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Lynes, Russell. More Than Meets the Eye. The History and Collections of Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Washington Smithsonian Institution: 1981. The history and collections of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, including furniture, ceramics, glass, buttons, jewelry, metalwork, and more. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 159 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 33383
Price: $ 25.00       




[Madame X Collection.] Catalogue des Objets d'Art et d'Ameublement... Paris Galerie Georges Petit: March 5th, 1914. Madame X (the popular French anonymous Collector) strikes again, this time with her collection of fine early Italian faience and Saxe figurines, a little furniture, some really fine 17th century tapestries, some 18th century paintings... you get the idea. Softcover. 9"x11", 30 pages plus many b/w plates with tissue guards a rough copy, disbound but having the original covers covers with soil and wear and an inked number spine perished contents with some soil, wear, etc., a few more inked numbers -this is a pretty rough copy.

Inventory #: 00812
Price: $ 25.00       




[Mary J. Morgan Collection] Catalogue of the Art Collection formed by the late Mrs. Mary J. Morgan... New York American Art Galleries: March 3rd-15th, 1886. Subscriber's Edition, limited to 500 numbered copies. The very scarce Deluxe, illustrated edition of the catalog to one of America's earliest blockbuster auctions and what was, for a time, the most famous art auction in America. Mary Morgan was the widow of a shipping tycoon, and collected a vast array of paintings and other art in her New York mansion. Upon her death Thomas Kirby of the American Art Association, the forerunner of Parke-Bernet, decided to make the Morgan sale a "can't-miss" event. The collection was controversial -Mrs. Morgan had simply walked in and bought her pictures from leading dealers instead of ingratiating herself personally with the artists as was the tradition of the day. Further, Lot 341 was an 8-inch Peachblow vase which Mrs. Morgan had bought from the American Art Association's own retail galleries for $12,000 a few years previously. A print war broke out between the New York Times, which claimed Mrs. Morgan had paid a zero or two too much for the vase, and that in any case, there was no such thing as "Peachblow", and Charles Henry Dana and the New York Sun, who stoughtly defended the AAA and the vase. During the 3 week exhibition at the galleries prior to the auction 100,000 people viewed the paintings and Oriental art. The sale itself was standing-room only, and when they got to the vase, Baltimore connoisseur William T. Walters won it for $18,000 (which in no way stopped the controversy over its actual worth). The sale finally totaled $1,205,000 -with the exception of the 1882 Hamilton Palace sale in England, this was the highest total for any art collection at auction anywhere in the world. The catalog itself was a groundbreaking achievement- "[Kirby's] most striking innovation was the Mary Jane Morgan catalogue, a 305-page quarto volume that so far surpassed any cynosure of art collecting previously published in the United States that it not only launched the business at hand but synthesized Kirby's whole new concept of the elite auction. Printed on heavy rag paper, with twenty-nine etchings, bound in pristine white boards with rich gold lettering, this weighty tome cost $40,000 to produce. It was a book to rest in splendor on the tables of the proudest salons. There was, of course, an ordinary catalog, without illustrations, for ordinary customers, the deluxe edition being limited to 500 numbered copies. The price was $10, but if mere money could have bought such a book, its propaganda value would have been lost. Except for a few copies sent to other cities, the entire edition was delivered by hand, with the compliments of the American Art Association, to the front doors of the most exclusive mansions in New York". For those wanting a more in-depth account, Wesley Towner devotes an entire chapter to Mrs. Morgan, her collection, this auction, the catalog, and the Peachblow vase in his book, "The Elegant Auctioneers". Limp covers. 9"x12", 305 pages, plus 29 etchings and 24 photogravure plates. 2,628 lots. Original limp boards with a parchment-covered cover with gilt lettering. Front cover somewhat soiled, spine and rear cover perished and replaced with sympathetic limp boards and parchment. Some soil and offsetting on the endpapers, but else clean internally. Housed in a new custom, quarter-leather clamshell case, with raised bands and fancy giltwork on the spine and a black leather title label. The front of the case features an inset collage made with black, crimson and peach leathers showing the famous peachblow vase on its stand. A lovely and elegant case.

Inventory #: 31290
Price: $ 1500.00       




[Morgan Collection] The Collection of Louise C. Morgan at Salutation, West Island, Glen Cove, Long Island. New York Sotheby Parke Bernet: May 30-June 1, 1074. Sale 3649. The auction sale of entire contents of this noted Long Island estate. Most of the furnishings, though striking, were "style of" pieces. Salutation was built in 1929 by Junius P. Morgan, J.P. Morgan's grandson. It was the setting for the Harrison Ford remake of 'Sabrina'. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 160 pages, 1,199 lots. Light soil, rear cover corner and last 60 pages bumped.

Inventory #: 31186
Price: $ 35.00       




[Parham Park] Parham Park, Pulborough, West Sussex. Selected Furniture, Works of Art, Silver, Textiles, Costume, Linen, European Porcelain and Glass. London Christie's: May 13-14, 1996. A selection of very fine antiques- superb English furniture, silver and ceramics, and an extraordinary assortment of antique linens & textiles. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 183 pages, 1,052 lots, color illustrations. Light wear, tips thumbed.

Inventory #: 34478
Price: $ 40.00       




[Reifsnyder Collection] Colonial Furniture -the Superb Collection of the late Howard Reifsnyder, including signed pieces by Philadelphia Cabinetmakers... New York American Art Association: April 24th-27th, 1929. One of the most important sales of American furniture, and extremely well-timed as well. Howard Reifsnyder was a wealthy Philadelphia wool merchant whose taste turned to the antiquarian. He collected books, oriental ceramics & rugs, and American colonial furniture and arts. He did all this at a time, in a place, and with an enthusiasm and knowledge, which made it possible for him to assemble one of the finest collection of American colonial furniture ever made. Reifsnyder was generous with his knowledge and his antiques- his home was always open to the student, scholar and connoisseur, and he lent his treasures freely to museums, with the consequence that by the time he died his collection was known and envied throughout Americana collecting circles.

For four days collectors battled each other in the halls of the American Art Association as Major Parke knocked down lot after lot for staggering prices. The height was reached by the Van Pelt family highboy which was coveted by both Hearst and Du Pont, with Du Pont (using the name H.F. Winthrop) finally winning for a record-setting $44,000.

As Towner sums it all up in 'The Elegant Auctioneers', "It took the explosive Howard Reifsnyder sale of April, 1929 to broadcast the fact that a highboy made in colonial Philadelphia could be worth as much as a 'secretaire a abattant' made for Marie Antoinette... In the giddy antique market of that Spring the Reifsnyder doings were a revelation, the repercussions wide and long-lasting. Native works of skilled craftsmen gained immeasurable prestige, and to this day, the auction is considered historic in the chronicles of collecting events. Forthwith, in the 1929 spender's gambol, colonial highboys became the quarry of the house-proud and the stylish. Authentic pieces were called priceless, their value multiplied and the AAA was credited, if not with the discovery of America, at least with its multitudinous exploitation". Card covers. 7.5"x11", 275 pages, 717 lots, many b/w illustrations. Some wear, spine base chipped, a little soil along the cover edges, etc., and the front hinge very tender.

Inventory #: 8682
Price: $ 600.00       




[Reifsnyder Collection] Colonial Furniture -the Superb Collection of the late Howard Reifsnyder, including signed pieces by Philadelphia Cabinetmakers... New York American Art Association: April 24th-27th, 1929. One of the most important sales of American furniture, and extremely well-timed as well. Howard Reifsnyder was a wealthy Philadelphia wool merchant whose taste turned to the antiquarian. He collected books, oriental ceramics & rugs, and American colonial furniture and arts. He did all this at a time, in a place, and with an enthusiasm and knowledge, which made it possible for him to assemble one of the finest collection of American colonial furniture ever made. Reifsnyder was generous with his knowledge and his antiques- his home was always open to the student, scholar and connoisseur, and he lent his treasures freely to museums, with the consequence that by the time he died his collection was known and envied throughout Americana collecting circles.

For four days collectors battled each other in the halls of the American Art Association as Major Parke knocked down lot after lot for staggering prices. The height was reached by the Van Pelt family highboy which was coveted by both Hearst and Du Pont, with Du Pont (using the name H.F. Winthrop) finally winning for a record-setting $44,000.

As Towner sums it all up in 'The Elegant Auctioneers', "It took the explosive Howard Reifsnyder sale of April, 1929 to broadcast the fact that a highboy made in colonial Philadelphia could be worth as much as a 'secretaire a abattant' made for Marie Antoinette... In the giddy antique market of that Spring the Reifsnyder doings were a revelation, the repercussions wide and long-lasting. Native works of skilled craftsmen gained immeasurable prestige, and to this day, the auction is considered historic in the chronicles of collecting events. Forthwith, in the 1929 spender's gambol, colonial highboys became the quarry of the house-proud and the stylish. Authentic pieces were called priceless, their value multiplied and the AAA was credited, if not with the discovery of America, at least with its multitudinous exploitation". Hardcover. 7.5"x11", 275 pages, 717 lots, many b/w illustrations. Bound into cloth, without the original card covers. Covers a bit faded and worn, some internal soil and light wear.

Inventory #: 35907
Price: $ 600.00       




[Reifsnyder Collection] Oriental Art, Oil Paintings...Collection of the Late Howard Reifsnyder, Philadelphia. New York American Art Association: April 20-23, 1929. The first of several sales which dispersed the collections of this noted connoisseur of fine American furniture, books, and Oriental ceramics & carpets, Although the catalog to the sale of his American furniture is today the most desirable and famous catalog from these sales, the Reifsnyder collection of Oriental rugs and porcelains is not to be sneezed at. It was put together with the help of noted Philadelphia connoisseur Samuel S. Laird, and some of the pieces came from the Waggaman and Laird collections. Card covers. 7.5"x11", 157+ pages, 611 lots, b/w illustrations light cover wear, a few minor chips.

Inventory #: 8673
Price: $ 125.00       




[Resnik Collection] Cabinet Objects of Art, the Private Collection of Louis H. Resnik, Brookline, Mass. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 30th, 1951. Sale 1290. An interesting collection of cabinet porcelains, ivory carvings, enamels and such of European and Eastern origin most of the material was not very old, but it was pretty. Softcover. 6.5"x9.5", 64 pages, 344 lots, b/w illustrations several institutional stamps.

Inventory #: 7608
Price: $ 20.00       




[Rockefeller Collection] Property of the Honorable Nelson A. Rockefeller, removed from his residences in Washington, D.C., New York, and Seal Harbor, Maine. New York Sotheby Parke Bernet: October 6-7, 1978. Sale 4159. Fine English and Continental furniture and accessories and very fine Oriental furniture and antiques. Softcover. 8.5"x9", 67 pages, 365 lots, b/w illustrations prices realised sheet light wear.

Inventory #: 30574
Price: $ 40.00       




[Schiff] Paintings and Furnishings from the Residence of the late Mrs. Jacob H. Schiff, 965 Fifth Avenue, New York. New York American Art Association / Anderson Galleries: December 7-8, 1933. The fantastic collection of the widow of Jacob Schiff, famous New York banker and philanthropist, which included fine paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Romney, Corot, Inness, Daubigny, and others, and Brussels tapestries, bronzes, French furniture, silver, porcelains, rugs and decorations. Schiff was a major philanthropist, donating money to the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Fine Arts Society, and the American Geographical Society. Softcover. 7.5"x10.5", 171 pages, 637 lots, black & white illustrations. Yapped cover edges chipped, light wear, minor soil.

Inventory #: 34201
Price: $ 45.00       




[Sharp Collection] The Estate of Peter Jay Sharp. New York Sotheby's: January 13th, 1994. A small but superb and choice collection of color-plate natural history books, French and English Furniture and decorative arts, important 16th and 17th century European bronzes, and important Old Master paintings. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 77 lots, about 150 pages, illustrated throughout in color dust jacket. Light wear. Prices realized sheet stapled to first page.

Inventory #: 34194
Price: $ 25.00       




Smith, Ralph Clifton. A Bibliography of Museums and Museum Work. Washington American Association of Museums: 1928. A valuable bibliography of museum-related technical works in books, periodicals and other publications, even today providing a really interesting resource for early, especially 19th century material. For instance- "On Cleaning Feathers from their Animal Oil", appeared in Vol. 5 of the Technical Repository in 1824. I guess you either find that breathtakingly interesting or you don't... Smith was the Assistant Secretary of the American Association of Museums. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", vi + 302 pages some cover rubbing, scattered soil, rear hinge a bit wobbly.

Inventory #: 7352
Price: $ 40.00       




[Taylor Collection] The Myron C. Taylor Collection. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: November 3-5, 1960 [and] November 11-12, 1960. Sales 1995 and 1996. Myron C. Taylor had an estate in Locust Valley, NY, and a townhouse in Manhattan which housed his fabulous collection of truly extraordinary 18th century English and earlier Continental furniture, tapestries, wooden and terra cotta sculpture, and oriental rugs. Taylor was the Chairman and CEO of US Steel from 1932 to 1938, and then from 1939 to 1950 he was the Personal Representative of the President of the United States to Pope Pius XII. 2 vols. Stiff card covers. 7"x10.5", 145 + 167 pages, 1093 lots, b/w illustrations small spot on cover of Vol.2, else a very nice, clean set.

Inventory #: 34188
Price: $ 75.00       




Thomas, Nancy & Constantina Oldknow (eds.). By Judgment of the Eye: The Varya and Hans Cohn Collection. Los Angeles Hans Cohn: 1991. A large, elegant catalog primarily devoted to Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman, late classical, Medieval and Renaissance art and artifacts. Hans Cohn spent more than half a century assembling his collections, and 17 scholars from around the world were involved in the examination and cataloging of the pieces included here. Softcover. 11.5"x11.5", 388 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 34897
Price: $ 125.00       




Towner, Wesley [and Stephen Varble]. The Elegant Auctioneers. New York Hill & Wang: 1970. The story of the rise and fall of Anderson Galleries, the American Art Association and Parke-Bernet, auctioneers to the magnates of the Gilded Age and the early and mid-20th century collectors who assembled legendary collections, only to see them dispersed at legendary sales. This is also the story of the coming-of-age of collecting in America, an often tumultuous and entertainingly raucous tale. Towner was given unprecedented access to Parke-Bernet's files, records and veteran employees in researching this book. Hardcover. 6.5"x9", 632 pages, black & white illustrations, dust jacket. LIght wear.

Inventory #: 32792
Price: $ 35.00       




[Versace] The Collection of Gianni Versace. New York Sotheby's: April 5-7, 2001. The sale of the furniture, paintings, and antiques collected by the famous designer. Versace had a taste for the Neoclassical, and although his collection was not exclusively devoted to that style, and he had an eye for the odd and unusual from any era, Antiquity and its recreation in the late 18th and early 19rh century certainly predominate. Softcover. 9"x12", 366 pages, 601 lots, color illustrations. Covers with some wear and soil, front cover marker-marked.

Inventory #: 34568
Price: $ 85.00       




[Warhol] American and European and American Paintings, Drawings and Prints. The Andy Warhol Collection. New York Sotheby's: April 29-30, 1988. Pop artist Andy Warhol was an omnivorous collector of a wide variety of art, antiques and collectibles. Following his untimely death his collection was dispersed by Sotheby's in a series of sales, and the proceeds used to help endow the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Softcover. 8"x10.5", about 250 pages, 517 lots, many black & white and several color illustrations. Light wear.

Inventory #: 34137
Price: $ 25.00       




Weitzenhoffer, Frances. The Havemeyers. Impressionism Comes to America. New York Harry N. Abrams, Inc: 1986. First edition. More than any other family of collectors, the Havermeyer's were responsible for bringing Impressionism to America. They brought back the first Monet, the first Degas, collected Japanese antiques and assembled a collection so vast that today its components hang on the walls of many museums. Hardcover. 7.5"x10.5", 288 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj a fine copy in a fine jacket.

Inventory #: 1748
Price: $ 40.00       




White, Robert. Treatise on the Knowledge Necessary to Amateurs in Pictures. Translated and Abridged from the French of M. Francois-Xavier de Burtin. London Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans: 1845. The original edition, published in Brussels in 1808, contained an extensive and detailed catalog of the personal picture collection of M. Burtin, which White judged to have not been of sufficient interest to his English readers to warrant the expense of including here. White has also updated some material to reflect current scholarship, and has added information concerning prices realised at auction for pictures in major collections in France over the prior hundred years. The main text remains as close to the author's original as White was able to come, and begins with a lengthy discussion of what makes a good picture before moving on to how to judge pictures, how to judge a picture's state of preservation, how to recognize copies, how to analyze and describe a picture, a description of the principal schools of painting, classification of pictures by subject, why 16th and 17th century pictures are superior to 18th century works, the differing manners of the Masters, signatures, DePile's 'Balance of Painters', cleaning pictures, varnishes, remarks on public galleries in Europe, and how to form a private collection. Hardcover. 6"x9", x + 338 pages, 3 lithographed plates, 1 tinted publisher's dark green embossed cloth with gilt spine title covers a bit worn and rubbed, tips soft, some internal foxing and discoloration, including to the plates.

Inventory #: 9490
Price: $ 200.00       




White, Robert. Treatise on the Knowledge Necessary to Amateurs in Pictures. Translated and Abridged from the French of M. Francois-Xavier de Burtin. London Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans: 1845. The original edition, published in Brussels in 1808, contained an extensive and detailed catalog of the personal picture collection of M. Burtin, which White judged to have not been of sufficient interest to his English readers to warrant the expense of including here. White has also updated some material to reflect current scholarship, and has added information concerning prices realised at auction for pictures in major collections in France over the prior hundred years. The main text remains as close to the author's original as White was able to come, and begins with a lengthy discussion of what makes a good picture before moving on to how to judge pictures, how to judge a picture's state of preservation, how to recognize copies, how to analyze and describe a picture, a description of the principal schools of painting, classification of pictures by subject, why 16th and 17th century pictures are superior to 18th century works, the differing manners of the Masters, signatures, DePile's 'Balance of Painters', cleaning pictures, varnishes, remarks on public galleries in Europe, and how to form a private collection. Hardcover. 6"x9", x + 338 pages, 4 lithographed plates, 1 tinted. Bound in old quarter leather and marbled boards. Covers somewhat worn, tips rubbed, gilt rubbing off raised bands, etc. Front hinge leather cracked and hinge a bit loose. Some internal foxing and discoloration, including to the plates.

Inventory #: 31379
Price: $ 175.00       




[Windward] The Contents of Windward, Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania. The Property of the Late Henry Oliver Rea. New York Christie, Manson & Woods: May 22-23, 1982. The auction sale of this fine household, with English and Continental furniture and decorations, glass, ceramics, silver, Orientalia, and more. Softcover. 8"x10", 114 pages, 796 lots, b/w and several color illustrations a nice copy.

Inventory #: 30344
Price: $ 30.00       




[Woolley Collection] The Collection of Robert C. Woolley. New York Sotheby's: January 24-25, 1997. Sale 6947. The last of the sales of Woolley's eclectic collection, following his death in 1996. Sotheby's New York auctioneer, Woolley's tastes ranged from Regency glass to Elton John's red gabardine tuxedo, from Chinese export to Fornasetti plates and Art Deco tables and radios. He once summed up his collecting philosophy as "don't fret. Just move everything one inch to the left". Famous for dinner parties, Woolley once hosted a fund-raiser at which guests could come as "old friends" for $500, "new friends" for $250 and "acquaintances" for $100. Softcover. 8"x10.5", about 250 pages, 495 lots, color and b/w illustrations a fine copy.

Inventory #: 9222
Price: $ 45.00       



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