I write it out in a verse -
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

--William Butler Yeats, “Easter, 1916”

The University of Delaware Library announces the exhibition “A terrible beauty is born”: The Easter Rising at 100, which will be on view in the Special Collections Gallery from February 9 until June 12, 2016.

2016 marks the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, when a small band of republicans’ brief insurrection over Easter Week 1916 resulted in their declaration of independence from Great Britain to form the Irish Republic (Poblacht na hÉireann).  Quickly and violently squashed by the British, the Easter Rising became a defining moment for the complex landscape of Irish culture, politics, and history in the twentieth century. 

Shortly after noon on April 24, 1916, Patrick Pearse (Pádraig Pearse or Pádraig Mac Piarais) emerged from the newly formed headquarters of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic at Dublin’s General Post Office. He read—to a very small crowd—the hastily printed Proclamation of the Republic (Forógra na Poblachta), which not only asserted Ireland’s right to independence, but also justified the cause for armed rebellion, bloodshed, and sacrifice within the tradition of the Irish physical force movement. 

In response, the British government declared martial law. After days of shelling and fierce fighting, the rebels surrendered unconditionally to prevent more deaths. Fifteen men, including the seven signatories of the Proclamation, were tried by secret military courts and executed for participating in the Uprising in May. A sixteenth man, Roger Casement,  was imprisoned in Pentonville Gaol in London, where he was tried on charges of High Treason an hanged on 3 August 1916, the only leader of the Rising to be executed outside of Ireland. 

Reaction during and immediately after the Uprising was mixed. It had been disruptive and, to many, needlessly violent: by the end of the week, 64 insurgents, 132 soldiers and police, and about 230 civilians had perished. Over 1,000 people were wounded. The General Post Office, Dublin City Hall, and other landmarks around Dublin were in shambles. But public opinion at home and abroad soon turned with the disclosure of the severity of the executions, the secret trials, and deportations. The leaders of the Rising became cult heroes in the months after their executions.

Between May and September 1916, William Butler Yeats wrote what would become “Easter, 1916,” a poem that was not the ringing endorsement of Republicanism many had hoped it would be (though it was interpreted as such). Despite his prominent role in the Celtic Revival and establishment of the Abbey Theatre in the earlier part of the century, Yeats became increasingly disillusioned with radicalism. Irish historian and Yeats biographer R.F. Foster notes that “Easter, 1916” instead “emphasized not only the bewildered and delusional state of the rebels, but it move[d] on to a plea for the flashing, changing joy of life rather than the harsh stone of fanatical opinion fixed in the effluvial stream.”

Literary texts—with a copy of the rare first edition of Yeats’s “Easter, 1916” as the iconic centerpiece—will be exhibited alongside political broadsides, manuscripts, letters, periodicals, and graphics, reflecting the significant role print culture had in inspiring patriotism, relaying news, spreading rumors, and constructing a national mythology from a complex variety of events and players that, for some, is traced over centuries of British colonial rule.

The exhibition will examine events and attitudes before and after the events of Easter Week 1916, including the Celtic Revival period, the rise of Irish Nationalism, the Civil War (1922-1923), and Irish literature produced in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during The Troubles in the latter half of the twentieth century. 

The exhibition will be curated by Maureen Cech, Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Accessions and Processing, Manuscripts and Archives Department. An online version of the exhibition will be available at http://library.udel.edu/spec/exhibitions/

Denver, Pennsylvania, November 24, 2015 - Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collections, is pleased to announce this exciting sale to be held on December 5th-6th, 2015. The event includes many fine works from well-known artists including Burgoyne Diller, Alan Saret, Kathe Kollwitz, Sir Stanley Spencer, Harry Bertoia, James Deneen, Jamie Wyeth, Arnoldo Corrodi, and many others.  This auction also presents collectors a spectrum of exquisite artwork, pottery, documents, decorative items, coins, and jewelry at a full range of price points.  All lots from this sale are on display in Morphy's auction gallery and available for preview now.   

Buyers seeking the finest in fine art need look no further than this sales event. With over 630 lots on offer, this auction includes top-tier examples from every category, including etchings, watercolors, photos, maps, pastels, silkscreens, monoprints, screenprints, paintings, lithographs, architectural renderings, and much more.  Collectors will no doubt want to color their world with Alan Saret's color pencil on paper "Jay Lee Rose Encounter," estimated at $3,000-5,000, and Hilla Rebay's watercolor "Abstract Composition," estimated at $1,000-2,000.  Kathe Kollwitz's original etching entitled "Death and Woman," estimated at $2,000-3,000 and Jamie Wyeth's limited edition etching of a hen, estimated at $1,000-1,500, are both quite fetching.  A 1930's-era Georgia Engelhard photograph of Alfred Stieglitz, estimated at $1,000-2,000, vividly captures a moment in time more than eight decades ago.  And cartography enthusiasts will find their true north with a period 18th-19th century map of Russia by cartographer Rigobert Bonne, estimated at $200-300.

Decorative arts are another major category in this auction, with over 80 lots of ornamental and functional rarities available for purchase.  Collectors and interior designers will unquestionably discover many outstanding accent pieces among this sale's huge selection of ornate lamps, boxes, carvings, vases, plaques, candlesticks, baskets, tableware, napkin rings, and silver, among many other categories.  A set of Wallace Grande Baroque flatware for 12 in its original solid mahogany 2-tier presentation and storage box would make any meal a sterling event.  This shining example, weighing in at 110.5 ounces of silver, is estimated at $2,000-3,000.

Amphora brand porcelain remains extremely popular among collectors.  These masterpieces - produced for only a handful of years at the turn of last century - are known for their elaborate decorations that often featured animals and plants, mythical beasts, and Art Nouveau style portraits.  This sale offers 20 fantastic selections of these rare and highly desirable items.  One Amphora selection worthy of a crown is a 6" high portrait vase entitled “Renaissance Princess/Allegory of Russia."   This royal example, in mint condition, is estimated at $1,200-1,800.

This auction features a number of interesting lots of financial and political ephemera certain to catch the eye of historians, museums, and collectors.   These include stock shares, bank checks, Civil War era correspondence, and other 19th and 20th century documents, primarily from the state of Pennsylvania.  It's easy to turn back time with a group of four Susquehanna Bridge Company stock shares from 1814 and 1820.  These investment grade historical documents are estimated at $100-200.  

Fantastic selections of collectible handbags, clocks, Native American items, jewelry, and items from other popular collecting categories round out this exciting two-day sales event.  Fine currencies are well represented, with over 90 examples on offer.  It's a bank holiday with a lot of 7 uncommonly good Draped Bust Large Cents coins dated 1801, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805 and 1807.  These coins won't break the bank with their $200-400 estimate. 

According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "This third sale featuring remarkable examples from a Palm Beach, single owner collection truly offers something for everyone.  Many of the selections are museum quality and would be the crown jewel in any private collection.  The timing of this auction is perfect for seasonal shopping and offers buyers the opportunity to purchase exceptional items for friends and family on their holiday lists.  Our next sale from this outstanding collection is scheduled for February, 2016 ." 

About Morphy Auctions:
Morphy Auctions, the finest auction destination for fresh to the market collectibles, is headquarted in Denver, Pennsylvania. The company also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada.  A full service auction house, the company presents over 30 premier auctions annually, as well as monthly discovery sales. Morphy's team of specialists includes the nation's finest and most recognized experts in popular collecting categories including advertising; firearms; fine automobiles, automobilia and petroliana; coin-operated machines; antiques, fine, and decorative art; dolls, bears, toys, and trains; cast iron; coins; marbles; and jewelry.  Morphy Auctions is owned by President and Founder Dan Morphy, a himself a lifelong and passionate collector of antiques, banks, and numerous other categories.  Morphy's has been in business since 2004 and has grown from two to over 65 employees in over a decade.   

Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517.   We can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at info@morphyauctions.com.  Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.  For more information on Morphy's, please visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.

Randall House Rare Books is pleased and proud to have successfully completed negotiations for the sale of two unpublished Charlotte Bronte manuscripts to the Bronte Society in England.  The discovery of the manuscripts is called “extraordinary” by Bronte expert Dr. Juliet Barker who went on to say "It's so unusual to get unpublished manuscripts in this day and age. To find an unpublished one like this - that we had no knowledge of its existence - is extraordinary." Dr. Barker wrote the seminal history of the Bronte Family. She has further stated that there is no question about the authenticity of the material.

The manuscripts and other autograph material are in a book that belonged to Charlotte’s mother, Maria, titled “The Remains of Henry Kirke White” by Robert Southey. The boat carrying Maria’s belongings, including this book, prior to her marriage to Patrick Bronte, suffered a shipwreck but were recovered. On an inside page in the book there is a Latin inscription, in Patrick Bronte’s handwriting “the book of my dearest wife and it was saved from the waves. So then it will always be preserved.”

The manuscripts consist of a short story fragment and a poem. The short story is set in 1833 and written in the pseudonym of “Lord Charles Wellesley” one of Charlotte’s favourite male alter egos. The writing is, according to Dr. Barker “a satirical take on life in Haworth [the home village of the Brontes].”  The poem is set in the fantasy world created by the Bronte children, including her brother Branwell, in childhood, and is typical of the poems Charlotte wrote.

The sale to the Bronte Society of this treasure is being made possible by a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the V & A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the National Libraries [all of England].  Originally the book was sold in 1861 at the sale of Patrick Bronte’s estate. For the past nearly 100 years it’s been in the ownership of the same family here in the US who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. The family has impeccable literary antecedents, and Randall House Rare Books is proud to have been entrusted with the sale of this particular book and several other important works.

Ron Randall states “without doubt this has been one of the most exciting finds in my six decades of being a rare bookseller.” He further says: “without doubt it also has been one of the most difficult to figure out. Not least the handwriting of the poem which is in Charlotte’s minuscule handwriting and deciphering  this took months.” There was a lot of painstaking research in establishing who was who, and who had written what. There is not only Charlotte’s writing in the book, but also Patrick Bronte, and Arthur Bell Nicholls, Charlotte’s husband, as well as other both contemporary and somewhat later persons.  Incidentally, Henry Kirk White,  whom the book is about was a university friend of Patrick Bronte’s, they had both been sizars at Cambridge University in the very early 1800s.

Ron Randall has encountered many “treasures” during his working life and has many memorable stories. He also grew up in a literary family; Ron’s father, David A. Randall had a distinguished career in rare books starting at Scribner’s Rare Book Department and eventually becoming the first Director of the Lilly Library; he was the American half of the duo, David A. Randall and John Carter the English half, who put together the legendary exhibition “Printing and the Mind of Man” in 1950 in London.

DALLAS - A stash of rare movie posters discovered under a linoleum floor in York County, Pennsylvania, sold for a combined $219,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Vintage Poster Auction Nov. 21-22 in Dallas. The $2+ million auction offered seldom seen rarities from Hollywood’s golden age of film and poster art, with collectors eyeing never-before-seen posters hidden away for more than 60 years. Owner Robert Basta said the trove will fund his retirement nest egg.

“You always hear about these stories and I never believed it would happen to our family,” Basta said following the auction. “We are beyond thrilled with the results - we feel truly blessed.” 

The stash was discovered when Robert’s sons Bob and Dylan removed a dated linoleum floor during a renovation project at the home. The discovery uncovered the only-known surviving examples of five rare posters, making them true pieces of Hollywood history, said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage.

One-of-a-kind posters saw intense bidder interest as a Style D one sheet poster for Tarzan The Ape Man (MGM, 1932) sold for $83,650; the only known one sheet poster for Any Old Port, a 1932 MGM short starring the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy sold for $8,962; and the only-known one sheet poster for Clark Gable’s first starring role in Sporting Blood (MGM, 1931) sold for $2,987. The stash also held a movie poster for MGM’s 1932 bad-girl classic Red Headed Woman, which sold for $77,675, and a one sheet poster for Doctor X (First National, 1932), which sold for $23,900.

“Collectors and historians didn’t even know some of these posters existed before this discovery,” Smith said. “Rare finds are still out there and you never know when a missing piece of history will be filed in.”

The auction also fetched top prices for rare, pre-war releases for classics as an Italian two-foglio poster for Casablanca (Warner Brothers, 1948) sold for $95,600 and a window card for Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) sold for $89,625. A Swedish oversized poster for King Kong (RKO, 1933) brought $31,070.

Sleepers range from a one sheet for the 1927 Universal short Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Great Guns!, a rare cartoon by Walt Disney, which sold for $37,045 against an $8,000 estimate to an unusual, studio-issued cloth banner for The Batman (Columbia, 1943) sold for $26,290 against a $5,000 estimate. A one sheet for Little Rural Riding Hood (MGM, 1949), the last in the series of Tex Avery’s “Red Hot Riding Hood” cartoons, sold for $16,730 against a $6,000 estimate.

Stunning sci-fi and monster movie posters saw intense bidder interest as a one sheet for Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal International, 1954) sold for $21,510 and a one sheet for Things to Come (United Artists, 1936) brought $20,315. A dramatic three sheet poster for Son of Kong (RKO, 1933) sold for $17,925.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

It’s a Wonderful Life (RKO, 1946): Realized: $16,730.

Jezebel (Warner Brothers, 1938): Realized: $15,535. 

The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935), a full-bleed Swedish one sheet: Realized: $15,535.

A rare, Advance British Quad/Quad Crown Style A poster for the James Bond classic Thunderball (United Artists, 1965) sold for $13,145 to lead the highly-respected James Bond/Ian Fleming collection of Gary Firuta. 

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of approximately $900 million, and 950,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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BENTONVILLE, AR — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces its 2016 temporary exhibitions: Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention; The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip; American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum; and The Art of Dance: 1830-1960. 

“The 2016 temporary exhibitions offer a broad and unique set of lenses through which to view American art,” said Margi Conrads, Crystal Bridges Director of Curatorial Affairs. “Visitors can rediscover telegraph inventor Samuel Morse as an artist; experience the museum’s first-ever photography exhibition by joining internationally renowned photographers on their American road trips; enjoy more than 100 artworks from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum; and be inspired by the first major traveling exhibition connecting visual art and American dance.”

Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention

January 23 through April 18, 2016

Known today primarily for his role in the development of the electromagnetic telegraph and Morse code, Samuel F. B. Morse began his career as a painter. One of his most important works is Gallery of the Louvre, now in the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art. In 1829, Morse embarked upon a three-year period of study in Paris. This culminated in the monumental Gallery of the Louvre, in which the artist chose masterpieces from the Louvre’s collection and depicted them as if they had been exhibited together in one of the museum’s grandest spaces. Gallery of the Louvre is a painting of visual and technical complexity, bringing together Morse’s artistic and scientific pursuits and revealing an adoration of the old masters as well as the artist’s Calvinist worldview and conservative cultural politics. Morse showed Gallery of the Louvre as a single-painting exhibition only twice—in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut—where it was praised by critics and connoisseurs but failed to capture the imagination of the public. Crushed by the lukewarm public response, Morse soon ceased painting altogether, moving on to his more successful experiments with the electromagnetic telegraph, and, most famously, Morse code. Today, after six months of conservation and two years of scholarly study, this impressive work of American art reveals Morse’s fascination with the transmission of information: in both his desire to share masterworks from Europe with the American people, and his invention of Morse code. This exhibition was organized by and with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip
February 27 through May 30, 2016

Joy rides, voyages of discovery, surveys, wanderings, migrations, travel diaries, and frank assessments of the nation: is America imaginable without the road trip? The Open Road presents the story of the American road as muse. Featuring over 90 images, The Open Road offers a survey of works created by 19 photographers on the move across the nation from the 1950s to today. Come along for the ride and visit roadside motels, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, theme parks, and everyday America. Photographers featured in the exhibition include Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Garry Winogrand, Inge Morath, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Joel Meyerowitz, Jacob Holdt, Stephen Shore, Bernard Plossu, Victor Burgin, Joel Sternfeld, Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Shinya Fujiwara, Ryan McGinley, Justine Kurland, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. Together, these photographers elevate the snapshot—often taken through the window of a moving car—to a work of art. This exhibition was organized by Aperture Foundation, New York. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

American Made: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

July 2 through September 19, 2016

Featuring more than 100 artworks, including quilts, paintings, furniture, sculpture, weathervanes, works on paper, and more from the renowned collection of the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, this exhibition examines the role artworks like these have played in shaping the visual image and national identity of the United States. This is the first presentation of American folk art at Crystal Bridges.

The early American republic was a nation of makers. With an exuberance that was fueled by revolutionary fervor and enlightenment philosophy, the lives of Americans were filled with objects and artworks made by their own hands. Created before the establishment of museums of art, folk art—as these expressions are known today—was widely enjoyed and considered as a natural part of the “furniture of a house.” The application of artistic intent to forms of everyday life was also a reflection of the practical nature of young America, whose citizens commissioned portraits and embellished purely functional objects.

The art and artists were themselves part of a story that was unfolding, but as these artworks were made, used and enjoyed outside of museums, the public record of them has largely been lost. The slow recovery of these histories was facilitated by two unlikely forces that aligned in the early years of the twentieth century: the colonial revival, a movement to recover a legitimate American heritage; and Modernism, a desire on the part of the avant-garde to find a specifically American precedent for their own art. This exhibition was organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Art of American Dance: 1830-1960

October 22, 2016 through January 16, 2017

The Art of American Dance is the first major traveling exhibition to explore visual art related to the many forms of American dance. This exhibition of some 90 paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs examines dance-inspired works from the 1830s to the 1960s—from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, to Jitterbug, swing, modern dance, and others. During this more-than 100-year period, dance engaged every segment of US society and every artistic medium, creating arenas for social interactions, popular entertainments, and artistic experimentation.  Exploring the variety of ways Americans embrace dance as part of everyday life, as well as the diverse forms of professional dance, including burlesque, flamenco, and classical ballet, the exhibition highlights the central place dance has held in American culture and in the imagination of American artists.  Artists did not merely represent dance; they were inspired by dance to think about how Americans move through space, share culture, and express themselves through movement. Visitors can also examine the American history of race, gender, ethnicity, and class through the lenses of dance and the visual arts. This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and an ADAA Foundation Curatorial Award and the Association of Art Museum Curators.

“We are excited to welcome visitors to explore the broad range of 2016 exhibitions,” said Conrads. “In conjunction with these exhibitions, we offer programs that provide a deeper understanding of the artists and artworks and help create powerful new connections to the American story.”


FALLS CHURCH, Va.—First-edition copies of books by Lewis Carroll and F. Scott Fitzgerald; rare NASA photographs dating to the early years of the U.S. space program, centuries-old maps and engraved views; Civil War lithographs and even an endearing Norman Rockwell color lithograph of Santa Claus will be auctioned by Waverly’s on Thursday, December 3.

The 461-lot sale will take place at Waverly’s gallery at 360 South Washington St., Falls Church, Va., starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time. Those who cannot attend in person may bid absentee, by phone or live online via LiveAuctioneers.com or Invaluable.com. Items may be previewed Nov. 29 (noon to 4 p.m.), Nov. 30 (10-5:30), Dec. 1-2 (10-7) and on auction day (10-6).


For the fourth holiday season, the independent bookshops and antiquarian booksellers of Brooklyn will fill Park Slope's historic Old Stone House with rare, vintage, and out-of-print books. Get to know your local booksellers, jump-start your holiday shopping, and be surprised by books you didn’t even know you wanted! 

This year’s literary guest, acclaimed graphic novelist and Brooklyn chronicler Adrian Tomine, will be signing copies of his latest collection, Killing and Dying, “a deft, deadpan masterpiece,” from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

Western Manuscripts Return to Ely House

LONDON, Dover Street—Following the success of their inaugural medieval manuscripts and miniatures sale at Bloomsbury Auctions, Dr Timothy Bolton and Camilla Previté return to Ely House with their second auction spanning some four millennia of human history. Western Manuscripts, will be held at Ely House, 37 Dover Street on Wednesday 9th December 2015 and will include 125 lots.

A section on medieval line drawing features nine lots illustrating the history of this art-form, at the head of which is an eleventh-century full-page drawing of Christ supported by angels, which is probably Norman and from the decades immediately following the Norman Conquest of England [Lot 47, est. £25,000-35,000.]

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NEW YORK, N.Y.—Barnebys, the online search and valuation tool for artworks, antiques and collectibles that has taken Europe by storm, will officially launch in the United States with an office in New York City, soon after the turn of the year. Already, representatives from the company are in Manhattan, gearing up for the launch.

From their other offices in Stockholm and London, Barnebys has already revolutionized the auctioneering landscape, but not as an online-bidding platform in an already crowded space. Rather, it is an auction house aggregator. The company’s free, one-stop service allows potential bidders immediate access to items they desire at a host of major international auction houses as well as regional houses and specialist collections around the world, regardless of where and when the sale happens.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Nestled between the sleek midcentury Italian furniture and cool contemporary artworks selected for Palm Beach Modern’s November 22, 2015 auction, a sci-fi gem is lurking. Entered as Lot 677, it’s a rare, super-creepy three-sheet Realart poster promoting the 1942 film “The Ghost of Frankenstein.” 

Realart posters rarely come to market, as very few examples have survived over the years. The present owner, a comic book collector and dealer since the age of nine, purchased the poster as a young man 27 years ago.

“He bought it from a woman whose father owned a movie theater. Apparently the poster was discovered in her father’s barn,” said Palm Beach Modern’s auctioneer, Rico Baca. “The consignor said he just had to have it after seeing the eerie green image of Frankenstein’s face, which dominates the poster.” Handled with care over the decades, the 72 by 37½-inch poster is estimated in the auction catalog at $6,000-$10,000.

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