[History & Culture]
[China]. Chinese Decree from the Qing Dynasty, 19th century
Graphically striking Chinese governmental decree in both Mandarin and Manchu. Silk brocade on paper. The decree, four panels mounted to a single scroll, is rendered in four strong and striking colors; green, red, brown, and yellow. Two red governmental stamps to yellow panel. Overall in fine condition. 10.5 x 68.5 inches (27 x 174 cm.). Read More...
Kingston, Jamaica: Sangster. 1976. First (presumed). 8vo. Softcover, photographically illustrated front cover. [i - xix] 1 - 282 pp. With an introduction by Rex Nettleford. A worn copy, with a small bite to the spine, scattered wear and creases to spine and around the edges, ownership signature to inside front cover, scattered light foxing to early pages, overall solid and otherwise clean internally. Read More...
Signed photograph of the great boxer, who has inscribed "To Rick, / Joe Louis." "Signed / by Joe Louis / at the Waldorf-Astoria / Hotel—N.Y.C. / 1982?" has been written by an unknown hand in red ink to verso. Signature is very faint, else in fine condition. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm.).
Printed silk. 345 x 340 mm [13.5 x 13.5 inches]. Some faint staining and bleeding of colors, but mostly in vibrant and fine condition. Attractively mounted on gray linen and framed under acrylic. Read More...
Collection of five handmade antique Catholic Corporal bags, probably ca. 1900 or earlier, various sizes with the largest measuring 10 x 10 inches, and to our modern eyes, quite graphically striking and indeed somewhat reminiscent of Malevitch or Lewitt! The corporal (from Latin corpus "body") bag is a quadrangular pouch used to hold the corporal once folded during the celebration of the Catholic Eucharist (Mass). The bag, with the corporal inside, was used together with the veil to cover the chalice and paten on the way from the sacristy to the altar and back. Each bag consists of two rigid quadrangular plates made of rigid paper board, lined with linen or silk on the inside and with the fabric and color of the liturgical vestments on the outside, sewn on three sides and finished with decorative panels. In fine condition.
Extraordinary gouache, watercolour, gilt and gold leaf on openwork cut pattern in parchment, backed with tissue, pearls and embroidery with gold and silver thread, depicting the patron saint of music and musicians. In the centre cartouche, Saint Cecilia is pictured holding a portative organ, and is surrounded with the openwork painted pattern within a painted floral border, some openings in the frame providing a place for the deposit of reliquary fragments, some of which are here still preserved (!). 12.4 x 10.4 inches (31.6 x 26.4 cm). Mounted to cardboard backing, some worming and mildew damage to mounting, a few small chips, overall in fine condition. An impressive and graphically striking piece of devotionalia.
[History & Culture]
[Tree of Life]. "The Good Tree or Hieroglyphics of a Christian" – 19th Century Colored Lithograph
Hand-colored lithograph depicting a tree tended by angels, one of whom is keeping an axe-bearing Lucifer from chopping the tree down. The other angel waters the soil, which is labelled "Faith" and "Repentance." The trunk, labelled "Hope" and "Love," leads up to a canopy bearing fruit with labels such as "Mercy," "Justice," "Chastity," and "Temperance." The word "Grace" appears in the sky above the crown of the tree. Beneath the illustration is the title, "The Good Tree or Hieroglyphics of a Christian," and a quotation from the Book of Psalms, "'And he shall like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.' Psalm.1.ver.3." ca. 1846. After a 1791 print by John Hagerty entitled The Tree of Life. Published by Kellogs & Thayer, New York; E. B. & E. C. Kellogg, Hartford; D. Needham, Buffalo. An edition of this print is in the collection of the National Museum of American History. Mild toning, foxing to verso, general edge wear, hole to lower right corner and upper left, overall in fine condition given its age. 10 x 14 inches (25.4 x 35.6 cm.).