Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Tomorrow's Shelf Sale at Swann Galleries will feature Medicine and Science, Books about Books and Miscellanea from the Estate of Helmut N. Friedlaender, Americana and Latin Americana, Art Books, Autographs, Children's Books, Decorative Graphics, Early Printed Books, Modern Literature, Posters and more. Visit the online catalogue for information about specific lots and come at 2pm tomorrow to bid in-person.
Monday, August 17, 2009
In the world of rare bibles a typo is worth a lot. Bible errors have led some bibles to be known for their mistakes such as the so-called wicked bible which has a omitted a crucial "not" in one of the commandments, turning it into "thou shalt commit adultery." ...more
Famous Biblical errors: The "Vinegar Bible," Oxford, 1717-16, contains the word "vinegar" instead of "vineyard" in Luke 20, among other misprints (left) and the 1613-11 second edition of the King James Bible is known as the "She" Bible because of the reading "she" instead of "he" in Ruth 3:15 (right).
The San Jose Mercury News featured Swann's President and Poster Specialist Nicholas Lowry in their article "'Antiques Roadshow' appraises rare political posters at Stanford's Hoover".
One of the highlights of 'Roadshow's' tour of the South Bay will be Mr. Lowry's appraisal of James Montgomery Flagg's iconic Uncle Sam recruiting poster from World War I, I Want You for U.S. Army, New York, 1917 (above).
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Two of Swann Galleries’ autumn auctions feature desirable Bibles from the collection of Mel and Julie Meadows—it is the largest offering of Bibles to come up for auction in recent years. The September 17 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana offers American examples; while the October 20 Early Printed Books sale features 59 early English Bibles and other religious texts.
The Meadows collected important editions of the Bible in English, and among their treasures are such rarities as the 1781-82 Aitken Bible, also known as the Bible of the Revolution. It was the first complete Bible in English printed in America and the only Bible ever authorized by Congress. Fewer than 100 copies are known to exist. Estimate: $40,000 to $60,000.
Also estimated at $40,000 to $60,000 is a later 17th-century edition of the Bay Psalm Book. This new translation of the Psalms by the colonists was the first book printed in British North America and went through several editions after its original publication in 1640, The copy offered here is thought to date from 1682. All of these editions are extremely scarce and rarely appear on the market.
Noteworthy in the October 20 sale are early editions of the major English Bible translations. These include the 1540 edition of the Great Bible, the first English-language version authorized for public use, here in an early 19th century Masonic binding ($15,000 to $20,000); a hand-colored copy of the 1552 first illustrated quarto edition of the Tyndale version ($15,000 to $25,000); the 1560 first edition of the Geneva Bible, which became the household Bible of Elizabethan England ($20,000 to $30,000); the 1568 first edition of the lavishly illustrated Bishops’ Bible, which replaced the Great Bible as the version authorized for church use; and the 1613-11 second edition of the King James version, known as the “She” Bible because of the reading “she” instead of “he” in Ruth 3:15 ($10,000 to $15,000).
Another Bible with a typographical variation is the “Vinegar Bible,” Oxford, 1717-16, which contains the word “vinegar” instead of “vineyard” in Luke 20, among other misprints ($3,000 to $5,000).
For schedule of public previews and auctions, please visit Swann Galleries' website.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Nicholas Lowry, Swann Auction Galleries President and Poster Specialist, said, “This sale defied all recession-era predictions and brought collectors and dealers out in big numbers. Prices remained buoyant, even strong, for quality pieces. And the overall results seem to point to an easing of the more stringent budgets buyers have imposed on themselves during the economic downturn.”
The anti-Nazi poster This is the Enemy by Karl Koehler and Victor Ancona, New York, 1942, sold for an auction record of $8,400.
Ferry’s Seeds, a group of approximately 23 posters by various artists sold for $10,800, far above its estimate.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Nigel Freeman, Director of Swann's African-American Fine Art Department, will give a lecture at The Detroit Institute of Arts on "Navigating the Auction Experience for African American Art" on 2:00PM Sunday, September 13th.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
It’s the kind of story that makes people clean out their attics, maybe the garage and shed where grandma used to store the old trunks. It’s a local tale for fans of “Antiques Roadshow.” more...
Tomorrow, as part of our annual summer auction of Vintage Posters, we are pleased to offer two extremely rare Walt Disney movie posters. These first-run images for Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Pinocchio (1940) are among a choice selection of film posters in the sale.
Swann President and Poster Specialist Nicholas Lowry says, "we are excited to offer such rare gems from the golden age of Disney collectibles."
The Vintage Posters exhibition is open today until 6:00 PM. The two-session auction will take place tomorrow at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. The Disney posters will be offered in the sale's afternoon session.
In the desert of summer auctions, Swann’s colorful sale of vintage posters is an oasis. The selection on Aug. 5 includes some serious images, such as the unforgettable First World War poster exhorting young men to “ENLIST,” the giant letters suspended beneath a haunting image of two ghostly victims of the Lusitania disaster, a veritable Madonna and Child.
But, for the most part, the posters in the sale, some of which date back to the nineteenth century, are happy evocations of pleasurable and chic destinations such as Cannes, Monte Carlo, Biarritz, Hawaii, and Mykonos; in one particularly lovely example, an impossibly elegant couple surveys the manicured grounds of a fancy hotel at Saint-Honoré-les-Bains, circa 1928. The auction also features a series of sports posters celebrating football, track and field, and baseball.
Monday, August 3, 2009
sold for an artist record of $360,000 October 4, 2007.
Read about the African-American Fine Art offered at Swann and trends within the market on AAA's website.