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The Joslin Hall Rare Books Newsletter
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March 31st, 2005

It was something like the fourth snowiest Winter on record here in New England, and the snow lingers in the corners and valleys. They were even talking about the possibility of a major snowstorm last week... But today the sun is out, Spring is officially here, the crocuses are up, and the Red Sox are about to come North and play baseball! We have a new specialty catalog out now, and a new Recent Acquisitions list coming out next week. We are always buying books, so if you want to keep up to date on our latest additions, ask to be put onto our monthly "Recent Acquisitions" mailing list. We have also just purchased a rather large collection (60 boxes) of vintage auction catalogs, and are issuing a list featuring these each month.

Stay tuned for even more exciting happenings.

New Catalog-

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Our new printed "Silver & Silversmiths"
catalog, featuring 252 books
(including some not on our website)
is now available!

Please ask for your free copy.




Fuchs, Ronald W., & David Howard.

Made in China -Export Porcelain from the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur.





Winterthur / University Press of New England: 2005.
This sumptuous volume accompanies a traveling exhibition of the same name that opened at Winterthur in February, 2005. The full-color volume highlights 117 exquisite export porcelain objects from the extensive Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur. Authors Ron Fuchs and David Howard ground their presentation with an introductory overview of the manufacture of porcelain, the history of the china trade, and the importance of export porcelain in European and American history and material culture. Individual entries are grouped according to function: dining wares, drinking wares, household and personal utensils, and decorative wares. Each grouping is preceded by a short essay that places the objects within a historic context. An illustrated appendix addresses the coats of arms found on many of the objects, and an extensive bibliography offers supplementary readings. Hardcover. 8.5”x11.5”, 212 pages, 280 color illustrations, dj. New. [90148] $50.00



justcat02.jpg (4344 bytes)We will be updating our "Just Catalogued"
pages next week; watch here for more information!



Speaking of Collecting...

In the last years of the 19th century, and the first years of the 20th, a man named Charles T. Yerkes was busy building a streetcar empire in Chicago. In this endeavor he was fabulously successful and he became immensely rich, and so he began to indulge his taste in art. Unfortunately he was not as knowledgeable about art as he was about streetcars. He would learn as time went on, and become an important and pioneering collector of truly fine Oriental rugs, but in the meantime he waded into paintings with somewhat predictable results-

"In Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, London, The Hague, Yerkes bought no end of pictures. He got a Clouet that had belonged to Horace Walpole- which of the three Clouets had painted it he did not inquire. What did it matter? It had hung, they said, in Strawberry Hill before that dream of glory ended in the auctions. He bought four Brueghels before he learned that there were seven Flemish painters by the name of Brueghel who had painted with irreconcilable degrees of skill. The Countess de Bearn sold him a David, which turned out to be by the Flemish primitive Gerard David, not by the great French classicist that everyone admired. (That was, perhaps, an error on the credit side). But thanks to the more respectable European dealers, Yerkes brought back to Chicago some of the best Dutch paintings that had come to America: four by Frans Hals, one of them a masterpiece; two Jan Steens; four Rembrandts, all of them reasonably Rembrandtesque."
                          (Wesley Towner, "The Elegant Auctioneers")



That's going to do it for today, we'll be back next week!


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