Art & Architecture
Qajar Lovers gouache painting on paper with gold illuminated border design. The image portrays a young Qajar prince in an elaborate blue and gold coat with an orange and gold karakul cap embracing his lover. The prince holds a glass in one hand while embracing his lover with the other. She with a tiara on her head, pearls on her neck, and a see-through blouse is wearing a Qajar coat with typical Persian paisley design. The lovers are seated in an embrace at a small table with crystal decanters next to them. This work composition is somewhat similar to the depiction of lovers embrace attributed to Mohammad Sadiq, 1770-80 (Layla Diba, Royal Persian Paintings, NY, 1998, number 27, pg 156-7). The headgear of the prince confirms this to be from the Qajar epoch rather than the Zand period. Wide margins with floral and animal illumination including deer and monkeys. The illumination work is of a very high and intricate quality. Image size 18.5" x 11." Some browning to the margins, minor expert repair, not affecting image, on verso in margin to fortify them. Overall in very good condition. An exquisite image with more sensibility than most other Qajar paintings.
Item Number: 14301
Impressionist painter. Rare photographic reproduction, 6.25" x 10.5", of one of Renoir’s paintings of a nude woman kneeling, The image has an original signature on the lower border in black ink, “Renoir.” The photograph was originally part of the archive of Renoir's art dealer, the great Ambrose Vollard. In order to avoid any future disputes regarding the authenticity of works by artists Vollard represented, he had all the original paintings photographed, then asked the artist to sign each photo, and had the signature witnessed. This one is signed by Renoir above a stamp which reads "Seen in order to authenticate the signature of Pierre Auguste Renoir, painter, witnessed January 10, 1911." Renoir's signature is witnessed by the mayor of Cagnes-Sur-Mer. To the left is his official stamp, which reads "Cagnes Alpes Maritimes" and the word in the center reads "Mairie" inside of a laurel. Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 12.75" x 17". In fine condition. While we have seen several of these photographs signed, very few are of a human subject, making this portrait more desirable.
Item Number: 13626
Renoir's "Girl in a Yellow Hat" Original Photographic Reproduction signed by Renoir and Authenticated by the Mayor of Cagnes
Exquisite matte-finish 6.25" x 10.5" photographic print of Renoir’s 1885 painting entitled ‘Girl in the Yellow Hat,’ The image has an original signature on the lower border in black ink, “Renoir.” Lower border also bears official certification stamps in French signed by the mayor of Cagnes-sur-Mer, to authenticate Renoir’s signature, adding the date of January 10, 1911. Matted to an overall size of 11" x 15.5". Some scattered surface marks and mild foxing to the lower border, otherwise fine condition. A nice example of one of the Impressionist’s portraits.
Item Number: 14157
Frank Lloyd Wright
Famous American Architect. One of the most innovative and influential figures in Modern Architecture. He championed the virtues of organic architecture, a building style based on natural forms. Document Signed, 1 page, 8.5 x 14", City of New York Department of Housing and Buildings letterhead, February 13, 1957. An amendment to the plans for what is possibly his most famous creation, the Guggenheim Museum. The document is dated just two years before his death. The amendment reads, in full, “In lieu of the original design bearing condition, which is 5 ton soil, approval is requested of a substitute bearing condition at Column L-5, which is a concrete foundation of a prior building on the site. The concrete foundation is 6’ x 12’ x 8’ deep resting on rock. Column L-5 would be centered on the foundation as shown on the sketch.” Under the typed amendment is a sketch of the proposed amendment to the column, done in another hand. Document is boldly signed near the top in black ink “Frank Lloyd Wright.” Accompanied by a color 16.5 x 14" copy of Wright’s drawing of the Guggenheim. Document has two punch holes to top corners, small areas of paper loss and chipping to three edges, several small edge tears, a few horizontal folds and creases and a couple official stamps and notations. In very good condition. The project evolved into a complex struggle pitting the architect against his clients, city officials, the art world, and public opinion. Both Guggenheim and Wright would die before the building's 1959 completion. The resultant achievement, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, testifies not only to Wright's architectural genius, but to the adventurous spirit that characterized its founders. Some people, especially artists, criticized Wright for creating a museum environment that might overpower the art inside. "On the contrary," he wrote, "it was to make the building and the painting an uninterrupted, beautiful symphony such as never existed in the World of Art before."
Item Number: 11720
Eminent French Impressionist painter. 2 page Autograph Letter Signed measuring 9" x 7", in French, from Giverny [Eure, France], July 6, 1914. Monet writes to his friend, author Lucien Descaves, regarding a visit. An interesting letter imparting details about how three prolific French creative thinkers arranged time together for friendship and the exchange of ideas. Monet writes in full: "It's agreed for Thursday morning. You are to catch the 8:32 train at St. Guyner par Vernon, where you will find my car. I am working very hard at the moment, but I take a rest from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You are not bothering me at all and I will be delighted to see you and Mrs. Descaves. I have written to [Gustave] Geffroy, and I hope he is not in ill health. In all friendship and see you Thursday." Signed in his hand "Claude Monet." Monet (1840-1926) moved with his family to Giverny in 1883 where he enjoyed continued artistic and commercial success for the rest of his life. His friend, Lucien Descaves was also a great creative mind. A novelist and founding member of the Académie Goncourt, a French literary society founded in opposition to Académie française, Descaves was a frequent visitor to Monet's house at Giverny. Gustave Geffroy, who Monet mentions in the letter, was an author and art critic as well as a fellow founding member of Académie Goncourt who admired Monet. Geffroy was one of the first historians of the Impressionist movement. The letter provides important evidence of how these three creative minds arranged time together for the exchange of artistic ideas. Matted with a picture of Monet in his later years and framed to an overall size of 26.25" x 18". With folds, otherwise in good condition.
Item Number: 14636
Auguste Renoir. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed. Renoir writes to his friend, the banker Charles Ephrussi, a Russian-French critic, art historian, art collector, and an early supporter of Impressionism. The letter is undated, but most likely from the period when Renoir was actively selling to Ephrussi, around the early or mid 1880s. He has been identified as the man in a top hat standing with his back to us in Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881). Versailles, where Renoir writes this letter, would later also become the subject of his paintings. Renoir writes in his hand: "My dear friend, Impossible for me to have lunch. I'm at Versailles, but as I know that you do not go until tonight, I would like to shake your hand before your departure. I will come between 5 and 6:30. Friendship and an have excellent trip. A. Renoir". In exellent condition.
Item Number: 13577
Paul Klee Writes that he must "concentrate right now on my production" during his most prolific period
Significant modern artist whose individual style was influenced by and participated in movements including expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. An extremely rare Autograph Letter Signed and dated May 18, 1929 from his home and studio in Dessau. The letter was written during Klee's most prolific period, when some of his most recognizable works were created. Expressing awareness about the importance of harnessing a moment of creative energy, Klee writes of his choice to "concentrate right now on my production and put everything else to one side that is not important." This is a significant letter about Klee's artistic process, and we have only seen one other like it on the market in over 30 years. Klee writes in full in his hand, "My wife, who usually helps me with these kind of things, will return today. Please be a little bit patient, because I not only receive many letters and am very busy, but I also have to concentrate right now on my production and put everything else to one side that is not important." He signs boldly, "Klee." Hand-addressed to the reverse by the artist, Klee signs his name again more formally, "Professor Klee" to the top left. Only four months before this letter, Klee had returned to from a trip to Egypt. He felt profoundly inspired by the clean lines and simplicity of the 5,000 year old culture he had witnessed, and he felt inspired to pare down his already clean and simple style. The resulting inspiration led to the rapid production of some of Klee's most advanced and identifiable artwork. Completely devoted to his creative endeavors, Klee resented all outside distraction, as he notes in this letter, "I not only receive many letters and am very busy, but I also have to concentrate right now on my production." For the next year, Klee spent most of his time painting fervently in his studio within the house he shared with fellow painter Kandinsky. Klee's total devotion to art at this time was crucial; only a few years later the pressure of anti-Jewish sentiment forced him to leave Dessau, followed by a decline in his health which ultimately led to the painter's early death. But during the golden year of 1929, as he was writing this letter, Klee produced many such masterpieces as his "Fire in the Evening", "Highways and Byways", "Uncomposed Objects in Space", "Monument in Fertile Country", "Fishing Streamer", "Clown Pyramidal", and "Strong Dream." The same year, an extensive monograph on Klee was published by the Cahiers d'Art publishing house in Paris, and the Flechtheim Gallery in Berlin held an exhibition to mark the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. An excellent letter on his artistic process, written at the same time the modern artist was achieving some of his greatest work. Extremely rare, as we have seen only one other letter like it on the market in 30 years. The letter is in excellent condition with a small bend to one corner.
Item Number: 14336
Eminent French painter. Matisse ranks among the greatest artists of the 20th century. Scarce handwritten letter, entirely in Matisse's hand, 1 page, dated November 2, 1949, in French. At this time in his life Matisse said that all he could do was work, he dreaded the daily confrontation with form and color on the canvas and could not face it without the consoling human presence of the pretty young girls he paid to pose for him. "That’s what keeps me there, surrounded by my fruit and flowers which I get to grips with little by little, almost without noticing . . . and then I wait for the thunderbolt that is bound to follow.”The young women who posed for him all learned to live and work in the atmosphere of almost unbearable tension generated by Matisse’s effort to express his emotions on canvas—an effort that drained all his strength. He felt the same tension as when asked to pose himself. Matisse writes: "Dear Friend, I am quite upset about having to write to you that I am too nervous to be able to pose. It is something that has always been painful for me. I have never been able to pose even for Marquet 50 years ago. Please believe, dear friend, in my regrets and in my best wishes. H. Matisse 2 nov 49 ". Matisse and Albert Marquet were among the foremost painters in the Fauvist movement. They met at and both attended the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, one of the most prestigious French Universities of art and design. Matisse and Marquet were roommates for a time and they influenced each other's work. Wonderful associations between the two luminaries with interesting insight in Matisse's private nature and the great painter's own nervousness at being the subject and posing. In Excellent Condition.
Item Number: 14600
FLANDIN, Eugène. Voyage En Perse…Perse Moderne Planches. London: Burness Faridany Limited, 1976. Elephant Folio (17" x 24") With 100 tinted lithographed plates in Perse Moderne and original box. This is a scarce limited edition facsimile set of Flandin's Perse Moderne, which was produced to commemorate the centennial of Flandin's death in 1976. This edition set was limited to only 600 copies. Perse Moderne represents the finest depictions of Qajar Persia in the nineteenth century. In 1840, Eugène Flandin, accompanied by the architect Pascal Coste and attached to a French diplomatic mission to Iran, traveled on behalf of the Paris Académie des Beaux-Arts as head of an archaeological expedition to western and southern Iran. Together they completed hundreds of drawings in their two years of traveling, which portray Iran during the Qajar period. Flandin's expedition to Iran in 1840 "has left us with the finest illustrated record of that country's towns and landscapes as they appeared to an aritist over 100 years ago." (Preface) Included in this set are lithographs depicting many royal mosques and palaces, the city and ports of Teheran, the ruins of Persepolis, the tomb of Saadi, and many more. Few examples of Flandin's work have survived to the present day, making even this facsimile set very rare. The original Perse Modern (1854) was a six volume work and if one can find the original set it sells for around $50,000. In original box and in excellent condition.
Item Number: 14580
Georges Rouault writes regarding "The souvenirs you requested regarding the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and on G[ustave] Moreau and others..."
French painter and printmaker. Autograph Letter Signed. One page, recto and verso, 8 1/4 " x 10 5/8." No date. Rouault writes to an unnamed correspondent on the eve of his departure from Paris. Rouault writes in his hand in part:"Dear sir, I am leaving and I wanted to make absolutely sure that this will reach you and your cousin...Your cousin, I am sure, will be happy to have it. The souvenirs you requested regarding the Ecole des Beaux-Arts [foremost French art school] and on G[ustave] Moreau and others...I would like you to send me word on a card preferably before the end of the day so I can give them to you personally...I am leaving Paris for a while..." Signed "Georges Rouault" He then adds a postscript: "If you would prefer to keep the originals you can do this on the condition that it would be very exact [copies] and reviewed very carefully even if the brochure seems not in order as far as the syntax...aside from the spelling mistakes that you are authorized to correct..." Rouault studied under Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and became his favorite student. Gustave Moreau was one of the leading Symbolist artists. He was a pupil of Chassériau and was influenced by his master's exotic Romanticism, but Moreau went far beyond him in his feeling for the bizarre and developed a style that is highly distinctive in subject and technique. His pupils included Marquet and Matisse, but his favorite was Rouault, who became the first curator of the Moreau Museum in Paris (the artist's house), which Moreau left to the nation on his death. The postscript provides an interesting glimpse at Rouault's involvement in the publication process. Excellent content. In very good condition.
Item Number: 13461
Frank Lloyd Wright
Famous American Architect. Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, dated August 6, 1948, on "Taliesin" letterhead. Taliesin West was a complex of buildings, terraces, and pools near Phoenix, Arizona, evolved as the western home, workshop, and school of Wright. He writes to David Henken, an engineer and former Wright apprentice, of Usonia Homes. "Dear David, We are sending the Friedmans a little sketch that may amuse you - Nice to see Priscilla - Carry on." Signed boldly: "F. Ll. W." Usonia Homes is a planned community in Pleasantville, NY, which is composed of 47 homes built on a 100-acre tract of land. Wright devised the plan for the community and designed three of the homes himself and approved the designs for others. One of the houses Wright designed was the Sol Friedman house, which was built in 1948, the same year as our letter. The sketch Wright mentions sending to the Friedmans in this letter probably refers to his designs for their home. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11268
Original etching of the King of Persia and his Court printed in 1682. On a verge type handlaid watermarked paper. This scarce etching originates from: 'Curieuse aenmerckingen der bysonderste Oost en West-Indische verwonderens-waerdige dingen;...' by S. de Vries, published in Utrecht, Holland by J. Ribbius, 1682. This elaborate etching depicts a powerful Persian King at the top of an elaborate carpeted throne, surrounded by his court and his judges, punishing a Governor who is held down on his knees by another courtier. We also see a palce with guards in tunic and turbans through one of the windows. Most of the judges wear turbans and native clothing, but interestingly a few appear to be wearing top hats. Beautifully detailed image includes discrete numbers within the picture that correspond to a description in old Dutch on top of the page. G Uncut as published. Image is 6" by 7.5." Overall size 8.25" by 6.5." This etching is over 330 years old but still in overall excellent condition. Scarce.
Item Number: 14400
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). French sculptor, famous for the Thinker. Regarded during his life to be the successor of the great sculptor Michelangelo. Considered the father of modern sculpture, Rodin combined classical tradition with emerging modernism, in highly expressive works of primarily clay and bronze. Departing from centuries of tradition, Rodin rejected idealized Greek forms and the decorativeness of the Baroque. Instead, he developed a studied naturalism from focus on texture and movement. Rodin writes to Charles Gounod (1816-1893), a French composer, most famous for his "Ave Maria," as well as his operas Faust and Romeo et Juliette. Addressing Gounod, Rodin writes in French: "My Dear Gounod, I knew that it was on the 20th and I thought the 20th was Thursday. Friendship/ Rodin I send you the enclosed card to prove my truthfulness." A wonderful Belle Epoque piece showing the friendship between two masters of the period. Letters between two persons of note are very rare.
Item Number: 13578
Spanish painter. Signed book: Titled "Miro." Later printing. NY: Crown Publishers, 1963. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.75 x 7, 141 pages. Signed on the reverse of the half-title page, “Miro!” Autographic condition: fine. Off-white cloth-covered boards; minor soiling and discoloration to edges; textblock separated from spine. Overall good to very good condition.
Item Number: 14104
Antique engraving of the Kaaba and Masjid Haram, in Mecca, titled: "View Of The Temple of Mecca," accompanied by "Plan Of The Temple of Mecca," circa 18th century. Size: 8" x 12." The engraving illustrates at its center the Kaaba and the surrounding domed structures as it was in 1700's. There are 2 images on this foldout plate, the first is an aerial plan of Mecca and the second is a view of the Kaaba with 100 Muslims praying in the outside court. Unmounted and unframed, with traces of original fold. This image is different from the above plate and was included in 18th century books, including the Al Coran de Mahomet of Du Ryer. With some aged related toning and folds present. An important print in very good condition.
Item Number: 14571
Glass "Pitcher" with Vivid Iridescence. Persia, Iran c. 8th to 12th century AD. Height: 4-1/4". Most glass pitchers from this very early period have not survived intact. This beautiful antique glass pitcher was recomposed (may have been from pieces of several glass pitchers from that era). The pitcher exquisite in colors of aqua, azure, and deep emerald green is crafted in very thick glass with areas of exceptionally fine and intense iridescence. An unique and beautiful piece of antiquity.
Item Number: 10539
Original elaborate etching of the King of Persia and his Court printed in 1682. On a verge type hand laid watermarked paper. Plate title: 'Persische historie.' (Persian history.) This scarce etching originates from: 'Curieuse aenmerckingen der bysonderste Oost en West-Indische verwonderens-waerdige dingen; ...' by S. de Vries, published in Utrecht, Holland by J. Ribbius, 1682. This elaborate etching depicts a powerful Persian King listening to a man pleading his case in court in a grande palace. Behind the king is an expressive Royal Court and guards with spears. A dog and two Persian dressed children look at the scene from the corner. Beautifully detailed image includes discrete numbers within the picture that correspond to a description in old Dutch at the top of the page. ": 1. King of Persia. 2. First emperial servant. 3. Jealous court members. 4. Closed room. 5. Water bottle and flute. 6. Shepherd dress. 7. Shepherd meal. 8. Kings court. " Descriptions in Dutch. Uncut as published. Image is 6" by 7.5." Overall size 8.25" by 6.5." This etching is over 330 years old but still in overall excellent condition. Scarce.
Item Number: 14402
Collection of 3 Rare Iranian World War II Posters Adapting the Story of Hitler to Five scenes from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi
[IRAN IN WWII]
Collection of 3 illustrated 1943 World War II propaganda posters, each measuring 13.5 x 9, done by British artist Kimon Evan Marengo, each with Farsi text and the artist's printed initials. Published by the British Ministry of Information for use, at the time of the Teheran Conference, when Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Iran in 1943. The illustrations are based on 3 scenes from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. The battle between the Allies and the Axis powers is depicted here as the mythical battle between Fereydoon and Zahhak. Hitler is depicted as the mythical figure Zahak, an evil king who had two snakes (drawn here with the faces of Mussolini and Tojo) growing out of his shoulders. The three heroes on horseback distinctly resemble Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill. The myth of the tyrant Zahhak was an attempt at rendering anti-German propaganda more relevant to Iranian cultural sensibilities. The Iranian scholar Mojtaba Minovi (1903 -1976) was working for the BBC Persian service during World War II, and suggested using stories and imagery from the Shahnameh (see Wynn, p. 4). The images were created in 1942 by Marengo (1904-1988), known by the sobriquet Kem, a prolific creator of propaganda cartoons for the British during the war. The Tehran Conference (codenamed Eureka) was a strategy meeting held between Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill in 1943 and was the first of the World War II conferences held between all of the "Big Three" Allied leaders. The main outcome of the Tehran Conference was the commitment to the opening of a second front against Nazi Germany by the Western Allies as well as the envisaged post-war settlement. A separate protocol signed at the conference pledged the Big Three's recognition of Iran's independence. In excellent condition. These posters are extremely scarce and a set can be found at the Imperial War Museum in London, the British Library included these in a 2013 exhibition on World War II propaganda posters. In 25 years we have seen only one other set for sale.
Item Number: 14536
James Abbott McNeil Whistler
Pioneering and influential American-born artist (1843-1903), best known for his distinctively evocative portraits and landscapes, and the "Arrangement in Gray and Black," aka "Whistler's Mother." Uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, in pencil, signed "J Mc: N. Whistler," one page, 6 x 4, no date. Short letter to a friend. In part: "I do hope you are quite well again-- and perhaps you will look in tomorrow after dusk." A central vertical fold, some scattered light soiling and spotting, and a small pencil notation to top left corner, otherwise in fine condition.
Item Number: 13569
Parisian artist and father of modern sculpture. Autograph letter signed. 1 page, 3.75" x 6". Dated "27 May, 1910." Rodin writes in his hand in full: "My dear foremost friend, I am very touched by your faithful friendship. I send my hommage to Madame Vidi(?) Griffin (?) cordially. And he signs his name, "A. Rodin." During a long and prolific career, Rodin produced at least 56 portrait sculptures. His very first was of his own father in 1860. By the time of this letter in 1910, Rodin's name was established and he spent much of his time making busts of prominent contemporaries such as English politician George Wyndham (1905), Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1906), Austrian composer Gustav Mahler (1909), former Argentinian president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and French statesman Georges Clemenceau (1911). He also worked increasingly on studies of the female form, and themes of more overt masculinity and femininity. He became the President of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1890, and in 1903 was elected president of the International Society of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers. Rodin died in 1917 at the age of 77, continuing to produce work until his death. The letter is in very good condition, with only its original mailing fold and slightly bumped corners and one small stain, from the period of his greatest influence.
Item Number: 13596
Frederick Childe Hassam
American Impressionist painter. Autograph letter signed, 8vo, on personalized stationery. New York, March 14, 1910. Hassam left high school without graduating and ended up working for a wood engraver. He attended drawing classes at the Lowell Institute, a division of MIT, and was a member of the Boston Art Club. He began his artistic career as an illustrator and watercolorist. In our letter, the painting he is writing about is "The Laurel" or "The Laurel on the Ledge." It is widely considered to be one of his finest works. In full: "You can understand that I have to keep a record of my things that are out. The price of the 'Laurel' is 3,000 and when I get it back here it will be 3,500. You can take the things on this St. Louis exposition, etc., but after that I must have the 'Laurel' back here. It is an important canvas and it has been lost in the West long enough." Signed "Childe Hassam."
Item Number: 13510
American artist of the 1980s. "Someone Like You" Warner Brothers Records, 1986. 45rpm record by Sylvester in picture sleeve illustrated by Keith Haring. 7"x7-1/4" inches. The color illustration by Haring shows a radiating person on stage in front of an adoring crowd with upthrust arms. The image has an original signature and is Signed by Haring "K. Haring" and dated '88. Fine condition.
Item Number: 14192
Antique engraving of the Kaaba and Masjid Haram, in Mecca, titled: "De Kabba, of Het Huis Gods Te Mecca," from a Dutch travel account on Arabia and the Middle East, circa 1750. Size: 7.5" x 8." The engraving illustrates at its center the Kaaba and the surrounding domed structures as it was in 1700's. We can see over 20 Muslims praying in the outside court. Un-mounted and unframed, trimmed, original fold. This image was later slightly changed and reprinted in several 18th century books, including the Al Coran de Mahomet of Du Ryer. An important print in very good condition.
Item Number: 14548
American contemporary artist known for his painting and printmaking. 5"x7" Color postcard of Johns' screenprint "Flags" 1973. Signed boldly on front "J J" in black ink. The back reads in print: "Jasper Johns b. 1930. Flags, 1973. Screenprint 27-3/8x35-1/2 in. Printed by Simca Print Artists, New York. Copublished by the artist and Simca Print Artists. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1988. Copyright Walker Art Center." Johns did several paintings and prints of American flags, and this is considered his most famous series. Unmarked other than Jasper Johns signature. Edges crisp and colors bright. Excellent condition.
Item Number: 14191
Large Original Engraving of the ancient Persian necropolis, Naqsh-e Rostam. Printed in 1720. Titled "Description des Tombeaux Autres Monumens Anciens que l'on trouve non loin de Persepolis dans une Montage de Roche Appelle La Montagne des Sepulchres." One large image of the Naqsh-e Rostam tombs. Two large detailed images of royal tombs with the header "Tombeau des Anciens Rois de Perse." French calligraphic text in the middle describing the tombs. The incredible series of ancient tombs known as Naqsh-e Rostam are located in central Iran, outside of the city of Shiraz, and were constructed over three thousand years ago. Naqsh-e Rostam consists of five different tombs, belonging to the Achaemenian Kings Darius 1, 2, and 3, as well as King Artaxerxes, and King Xerxes. The tombs are known locally as the 'Persian crosses', because of the shape of the facades. The entrance to the tombs is at the center of each cross, which opens onto to a small chamber, where the king lay in a sarcophagus. There are seven enormous relief’s chiselled into the mountain, depicting scenes of victorious battles and royal life. 17" x 21.5." Several small tears on blank margin not affecting image area or text. Two original folds. Overall in verygood condition.
Item Number: 14368
Beautiful original Persian engraving with five scenes of cultural and historical importance. Page is 11.75" by 9.5." Image size is 10" by 8." Engraving by Henry Winkles. Published in 1851 in New York and Germany. An intricate image depicting unique and dramatic aspects of Persian life in the 18th and 19th century, presented in five panels on one lage page. The first image depicts a veiled bride riding a horse to meet her betrothed. The second image depicts a Persian woman traveling in a caravan supported by two horses. The third image shows a group of musicians playing wind and percussive intruments in a courtyard. The fourth image is of six men feasting on a decorative carpet. The fifth image depicts a war scene; one horseman aims his rifle at an awother warrier with a raised spear. The other half of the fith image shows a man who is beeing punished for his deeds with blows to his feet. Beautifully engraved with a rich contrast between light and dark. In very good condition. Scarce.
Item Number: 14408
Large Original Engraving of the Mosque of Com [Qom] and the Tombs of Persian Kings. Printed in 1720. Titled "Description de La Celebre Mosquee de Com, Des Tombeaux des deux Derniers Rois De Perse"(Description of the Mosque of Qom and the Tombs of the last two Kings of Persia) by Henri Chatelain. Decorative series of views showing the interior of the Mosque of Qom, including the Sepulchre of Abas the Second and Sefy the First, along with the Tomb of these two kings and the Caravan-Seray de Cachan. Finely engraved images, from Chatelain's monumental 7 volume Atlas Historique. French calligraphic text in the middle describing the mosque and tombs. 19" x 22." One center original fold. Overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14598
Arabian Horse Lithograph
D'ORBIGNY, Charles [Ed.] Dictionnaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle. 1849. Size 9.5" by 6." This original hand colored Arabian horse lithograph hails from the first edition of Dictionnaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle, which is considered one of the premier encyclopedias of natural history of 19th century. Image of a strong Arabian horse in shades of tans and browns standing alert in a desert background, head slightly tilted towards the viewer's gaze. Overall in excellent condition.
Item Number: 14471
Charles Dana Gibson
American illustrator and cartoonist, a brilliant black-and-white artist, he drew society cartoons for such periodicals as Life, Scribner's, and Harpers. In his celebrated "Gibson Girl" drawings, he created an idealized prototype of the fashionable American woman. Printed Menu Signed with Original Drawings. Four pages, recto/verso, [New York, NY], October 17, 1893. Being a signed and profusely illustrated printed menu for a farewell dinner for the famous illustrator held at "The Aldine," in New York on October 17, 1893. With an imprinted illustrated cover featuring a weeping "Gibson Girl" standing on a dock as a ship recedes into the horizon. On the inside cover, Gibson has drawn a small pencil study of a "Gibson Girl," and inscribed it "To Dan from his friend C.D. Gibson," and signed the menu again on the facing page. The menu has also been signed on the inside back cover by about a dozen others, and has four additional original drawings. Among those who have signed are several notable American artists and authors of the day, including Dan Beard, Robert Bridges, Richard Harding Davis, R. W. Gilder, and W.S. Ransford.. Some age-toning, minor chipping at edges of last page, overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 10509
A set of original steel engravings of Medina and Mecca titled: "Medina et Sepulcre fu Prophete," & "Temple de la Mecque," from Picturesque Universe published by Firmin Didot, in 1847. Overall size: 5" x 8.2." The first image captures a view from the hilltop looking out on Medina. In the center of the engraving sits a strikingly detailed view of Medina with 4 travelers approaching the city, some riding on camels over a mountain road. The second engraving captures the very detailed architectural design and layout of the Temple of Mecca, including the Kaaba and surrounding buildings. In the background are outlines of the surrounding city First image missing bottom right corner. Overall both in very good condition.
Item Number: 14623
An Original Antique Copper Engraving of several games of the Middles East, from "Description of Arabia" by Carsten Niebuhr, printed in 1776. Nieburh was the most famous of Eighteenth Century explorers of the Arabian Peninsula. The overalls size is 13.5" x 11," with image size: 11" x 7.75." In very good condition.
Item Number: 14578
Collection of 3 chromolithographic prints from The Illustrated History of Costume : period styles and accessories by Albert Racinet published by Firmin Didot & Cie in Paris, in 1888. Titled: PERSIA / PERSE / PERSIEN. 7 ½" x 8 ¾". These lithographs beautifully depict Persian costumes and interior décor. In the first lithograph we can see 10 men and 1 woman dressed in the various traditional Kajar attaire. The second lithograph shows the beautiful interior décor, including very intercate and vibrant Persian rugs, elaborately scrolled door and window frames of a Kajar residence. The third lithograph captures five musicians playing various instruments and four women dancers. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14568
Set of two original Mosque lithographs by David Roberts, extracted from the first quarto edition of his book "Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia," published in 1856. Plate numbers: 248, 224. Overall Print size: 7 ½" x 10 ½." These two mosque lithographs hail from David Robert's extremely important work in the Middle East. "One of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing and [...] the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey). "In the course of two and a half months in 1838, travelling some 800 miles south from Cairo, Roberts recorded the monumental sites along the Nile." (Blackmer). Roberts was the first independent, professional British artist to travel so extensively in the Near East. In the first lithograph we can see the Mosque of Sultan Al-Ghuri in Cairo, followed by the second lithograph of the Mosque of Sultan Qaitbey. Both of these lithos showcase the mosques' beautifully decorated and enriched arabesque scrolling of the domes and archways, wrought in rich patterns of tracery. A beautiful set. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14561
Original engraving of Arabs traders traveling by camel, horse and oxen. Published in 1748. Engraving is from "Histoire generale des voyages." Illustrated by Bellin. Engraving depicts a group of Arab traders traveling on camels, travel and oxen. All men are wearing turbans and tunics. Text at the bottom reads "Arabes et Mores montes sur leurs Chameaux, leurs Chevaux, et leurs, bæufs pour apporter des gommes au Senegal." Some small markings in margin. Overall page size is 10" x 7.25." Image size is 5.5 x 7.5." Overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14362
Wahlen, Auguste. 'Moeurs, Usages Et Costumes De Tous Les Peuples Du Monde ..' Published in Brussels, 1843. 6.7 x 10.4 inches & 8.9 x 5.9 inches. Plates are lithographs on a vellum type paper with original hand coloring heightened with gum Arabic. Two original antique prints from 'Moeurs, Usages Et Costumes De Tous Les Peuples Du Monde' by Auguste Wahlen. The plate illustrations are brightly colored and intricately detailed characterization of the traditional costumes of a Persian Nobleman and woman. The Persian nobleman's costume entails a vibrant red fur-lined coat, which covers a gold-colored ensemble, topped off with a matching fur hat. The text accompanying the illustration is in Dutch, roughly translating to "Persian noble from the state". The Persian Woman is depicted in tradition costume as imagined by Europeans in the 1800's. The woman is shown reclining on a bed of patterned cushions, holding a hookah in her right hand. She is captured in a rich red-colored pant, a green and white striped top with gold-colored embroidery and an embellished royal blue hat to compliment the coat of the same color. The text below reads: "Dama Persa - Asia" (Persian Lady - Asia). Both prints are in good condition and very decorative.
Item Number: 14438
Antique Print-BARBARIA-ARAB-PERSIA-COSTUME-Picart-1727. Original copperplate engraving on a vellin type paper. This scarse original antique print originates from: 'Naaukeurige beschryving der godtsdienst-plichten, kerk-zeden en gewoontens van alle volkeren der waereldt.', a Dutch edition or its French edition 'Ceremonies et coutumes Religieuses...' , by A. Moubach, 1727-1738 (French edition 1721-1725). An English edition called 'Ceremonies and religious Rites of the various nations of the known world....', appeared in 1733. It was the most elaborate history of world religion published up to that time. The overall size is ca. 10.2 x 17.5 inch. Artists and Engravers of this work is A. Moubach. The most important engraver of this work is Bernard Picart (1673-1733). He was a French painter and engraver. He received his art education from his father, Etienne (1632-1721), from Le Brun and Jouvenet at the Royal Academy. This plate shows a Persian man and woman, attire of the main "Barbarian people" and an "Arab of the desert." Condition: overal very good. Paper edges a bit frayed, not affecting image.
Item Number: 14435
Original engraving of Arab Costumes from the 1740s. Published in 1748. This rare engraving is from "Description de l´Univers." By Allain Manesson Mallet. Engraving depicts two men proudly wearing different Arabic costumes with mountains in the background. One wears a buttoned tunic kandura, bisht overcoat, pointed shoes and large turban with a decorative cane and his hand rests in his belt. The other wears a decorative collared kandura, bisht overcoat, pointed shoes and tall hat with long scarf coming from the hat. Decorative banner on top states "Arabes." Overall page size is 10" x 7.25." Image size is 5.5" x 7.5." Overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14371
Original Engraving of City of Shiraz in Persia (Iran) and the Tomb of the Poet Hafez along with a two page description of the engravings translated in four languages. Originally published by Friedrich Justin Bertuch. These engravings were a part of a series which appeared in 12 volumes between 1790 and 1830 as monthly installments with the aim to spread the knowledge from many eras and cultures. This illustration depicts two separate images; One is the city of Shiraz nestled by the mountains with camels and travelers in the foreground. The second is the tomb of the poet Hafez with the typical Persian background of tall trees and hills. Image has a few marks and one .25" brown spot. Page is 8.5" x 7.25. The engraving comes with two original sheets of descriptive text, double-sided. The description is in German, French, English and Italian. It describes Persia as one of "the remarkable empires" of Asia. The city of Shiras (the first illustration) is described as "situated in an extensive and beautiful valley; but now-a-days its ancient splendor is greatly gone to decay." The next body of text describes the second illustration, the burial site of the Persian poet, Hafiz, which includes the tombs of Hafiz, two of his disciples and a Prince. Overall in good condition.
Item Number: 14359
Original Antique Copperplate Engraving of a Persian Caravansary, published by Millar & Langford, 1783. Overall dimensions of print: including blank margins 9.5" x 14. 5" inches. A bold engraving showcasing a Persian hotel and courtyard with travelers and their horses present. With some foxing and soiling in the margins and a slight rip near the bottom left corner. Otherwise in very good condition.
Item Number: 14574
American pop artist and part of the neo-dada movement. Exhibited in the sixties with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Signed large poster of detail from, The Crommelynck Gate (The Sentinels) 1983. This poster was created for an exhibition on June 7th, 1984 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 38" x 25'. Signed in ink with a very large signature Jim Dine in the blank area above the title. Condition is excellent.
Item Number: 14334
A leaf from “La Humanita Del Figlivolo Di Dio..” by Theofilo Folengo printed in Venice by Matteo Bosello in 1567. Poetic style in Italics in Italian, nice religious woodcut of what may be an illustration from The Prodigal Son. 4 x 5.75”. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 9367
Influential English art critic and artist. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed "JR." Ruskin provides a glimpse into his work by writing about the process and ideas behind his sketches, and about fellow artist Stodhart. He writes in his hand in full: "Please see about the Frame yourself--but there must be no black in it. I cannot use this shield, on account of the twisted crosses which public won't like. There is no more time now, so I have sent off a common sketch of my own which must do--but many thanks always. I will call as soon as I can. I have not forgotten Stodhart neither." Letter measures approximately 5x7" with a tape repair and light foxing not affecting text. In very good conditon.
Item Number: 15024
Known for his photo collages and paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Signed book, "The Arrival of Spring" (Pace Gallery Catalogue, Rhode Island: Meridian Printing 2014). Paperback edition measures 9.75x11.5", 71 pages. Signed "David Hockney" in blue ink on the title page. Hockney's 2014 exhibition The Arrival of Spring featured a series of Hockney's iPad drawings printed onto paper and showing the progression of days from January to May 2011, as well as recent and innovative prints, drawings, and video. This signed book was sold on site as part of the exhibition. Bold signature. In fine condition.
Item Number: 15025
Famed 19th century British artist. Signed Albumen Photo of Whistler's classic work from 1862, "Blue and Silver: The Blue Wave, Biarritz." Signed on the mount with Whistler's famous "butterfly" signature. "Blue and Silver: The Blue Wave, Biarritz" is a fine example of Whistler's straightforward landscape painting, capturing the moody ocean waves with realism. His philosophy for art was "art for art's sake," and he was averse to moral allusion and sentimentality in his paintings. From the private collection of artist Chancery Ryder. Image is affixed to an ecru mounting and measures approximately 14x11". In frame, the overall size is approximately 24x21". In very good condition.
Item Number: 15005
Antique engraving of four horses from "Westasiatische Thiere" (West Asian Animals), printed in Prague in 1810. The engraving has two images, both illustrating horses. The top engraving depicts a Middle Eastern man wearing a turban handling the reins of two lively black and white Arabian horses that prance under the label "Das Arabische Pferd" (The Arabian Horse). In the bottom image, another man in a turban and boots leads a pair of strong dappled Turkish horses labeled "Das Turkische Pferd" (The Turkish Horse). All of the horses are beautiful intact stallions that symbolize the virility, strength, and spirit of their regions. Plate is approximately 7"x10". An attractive piece for any horse enthusiast. In very good condition.
Item Number: 14693
Collection of 2 Rare Iranian World War II Posters Adapting the Story of Hitler to scenes from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi
[IRAN IN WWII]
Collection of 2 illustrated 1943 World War II propaganda posters, each measuring 13.5 x 9, done by British artist Kimon Evan Marengo, each with Farsi text and the artist's printed initials. Published by the British Ministry of Information for use, at the time of the Teheran Conference, when Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Iran in 1943. The illustrations are based on 2 scenes from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. The battle between the Allies and the Axis powers is depicted here as the mythical battle between Fereydoon and Zahhak. Hitler is depicted as the mythical figure Zahak, an evil king who had two snakes (drawn here with the faces of Mussolini and Tojo) growing out of his shoulders. The three heroes on horseback distinctly resemble Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill. The myth of the tyrant Zahhak was an attempt at rendering anti-German propaganda more relevant to Iranian cultural sensibilities. The Iranian scholar Mojtaba Minovi (1903 -1976) was working for the BBC Persian service during World War II, and suggested using stories and imagery from the Shahnameh (see Wynn, p. 4). The images were created in 1942 by Marengo (1904-1988), known by the sobriquet Kem, a prolific creator of propaganda cartoons for the British during the war. The Tehran Conference (codenamed Eureka) was a strategy meeting held between Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill in 1943 and was the first of the World War II conferences held between all of the "Big Three" Allied leaders. The main outcome of the Tehran Conference was the commitment to the opening of a second front against Nazi Germany by the Western Allies as well as the envisaged post-war settlement. A separate protocol signed at the conference pledged the Big Three's recognition of Iran's independence. In excellent condition. These posters are extremely scarce and a set can be found at the Imperial War Museum in London, the British Library included these in a 2013 exhibition on World War II propaganda posters. In 25 years we have seen only one other set for sale.
Item Number: 14577
French Fauvist painter who developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, as well as decorative schemes for public buildings. 1 page Typed Letter Signed in French. Dufy writes of his gratitute to an unnamed photographer, who has photographed one of Dufy's paintings and provided that image as a gift. Dufy writes: "Cher Monsieur, Je vous suis tres reconnaissant de l'amabilite que vous avez eue de me daire remettre par un de vos collaborateurs la photographie d'un de mes tableaux qui etaits entre vos mains. Celle-ci manquait a ma collection, et je vous remercie encore de me l'avoir fait tenir. Veuillex croire, Cher Monsieur, a mes meilleurs sentiments." He signs "Raoul Dufy." The letter is a unique look at two artistic media coming together, and it reveals Dufy's pleasure at seeing his own work in a new format. Some wear to paper edges, overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 14965