely lit. The pieces are moistly French & English 18th century. Softcover. 9"x6", 24 pages, 19 pieces illustrated in black & white. Minor soil.

Inventory #: 34343
Price: $ 20.00       




English and Scottish Silver -Royal Scottish Museum. Edinburgh HMSO: 1954. A pictorial survey of highlights of the 16th-18th centuries. Nine pieces are of Scottish origin. Softcover. 4.7"x7", 3 pages of text plus 25 black & white illustrations on 24 plates. Fine.

Inventory #: 35564
Price: $ 15.00       




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       




Exhibition of Old Silver Owned in Worcester County. Worcester Art Museum: 1915. The catalog to a loan exhibition that ran from June 15th to September 15th, 1915. The catalog lists 114 pieces from the (larger) exhibition that were made in America before 1800. The catalog entries are brief, listing the mark, a brief description, and the original ownershiip if known, or inscriptions. The illustrations are reminiscent of those in the Boston MFA 1911 catalog- well-lit photos of groups of a dozen or so pieces. A short catalog, but elegantly got up and presented. Early and very uncommon. Softcover. 6"x9", 17 pages plus 4 b/w plates with tissue guards ex-institutional with bookplate, number on lower cover corner, and embossures on most pages cleaner and nicer than that makes it sound.

Inventory #: 9499
Price: $ 125.00       




Exhibition of Works in Silver and Gold by Myer Myers. A Checklist of Objects Exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. February 2 - March 15, 1954. [Brooklyn Museum: 1954]. A mimeographed checklist. The name of each lender is mentioned, and several items are noted as not being recorded in Jeanette Rosenbaum's book. 8.5"x14", 10 sheets, mimeographed folded re-stapled.

Inventory #: 30246
Price: $ 100.00       




Fine Americana. New York Sotheby Parke Bernet: April 30-May 3, 1980. Sale 4369. A massive two-volume auction sale of American furniture, silver, paintings, folk sculpture, glass, decoys, folk art and related objects. 2 vols. Softcover. 9"x9", 1,540 lots, about 500 pages, b/w and color illustrations general wear, covers a bit rubbed.

Inventory #: 9834
Price: $ 85.00       




Georgian and Victorian Silver. New York Sotheby Parke Bernet: March 16th, 1972. Pieces from the collections of Norman A. Spencer, Mrs. E.L. Capreol, and others. Softcover. 7"x10", 24 pages, 168 lots, b/w plates prices realized list stapled to title page.

Inventory #: 7845
Price: $ 15.00       




Highly Important Early English Silver. London Christie's: June 21, 1967. An auction of very fine silver including an Elizabethan silver gilt tazza, a William & Mary oblong mirror, set of 6 George II candlesticks in the form of draped women, and much more. Softcover. 7"x9.5", 44 pages plus 36 b/w plates, 2 folding 134 lots prices realised list stapled inside the front cover light water stain and ripple along the top and bottom.

Inventory #: 8413
Price: $ 20.00       




Important 19th Century American Silver, property of Masco Corporation. New York Sotheby's: January 20, 1998. The sale of an extraordinary collection, basically composed of Gorham and Tiffany & Co. pieces, many of which had been made specifically for important 19th century expositions. Masco Corporation is a Fortune 500 company specializing in home-building products such as Delta faucets. In the 1990s its chairman, art collector Richard Manoogian, developed a fine corporate art & antiques collection which was sold off in the closing years of the decade as the company re-evaluated its priorities. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 93 pages, 70 lots, color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34502
Price: $ 40.00       




Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Chinese Export Porcelain and Rugs. New York Sotheby's: January 31-February 2, 1985. Sale 5282. The famous January Sale. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 1,008 lots, about 300 pages, color and b/w illustrations light wear, a little soil, tips thumbed.

Inventory #: 9824
Price: $ 40.00       




Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art and Decorative Arts. New York Christie's: January 22-23, 1993. Sale 7640. Included a very unusual ca. 1750 Queen Anne china step maple high chest of drawers, probably Massachusetts, the only known example with the original shaped backboard. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 205 pages, 572 lots, color and b/w illustrations light wear.

Inventory #: 9020
Price: $ 35.00       




Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art and Decorative Arts. New York Christie's: January 21-22, 1994. Sale 7820. This auction included the Faneuil Family Queen Anne inlaid mahogany concertina-action card table with needlework playing surface (Boston, 1740) and the Gilder Family Queen Anne carved walnut desk-and-bookcase (Philadelphia, 1735), both of which got big fold-out color plates. Nice stuff? You bet! Softcover. 8"x10.5", 186 pages, 350 lots, color and b/w illustrations, several folding color plates a nice copy.

Inventory #: 9019
Price: $ 35.00       




Important English and Continental Silver and Silver Gilt, including the Collection of Francis E. Fowler III. New York Sotheby's: October 21, 1998. Lots 1-96 comprise the Fowler Collection of 18th and early 19th century English and European silver. The remainder of the sale contained a fine selection of rare English and European silver of the Commonwealth thru Victorian eras. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 140+ pages, 297 lots, color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34481
Price: $ 25.00       




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       




Longworth's American Almanac, New-York Register, and City Directory for the Fifty-Ninth Year of American Independence. New York Thomas Longworth: 1834. A complete listing of residents with their professions, plus streets, and other city information. Hardcover. 4.25"x7.25", 776 pages original board covers, calf spine covers worn, spine perishing shaken and loose, hinges partially cracked minor internal soiling and foxing.

Inventory #: 30300
Price: $ 300.00       




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