New York, NY, September 2, 2014—Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867) was the leading figure of a group of nineteenth-century French artists who chose the wooded landscape of the Forest of Fontainebleau as their subject and would forever be known to art history as the Barbizon School. Decades before Impressionism, Rousseau and his peers developed new ways to observe, draw, and paint the natural world in studies made directly from nature and composed landscape pictures intended for exhibition. Deeply Romantic in approach, the work of Rousseau ultimately added an important chapter to the history of landscape art, and elements of the Barbizon School style were then reconfigured and transformed by the next generations of great French artists: the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. Beginning September 26, the Morgan Library & Museum will present a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to Rousseau’s drawings and oil sketches—the first ever at a major U.S. museum—that sheds new light on his techniques and unique perspectives on landscape imagery. The Untamed Landscape: Théodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon will run through January 18, 2015.
FALLS CHURCH, Va.—Waverly Rare Books will offer nearly 550 lots of antique and highly collectible maps, items from the Burchuk-Warden Rare Music Collection, many fine first-edition books, photographs and ambrotypes (some of them Civil War-era), plus posters and prints in a catalog auction scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Eastern Time.
Maps will be highlighted by an 1844 map of Texas (and the countries adjacent), compiled by the Bureau of the Corps of Topographical Engineers for the U.S. State Department by W. H. Emory, an officer in the War Department. This is the larger version (the Senate issue) of two made. Comprising two adjoining sheets totaling 21¼ inches by 32½ inches, the map should realize $3,000-$5,000.
Doyle New York is honored to auction El Morocco: The John Perona Collection on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10am. This landmark sale comprises paintings, furniture and decorations from Mr. Perona’s private collection, as well as photographs and memorabilia from his legendary supper club, El Morocco. Important jewelry, clocks, paintings, books, autographs and Asian art in the collection will be offered in sales throughout the Fall. The collection in its entirety will be exhibited on September 12 through 14.
Auction #37 was successfully concluded on 28th August 2014 with particularly brisk bidding. Although a South African operation set up in 2010, over 50% of the site’s users are now based in the UK, the US and the rest of the world.
Antiquarianauctions.com is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography. Only recognised booksellers are permitted to sell on the site.
At auction #37, over 40% of the sales went to international clients from 14 countries in total.
NORTHAMPTON, MA—OCTOBER 12, 2014—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (an expanded incarnation of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers) have joined forces to present the 10th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 12, 10am-4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced at the Library of Congress National Book Festival the winners of the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, a program originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.
The recipients are as follows.
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will be showing the 2013 film Dorothy and Herb, 50X50 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Following the film, famed art collector Dorothy Vogel, featured in the film together with her husband Herb, and Megumi Sasaki, producer and director of the film, will engage in a public question and answer discussion. The audience is invited to a reception at the Museum of Art immediately after the screening to meet and speak with Dorothy Vogel and Megumi Sasaki and to view the exhibition of a selection of works given to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The film and reception are open to the public.
Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. A ‘road movie’ through the art world, the film takes the audience on a journey across the US to eleven recipient museums, from Honolulu to Fargo, meeting curators and visitors, and introduces famous (often controversial) artists, as well as unknown favorites of Herb and Dorothy.
Baltimore, MD (August 27, 2014)—The 34th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show attracted robust crowds of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world who came to purchase from the extensive array of merchandise offered by more than 500 prominent exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields. Over the Show’s two day set-up and four-day tenure (August 21-24, 2014) the Baltimore Convention Center welcomed more than 35,000 collectors of all ages, cultures, educational and professional backgrounds.
Scott Diament, managing partner of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show and President/CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group commented, “The extraordinary collections showcased at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show cannot be found anywhere else, so this makes our show the ideal opportunity for people to view and purchase some of the most amazing things in the world."
DALLAS—A pair of rare, pre-production concept paintings from the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz—used to craft two of the movie’s most beloved scenes—sold for a combined $45,625 in Heritage Auction’s $1.2+ million Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction in Beverly Hills. The 600-lot auction also featured a Lansky Bros. leather coat worn and owned by Elvis Presley, which sold for $35,000—more than eight times its estimate.
“The Wizard of Oz has a large and devoted collecting base, but these two paintings could stand alone as wonderful works of fine art,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. “This auction was everything we want for our clients: uncommon memorabilia and passionate bidders.”
Doyle New York is honored to auction important World War II tribute albums presented to American Staff Sergeant Lawrence R. Kelly. On August 25, 1944, Kelly was mistakenly wounded by a French sharpshooter on the first day of the liberation of Paris. The album was conceived by the Saint-Cloud pharmacist who treated Kelly’s wounds. This stunning tribute to one man who became a symbol of a grateful nation will be auctioned in Doyle New York’s November 24, 2014 sale of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. Offered together with the Purple Heart medal awarded to Kelly, the album is estimated to sell for $12,000-18,000.
LAWRENCE R. KELLY (1902-1946)
Lawrence Russell Kelly was born and died in Altoona, Pennsylvania. In 1917 at the tender age of 15, Kelly lied about his age and fought for eight months during World War I in France, where he was wounded twice.