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1 Art and Decoration Crepe and Tissue Paper
Boston, New York, etc. Dennison Manufacturing Co. 1905 Sixteenth Edition Wraps Very Good 
8vo. 22 by 15 cm. 104 pp. Many illustrations of quirky and unsual crepe paper concoctions for cotillions, parade floats, electric shades, hats, ice cups -- there is apparently little that crepe paper couldn't ornament! Fun and informative manual and trade catalogue. Soiling to the cover. Text block detached from wraps. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Chief Paints.  Color Styles and Painting Guide for Beautifying and Protecting Your Home
2 Chief Paints. Color Styles and Painting Guide for Beautifying and Protecting Your Home
Full Leather. Spiral Spine. Very Good 
N.d., circa late 1940s. Folio, 43 by 33 cm. 59 pp. Missing only one paint strip, of 215. Many color illustrations of house exteriors and interiors, working in the activities of the wholesome American nuclear family ideal of the period, with attractive young parents and their small children. Homes are generally modest but handsome suburban clapboard colonials, with modern, southern plantation and ranch houses also shown. The illustrations are uniformly pleasing, and their interest lies in their sociological content as well. The catalogue is chock-full of explanatory material on all the paint and stain products of the company, along with many do-it-yourself instructions and tips, and so it was really much more than a simple catalogue or color guide. Wear and soiling to the cover. Light wear to pages, which are generally clean. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design Depicting Monastery on Island
3 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design Depicting Monastery on Island
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on a thin paper which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 54 cm, the height, 27 cm. The image is relatively small, measuring about 24 by 7 cm. The imagery is a pleasant body of water, a swath of grass on its far bank, and a small complex of buildings which to us looks as if it might be a monastery since there are three towers, but one can interpret the buildings as just a small hamlet as well. Some light soiling at the edges. The paper itself is not entirely flat -- it has some waviness -- but it could be handsomely mounted, matted and frames. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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4 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Island Setting, Shepherdess in the Foreground by Gabled Cottage, Castles in the Distance
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on thin paper which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 54 cm, the height, 29 cm. The image is dominated by blue and a tenebrous palette and is not large, measuring a 25 by 10 cm, in a crescent shape, with a light blue field extending beyond. The paper has a few small tears and light soiling, but it can be mounted and matted very handsomely. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Island Setting, Young Fisherman, Maiden, Gondolas, Tower in Distance
5 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Island Setting, Young Fisherman, Maiden, Gondolas, Tower in Distance
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on thin paper which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 54 cm, the height, 29 cm. The image is dominated by blues and greens, and it would take up most of the fan. Light soiling. Easily attractively mounted and matted. 
Price: 395.00 USD
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Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Scene of Dancers, Two Young Women and a Child Onlookers, Columns in the Background and a Watery Foreground
6 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Scene of Dancers, Two Young Women and a Child Onlookers, Columns in the Background and a Watery Foreground
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on thin paper which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 54 cm, the height, 28 cm. The picture would take up most of the fan. Light flattened creasing, light soiling. Small repaired closed tear. Easily attractively mounted and matted. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Scene of Picnickers, with Italianate farmhouses Dotting the Background
7 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Scene of Picnickers, with Italianate farmhouses Dotting the Background
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on thin paper which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 54 cm, the height, 29 cm. The image has water and bush in the foreground. With a blue-ish palette that brings to mind Willow-ware and Spode. The picture would take up most of the fan. Light soiling and some minor creasing. Easily attractively mounted and matted. 
Price: 395.00 USD
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Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Scene with a Peasant Woman Feeding Chickens
8 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Scene with a Peasant Woman Feeding Chickens
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on thin paper which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 54 cm, the height, 29 cm. The image has water and bush in the foreground, a tower in the background. The picture is mid-sized -- the fan would have had a moderate sized border. Light soiling and some minor creasing. Easily attractively mounted and matted. 
Price: 325.00 USD
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Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Setting, with Peasants, a Peacock and Other Fowl, and a Brick Ruin by Water
9 Eighteenth Century Gouache French Fan Design of a Bucolic Setting, with Peasants, a Peacock and Other Fowl, and a Brick Ruin by Water
NA Very Good 
N.d., mid-18th Century almost certainly, a hand-colored design on vellum which was meant to have been folded and attached to the spokes of a fan but wasn't. The paper is a half-circle, with the length 52.5 cm, the height, 29 cm. The image is richly colored, with the dominance of deep blues and greens, and the scene evokes the pastoral fantasy so infectious to the aristocracy during the reign of Louis XV. The image itself would have filled out the fan. The vellum has many a flattened crease, and there is light soiling, and perhaps a touch of fading of the gouache paint on the image. Still, something that would be very attractive mounted and matted. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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10 Music Box Cigarette Dispenser with Decoration of Two Shelves Lined with Books
Japan NA Fine 
Fifties Modern kitsch, once known as "Japanese junk". 12 cm tall, 11.5 cm wide, 11 cm deep, it passes as a wooden cube, with a lit cigarette painted onto the lower front, and two shelves of dollhouse sized wooden books above. When one presses a button, up pops a terrier who dispenses with a cigarette. One loads the contraption with cigarettes by lifting a front lid atop. A fun piece that goes perfectly with Fifties Modern, the rage in the vintage and antique decorating world. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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11 Stillehre und Geschichte des Mobelbaues
Vienna 1924 Hardcover Very Good very good Jacket 
A well-done and decorative student notebook, and really compendium, on the topic of cabinet or furniture-making. The notebook is written in a neat hand, with many illustrations of Renaissance and Gothic style furniture and ornament, and Tirolese style figures in as well. The most memorable illustration, though, is of a domed baroque church and monumental column and staircase in front of it. Measuring 20 by 16.5 cm, the notebook runs for about 100 pages, after which the leaves are blank. With also a homemade dust jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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[Pattern Book] Leeds Pottery.  Designs for Creamware (Leedsware)
12 [Pattern Book] Leeds Pottery. Designs for Creamware (Leedsware)
Leeds Hartley, Greens & Company 1794 Quarter Calf. Marbled Boards Very Good 
4to. 28 by 23 cm. 71 engraved plates, with 269 designs. Two of the plates are folding. Hartley, Greens was established in 1781 and is still in existence, making creamware. Without twelve page text which was issued separately. One of the folding plates, No. 26, featuring design No. 106, is torn by the folds, with a chunk of the base of the design, lost. Otherwise, occasional light pencil drawings, occasional light soiling, age toning, generally clean. 
Price: 2450.00 USD
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13 [Trade Catalogue] Olson Rugs
Chicago 1932 Wraps Near Fine 
8vo. 19 by 15 cm. 48 pp., including wraps, and with inserts for ordering, etc. Most pages with color illustrations of rugs and interiors where rugs are laid, capturing well period style. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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[Trade Catalogue] Patons & Baldwins Ltd. Turkey Rug Wool Carpets
14 [Trade Catalogue] Patons & Baldwins Ltd. Turkey Rug Wool Carpets
Alloa and Halifax Patons & Baldwins. Full Leather binder Very Good 
A vast array of carpet designs, from the abstract or geometric to the figurative rendering of flowers and animals. N.d., circa 1900 to 1930. Oblong, 24 by 32 cm. Contains about 200 sheets, each with a large color rendering of a carpet pattern in addition to a color key and a description of the particular carpet including technical points regarding the carpet. Small sheets relating to variants of particular designs are also inserted in front of many of these larger leaves. Light wear. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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15 Alan Victor Sugden and John Ludlam Edmondson A History of English Wallpaper 1509 - 1914 With 70 Plates in Colour and 190 Illustrations in Half-Tone
New York and London Charles Scribner's Sons; B. T. Batsford Ltd. 1925 First edition Cloth Near Fine 
Folio, 13 by 10 inches. xiii, 281 pp. Lavish book on subject, with heavy paper, beautiful plates, 70 in color, with an extensive history that makes this work serve well as both a scholarly treatise on the subject and a pleasurable "coffee table" book as well, inviting casual dips into its pages. Minor scuffs on blue cloth. Otherwise tight and clean. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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A History of English Wallpaper 1509 - 1914 With 70 Plates in Colour and 190 Illustrations in Half-Tone, Alan Victor Sugden and John Ludlam Edmondson
16 Alan Victor Sugden and John Ludlam Edmondson A History of English Wallpaper 1509 - 1914 With 70 Plates in Colour and 190 Illustrations in Half-Tone
London B. T. Batsford Ltd. 1925 First edition Full Vellum Near Fine 
Georgeous full vellum binding, with gilt lettering, and a special autographed copy, numbered 5 (of an unspecified number), signed by both authors and presented to "The Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd". Folio, 33.5 by 26.5 cm, 13 by 10 inches. xiii, 281 pp. Lavish book on subject, with heavy paper, beautiful plates, 70 in color, with an extensive history that makes this work serve well as both a scholarly treatise on the subject and a pleasurable "coffee table" book as well, inviting casual dips into its pages. Minor soiling on the vellum, with also trivial rubbing of the gilt lettering. Slight looseness of the front hinge. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Histoire de L'Art Decoratif de XVI Siecle a Nos Jours, Arsene Alexandre
17 Arsene Alexandre Histoire de L'Art Decoratif de XVI Siecle a Nos Jours
Paris Henri Laurens 1892 Half Morocco, with slipcase Fine 
Heavy folio-sized, 40 by 32 cm, 15.5 by 12 inches. 15 lbs., with slipcase. vii, 336 pp, with 60 plates, 48 of which are color chromolithographs, and several of these are two paged. A magnificent survey of the decorative arts, touching on furniture, glass, porcelain, faience and ceramics, enamel, metalwork, fabric, etc. A truly magnificent and majesterial work, and this is a copy that is fully commensurate, with its half purple morocco over marbled boards, which are themselves unusually thick and substantial. Perhaps the one minor defect is that the spine leather has been sunned to a brown, but the difference in color with that on the boards is unlikely to disconcert. Gilt edges all around, and immaculate within. With slipcase of cloth and morocco trim. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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18 Darly, M. [Matthew or Matthias] (1741? - 1778) Sixty Vases by English French and Italien (sic) Masters.
London Darly 1769 Full Calf Good 
Oblong, 18 by 24 cm. Fifty engraved leaves, including title page. These styles it would seem were for sale by Darly. Darly and his wife had a print shop on the Strand that was best known for caricature prints of Darly's design, but Darly also had a strong reputation in furniture design, both as an actual designer and as an artist and print engraver of designs. He incidentally did many of the engravings for Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. Contemporary mottled calf. Joints repaired. Repair to tear in second plate. Light soiling throughout. 
Price: 3000.00 USD
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19 Göppinger, A. Bouquets de Fleurs et Vieilles Décorations du Style Louis XV reproduits d’après les originaux
Paris A. Calavas Portfolio, with cloth spine. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 8vo. 23 by 16.5 cm. Chromo title page followed by 32 plates of Louis XV style decorative ornament and vignettes, such as one finds on porcelain, furniture, painting -- the broad range of decorative arts. A feast of Rococo flowers, Arcadian scenes, birds, insects, etc. Beautiful, and scarce, with a single copy only located on OCLC. (This copy suggests there was a second volume and 48 plates in all. However, there is nothing to indicate that this volume was a part of a set or that there are any plates missing. The one strange detail is that the folio cover bears a title, "Bouquets de Fleurs Saxe", suggesting that the publisher used the folio cover from another publication for this collection of plates.) Light staining and wear to the cover. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Medieval English Pavingtiles, Haberly, Loyd, author and illustrator
20 Haberly, Loyd, author and illustrator Medieval English Pavingtiles
Oxford Shakespeare Head Press Saint Aldates 1937 First Edition Half Morocco. Near Fine 
A fascinating look at what was, and remains, a neglected area of Medieval decorative arts. 4to. 26 by 20 cm. 327 pp. Red over the cream paper illustrations on most pages -- well over 225 illustrations. Most pages with two tile specimens and a caption, sometimes long, explaining where the specimen is located and occasionally more background about the specimen. The specimens show the wide range of Medieval or Gothic creativity, all the time while working within some conventions. Also examples of lettering, which may be a topic of particular interest. The paper used in the book was a luxuriant stock with a high linen count. The cloth on the boards has moderate soiling. Foxing on the endpapers. A few minor rub spots on the leather. Nonetheless, this is a very handsome copy which overall we would consider near fine. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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