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Lot 7001


Details: This lot consists of approximately 200 antique holiday and greeting cards shown in the corresponding images. These beautiful cards are mostly chromolitho, retaining their vibrant saturated colors, and many feature floral designs and birthday greetings.
Condition / Notes: This collection shows well, with some age/wear indications, including age toning. Many of the cards have been posted.
Lot 7002


Details: Whistler's title for this piece was “Arthur Haden” which identifies the subject as the same child who was portrayed in Whistler’s earlier work entitled “Little Arthur.” This is believed to be the second state of this original engraving as the details of the figure are completed, which was not the case in the first state. The paper bears a watermark which reads, “Les Lettres et les Artes”.

In this scene, a young boy with medium-length hair sits on a bent-wood chair in front of a full-length curtain. His body faces the right side of the frame, while his head is tilted and turned as he gazes directly at the viewer. He appears to be massaging his raised foot and his cap lays cast casually aside on the floor. The cap seems to be a straw hat with ribbon trimming. The scene suggests perhaps the child is resting following a performance of some sort and his footwear is reminiscent of ballet slippers. Further, the clothing is somewhat dramatic with the coat appearing be of a heavy dark velvet and the pants being patterned with bold, broad vertical striping.


Arthur Charles Haden (1852-1910), son of Deborah Delano Haden (1825-1908) and Francis Seymour Haden, Sr (1818-1910). At this time, he was seven years old.

Condition / Notes: This antique engraving shows very nicely with mild age/wear indications, including age toning/foxing.
Lot 7003


Details: This lot is comprised of four pieces of ephemera remembering Andy Warhol, as shown in the corresponding images. These items include:

Three original items relating to the artist’s memorial mass in 1987.

(1) The announcement + invitation card to the 1987 memorial mass from “The Family and Colleagues”, printed one side;

(2) “A Memorial Mass” program card with the printed program for the mass on one side and a color reproduction of Warhol’s “Raphael I - $6.99” printed on the other;

(3) A post-mass Memorial Lunch card with printed text on one side and a color reproduction of a “Marilyn” diptych from 1967 on the other.

Andy Warhol: A Memorial. Curated by Henry Geldzahler, July 4-August 16, 1987; Dia Art Foundation, Bridgehampton, NY. (This brochure measures approximately 8 x 8 inches)

Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola; 6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987) was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).
Condition / Notes: This collection shows well with minimal age/wear indications, please review the provided images.
Lot 7004


Details: This lot consists of ten original 8 x 10 inch black and white photographs from the Wurts Brothers photographers press package for the NYC 1939-1940 World’s Fair. Images include: Sparko, the Westinghouse mechanical dog with creator J. M. Barnett; the New York City diorama; Einar Mundt; General Motors Highways and Horizons Exhibit; Lucky Strike Cigarettes; railroad/trains; Westinghouse; and interior of perisphere, NYC World’s Fair.

“Many photographers have captured New York City architecture over the years, but few have been so prolific, nor have they documented the construction of so many iconic New York City landmarks as the Wurts Brothers.
In 1894 Lionel and Norman Wurts established one of the first architectural photography studios in New York City. Over the next 85 years the two brothers, and later Lionel’s son, Richard, gained recognition and many prominent clients including Cass Gilbert (The Woolworth Building), Consolidated Gas Company (now known as Con Ed), and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (the firm now building One World Trade Center).

The Wurts Bros. name is also synonymous with the New York World’s Fair Exhibition of 1939. Richard Wurts, the son of Lionel, documented the construction and grandeur of the fair grounds. In the winter of 1939 he had a one man show of these photos at the Museum of the City of New York called “Building the 1939 New York World’s Fair.”” (from MCNY Blog: New York Stories)

Condition / Notes: These photographs show very well, with minimal age/wear indications. Each picture is preserved in a plastic sleeve. Some photographs include press documentation and /or stamped information on the reverse.
Lot 7005


Details: This lot is comprised of four c1850 hand-colored Audubon lithographs by Bowen, as shown in the corresponding images. These octavo prints display rich coloration and intricate detail and are tipped onto heavy backing stock and faced with professional grade midnight black thick matte. Included are White American Wolf, Prairie Wolf, American Red Fox, and Black American Wolf.

Measurements for these matted pieces are approximately 14 x 11 inches.
Condition / Notes: These lithographs show beautifully, with minimal age/wear indications, including mild age toning, very light soiling and minor loss to some corners. Prairie Wolf has two small tears at the bottom of the print.
Lot 7006


Details: This lot consists of a rare lingerie catalogue photographed by Guy Bourdin for Bloomingdale’s, entitled “Sighs and Whispers”. An advertising supplement to the New York Times, this vintage catalogue is dated 9/76.

Guy Bourdin (2 December 1928 – 29 March 1991), was a French artist and fashion photographer known for his provocative images. From 1955, Bourdin worked mostly with Vogue as well as other publications including Harper's Bazaar. He shot ad campaigns for Chanel, Charles Jourdan, Pentax and Bloomingdale's.

His work is collected by important institutions including Tate in London, MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Getty Museum. The first retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2003, and then toured the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris. The Tate is permanently exhibiting a part of its collection (one of the largest) with works made between 1950 and 1955.

Bourdin is considered one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. He set the stage for a new kind of fashion photography. "While conventional fashion images make beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdin’s photographs offer a radical alternative."

The catalogue measures approximately 10 x 7 inches.
Condition / Notes: This vintage lingerie catalogue shows well, with mild shelfwear and rubbing. The binding is sound. Text and illustrations remain clear and crisp. There is mild creasing to pages.
Lot 7007


Details: This solid mahogany executive, leather-top, knee-hole desk features gilt tooling to the perimeter of the leather insets and original brass pulls. Eight drawers of varying heights provide a range of storage options. This handsome antique piece was made by Maddox in Jamestown, NY, c1950. Measurements for this piece are approximately 48 x 28 x 29.25 inches. A metal label found on the left inner side of the middle drawer reads “Terryville”.

A knee hole desk, which dates back to the early 18th century, has sets of drawers on either side of the recessed or "knee hole" area that provides room for the legs when a chair is pulled up to the desk. The actual style of the desk may vary, as furniture styles have changed over the eras.

Additional measurements (approximate, in inches):

Center leather panel: 20.75 x 24.
Left/Right leather panels: 10 x 24.
Drawers (interior)
Center Drawer: 20.25 x 21.75
Left drawers: 10.5 x 21.75 x 3; 10.5 x 21.75 x 3.5; 10.5 x 21.75 x 4.5; 10.5 x 21.75 x 5.75.
Right drawers: 10.5 x 21.75 x 3; 10.5 x 21.75 x 10; 10.5 x 21.75 x 5.75.

Condition / Notes: This beautiful antique desk shows well with some age/wear indications, including mild scratches and wear, please review the provided images.
Lot 7008


Details: This lot consists of a collection of approximately 121 pieces of decorative antique letterheads and billheads, as shown in the corresponding images. These items range in date from 1861 to 1946, with many from the 1880s and 1890s. Some companies, names, industries, and locations include: J. M. Martin’s Sons Brushes; Bluefield Iron Works, West Va.; Huff, Andrews & Thomas, Grocers, Merchant Millers, Seedsman, Roanoke, Va.; J. E. Rhoads & Sons Oak Tanned Leather Belting, Delaware; Wingo, Ellett & Crump Shoe Co., Manchester, VT; Reading Stove Works, PA; Buffalo, NY; Binghamton, NY; South Bend Iron Works, Rochester, NY; E. H. Cook Co.; Runsen & Co., Seneca Falls Pump & Fire Engine Works; Warnick & Brown, Tobacco, Snuff & Cigars; Fisk Rubber Co.; B. F. Goodrich Co.; Portland, ME; linseed oil; Cristiani Bros. Circus; and more.
Condition / Notes: These letterheads and billheads have been carefully preserved in plastic sleeves and stored in a white binder. There is some age toning and creasing to the papers.
Lot 7009


Details: This lot is comprised of “Jerusalem: Rundblick von Turme der Erloserkirche, 1898. Photographie u. Verlag von Bruno Hentschel in Leipzig. Bound in green cloth with silver lettering and decorative stamped designs with black highlighting, this unique volume is a panoramic antique photograph in an accordion binding. The photograph is credited to Bruno Hentschel, Leipzig.

“The present album shows in eight coherent photographic images the complete panorama of Jerusalem and the surrounding area, as it presents itself from the tower of the Erloserkirche. As it rises in the center of the holy city, and is taller than all the other buildings, it is from here that the most complete and comprehensive panorama is given.” (translated from the preliminary pages)

Measurements for the book are approximately 6.25 x 8.5 inches.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume and photograph show well, with some age/wear indications including shelfwear and light soiling to the exterior. The panoramic photograph is detached from the covers, but still mounted to the accordian mechanism. Pages display mild age toning/foxing. There is a stamp and writing to the front free endpaper.
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