[JHRB News] NEW ARRIVALS -Books on Furniture, new on our shelves this week!

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These books have just arrived on our shelves-

“Baltimore Furniture. The Work of Baltimore and Annapolis Cabinetmakers
from 1760 to 1810”.  Baltimore Museum of Art: 1947.  Although much of the
material in this important catalog has been updated by other authors, it
remains as the publication which first focused the attention of collectors
and scholars on Maryland furniture. The 125 objects illustrated were
selected for the exhibition by Joseph Downs and Henry Francis du Pont.
Ames & Ward. Semowich 881.  Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 195 pages, b/w
illustrations. Minor wear.  [35908]  $150.00

Biddle, James.  “American Art from American Collections. Decorative Arts,
Paintings and Prints of the Colonial and Federal Periods, from Private
Collections, in an Exhibition Sponsored by The Friends of the American
Wing”.  New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1963.   The catalog to the
first large loan exhibition of American arts staged by the Met since the
flurry of activity surrounding the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition in 1929, the
New York State furniture exhibition of 1934 and the Greek Revival
exhibition of 1943. This exhibition was predominately devoted to
furniture, with a good amount of silver as well as selections of prints,
paintings, miniatures, glass and textiles.  Hardcover. 8"x10.5", 114
pages, b/w illustrations. Light cover wear.  [35909]  $25.00

Downs, Joseph.  “American Furniture, Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods in
the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum”.  New York; Bonanza: 1977.  A
cornerstone reference work, which remains the standard study of this
period. Downs had planned to write a three-volume history of American
furniture but died before he could complete more than this volume. Charles
Montgomery eventually wrote the second, on Federal furniture. The fact
that the third volume, which was to focus on 17th century furniture, was
never written by Downs remains one of the great tragedies in the history
of the literature of American furniture.  Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 10 color
plates and 401 b/w illustrations. Some wear.  [35910]  $35.00

Flanigan, J. Michael.  “American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection”. 
New York; Harry N. Abrams for the National Gallery of Art: 1986.  Anyone
lucky enough to see the exhibition in person will be impressed with how
well the beauty and distinctiveness of the pieces is captured in this
colorful book.  Flanigan's scholarly text and explanation of the pieces
and their subtleties makes this a model catalog.  Hardcover. 10"x12.5",
262 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj. Near fine. Nice presentation
inscription.  [35911]  $150.00

[Girl Scout Loan Exhibition]  “Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth Century and
Early Nineteenth Century Furniture & Glass... Portraits by Stuart, Peale
and others, for the Benefit of the National Council of Girl Scouts, Inc.” 
New York; American Art Galleries: 1929.  The importance of the Girl Scouts
Loan Exhibition cannot be overstated, although sometimes it seems it has
become something of a cliché. Simply put, it was the most important and
richest loan exhibition of American antique furniture and other decorative
arts ever staged to be drawn in large part from private collections;
although it did not start the popularization of American antiques, it
contributed largely to its continued success and gave both scholars and
collectors new focus; it brought a large number of prominent dealers and
collectors together in a way which had not been accomplished since the
Hudson-Fulton exhibition of 1909; it provided the first broad popular
showing of American Federal-period antiques; finally, it inspired an
enthusiasm which gave impetus to new books, catalogs and research. The
Girl Scout Exhibition is seen by many as the starting point for all
serious modern scholarship in the fields of American decorative arts. The
catalog features illustrations of fine furniture, textiles, glass,
ceramics and paintings, drawn from notable collections from across the
country.  Hardcover. 8"x11", 926 items, hundreds of b/w illustrations.
Newly bound into hardcovers with most of the original front cover bound
in. Minor wear.  [35912]  $500.00

Heckscher, Morrison H.  “American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of
Art II- Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles”.  New
York; Metropolitan Museum of Art/Random House: 1985.  A massive, scholarly
and well illustrated survey of the Met's collection. "Entries are lengthy,
authoritative on points of connoisseurship, and strengthened by
Heckscher's substantive amounts of original research..." (Ames & Ward). 
Hardcover. 9.5"x12.5", 383 pages, black & white and several color
illustrations; dust jacket. Light jacket wear. Inscribed.  [35913] 

Heckscher, Morrison H. & Leslie Greene Bowman. “American Rococo,
1750-1775. Elegance in Ornament”.  New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art,
LA County Museum of Art, and Harry N. Abrams: 1992.  The catalog to, and
text which accompanied, the important loan exhibition. In addition to
describing the pieces exhibited, the authors discuss the European Rococo
influence on American arts and architecture of the period, including
furniture, silver, prints, glass, ceramics and many other objects, from
bookplates to clock faces.  Hardcover. 9.5"x11.5", 288 pages, color and
b/w illustrations. Near fine. With a warm inscription.  [35914]  $85.00

Hornor, William M.  “Blue Book of Philadelphia Furniture, William Penn to
George Washington, with special reference to the Philadelphia-Chippendale
School”.  Philadelphia; privately printed: 1935.  "Much work has been done
on Philadelphia furniture in the past fifty years in the form of articles,
catalogues and theses, but no single book has yet superseded Hornor; it
remains essential to research on Philadelphia furniture..." (Ames & Ward).
The new edition does not contain Hornor's original preface included here.
Semowich 1109.  Hardcover. 8"x11", 340 pages, plus 502 b/w illustrations.
Newly bound into neat dark cloth with the original front covers bound in.
Minor wear.  [35915]  $250.00

Hummel, Charles F.  “A Winterthur Guide to American Chippendale Furniture.
 Middle Atlantic and Southern Colonies”.  New York; Winterthur/ Crown
Publishers: 1976.  A good study, based on the Winterthur Collection.
Something of an update of Joseph Down's book on American Chippendale
furniture which was also based on this collection, with updated
information, and also some pieces acquired since Downs' work was published
in 1952.  Hardcover. 6"x8.5", 142 pages, 16 color and 135 b/w
illustrations, dj. Jacket soiled.  [35916]  $40.00

Kane, Patricia E.  “Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers. A
biographical dictionary based on the notes of Francis Hill Bigelow & John
Marshall Phillips”.  New Haven; Yale University Art Gallery: 1998.  A book
almost a hundred years in the making, and quite simply the most important
book on American silversmiths since Belden’s study of the Ineson-Bissell
Collection at Winterthur. Pioneering collector and scholar Francis Hill
Bigelow died before his notes, for a proposed Magnum Opus on Massachusetts
silversmiths, could be completed and made into book form. John Marshall
Phillips, Curator of the Garvan Collection at Yale, took over the project
and added to the research, but his untimely early death once again stopped
the study in its tracks. Finally, in the 1980s, Patricia Kane and her
colleagues, working from the original notes, embarked on a project to
complete this ultimate reference, now published here in all its massive
glory. There are biographies of 296 silversmiths and jewelers who worked
in Massachusetts before the American Revolution, along with 93 craftsmen
in allied trades. Kane’s preface chronicles the ninety-two years of
research and scholarship that went into the book, and her essay focuses on
the creative ferment in Boston. Barbara McLean Ward’s essay describes the
tools of the trade. Gerald W. R. Ward discusses the differences between
metropolitan and rural silversmiths. The ‘New York Silver Society
Newsletter’ called this a “masterful accomplishment 
 and a source book
that will well serve the next generations of gold, silver, and jewelry
historians.” Our Book Elves at Joslin Hall simply describe the book as
“damned heavy”.  Hardcover. 8.5”x11.5”, 1,241 pages; marks, dj. Minor
wear.  [35917]  $100.00

Kindig, Joseph K. III.  “The Philadelphia Chair, 1685-1785”.  Historical
Society of York County: 1978.  A standard study, published in conjunction
with a loan exhibition. The catalog has more in common with Sack's "Fine
Points of Furniture" than most exhibition catalogs, in that such things as
dimensions are not noted, the commentary being related strictly to
stylistic matters. At the end of the catalog there is a section
illustrating many differing examples of details in the carvings on the
legs and backs of the chairs. Semowich 1108. Ames & Ward.  Hardcover.
9"x8.5", about 102 pages, packed with b/w illustrations. Light wear. Long
gift inscription.  [35918]  $85.00

Kopper, Philip.  “Colonial Williamsburg”.  New York; Harry N. Abrams:
1996.  A large, beautifully-illustrated history of Colonial Williamsburg
–both in Colonial times and as a living museum today. Includes a history
of how Williamsburg of the mid-20th century became today’s Colonial
Williamsburg.  Hardcover. 10.5”x12”, 320 pages, color and black & white
illustrations, dust jacket. Minor wear.  [35919]  $45.00

Little, Nina Fletcher.  “American Decorative Wall Painting 1700-1850”. 
New York; E.P. Dutton: 1989. Enlarged edition.  This remains the standard
reference work on the subject, and represented quite an exhaustive effort
on the author's part.  As Marshall Davidson points out in the Foreword to
the first edition, most of us have gathered, after reading too much
Hawthorne, that our Puritan ancestors lived in a brown and gray world; as
Mrs. Little shows, this was absolutely not the case.  The text is
copiously footnoted, and there is a long bibliography of related
materials.  An important study of American architecture, decoration, and
folk art. See also Allen and McClelland for related titles.  Softcover.
8.5"x11", 169 pages, b/w and color illustrations. Light wear.  [35920] 

Luther, Clair Franklin.  “The Hadley Chest”.  Hartford; Case, Lockwood &
Brainard Company: 1935.  “Luther, minister of the Second Congregational
Church in Amherst, Massachusetts, devoted years to his pursuit of the
Hadley-type chest, a type of object from the Connecticut valley decorated
with an allover pattern of tulips and leaves... (this work is) still used
routinely as pictorial sources, although it is recognized that Luther was
overzealous in attempting to link these chests to specific makers and to
specific owners on the basis of detective work which was more creative
than sound. His pictures and objective data continue to be valuable; his
brief text, largely surpassed by later work, nevertheless remains a
delight to read, possessing style and flavor not usually encountered in
writings on American furniture" -Ames & Ward. “The most important
reference on the so-called Hadley chests...still considered the definitive
work” -Semowich 932.  Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 144 pages, b/w illustrations.
Light wear.  [35921]  $250.00

Mercer, Henry C.  “The Bible in Iron, or Pictured Stoves and Stove Plates
of the Pennsylvania Germans.  Notes on Colonial Fire-Backs in the United
States, the Ten-Plate Stove, Franklin's Fireplace, and the Tile Stoves of
the Moravians in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, together with a List of
Colonial Furnaces in the United States and Canada”.  Doylestown; Bucks
County Historical Society: 1961. 3rd, corrected edition.  First published
in 1914.  For this edition the plates were reorganized and renumbered. 
Hardcover. 8"x11", 253 pages, b&w illustrations. Minor wear.  [35922] 

Montgomery, Charles F.  “American Furniture. The Federal Period, in the
Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum”.  New York; The Viking Press:
1966.  The standard work, based on the collections at Winterthur. "This
catalog of federal-period furniture at Winterthur is more than that: it
remains the best history of American furniture between 1790 and 1820"
(Ames & Ward). "The catalog is important and well done, and the background
section contains much fresh and interesting information. A fine monument
to Du Pont's vision and tenacity as a collector" (Karpel).  Hardcover.
9"x12", 497 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Spine cloth split. 
[35923]  $50.00

Moses, Michael.  “Master Craftsmen of Newport. The Townsends and the
Goddards”.  Tenafly; MMI Americana Press: 1981.  A very important study of
Townsend and Goddard and similar furniture.  A joint project with Israel
Sack, Inc., Moses wrote the text and members of the Sack family wrote the
picture captions.  Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 361 pages, profusely illustrated
in color and b/w, dj. Minor wear, nice gift inscription.  [35924] 

Nutting, Wallace.  “Furniture Treasury (Mostly of American Origin)”.  New
York; The Macmillan Company: 1948.  First published in 1928, Nutting's
massive pictorial reference has been "regarded as the bible of furniture
collectors for more than fifty years...(it) remains an unsurpassed
pictorial dictionary of American furniture; however, the terse captions
cannot be relied on..." (Ames & Ward). Frankly, the authenticity of all
the pieces cannot be relied on either, but classics are classics, and this
is one.  Hardcover. 2 volumes, 7.5"x10.5", 5,000 b/w illustrations; line
drawings, etc. Minor soil, a little wear. Case worn and torn.  [35925] 

[Sack] “American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection. Volume 1-10”. 
Highland House: 1974-1992.  One of the major pictorial sources to fine
American antique furniture. The first several volumes reprint the
softcover brochures which the Sack firm published for its clients between
1957 and 1967. Later volumes cover the brochures issued during each year.
The furniture presented is among the best offered on the American market,
the photographs are superb, and the scholarship of the entries is
consistently of the highest caliber.  Hardcovers. 10 volumes. 9.5"x12",
200-250 pages each. B/w and color illustrations, djs on most volumes. Some
jackets chipped and torn.  [35926]  $1000.00

Sewell, Darrel, et al.  “Philadelphia: Three Centuries of American Art.
Bicentennial Exhibition”.   Philadelphia Museum of Art: 1976.  A massive
catalog of this massive and important loan exhibition, filled with essays
by contributing experts and hundreds of fine illustrations. The topics
include the fine arts, architecture and decorative arts, including
furniture, silver, textiles, ceramics and glass.  Hardcover. 9.5"x10.5",
665 pages, 600+ b/w illustrations. Light wear.  [35927]  $100.00

Weidman, Gregory R. & Jennifer F. Goldsborough.  “Classical Maryland
1815-1845. Fine and Decorative Arts from the Golden Age”.  Maryland
Historical Society: 1993.  The catalog to a loan exhibition which drew
from both public and private collections. It explores the architecture,
paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, ceramics & glass of Classical-era
Maryland.  Softcover. 8.5”x11”, 8.5”x11”, 185 pages, color and b/w
illustrations. Minor wear. Nice inscription.  [35928]  $200.00

Wood, David P.  “The Concord Museum. Decorative Arts from a New England
Collection”.  The Concord Museum: 1996.  This book “offers a rare look at
the Concord Museum's important collection. Filled with new research and
major findings, the catalogue includes 60 in-depth entries that examine
100 decorative arts objects - case furniture, tables, seating furniture,
clocks, looking glasses, textiles, ceramics, and metal ware. For each
object the authors give detailed information about provenance,
construction, condition, dimensions, and materials, as well as extensive
references. The entries have been prepared by some of the foremost
American researchers writing in their areas of expertise”.  Hardcover.
8.5”x11”, 160 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket.
Light wear.  [35929]  $40.00


[Green Collection]  The Notable American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Norvin
H. Green. Superb Eighteenth Century American Furniture and Silver, Early
American Portraits and Miniatures...(etc).  New York; Parke-Bernet
Galleries: November 29-December 2nd, 1950. Sale 1202.  The auction of an
exceptional collection of fine formal furniture and silver, including work
by Phyfe, McIntyre, Randolph, and Seymour, and 17th and 18th century New
York and Boston silver. There is an introduction to the collection by
Leslie Hyam and F. Lewis Hinckley.  Hardcover. 7"x10", 233 pages, 681
lots, b/w illustrations. Bound into neat dark cloth, with the original
covers bound in. Minor wear. Prices noted in the margins.  [35900]  $50.00

[Haskell Collection]  The Americana Collection of the Late Mrs. J. Amory
Haskell.  New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: April 26th, 1944 through
February 16th, 1945 (six sessions).  One of the largest and most
distinguished collections of American furniture and decorative accessories
ever assembled by one person. Mrs. Haskell spent 60 years putting it
together, and it took six sales to disperse it. The American furniture
falls into what Leslie Hyam, in his introduction to the catalogs, terms
the "decisive hundred years"- 1730-1830. It includes the largest and most
complete collection of Philadelphia seating furniture ever assembled
privately, and examples of the best pieces of many other types, largely of
Pennsylvania and New Jersey origin. The "country" furniture included a
magnificent selection of Pennsylvania and New England windsors. There were
also 50 cabinetmakers' models. And much, much, much more.  Hardcover. 6
volumes bound as two. 7.5"x10.5", 1,413 pages, 5,875 lots, hundreds of b/w
illustrations. Newly bound into neat dark cloth with the original front
covers bound in. Light wear.  [35901]  $450.00

[Keep Collection]  Important Early American Cabinetwork, Silver &
Decorative Objects, From the Estate of the Late Mrs. C. Hallam Keep.  New
York; Parke-Bernet: October 19th, 1963. Sale 2215.  The noted collection
of Margaret Williams Keep; includes a particularly fine Goddard-Townsend
card table, Phyfe’s “Napoleon” table, and a number of pieces exhibited at
the Girl Scout Loan Exhibition, including a Queen Anne inlaid walnut
highboy, a Chippendale shell-carved, bonnet-top highboy, and a Chippendale
camel-back ball & claw sofa.  Hardcover. 7”x10”, 66 pages, 235 lots, b/w
illustrations. Newly bound into neat dark cloth with the original front
covers bound in. Near fine.  [35902]  $40.00

[Christie Collection]  Property from the Estate of Mrs. Lansdell K.
Christie.  New York; January 27, 1996.  The Christie’s collected American
furniture through the 1960s with the help of Harold Sack, and built up a
superb collection of the finest examples, some of which were sold at
Lansdell Christie’s death in 1972. The rest, including the Derby Family
painted Federal side chairs and Newport and Boston block-front furniture,
was sold at this sale.  Hardcover. 8”x10.5”, 59 pages, 40 lots, color
illustrations. Newly bound into neat dark cloth with the original front
covers bound in. Bookplate, signature, otherwise near fine.  [35903] 

[Lewis Collection]  Important American Eighteenth-Century Cabinetwork,
Decorative Objects, Notable Currier & Ives Prints, Property of the Estate
of the Late Reginald M. Lewis.  New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries: March
24-215, 1961. Sale 2026.  This sale reads like a dissertation on the
finest Philadelphia furniture, and many of the pieces had been purchased
from Joseph Kindig’s shop. Includes a Philadelphia Chippendale
secretary-cabinet pictured by Hornor and described by him as “one of the
very best”; an upholstered Speaker’s chair made by Thomas Affleck for the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court; a pair of Randolph side chairs with labels;
and so on...  Hardcover. 7”x10”, 103 pages, 270 lots, b/w illustrations.
Newly bound into neat dark cloth with the original front covers bound in.
Minor wear.  [35904]  $40.00

[Morris Collection)  The Contents of the Lindens, The Collection of the
Late Mrs. George Maurice Morris, Important American Furniture and
Decorative Arts.  New York; Christie, Manson & Woods: January 22nd, 1983. 
An important sale of 17th and 18th century American furniture and
important and unusual accessories, textiles, etc.  Hardcover. 8"x10.5",
152 pages, 393 lots, color and b&w illustrations, dj. Minor wear.  [35906]

[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.<p>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.<p>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.  [35907]  $600.00

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