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    It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover when it is encased in a fine Cosway-style binding. Two of these sumptuous decorative tomes will be coming to auction…

    The post What is a Cosway-Style Binding? appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 04/28/17--07:48: Masters of Early Engraving
  • Our May 2 auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints offers a rare opportunity to see the work of some of the earliest scions of European engraving in the same…

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    Notes from the catalogue of our May 11 auction of Contemporary Art.   Though Motherwell is known for his integral role in the New York school of Abstract Expressionism, the…

    The post Notes from the Catalogue: Robert Motherwell’s Early Surrealist Period appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Swann is honored to commemorate the legacy of Marlene Dietrich by offering for the first time select items that have touched her life and that of her family. Our May…

    The post Dearest Marlene: Letters & Photos from the Collection of Marlene Dietrich appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    In 1926, Thomas Hart Benton was a teacher at the Art Students League of New York. Disappointed by the lack of a painting manual, he set about writing his own.…

    The post Thomas Hart Benton Links Pollock and Rubens appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialist Diana Flatto wrote this post about postwar innovations in printmaking, using examples from our May 11 auction of Contemporary Art.   From the initial proliferation of engraving in the…

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    On Thursday, April 27, our tenth consecutive auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana exceeded $700,000. Much of the top material was unique or extremely rare, including diaries, letters and archives, many…

    The post Records & Results: Printed & Manuscript Americana appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    On Tuesday, May 2, we offered Old Master Through Modern Prints, with highlights from as long ago as 1495 and as recent as 1959.     The top lot of the…

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    On Thursday, May 4, we held an auction of Autographs, with twentieth-century highlights by authors taking the spotlight. The sale performed well overall, with 88% of items offered finding buyers.  …

    The post Records & Results: Autographs appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 05/10/17--11:06: East Hampton Artists
  • The community of East Hampton has long been known as an avant-garde artist enclave. Our May 11 auction of Contemporary Art features a century’s worth of output by artists who…

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    Brothers George and Isaac (who often went by his middle name of Robert) Cruikshank were famed early nineteenth-century caricaturists. Their work appears in two of our sales this season, 19th…

    The post George & Robert Cruikshank, Early Caricaturists appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 05/12/17--04:48: Psychedelic Concert Posters
  • This post was written by Sarah Shelburne of the Vintage Posters department using examples from the May 25 auction of Graphic Design.     Few art forms have been as…

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    First editions and inscribed copies filled the shelves at our May 16 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. The sale broke several auction records and encompassed a variety of genres,…

    The post Records & Results: 19th & 20th Century Literature appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    This post includes notes from the catalogue of our May 25 auction of Graphic Design, featuring an extensive selection of works out of the Wiener Werkstätte, the design school for the…

    The post Graphic Design in the Vienna Secession appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialist Caleb Kiffer of our Maps & Atlases department on one of his favorite pieces in our June 7 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books: a…

    The post The Endless Mountains: A Map That Promised More appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Bernhardt Wall was an American illustrator active in the first half of the twentieth century. A selection of fine, early or test examples of his work were given to his…

    The post A Personal Collection of Bernhardt Wall Books appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    In January of 1819, Captain William Hodgson steered the three-masted merchant ship Transit down the River Avon from Bristol, beginning a six-month voyage toward the Mediterranean. The ship’s log book he meticulously…

    The post Leaving the Land: Ship’s Logs from England to the Mediterranean in the Nineteenth Century appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our May 25 auction of Graphic Design offered a cornucopia of inspired works spanning fin de siècle Art Nouveau masters to modernist posters.     The top lot of the sale was Col…

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  • 06/05/17--11:54: Nahui Olin: Muse & Maker
  • Nahui Olin, the pseudonym of Carmen Mondragón, was a Mexican Surrealist active in the 1920s and ’30s. She hailed from the upper echelons of Mexican society, and fraternized with the…

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    A recently rediscovered watercolor by John Marin will be making its auction debut in our June 15 sale of American Art. The work displays two features for which the artist…

    The post Recently Rediscovered Watercolor by John Marin appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Visionary Yoko Ono created “event scores” as a way to encourage people to find art and beauty in their quotidian activities. A signed first edition of her seminal self-published book…

    The post Grapefruit: Yoko Ono’s Guide to Living Art appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    On a visit to his Prout’s Neck studio, Winslow Homer’s friend and fellow artist John W. Beatty picked up a dogeared book and asked him if he found it of…

    The post Winslow Homer’s Personal “Bible” appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our June 7 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books saw strong results with multiple auction debuts and records, as well as a plethora of unique…

    The post Records & Results: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our June 13 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books offered a spectrum of books that doubled as objets d’art, with records for important twentieth-century works celebrating art and typography.…

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    The spring 2017 season at Swann Galleries marked the 75th anniversary of our first auction. On March 27, 1942, Benjamin Swann held an auction dedicated to rare and antiquarian books.…

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    We closed our Spring 2017 season with a climactic sale of American Art on Thursday, June 15. The annual auction offered exclusively original or unique works by artists living or…

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    Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lewis Stimson lived in an estate in Huntington, Long Island. In his memoir, he wrote of her, “That marriage has now lasted over fifty-four years, during…

    The post Mrs. Stimson Joins Her Husband at the Huntington Historical Society appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialists at Swann keep up with the cultural heartbeat by frequenting museum exhibitions. Over the summer, we’ll be sharing some of their experiences, beginning with Diana Flatto and Jessica Feldman…

    The post Specialists in the Field: The New Museum appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our August 2 auction of Vintage Posters will feature an exceptionally wide array of World War I imagery, honoring the centennial anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into the fray. More…

    The post American War Posters, 100 Years Later appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialists in the Field is an informal summer segment of the blog in which we speak to specialists at Swann about their extracurricular activities. Unsurprisingly, their interests are generally aligned…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Summer Reading List appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our August 2 auction of Vintage Posters features the largest — and best — selection of war posters we have ever offered. As England prepared to enter World War Two,…

    The post Abram Games’s Sultry Poster Causes a Stir appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    With the recent NPR coverage questioning whether an anonymous photograph actually depicts Amelia Earhart on a wharf in Jaluit Atoll, photography’s role as historic evidence is once again in the…

    The post Daile Kaplan on The Thrill of Photographic Discovery appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Shrewd perusers of our sales may notice a familiar eave lurking in the catalogue for our upcoming auction of Vintage Posters: the iconic orange roof of the beach house at…

    The post Isle Adam: Inspiration for All Artists appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    An unusual lot in our upcoming auction of Vintage Posters features an unusual individual: Captain Costentenus, a Greek Albanian man tattooed from head to foot.     Captain Costentenus was…

    The post The Symbiotic Relationship Between Tattoos & Posters appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Nigel Freeman, founder and director of our African-American Fine Art department, is in London this week visiting some familiar images. Two of the works in the Tate Modern’s latest exhibition, Soul of…

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    More than 600 colorful advertisements and announcements crossed the block at our sale of Vintage Posters on Wednesday, August 2. The encyclopedic selection represented a century’s worth of development in…

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    Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department has put together a cheat sheet for identifying some of the more common types of photographs we handle.   A cyanotype print…

    The post Identifying Types of Photographic Prints appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The following was written by Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, Daile Kaplan:   I love looking at photographs in both black-and-white and color iterations. Long before streaming…

    The post Black and White All Over: The Riddle of Classical Photography appeared first on Swann Galleries News.