Holiday 2020 Catalogue


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1. [Great Gifts!] [Apollo] Heyden, Otto. (1820–1897).
Apollo with the Horae - DESIGN FOR A THEATER CURTAIN

Oil on canvas, signed lower right: O. Heyden.  Measuring 26.5 x 29.75 inches [67 x 76 cm]. Beautifully framed in black wood with gilt fillet, overall 34 x 37.5 x 2.5 inches  [86.5 x 95 x 5.5 cm].  Read More...

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2. [Great Gifts!] [Berlin, Irving. (1888–1989)] Mackay, Ellin. (d. 1988) [Frissell, Toni. (1907–1988)].
Signed Christmas Card with "White Christmas" Musical Quotation

Printed Christmas Card signed "Ellin and Irving" to the interior by Mackay, longtime wife of the great American songwriter, on behalf of the pair, beneath a printed musical quotation from the most iconic Christmas song of them all.  Quotation includes melody along with the lyrics "May your days be mer-ry and bright- / And may all your Chist-mas-es be white."  Together with an original black and white Frissell photograph of daughters Linda Louise, Mary Ellin, and Elizabeth Irving, originally mounted to front of card, with printed Frissell credit to cover.  Mounting remnants to front cover and verso of photograph, light toning to edges of card, else fine.  Card 4.5 x 6.25 inches (11.4 x 15.9 cm.). Read More...

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3. [Great Gifts!] [Book-Form Decanter] [James Dixon & Sons].
Silver-Plated Decanter, ca. 1920

Book-form flask made by the important British silversmiths James Dixon & Sons Ltd of Sheffield, c. 1920.  Upper right corner of the "book" separates to reveal the spout, with the seam masked to appear as part of the cover design.  Light wear, some signs of plate loss and pitting, else fine.  5.25 x 7.25 x 1.25 inches (13.3 x 18.4 x 3.2 cm.), holds 24 Oz.

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4. [Great Gifts!] [Can-Can] ["Polaire." Émilie Marie Bouchaud (1874–1939)].
La Danseuse "Polaire" - Animated Engraving

Unusual animated hand-colored engraving of the French singer and actress Polaire, who appears to lift the skirt of her dress when the tab to verso is pulled gently downward.  Some creases along right edge that do not interfere with the image, otherwise in remarkable condition.  6.5 x 8.75 inches (16.5 x 22.2 cm.). Read More...

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5. [Great Gifts!] [Cliburn, Van. (1934 - 2013)].
Japanese Pitchers of Solid Silver from Van Cliburn's Collection

Two small pitchers of solid silver with rafia covered handles and trim around the neck base, each with gross weight of 5.5 oz. Approximately 10 cm tall, 8.5 cm in diameter plus handle. Jungin mark for solid silver on bottom which was used throughout the Meiji period until a 1928 ordinance required that objects be marked numerically according to the alloy fineness. The other stamp is of the maker Miyamoto Shoko, a famous silversmith located in the Ginza district of Tokyo which has made fine silver works since 1880, including many of the silver items used by the imperial family of Japan.  Read More...

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6. [Great Gifts!] Dali, Salvador. (1904–1989) [Bizet, Georges. (1838–1875)].
"Carmen" - SIGNED PROGRAM

Boldly signed tri-fold program for Dali's Carmen lithograph suite, with signature in pencil on the front cover. In fine condition, each panel measuring 7.5 x 9.25 inches (19 x 23.5 cm.).

This attractive brochure program advertises the artist's series of 25 lithographs based on Bizet's great opera, published in 1970 by Shorewood Publishers, New York, in an edition of 276 plus proofs.  


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7. [Great Gifts!] [Dance Placards].
Cranberry-Red Orchestra Signs

Six hand-painted placards, America, ca. 1860, which would have been displayed by an orchestra or band at a dance, alerting the audience to the proper steps. Each sign has a different popular dance written on each side, with the selections including Polka, Schottische, March, Quadrille, Waltz, Mazurka, Varieties, Gavotte, Lancers, York, Triange, and Selection. While the orchestra to whom these belonged is unknown, the included original carrying case bears the initials "AEO". Minor paint loss, else very fine. Placards 12.25 x 2 inches (31.1 x 5 cm.), case 13 x 3 inches (33.5 x 7.5 cm.). Graphically attractive, evocative, wonderful. 

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8. [Great Gifts!] Escher, Maurits Cornelis. (1898 - 1972).
Icosaeder (ICOSAHEDRON)

Tin with 20 sides, 1963, designed by M.C. Escher for the N.V. De Vereenigde Blikfabrieken, metal, marked with artist's monogram, in very fine condition. 14 cm (each rib 9 cm). Issued in an unknown but very limited edition, only for employees of the United Tin factories on the occasion of their 75th anniversary in 1963, the multiple was filled with 450 grams of the famous Dutch chocolate Droste pastilles.  Bool/Locher, p.151. Read More...

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9. [Great Gifts!] Férat, Serge. (1881–1958).
"Arlequin de Cirque" - Painting

Mixed media painting, primarily ink and gouache on pressed paperboard, depicting a circus harlequin atop a horse.  Gentle rippling, unevenly trimmed, toning and foxing to edges and reverse, mounting remnants to verso, else fine, 6.5 x 7.5 inches (16.5 x 19 cm) with frame. Read More...

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10. [Great Gifts!] [God Save the Queen].
Enamel Stud Buttons

Charming black and white enamel buttons decorated with sheet music for the first and third verses of "God Save the Queen," ca. 1880.  Wear in accordance with age, else fine, .85 x 1 inches (2.2 x 2.6 cm.).

The exact date when "God Save the Queen/King" became the national anthem of the United Kingdom is unknown, as its designation was never officially decreed.  The song, not quite in its present form but recognizable, was first published in 1744. The author is unknown.


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11. [Great Gifts!] [Handel, George Frederic. (1685-1759)] [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. (1756 - 1791)].
"A Grand Selection, The First Part Solely from 'The Messiah'" - Original 1818 Broadside

Original broadside for a Friday, February 13, 1818 concert at Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, featuring the first part of Handel's The Messiah, "To particular Airs and Choruses of which will be introduced the Additional Accompaniments by W. A. Mozart."  To verso, an unknown period hand has rather amusingly recorded that attendance was "very so so until second Price and then pretty full all over. Concluded by Eleven or a few minutes after. Money Taker at... Check Mr. Keating." Additional performances are also noted, including a Flute Concerto by Drouet and a Cello Concerto by Lindley.  Some of the celebrated singers listed include Catherine Stephens, Fanny Corri-Paltoni and John Braham. Creases and rough edges, but overall in fine condition.  Approximately 8.25 x 12.25 inches (21.3 x 42.5 cm). Read More...

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12. [Great Gifts!] Haring, Keith. (1958–1990).
Dollar Bill - Signed with an Original Drawing

Original felt tip sketch on a one-dollar bill, accomplished by the American graffiti artist and social activist known for his instantly recognizable visual language of dancing figures and his work bridging the gap between high and low art.  Haring has framed George Washington's face with two winged figures, an angel to the left and a demon on the right.  Signature to lower right, dated "87."  Fine.  6.125 x 2.625 inches (15.6 x 6.6 cm).

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13. [Great Gifts!] Heath, William. (1795–1840).
"Opera Reminiscences: Hat Boxes" - Original Print, 1829

Hand-colored print of "Hat Boxes", after William Heath, published in 1829 by Thomas McLean 26 Haymarket, "sole publisher of Mr. Heath."  In this illustration, Heath's sharp eye and even sharper pen are aimed at the sartorial habits of upperclass women attending the opera, the brims of their oversized hats filling their private boxes and, in the case of the patron on the left, blocking the stage entirely.  Matted, fine.  10 x 14 inches (25.4 x 35.6 cm.). Read More...

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14. [Great Gifts!] [Jazz] [Marijuana].
"Road to Ruin" - 1934 two-sheet Movie Poster

Rare, very large poster for the 1934 exploitation film Road to Ruin, described as the "Story of a high school girl led into a life of shame / A timely warming to parents of today" and headed with "The new jazz sensation / Adults only." The poster shows a scantily-clad girl reclining in a drug-addled daze while the Devil watches over her from above. Printed on two large sheets, which can be assembled to an overall size of 41 x 80 inches. Folded to 11 x 28 inches, with folding creases, some partial splits, and edge wear. Overall very good. Read More...

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15. [Great Gifts!] [Jazz Rug].
"Go Man Go" Hooked Rug, America, c. 1920s

Highly unusual and visually striking folk art hooked rug, America, c. 1920s, the center depicting record disks and musical notes, with the interleaved exhortation "Go Man Go," the ends striped in multicolored bands. Mounted on rigid frame backing for hanging, lg. 59, wd. 26 1/2 in. 

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An unusual item, a small pocket mirror signed to verso by jazz musicians Fats Waller and Erskine Hawkins, bandleader Ted Weems, actor Stepin Fetchit, and a fifth signature from one Edward L. Waller.  Three signatures in pencil, the other two in ink, overall in fine condition.  2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm.).

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17. [Great Gifts!] Jolson, Al. (1886-1950) [Vandamm, Florence. (1883-1966)].
Original Vandamm Photograph in the stage play "Big Boy" - INSCRIBED "A Happy New Year "

Original 6.25 x 8.25 inch photograph of Jolson in full blackface in the 1925 stage play "Big Boy," as captured by the important Broadway photographer Florence Vandamm. Raised stamp of the photographer l.l. "Florence Vandamm," her stamp also on the verso with handwritten "Vanity Fair." Inscribed and signed secretarially on the mount in ink "A Happy New Year / Al Jolson." Affixed to mount at upper edges, otherwise in very fine condition.  Read More...

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18. [Great Gifts!] [Kennedy, Edward Moore "Ted." (1932 - 2009)] Estin, Peter. (1927–1962).
"Skiiing the American Way" - Inscribed to Senator Ted Kennedy

New York: John Day Co. . 1964. First. 8vo, 100 pp., hardcover, inscribed on inside end paper "To Ted and Joan/ With memories of some pleasant and humorus skiing escapades - I am sure, Peter would have wanted you to be among the first to have this book/ with best wishes, Hans," dated February 4, 1964 and signed by H. Nelson Hartstone, the executor of the author's estate.  Original dust jacket present with some toning, wear, and small tears along edges, else fine.   Read More...

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19. [Great Gifts!] Kokoschka, Oskar. (1886–1980).
"Die Macht der Musik" ["The Power of Music"], 1966

Black and white signed lithograph on paper. Numbered 11/300.  Very fine, 22.5 x 18 inches (57 x 45.5 cm.).

A striking work by the important Austrian painter, sculptor, graphic artist and writer known for his distinctively expressionistic portraits and landscapes and for his passionate, often stormy affair with Alma Mahler.


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20. [Great Gifts!] Leger, Fernand. (1881–1955) [After].
POIGNÉE DE PORTE ET ESCUTCHEON [Door Handle]

Ceramic and metal hardware. Height: 11¼ in. [28.5 cm]. In very fine condition, the ceramic stable and all of the elements present. Some studio staining to the reverse, very slightly dirty overall, but with the colors presenting nicely. Complete with a removable knob. Read More...


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