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Album of 37 Oil Paintings and Watercolors of Primarily England [D.L. & A.C. Miller.  June-July 1920]
1 Album of 37 Oil Paintings and Watercolors of Primarily England [D.L. & A.C. Miller. June-July 1920]
1920 Full Leather Very Good 
By various hands. The album bears the date of 1920 but the artwork presumably would probably have been collected over time, either before or after that date, or a bit of both. The name of Miller is on the front cover, but that is probably the name of the owner and compiler of the album and does not explain much beyond that. The quality is various, as is the style, with the unifying element that they are all relating to lovely scenery of the countryside, the small town, the seaside in the South of England, Yorkshire, perhaps elsewhere in England, and at least one or two from the Continent (France, Holland). Shipwrecks, an aqueduct, craggy coastline are among the more interesting subjects. The album is 19 by 26, oblong, with the postcard-sized watercolors mounted onto heavy card stock leaves. Generally the places depicted are not in and of themselves famous, but almost all are the quintessence of the English landscape. Some scattered light foxing in the margins 
Price: 800.00 USD
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Album of 48 Indian Watercolors Painted on Mica
2 Album of 48 Indian Watercolors Painted on Mica
Full Leather Good 
Wonderful folk art-ish paintings of Indian musicians, craftsmen, dancers, etc. 8vo. 22.5 by 18.5 cm. 12 leaves, with four paintings mounted onto the rectos of each of these leaves. Mica painting has a long tradition as a technique for artists to trace existing works. The type of mica paintings here, representing occupations, ceremonies and artistic performances, were made exclusively for European patrons, most typically, employees of the East India Company, as momentos of their time in India. (See M. Archer, "Company Paintings, Indian Paintings of the British Period", published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, pp. 193-201.) The leaves are thick, almost of a card stock, yet heavily toned and verging on brittle. The paintings were mounted with a glue which unsurprisingly left an impression visible behind the clear mica. A number of the paintings had become detached and were remounted, and generally the paintings are just loosely attached and without care any of them could become loose. The leather binding is scuffed and has a good amount of rubbing, especially along the edges, and a few abrasions. The boards, which are original, are of morocco, while the spine is from a rebacking and is a calf. Nonetheless, the match between the two works rather well. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Colorful Birds on Pith Paper, 19th Century
3 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Colorful Birds on Pith Paper, 19th Century
Silk covered boards Good 
N.d., circa 1850. 12mo, 16 by 12 cm. Each painting mounted on thin paper and framed with blue strips, as typical of such albums made presumably for the tourist and expatriate market. The paintings have a disarming naive quality. Yet in our view the paintings have more color and detail than the average such album of this size (larger format pictures tend to be more nuanced when it comes to this genre). The silk patterned cover has had its joints repaired. The usual amount of fissures, or tears, to the pith paper. Most of the paintings have no or very light defects of this type. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
4 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors of Ships and Boats on Pith Paper
Hardcover. Silk pastedown. Good 
N.d., 19th century. Oblong, 13 by 16.5 cm. Wonderful luminous coloring, with small people, waterfowl and waves represented as well as a wide variety of Chinese boats, from junks and houseboats to impressive galleons. The pith paper has the typical scattered tears, chips and losses. Edge wear, slight tattering and soiling of the silk. Still all the pictorial representations are intact, bright and visually exciting. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors on Pith Paper, mostly representing scenes of Chinese punishment
5 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors on Pith Paper, mostly representing scenes of Chinese punishment
Cloth Very Good 
16.5 by 12 cm. Each of the watercolors is framed by mounted cloth strips, as opposed to the more usual paper strips. Ten of the scenes depict various Chinese tortures. One of the other watercolors shows a man sitting at a counter with cards, and two smaller people kneeling in front of his counter. This picture we think is probably depicting gambling. The other watercolor not about punishment is a rendering of a peasant balancing a yoke or carrying pole. The album was surely made for a Western tourist or temporary resident, and the scenes of torture were a popular subject, as well as playing into stereotypes about the Chinese. While the pith paper here has a few cracks and holes, as very typical, these specimens are most definitely better preserved than most such albums. The watercolors are simple, as also the norm for smaller, souvenir albums. That said, the gambling, or card playing scene, offers more interest and is artistically just a bit more sophisticated than average for the genre. The cloth cover is partially sunned front and back -- it is obvious that the album was sandwiched between other books for a long period of time. There is fraying of the cloth along the joints. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors on Pith Paper, with a miscellany of subjects
6 Album of a Dozen Chinese Watercolors on Pith Paper, with a miscellany of subjects
Cloth Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Oblong, 13 by 17.5 cm. With a label on the FEP from the store Sing Fat & Co., which was located in San Francisco. Based on this label, we assume that the album was created on the later end of such albums. These albums were popular souvenirs for visitors and tourists to China, and as evident here, came to be sold in the U.S. itself, not requiring distant travel for the American, who might have perceived the album as a souvenir of Chinatown. Each of the watercolors is framed by mounted cloth strips, as opposed to the more usual paper strips, and there are a variety of colored patterns to these strips. This particular album presents a gallimaufry of subject matter. Eight of the paintings are genre scenes of Chinese life, with some emphasis on women's activities; one painting is a river and shore panorama -- this is the most unusual of all the paintings and also painting types; one painting is of a ship; one painting is of butterflies and flowers; and one painting is of birds and tree branches. The condition of the paintings is various. Virtually never does one encounter these paintings, with their very fragile and delicate paper, without some damage. The panorama painting has a irregularly shaped chunk of loss -- 3 by 2 cm at the tallest and widest. The butterflies have a loss about penny sized. The ship has two losses, both smaller but a bit disconcerting. And one genre scene has a nearly straight fracture across the center length-wise. These are in addition to other smaller cracks and tiny pinpoint losses affecting the other paintings. The silk cover has fabric loss. One page is loose. Still an appealing album with a few outstanding paintings for an album of this type. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Album of Eight Pith Paintings
7 Album of Eight Pith Paintings
China Decorative Fabric on Boards, with ribbon ties Very Good 
N.d., 19th century. 17 by 14 cm. Simple renderings of dignified men and women, all but one a single portrait per page. The portraits are not unified by a theme such as trades or the like. The most exciting image is of a man holding a kite string, with a kite in the shape of an insect. Another shows a man holding a branch in what we believe was a religious rite. There is one image of a man and women who are playing a board game.The cover is chewed along the edges, and the binding is rather loose. Typical chips and tears to the rice paper. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Album of Original Watercolor and Ink Designs for Calendars from 1903 to 1907 Satan's Calendar.  Life's Journey Calendar.  Expectation's Calendar.  Young Herchard Calendar.
8 Album of Original Watercolor and Ink Designs for Calendars from 1903 to 1907 Satan's Calendar. Life's Journey Calendar. Expectation's Calendar. Young Herchard Calendar.
1902-1906 Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Uncommonly clever, colorful manuscript calendar illustrations built around a theme for each of the years. Small folio. 31.5 by 26.5 cm. A total of 29 original watercolors, all dated and signed E.L.P.R. The identity of the artist is otherwise unknown and possibly irretrievable. What is manifest, however, is his skill, humor and panache, and these illustrations stand out among the fluent amateurs of the day, if amateur the artist in fact was. Some of the imagery is decidedly pre-Raphaelite in its style and modeling, while others are more suavely Fin-de-Siecle. Similarities can be found to Walter Crane, Kate Greenaway, Burne-Jones, Cecil Aldin, and a host of others, but never is this artist merely imitating. The 1904/1905 series, departing from the calendar format, feature full paintings meant to illustrate one word or short phrase captions such as "Declaration", "Osculation", "Vexation", and these qualify as polished, arresting works of art. The other years have mounted card sheets each covering two months. Typically there is a large watercolor in the center and for 1903, two small ink vignettes for each month. The other years simply present each month in the usual tabular format. These years also have lines of what is presumed to be an original narrative poem which carries through the particular year. The poem is commensurate with the illustration, and it reinforces the cumulative effect of the work. A number of the mounted cards have small neat holes on the top, clearly suggesting that the leaves were once hung on a wall and/or were bound together by a ribbon. Original decorative cloth album. 
Price: 6500.00 USD
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Album of Ten Chinese Botanical Gouache Paintings on Pith Paper
9 Album of Ten Chinese Botanical Gouache Paintings on Pith Paper
Hardcover. Paper pastedown on boards. Very Good 
Spectacular groupings of flowers, all brightly colored and finely shaded. N.d., early 19th Century. Oblong, 24 by 33 cm. Each of the paintings is framed with blue paper strips, as typical. Condition: as inevitable with the brittle, fragile pith paper, some tears, holes and stains; in our judgment and experience, lighter by the norm, or put another way, not disconcerting ever. The album binding itself has abrasions and wear, but again, this is lighter than what usually encounters with such album covers. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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10 Album of Twenty-Four Original Watercolors of Flowers and Leaves
Full Morocco Very Good 
A lovely collection of botanical watercolors that are both realistic and tinged with a bit of Art Nouveau. N.d., , circa 1900. Probably English, but it could be American alternatively. The watercolors are all mounted onto card, which was then mounted onto the card stock leaves of the album. The flowers are all neatly captioned and include Purple Spurge, White Heather, Daffodil, Sweet Scented Coltsfoot, Yellow Monkey Flower, Bullace, Polypody Fern, Hart's Tongue Fern, Gromwell, Trefoil, Stork's Bill, Rest Harrow, Lesser Periwinkle, Hellebore, Wood Sorrel, Gladwyn Iris, Snowdrop, Purple Willow, Autumn Colchicum, Goldylocks (Aster Linosyris), Bastard Balm, Horned Poppy, Primrose, and Squill. Although there is no text, the artistic treatment has the rigor and quality of floral depictions one would find in an academic survey, yet the artist also is intent on soft prettiness that would suit a sentimental card as well. The watercolors themselves measure 5.75 by 2.75 inches, or 14.5 by 7 cm, and the album itself is 10 by 7 inches, 26 by 18 cm. In the back of the album one can see that six leaves without such watercolors once had them. The leather of the binding is rubbed along the joints and edges. The watercolors themselves are clean. 
Price: 725.00 USD
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Album with Die-Cut Figures Pasted onto Watercolors of Mostly Italian Scenery
11 Album with Die-Cut Figures Pasted onto Watercolors of Mostly Italian Scenery
1874 Very Good Minus 
An unusual, idiosyncratic, beautiful, at times, funny, album. Oblong, 24 by 32 cm. 26 leaves, of which eleven are full page watercolors with die-cuts of figures and some paraphernalia pasted on. The remaining leaves feature small chromolithographic cards, costume, artwork and/or humorous, pasted neatly onto page. Dominating the album are Italianate and humorous caricature imagery, with these two aspects not necessarily the same. The watercolored pages read a bit like the watercolored part serves as the backdrop for the comical actions of the figures pasted mostly into the foreground. Thus in one we see an interior in which an artist is working on an oval canvas of a nude, a nude women, presumably the model, looking over his shoulder, and two dressed women looking on, one from behind a draped doorway. In another, we see a sweeping bay with the cut-out people bathing or lolling on the banks. Perhaps the most vivid is that depicting a ballet performance with the stage fully occupied with die-cut ballerinas. Rebacked. Soiling to the margins. Some rough edges. 
Price: 2000.00 USD
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Apolline et Dancourt, Histoire Veritable.  [Bound with] L'Hyver et L'Ete, Pastorale.  [And] La Foret de Breteuil. Pastorale.
12 Apolline et Dancourt, Histoire Veritable. [Bound with] L'Hyver et L'Ete, Pastorale. [And] La Foret de Breteuil. Pastorale.
Amsterdam Marc Michel Rey 1769 First Edition Quarter Sheep Very Good Minus 
With six original watercolor and ink drawings of the novel. 12mo. 17 by 10 cm. 335 pp. The watercolors were executed by a non-professional artist, possibly a juvenile one. Nevertheless, their brightness and naive style applied to the rarefied world of chateau interiors, gardens and forest exudes an irresistible charm, and rather well complements the pastorale conventions of the novel about the aches and tribulations of young love. Lacking two title pages (one being for the second part of the novel, or pp. 161/2). Spine rubbed, and wear to boards. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Box of Seven Chinese Watercolor Cards on Pith Paper Depicting Kites and Children Playing
13 Box of Seven Chinese Watercolor Cards on Pith Paper Depicting Kites and Children Playing
China Decorative Fabric on Boards, with ribbon ties Very Good 
N.d., 19th century. 11 by 7 cm. Typical chips and tears to the rice paper. Box with glass lid. Fabric siding heavily soiled. Box still very functionable. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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Chinese Miao Album of Original Watercolors
14 Chinese Miao Album of Original Watercolors
Paper. Good 
19.5 by 14 cm. 12 leaves, including cover, with 20 original paintings (or 20 pages with paintings, as in a few instances, the two facing pages might be interpreted as a single painting). Most of the images are of provincial sorts, and the artist is at times mocking their simplicity and blockheadedness. The style, called Miao, arose in the 18th century and gained popularity among nobles and gentry. One can see in most of the images that the characters have broad features that are not associated with Han Chinese, and the figures are often underdressed, perhaps to suggest an uncouthness. The paintings here have a crudity about them, but also, great zest and color. Chinese calligraphy on the cover and the first page. Otherwise, no text. Dog-earing to the corners. General wear. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
15 Collection of a Dozen Postcards Featuring Original Watercolors and Ink and Pencil Drawings
1903-1907 Very Good 
An extraordinary group of original artwork from the early twentieth century, with short text written on a few of the cards. The artwork was all done by a B. Vinya and sent to a D. Enrique Montagut in Alicante, which is on the Mediterranean Coast of Spain. Subjects of the watercolors include an elderly guitarist, a young family looking off to the sea's horizon where there is the fishing craft of the father and husband, a picturesque old mill, two country landscapes, several sailing vessels, a European woman dressed like a Geisha, lovers on coastal rocks and a woman with a fan with a Venetian backdrop. The three ink or pencil drawings are stylistically quite varied, with elements of Daumier in one, more contemporary caricature in another, and yet the third a good-hearted depiction of carousing monks. Each of the pictures is of a quality worthy of framing, and cumulatively they make for an uncommon and pleasing oeuvre. 
Price: 670.00 USD
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Croquis d'Apres A. Grévin par F. Cosnefroy
16 Croquis d'Apres A. Grévin par F. Cosnefroy
Quarter Morocco. Marbled boards. Very Good 
Brilliant imitation of the style of the great French caricaturist Alfred Grévin. (Cosnefroy we presume was a gifted amateur -- we have no further information on him. N.d., circa 1890. 4to. 31 by 24 cm. 37 original watercolors, all humorist, and superbly capturing the irony and risque spirit of Grévin. We are unaware of any outright copying -- we can not rule that out -- but given that Cosnefroy assiduously, and humbly, asserts "After Grévin", we are of the view that that was precisely what he meant. We do not know anything about Cosnefroy other than his name at this time. We assume that he was an amateur, probably an adolescent, who was gifted and aspired to follow in the footsteps of the famous illustrator. The quality of his illustrations is also not entirely even, and that suggests strongly that he wasn't tracing works he had enjoyed in the humor magazines featuring Grévin's work. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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17 Japanese Leporello of 55 Original Watercolored Demonic Masks
Leporello. Fabric on boards. Very Good 
Fabulous collection of watercolors showing Japanese masks of demonic characters. The shapes of the heads are all essentially the same. Varying from one to the next is the colors used, the swirls and lines and other creepy attributes endowed onto the head-shape. N.d., circa 1900 (based on the paper and boards). Closed, 25 by 18 cm. 55 panels with one mounted watercolor on each. Light soiling to the fabric covering the boards. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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Japanese Leporello with 24 Original Mounted Signed Watercolors, Circa Early 20th Century
18 Japanese Leporello with 24 Original Mounted Signed Watercolors, Circa Early 20th Century
Japan Leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. 183 by 151 mm, when closed. Mounted watercolors are of waterflow, a crane, other birds, flowers, fish, insects, landscapes, a fantastical depiction of men painting the foot and leg of a giant (or tiny men doing that of an ordinary man, or some other interpretation), a giant mask being lifted by children, other human studies. The watercolors are notable for their bright, vivid colors, their sharpness and precision of detail, their elegant spare composition. While each illustration can stand on its own, and the subject matter is by no means uniform, there is something quite alluring about the entire ensemble, as if they are meant to be of one piece. Based on the chop impressions, though, they appear to be by several artists. To appreciate their beauty, of course, one has to see images, or better yet, the pictures in person. Light to moderate wear of the fabric pastedown on the cover, with light soiling and some minor holes or spots of worn fabric. Entirely clean within, and all the watercolors are bright. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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19 Japanese Manuscript with Watercolors of Ikebana Flower Arrangements
NA Good 
N.d., but 19th century. 4to. 27 by 20 cm. With 98 pages, including cover, with a painting of a flower arrangement, and vases, tables, and other accessories, on each page. Colorful, and lovely. Slender yet long-ish wormholing affecting about half the pages to a degree, but generally not disconcerting as it doesn't affect the watercolor. (Occasionally touching on the calligraphy, though.) Some other wear and light soiling. Still a beautiful album. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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Japanese Scroll with Original Painting of Samurai Heraldic Devices O-umajirush Kyuan
20 Japanese Scroll with Original Painting of Samurai Heraldic Devices O-umajirush Kyuan
Japan Box Very Good 
N.d., but late 19th century, or Meiji era, transcription of a 17th century scroll. 1, 950 cm long (64 feet). 27 cm tall. This transcription is a somewhat loose, but complete, adaptation of a six volume work. Here the heraldic figures, banners and marks are presented in two tiers, with some liberties taken in the ordering and the style. Textual prefaces from the original Kyuan were dropped. Some minor staining and a few small tears, neatly repaired, both issues exclusively at the beginning of the scroll. Otherwise the scroll is in fine shape. The blue cloth scroll box, with bone clasps, is sturdy and in very good condition. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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