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19th Century Furniture, Decorations and Works of Art. New York Sotheby's: November 30, 1985. Softcover. 8"x10.5", about 100 pages, 259 lots, black & white and several color illustrations. Light wear. Prices realized sheet stapled to title page.

Inventory #: 34089
Price: $ 12.50       




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       




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       




Graves' Patent Improved Sofa Bed. Boston Samuel Graves & Son: c.1880. A very pictorially pleasing circular illustrating 10 fancy Victorian "sofa beds" (which look like fainting couches), 7 on one side and 3 on the other. These apparently looked like couches until opened when they could double as a bed for somebody you didn't really like, much like today's versions, or futons. Advertising circular, 10"x7.5", printed both sides. Folded twice, some soil and wear.

Inventory #: 32637
Price: $ 45.00       




Human Hair- ALS Order. Charleston, SC: 1873. An interesting Victorian letter ordering human hair from a hair dealer- "A. Lamsberg" of Charleston, South Carolina writes on February 5, 1873, to C.E. Hartung & Co., on Broadway in New York, ordering various lengths and colors of human hair. 1 sheet, 7.25"x9.75", folded several times. Light soil. With the envelope.

Inventory #: 33285
Price: $ 40.00       




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       




Pittsburgh Plate Co., Cooke Bros., Proprietors, Manufacturers of Fine Silver Plated Ware, Spoons, Forks, Knives, Hollow Ware. Pittsburgh c.1870s. A pleasing and interesting price list folder, illustrated with a fancy silver & glass cruet set on the front cover. The three pages list and price an assortment of flat ware. 4"x6.5", folder- illustrated cover + 3 pages of prices. Some soil and wear.

Inventory #: 32638
Price: $ 40.00       




Republications of Essays Upon Art, &c. and notices of the collection of the Works of the Old Masters, at the Lyceum Gallery. New York Lyceum Gallery, printed by George F. Nesbitt:1849. An interesting little publication of art topics, including "Some thoughts on Art" by Mrs. Jameson, "The Poetry of Scared and Legendary Art" and "Was Rubens a Colorist?", both from Blackwood's Magazine, "Description of two Pictures by Rubens", etc. A glimpse into the Mid-Victorian popular artsy world. 5.5"x9", 40 pages, softcover a very fine copy in exceptional condition, partially unopened, and bright and crisp.

Inventory #: 21497
Price: $ 65.00       




Specimen Book of One Hundred Architectural Designs, showing Plans, Elevations and Views of Suburban Houses, Villas, Sea-Side and Camp-Ground Cottages, Homesteads, Churches, and Public Buildings, including specifications, bills of materials, etc. New York A.J. Bicknell & Co.: 1878. The rather scarce first issue of this book, which was re-issued a year later, apparently without the colored Minton tile plate. This provides a very interesting survey of Victorian architectural designs, with some churches, a library and a few gazebos thrown in as well. Most of the designs were taken from a selection of other Victorian building books, so this provides an overview of the various types of designs which were then popular. There are also illustrations of some furniture and mantels. At the rear there are 20 pages of illustrated advertisements, including one for Minton Encaustic floor tiles, with a facing full-page chromolithographic illustration showing 6 patterns. Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 80 pages with line illustrations, plus 1 color plate. Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt spine title and black rules and an inset picture of a Morgan dollar, colored silver. Some cover scuffing and a little soil, cloth worn through in a few patches along the edges, and spine head and base chipped. Internally quite nice.

Inventory #: 31297
Price: $ 750.00       




The Great Estates, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1880-1930. The Junior League of Greenwich: 1989. 2nd printing. Illustrated with many period photographs from the Golden Age of the great Greenwich estates, this documents a long-gone period in history. Divided into three sections, covering the shore estates, the mid-country estates, and the back-country estates. Hardcover. 9"x12", 209 pages, many black & white and several color illustrations, dust jacket. Near fine.

Inventory #: 34724
Price: $ 125.00       




Toys and Dolls / Fine Victoriana. Bolton / Boston: Robert W. Skinner Inc.: December 9, 1982. Sale 863 & 864. Two auction sales in one catalog. Softcover. 8.5"x9.5", 59 pages, 625 lots b/w illustrations prices realised sheet stapled to title page a nice copy.

Inventory #: 8614
Price: $ 15.00       




Allen, C. Bruce. Cottage Building or Hints for Improving the Dwellings of the Working Classes and the Labouring Poor. London Crosby Lockwood and Co.: 1880. 9th ed. As the Victorian era progressed more and more attention was paid by reformers, architects, and designers to the working poor. This edition includes appendices on "a suggested plan for adding to and repairing [homes] now existing in London and other large towns", and "Economy of rural dwellings for tradesmen and persons of limited means". A volume in the Weale Rudimentary series. Hardcover. 4.25"x7", viii + 148 pages, with many wood engravings and full-page plates plus 1 32-page list of the publisher's other books. Publisher's embossed cloth, covers a bit worn, front hinge cracked inside, but tight light soil, etc.

Inventory #: 30756
Price: $ 75.00       




Ames, Kenneth L. (ed.). Victorian Furniture. Essays from a Victorian Society Autumn Symposium. The Victorian Society: 1982. What this does not discuss about Victorian furniture may not be worth knowing. Contributors included Nancy A. Smith, Donald L. Fennimore, Page Talbott, Rodris Roth, Christopher Monkhouse, and David H. Hanks. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 254 pages, hundreds of b/w illustrations light wear. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35409
Price: $ 25.00       




Aslin, Elizabeth. Nineteenth Century English Furniture. New York Thomas Yoseloff: 1962. Whatever else one may say about the profusion of styles that characterized 19th century English furniture, you cannot call them boring. From the more fanciful, overwrought children of Pugin to the reforms of Eastlake, Ashbee and Gimson, and through the Gothic, Japanese and Orientalist revivals, there was always something interesting afoot. This is a sweeping, scholarly, well illustrated examination of the development of Revival styles, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and other furniture in 19th century England. It also contains a short guide to some of the cabinetmaking firms and a short but helpful bibliography which includes a list of some period exhibition catalogs. Hardcover. 7"x10", 93 pages of text plus 4 color and 135 b/w illustrations, dj a little light wear.

Inventory #: 5100
Price: $ 65.00       




Aslin, Elizabeth. Nineteenth Century English Furniture. New York Thomas Yoseloff: 1962. Whatever else one may say about the profusion of styles that characterized 19th century English furniture, you cannot call them boring. From the more fanciful, overwrought children of Pugin to the reforms of Eastlake, Ashbee and Gimson, and through the Gothic, Japanese and Orientalist revivals, there was always something interesting afoot. This is a sweeping, scholarly, well illustrated examination of the development of Revival styles, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and other furniture in 19th century England. It also contains a short guide to some of the cabinetmaking firms and a short but helpful bibliography which includes a list of some period exhibition catalogs. Hardcover. 7"x10", 93 pages of text plus 4 color and 135 b/w illustrations, dj light wear jacket spine worn.

Inventory #: 5666
Price: $ 60.00       




Aslin, Elizabeth. Nineteenth Century English Furniture. New York Thomas Yoseloff: 1962. Whatever else one may say about the profusion of styles that characterized 19th century English furniture, you cannot call them boring. From the more fanciful, overwrought children of Pugin to the reforms of Eastlake, Ashbee and Gimson, and through the Gothic, Japanese and Orientalist revivals, there was always something interesting afoot. This is a sweeping, scholarly, well illustrated examination of the development of Revival styles, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and other furniture in 19th century England. It also contains a short guide to some of the cabinetmaking firms and a short but helpful bibliography which includes a list of some period exhibition catalogs. Hardcover. 7"x10", 93 pages of text plus 4 color and 135 b/w illustrations a little light wear, no jacket.

Inventory #: 2157
Price: $ 50.00       




Aslin, Elizabeth. Nineteenth Century English Furniture. New York Thomas Yoseloff: 1962. Whatever else one may say about the profusion of styles that characterized 19th century English furniture, you cannot call them boring. From the more fanciful, overwrought children of Pugin to the reforms of Eastlake, Ashbee and Gimson, and through the Gothic, Japanese and Orientalist revivals, there was always something interesting afoot. This is a sweeping, scholarly, well illustrated examination of the development of Revival styles, Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and other furniture in 19th century England. It also contains a short guide to some of the cabinetmaking firms and a short but helpful bibliography which includes a list of some period exhibition catalogs. Hardcover. 7"x10", 93 pages of text plus 4 color and 135 b/w illustrations, dj. A fine copy in a lightly worn jacket.

Inventory #: 1029
Price: $ 65.00       




Barnard, Julian. Victorian Ceramic Tiles. New York Mayflower Books: 1979. 2nd printing. Part of the Christie's Collectors Series. This very well illustrated survey traces the history of the decorative tile through Victorian times, explores the design and manufacture of the tiles, leading makers and designers, tiles in America, architectural faience and terra cotta, and tile collecting. Hardcover. 8"x10", 184 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w and color, dj a fine copy in a lightly rubbed jacket.

Inventory #: 30658
Price: $ 65.00       




Barnhill, Georgia B., et al, [eds.]. The Cultivation of Artists in Nineteenth-Century America. Worcester American Antiquarian Society: 1997. "This collection of essays published by the American Antiquarian Society brings the role of history back into exploring how young people began and developed as artists in the nineteenth century. The contributors' work reveals the relationship between art education in public schools and training opportunities in the trade. Because many middle and lower-class students could not afford to go to Europe for training and study, many took on employment in the shops of commercial pictorial printmakers and publishers during this time. This provided an alternative entry to art education. Some of these essays examine how various 19th-century businesses offered training opportunities to those wanting to pursue art. The essays here cover topics including engraving, lithography, drawing, sheet music, chromolithography, wood engraving, alternatives to art school, educating designers for industry and art museum schools. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 226 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New.

Inventory #: 90239
Price: $ 32.50       




Becker, Vivienne. Antique and Twentieth Century Jewellery. A Guide for Collectors. London NAG Press: 1997. 2nd ed. A perennial favorite, this superb survey covers a wide variety of styles and materials, including Victorian revivalist pieces, Art Nouveau and design-house jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Liberty, Edwardian and Deco, and Cocktail jewelry of the 1940s. Hardcover. 7"x9.5", 319 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Fine.

Inventory #: 90267
Price: $ 69.50       




Bleier, Paul & Meta. John Rogers Statuary. Schiffer Publishing: 2001. "The clay and plaster statuary groups made by John Rogers (1829-1904) from 1859 until after 1888 were so appealing in late Victorian America that "scarcely a family of reasonable means and taste did not possess one." He portrayed ordinary, everyday, urban and rural people doing ordinary, everyday things. Thereby, he offered an unrivaled transcript of the manners, sports, amusements, social customs, domestic interests, costumes, and even modes of furnishing for the period. He made statues of Civil War soldiers, family groups, literary topics, theater scenes, and historical figures from eight to forty-six inches tall. This book chronicles each Rogers group with a photograph, size, patent or design date, and pertinent anecdotes. It will be useful today as a reference for interpreting life in Victorian America and today's collectors will covet the pictures, personal letters, advertising, and social commentary presented in the text. The Rogers statuary reflects the lives of our common ancestors of the late nineteenth century." Softcover. 6"x9", 256 pages, black & white illustrations. New.

Inventory #: 90382
Price: $ 29.95       




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       




Browne, D.J. The American Bird Fancier considered with reference to the breeding, rearing, feeding, management, and peculiarities of Cage and House Birds with remarks on their Diseases and Remedies drawn from authentic sources and personal observation. New York C.M. Saxton: 1850. An early American Victorian bird-keeping guide, with notes about not only the type of birds we keep today, such as pigeons, canaries, quail, finches and doves, but wild birds such as bobolinks, blackbirds, catbirds, mockingbirds, robins, thrashers and thrushes. The illustrations include not only birds but also several cages and an outdoor aviary. Hardcover. 4.5"x7.5", 107 pages, plus a 10-page catalog of the publisher's other books. Illustrated with wood engravings. Publisher's stamped cloth with a gilt vignette. Covers with some slight soil and wear, endpapers lightly spotted, a few internal spots.

Inventory #: 32994
Price: $ 125.00       




Cennini, Cennino & Merrifield, [Mary Philadelphia]. A Treatise on Painting, written by Cennino Cennini in the Year 1437 and first published in Italian in 1821, with an introduction and notes, by Signor Tambroni: containing practical directions for painting in Fresco, Secco, Oil, and Distemper, with the art of Gilding and Illuminating Manuscripts adopted by the Old Italian Masters. Translated by Mrs. Merrifield. London Edward Lumley: 1844. Cennini's "Trattato" is a remarkable and comprehensive technical manual to methods employed by 14th and 15th century Italian artists for tempera painting, early oil painting and gilding. This was the first English translation and was very popular and influential with artists and art enthusiasts of the period, although it had a number of deficiencies stemming from Mrs. Merrifield's lack of knowledge of tempera painting and also because the manuscript she was using lacked sixteen chapters. A year after publishing this translation she would publish a very important work on fresco technique. As important as Mrs. Merrifield's several books on art history were from a practical standpoint for the 19th century artist, among whom she was especially influential with the Pre-Raphaelites, "the main importance of her work lies in her development of the historical study of documents" (Ernstrom, Grove Dictionary of Art). The two chromolithographed title pages are also worthy of note, both executed in a style reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. An important and noted Victorian art study. Hardcover. 6.75"x10.5", xii + lxviii + 177 pages, plus 2 chromolithographed title pages and 9 lithographed outline plates. Rebound with a plain blue cloth spine and cream boards, leather and gilt spine label. New endpapers. Contents with light wear & soil and a few spots.

Inventory #: 31383
Price: $ 375.00       




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