January 2018 eNewsletter
Featured Items

Why Did the Chicken Cross E. 94th Street?

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Answer: To be first to pick up one of our January specials at our New York City gallery. Our first sale of the new year features some of the latest additions to our web site: feisty chickens, delicate butterflies, and lush roses, all from seminal Enlightenment Era natural history collections and all attractively framed. Celebrate the latest gains in the stock market with a Gilded Age print of the "Kings of Wall Street" and a vintage watercolor of the New York Stock Exchange floor. Horse lovers will appreciate an antique British coaching print and a vintage portrait of the beloved racehorse Seabiscuit.

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Sale prices in effect through February 15, 2017.

Birds & Butterflies...

Frisch rooster Frisch rooster

Pair of hand-colored engravings of roosters from Johann Frisch's compendium on German birds, which was possibly the earliest publication on domestic birds in Europe, in 1733-63. Gallina pumila (far left) and the tailless species Gallus non caudatus (left) face each other in black and gold frames.

Regularly $1,600, the pair; sale price $1,400.
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Set of four framed plates from Moses Harris's highly regarded Enlightenment Era natural history work on English butterflies and moths (shown right with detail far right). Drawn after live specimens, the insects are portrayed in lively compositions that are both scientifically correct and artistically appealing.

Regularly $3,600, set of four; sale price $3,250.
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Harris butterflies Harris butterflies

...& Blossoms

Besler roses Besler roses in mirror frame

Antique print of roses, one of the most desirable plates from the first great botanical folio, Besler's Garden of Eichstätt, showing four varieties, each identified with its Latin name (above left). The hand-colored engraving is mounted in a decorative triple matt and mirrored frame (above right).

Regularly $3,250, sale price $2,900.
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Kings of Wall Street

Kings of Wall Street New York Stock Exchange

Root & Tinker's group portrait of The Kings of Wall Street 1882 shows 10 leading businessmen, industrialists and financiers, including Cyrus W. Field, Russell Sage, Jay Gould, William Henry Vanderbilt, and August Belmont (above left).

Regularly $4,900, sale price $4,500.
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The bustling trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange around 1960 was captured in watercolor by John Moodie, a prominent book, magazine and advertising artist of the period who also served as president of the Society of Illustrators (above right).

Regularly $2,700; sale price $2,400.
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Racing to the Destination

The three exclamation points in the title of this print capture the great public enthusiasm that greeted The Taglioni!!!, a glamorous four-in-hand horse-drawn stagecoach that made its debut on the road between London and Windsor in 1837 (right). The shiny black coach is pulled by a team of four gleaming horses. The driver, seven aristocratic men in top hats and long coats and two footmen in uniforms of white trousers and blue jackets and caps sit on benches atop the coach.

Regularly $600, sale price $550.
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The Taglioni

Limited edition print portrait of the prizewinning Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit issued in 1940 by equestrian painter Franklin Voss (left). During the 1930s, Seabiscuit captured the public imagination with his improbable "rags to riches" racing career. In recent years, his story was the subject of an award-winning book and a major motion picture. Voss was a prolific illustrator who completed more than 500 commissions of race horses, hunting horses and equestrian scenes in the period between 1920 and 1950.

Regularly $2,700, sale price $2,400.
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For the New Yorker (from our December eNews)

View of Central Park

Panoramic pastoral bird's-eye vista of Central Park in New York City (above left), looking down at a pond and arched bridge (probably the Pond and Gapstow Bridge) with a cabin set amid rolling wooded hills. Two towers beyond the cabin appear to be The Eldorado on Central Park West. It was painted in oils around the 1940s by Margaret H. Chrystie, a Philadelphia artist.
Regularly $1,250, sale price $1,125.
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Lowell Skyscraper Workers

Two construction workers converse on a girder high above Midtown Manhattan, in the midst of the building of the Empire State Building (above right). American illustrator Orson Lowell drew the scene around 1930 in ink, conte crayon and white wash on illustration board.
Regularly $1,400; sale price $1,250. More information.

For the History Buff (from our December eNews)

Map of Southeastern USA

Scarce early map of the Southeastern United States, based upon a map originally published in French author François La Rouchefoucalt-Liancourt's Voyage dans les Etats-Unis (1800), his account of his travels in the United States in the 1790s. The map includes portions of Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the Atlantic coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Savannah. Native American villages in Georgia are labeled and indicated by small shaded triangles.
Regularly $725, sale price $650.
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For the Child at Heart (from our December eNews)

Map of the Wizard of Oz

Off to see the Wizard? You might want to take along the Map of the Marvelous Land of Oz, published in the 1920s as a promotion for the series of children's books by L. Frank Baum that inspired the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. Although the map shows Oz more broadly than the movie, it has a marker in Munchkin Country "where Dorothy's house fell" and shows the "Road of Yellow Brick" leading in a straight line to the Emerald City in the center.
Regularly $425, sale price $375.
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For the World Traveler (from our December eNews)

10-inch Terrestrial Globe

This fine 10-inch Terrestrial Table Globe on an elegant ebonized turned wooden stand was designed by French astronomer and globe maker Charles Dien, Jr., and produced in Paris by Emile Bertaux in the 4th quarter of the 19th century.
Regularly $8,500, sale price $7,650.
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10-inch Terrestrial Globe

For the Gentleman's Library (from our December eNews)


The Central Wooden Ring Hourglass will add a touch of class — not to mention glass and brass — to a desk or shelf. This 20th-century model, with 3 brass uprights, stands almost 12 inches high and is 5-1/2 inches in diameter.
Regularly $525, sale price $475.
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