GROLIER CLUB RG4 Series IIC: Artistic Properties
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 Guide to the Grolier Club Artistic Properties Information File

           

Title: Grolier Club Institutional Records, Record Group 4, Series II, Subseries C: Grolier Club Artistic Properties Information Files, 1889-[ongoing]

OCLC/RLIN No. (Unique ID): NYGG05-A10013 / OCLC 79458543

 

Dates:             1889-[ongoing]

 

Bulk Dates: 1920-1980

 

Extent: 2 boxes; 1 linear foot

 

Access Restrictions: Access restrictions for some items may apply at the discretion of the Librarian. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation: [Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Grolier Club Artistic Properties Information File, 1889-[ongoing], The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid: This collection was reprocessed and the finding aid prepared by Sophia Dahab in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, August 2016.

 

Provenance: Materials in this collection were compiled by Grolier Club staff.

Access Points:

Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904, correspondent, donor.

Austin, Gabriel. Correspondence.

Beale, Mary, 1633-1699, artist.

Cantor, Jay, photographer.

Chew Beverly, donor.

DeVinne, Theodore Lowe, 1828-1914. 

Flameng, Francois, 1856-1923, artist. Correspondence.

Grolier, Jean. 1479-1565. Portraits.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864, Portraits.

Horton, Carolyn.

Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. Portraits,

Luttrell, James, 1751 or 2-1788, artist. 

Nikirk, Robert. Correspondence.

Page, William, 1811-1885, artist. 

Otway, Thomas, 1652-1685. Portraits.

Thompson, Cephas Giovanni, 1809-1888, artist.

Vander Poel, Halsted, donor.

Wakeman, Stephen H., 1859-1924, donor.

Grolier Club. Art objects

Art objects.

Appraisals. New York (State). New York. 20th century.

Negatives.

Photographs,

                       

Biographical/Historical Note

The Club was established in 1884 by a group of seven New York City book collectors and named in honor of the French bibliophile, Jean Grolier (1479-1565) with the object, as stated its constitution, “of literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books.” Over the years the club has acquired, primarily through gifts by members, portraits, art objects, and pieces of furniture. Some of these are displayed in the lobby, stairwells, and halls of the Club.

  

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, appraisals, photographs, and miscellaneous printed material relating to some of the art objects held by the Grolier Club. The collection includes, but is not limited to, appraisals (1975-1985) of bronzes, pieces of silver, and terra-cotta and porcelain pieces; reports by conservator Carolyn Horton on some works on paper; and information and illustrations of the "Cauliflower Chair" given to the Club by Halsted Vander Poel.

Includes correspondence, photographs, or other materials relating to (but not limited to) the following portraits: Charles Beale, by Mary Beale; Nathaniel Hawthorne, by C.P. Thompson (gift of Stephen Wakeman); James Russell Lowell, by William Page (gift of Stephen Wakeman); and Thomas Otway, by Jame Luttrell (gift of Beverly Chew). This last was once believed to be a portrait of John Dryden by Godfrey Kneller. A letter from artist François Flameng to Samuel Putnam Avery documents his painting "Grolier in the House of Aldus the Elder" (1890) that Avery donated to the Club. The collection includes photographic images of over two dozen items.

Note

Only artistic properties for which there exist photographs, appraisals, correspondence, notes, or other documentation are listed in the finding aid.

Note

Inventory of contents of old Clubhouse at 29 East 32nd Street can be found in RG 5: House Committee records.

Note

Some works of art, objects, and furnishings from the Grolier Club's collection were exhibited in "Other Than Books," organized by the Grolier Club as the last exhibition of its Centennial Year, December 1984.

Related Materials

Grolier Club Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Committee Records (RG 4) ; also located at ; Grolier Club.

Arrangement Note:

Items arranged alphabetically by artist or subject (where artist is not known).

Container List:         

 

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

1

1

Prints, portraits and photographs correspondence

1922-1984

1

2

Other art objects correspondence

1918-1986

1

3

Nikirk notes and acquisitions list

1980s?

1

4

“Other than Books” Exhibition Invitation and draft labels?

1984

1

5

Silver Restoration

1963-1975

1

6

Appraisals – silver, clocks, pottery, etc.

1975-1985

1

7

Alexander, J.W. Portrait of Robert Hoe (1889)

1953-2016

1

8

Beach, Chester. Bust of T.L. De Vinne

1926

1

9

Beale, Mary. Portrait of Charles Beale (ca. 1676-1680)

1975-1976

1

10

[Carlier?]. Statue of Firman Didot

1929-2013

1

11

Cauliflower Club of London. Master’s chair (ca. 1785)

1952-1986

1

12

D’Angers, David. Statue of Gutenberg (1840)

Undated

1

13

Davis, A.J. Watercolors

1973

1

14

Dibdin Portrait

1991-1992

1

15

Flameng, Francois. “Grolier in the Printing House of Aldus the Elder” (1889)

1889-2014

1

16

Flannagan, J. Bust of Richard Hoe

1921-1924

1

17

Fowler, D. Portrait of William Dean Howells

1913

1

18

Gillis small jobs press

1948-1949

1

19

Grolier Club library chairs

1985-1990

2

1

Thompson, C.G. Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

1908-1983

2

2

Thompson, C.G. Hawthorne portrait US postal stamp

1983

2

3

Tissot, Charles Lin. Chrystal Aldine anchors

1965-2015

2

4

Page, William. Portrait of J.R. Lowell

1908-1991

2

5

Johnson, Ben, portrait of (artist unknown)

1974

2

6

Luttrell. Pastel of Thomas Otway.

undated

 

 

Box 2, cont. Photographs without additional documentation

Note: where possible, photographs are included in primary object files.  The photographs listed below are of items without any additional information. Arranged by medium.

Box

Folder

Contents

Date

2

7

Silver: Queen Anne salver on foot

Undated

2

8

Silver: Pair silver-gilt strawberry dishes

Undated

2

9

Silver: Three ladles

Undated

2

10

Silver: Heavy silver tankard

Undated

2

11

Silver: Large punch bowl

Undated

2

12

Silver: Silver-plated oval inkstand

Undated

2

13

Silver: of three George III silver-gilt standing salts

Undated

2

14

Silver: Sheffield-plated oval soup tureen and cover

Undated

2

15

Silver: Sheffield-plated tea urn

Undated

2

16

Silver: Sheffield-plated tea urn (Daniel Holy)

Undated

2

17

Silver: American silver three-piece tea set and sugar tongs

Undated

2

18

Silver: Pair of Sheffield-plated three-light candelabra

Undated

2

19

Silver: Pair of silver-plated five-light candelabra

Undated

2

20

Bronze: MacMonies F.W. Statue of Wm. Shakespeare

Undated

2

21

Bronze: Gandez, A.E. Les premiers impremeurs

Undated

2

22

Bronze: Koldenberg, F.R. Edgar Allan Poe statue

Undated

2

23

Bronze: E.G. Kennedy portrait bust

Undated

2

24

Terra-cotta: Carrière-Beleuse, A. Terra-cotta bust of Dürer

Undated

2

25

Pottery: Gallé, E. Pottery pot

Undated

2

26

Pottery: Pair faience tobacco jars with copper lids

Undated

2

27

Pottery: Unidentified pottery

Undated

2

28

Portrait: Kneller, G. Portrait of Alexander Pope

Undated

2

29

Portrait: Kneller, G. Portrait of Alexander Pope. Negatives

Undated

2

30

Portrait, Lathrop, F. Portrait of J.R. Lowell

Undated

2

31

Portrait: Mathews, W. T. Portrait of William Cullen Bryant

Undated

2

32

Portrait: Pyle, Howard. Roger Bacon in His Cell (1902)

Undated

2

33

Portrait: Pyle, Howard. William Caxton at His Press (1902)

Undated

2

34

Portrait: Reed, T.B. Portrait of H.W. Longfellow (1869)

Undated

2

35

Portrait: Simon, J. Portrait of Alexander Pope (1727)

Undated

2

36

Portrait: Simon, J. Portrait of Alexander Pope. Negative.

Undated

2

37

Portrait: Unidentified.

Undated

2

38

Photograph: Robert Hoe. Negative.

Undated

 

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