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Item: Berlin. A Cabaret Program from the Ambassadeurs in Berlin Germany. Probably from the 1920's. In Germman. I8 interior pages including the interior covers. Advertisements for George Goulet Brut (1920), Barberina, Kakadu, Muratti, White Horse Scotch Whiskey, Lindt Chocolates, bols, Wolff Zigarren, Coty, etc. Performers mentioned include: The Bon John Jazz Girls, Barrey Twins, Nana de Herera, Les Costas, Cassetta Bianca, Ellinor and Eugen Kovary, Ilka Voronoff, Ruth Hillen Tessa Lehner, Jasper and Wynefred. Condition: The outer cover is torn from the bottom up the spine to the lower staple about 2 inches. Staining to the outer covers; minor corner loss to the upper front cover. A rare and pre WWII German collectible. Price: $250.00.


Item Number: Ship 1. A menu from the Hamburg Amerika ship line. The ship was the Hansa. Menu dated Mittwoch, den, 15, Juni, 1939: June 15, 1938. Size when closed: 4.5" x 10" open: 8.75" x 10". The form resembles a house and when the door is opened, it reveals the menu for the day. Two interior pages of menues, one in German, the other in English. Shrimp, oxtail soup, salmon, roast pullet, asparagus, potatoes, peaches, cheese, fruit and coffee. Condition: no tears, slight roughness to the edges; color is good with no staining. The menu is meant to stand at the table because of the way it is folded. A rare menu in excellent condition: a memento of the voyage. Price: $100.00.


Paper # 4. A steel engraving of Cornelia Beekman. {Cornelia Beekman 22 Dec 1711, Kingston NY } Engraved on paper 10.5" x 7". Image size 4.5" x 4". Titled with fascimile signature. Age: mid 19th century. Probably cut from a book. Condition: uneven cut from the left side; darkening at the top of the paper. No folds. Price: $50.00 plus Priority mail shipping of $4.00 in the U.S.


Paper # 5. A steel engraving of Frazar Augustus Stearns, who fell in the battle of Newbern, March 14th 1862, was born in Cambridge, Mass., on the 21st day of June, 1840, and was twenty-one. Title: "Frazar A. Stearns Mass Vol." Size of paper: 7" x 10.5". Cut from a book. Condition: some foxing around the outer edges. Price: $50.00 plus Priority Mail shipping of $4.00 in the U.S.


Paper 3. A portrait of a person of note. Either an actor or painter. Subject unknown. Came to us from the Birckhead Collection about 20 years ago. Size: app. 8" x 10.5". Condition: not much contrast, this may be a full negative proof. Age: late 19th century. Inquiries.


# HL. A black and white photograph of Harold Lloyd, signed with an ink pen on the photograph. Notations on the lower left side "P684-43". Size: app. 8" x 10". Condition: Three corners are missing and there is a slight tear and the left side down about 1 which is 1/8" into the border; there is a crease in the lower left corner that shows and there is a bump in the middle of Lloyd's eyeglasses; There is a pencil line on the back of the photograph. The signature is hand applied to the photograph and we assume that it is the signature of Harold Lloyd. Price: $350.00.


BK3. A Secession Era Folio. Titled: "Neue Ideen Für Modernen Schmuck" "Herausgegeben von René Beauclair" "Im Verein Mit André Petitjean, Jules Armbruster, Paul Liénard, Emile Jammes, Paul F. Follot" "24 Taflen" "Verlag von Jul. Hoffmann Stuttgart" The previous quoted items are the listing on the interior cover page. inner folio cover stamp: "William Hepburn Importer & Publisher 10 E. 16th Street N.Y." This is a loose leaf folio. I would date this folio around 1905. There are 30 either monochrome (one color against cream paper) or polychrome pages. There are some duplicate numbers. I have pictured several. Size of the interior pages: 10" x 13.5"; the exterior folio is slightly larger. Condition: soiled outer cover with a crease mark in the bottom right edge; tying ribbons intact; corner edge creases to many pages and some top edge staining. Price for this collection is: $1,000.00.


Item # B 1. A rare folio of photo engravings from the "L'Art Decoratif aux Salons de 1906": The Decorative Arts Salon of 1906. Size: app. 7.75" x 11.75" (page size, outer folio a little larger. Condition: there are about 105 pages and there must be several missing, there are 154 pages listed in the index, the outer folio covers are stained and fragile, the existing pages (this is a loose leaf assembly of pages) have minor tears and edge staining, but for the most part the images are clean. It seems that two organizations were listed: Society des Artistes Francais, Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. The Editor was Armand Guerinet. Pictured are works by (among others): Gaston Bigard, Paul-Emile Brandt, Boutet de Monvel, Gaston, Charlet, Mile Flore Herbin, Gaston Charlet, Maurice Delanney, Auguste Fourain, Paul Hesbert, R. Petit, Victor Lhuer, A. Quenard, E. Quentin, Mile S. Rabant, L.C. Tiffany, Taxile Doat, Michel Cazin, Camille Gueyton, etc. This folio came out of a Newport Rhode Island private library and was probably purchased at the time of its printing for that library here in Newport. The pages are suitable for copying and would make a wonderful reprint for designers and decorative arts educators. Most of the plates are of jewelry. There are only about 10 Tiffany items pictured. The plates are one sided. Price: $750.00.


Here is a photo take in the late 19th century. When you click on the above image it take you to a site to view a group of young women who pose for a studio portrait. Perhaps a church group. A few years ago this platinum print was described as possibly the Christian Endeavor Society of the Central Congregational Church of Fall River, Mass. The thought was that this image include Lizzie Borden. We still have never been able to confirm that notation. Various scholars of note have debated the subject of this photo. The pencil notation "Gay" was the leading photography studio of Fall River and the style and pencil signature is consistent with the era of this mounting. This image was found in storage in a Fall River home and purchased around 1984-85. We did receive a signed letter from a noted authority on Lizzie Borden in which they stated: "I have little doubt that the figure at the lower right, middle row is Lizzie Borden." "It was her official duty as treasurer of that society (Christian Endeavor Society of the Central Congregational Church) that kept her from going to Marion with friends on the fatal day of August 4, 1892." "At the time of the murders, and later at the trial, there was never any reference made to a Lizze look-alike." A number of years ago The Fall River Historical Society had a different opinion and declined to authenticate the image. Inquiries?


#BK10. "History of the City of Troy {New York}" by A.J.Weisse,A.M., published by William H. Young, Troy, N.Y. In very good condition. No paper cover (if there was one). $150.00.


#BK12. "Mimes" with a prologue and epilogue by Marcel Schwob-done into English by A. Lenalie. Published by Thomas B. Mosher 1901. "500 copies of this book have been printed on Van Gelder hand-made paper and the type distributed." Original paper cover, very good condition. $85.00.


#BK13. "The Librarian of the Desert and other poems" by Harry Lyman Koopman. The Everett Press, Boston, 1908. Original paper cover. Very good condition. $25.00.


#BK14. "Parnassus" edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston, New York. 1874. No paper covers. Wear to the outer spine. $45.00.


BK17. "American and English Antiques of the Eighteenth Century" from the firm of Max Webber, Inc. Catalogue Number Three: 1971. From the firm located in Middleton, Mass. Hardcover. No paper covers. Minor staining to the cover. 200 pages of black and white photos of inventory. (Don't you wish that you could go back there and purchase a few items from Max at the 1971 prices!) Price: $25.00


Offering books by Drawing Room Antiques Gallery Owners Federico Santi & John Gacher

THE MANSIONS OF NEWPORT R.I. POSTCARDS

ISBN: 0-7643-2497-7. Library of Congress Control Number 2006924184. This paperback book features over 200 Gilded Age early 20th century post cards of Newport with views of the Mansions, Cliff Walk, Newport public and private beaches and famed shopping area Bellevue Avenue. Most of the pictures are in full color. "Newport, Rhode Island, nicknamed "The Queen of Resorts." has been celebrated in beautiful postcard portrayals for over a hundred years. Today, these vintage cards illuminate the glories of the Gilded Age, when huge mansions or "cottages" built by competing industrialists blossomed along Bellevue Avenue and The Cliff Walk, turning a once-quiet New England watering hole into the apex of Nouveau riche destinations." Click on the above image of the book for details about ordering this book.


Zsolnay CeramicsCollecting A Culture

ISBN: 0-7643-0534-4 Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 98-85061."Zsolnay Ceramics Collecting a Culture" with price guide: "This beautifully illustrated guide to Zsolnay ceramics featuring over 400 color photographs, cover the three main periods of Zsolnay production, including 1868 to 1897-Folklorism, Historicism, Victorian Eclecticism; 1897 to 1920-Art Nouveau (Secession in Central European terms) and Art Deco (Second Secession); 1920 to the present-Modernism. An entire chapter; fully illustrated is also devoted to Zsolnay marks to help collectors identity their pieces." This book is 191 pages and is a large format hard cover. The over 400 color photos detail Zsolnay by size, form number, date of production and current market value. Price: $49.95 + shipping. For ordering details, just click on the above image of the book.


Art Nouveau Ironwork ofAustria Hungary

Book Details ISBN: 0764324365 ; Authors: Federico Santi and John Gacher. Size: 8 1/2" x 11" Illustrations: 500 color photos Pages: 240 Availability: Now Available Binding: Hard Cover Book Description The streets of Budapest, Hungary, and Vienna, Austria, are rich in masterpieces of Art Nouveau ironwork. Around nearly every corner of the residential districts and business hubs of these great cities, architectural treasures wait to be appreciated by the discerning eye. 500 vivid photos show the many, varied interpretations of Art Nouveau forms used in balustrades and balconies, lanterns and gates, doorways, elevator door façades, and more. This book will inspire many to make new travel plans and will delight everyone with a passion for beautiful decorative ironwork. Explanations of the settings discuss the details and decorative motifs associated with the various ironwork objects illustrated, and detailed photographs enhance the reader's understanding and appreciation. A bibliography is included. Quotes: Midwest Book Review--California Bookwatch (Nov. 2006) ...An excellent history of an outstanding survey of ironwork art covers--a region given little attention elsewhere. Price $49.95 plus shipping. For order details, just click on the image of the book above.


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