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Friday, October 26, 2012

Key Lots from the December 5th Auction

 Lot 132
Prideaux John Selby, Golden Eagle, female
Watercolor, gouache, grey and brown washes
20 3/4” x 15”; Handsomely framed
Signed lower right: PJ Selby
Estimate: $50,000 - 60,000


 Lot 133

Joseph Wolf (1820-1899)
Bearded Vultures Attacking an Alpine Ibex
Oil on canvas
Canvas size: 90 1/2" x 67"; Handsomely framed
Signed and dated l.r.: J. Wolf 1861
Literature: A.H. Palmer. The Life of Joseph Wolf, Animal Painter. London & New York: 1895
Estimate: $60,000 - 70,000


 Lot 134

Roger Tory Peterson (1908-1996)
Arctic Glow - Snowy Owls
53 1/2 x 35 1/2inches; Handsomely framed
Acrylic and pencil on board
Signed and dated lower left: Roger Tory Peterson - ‘83’
Signed, dated and inscribed verso: ‘To My Ginny / With Love,/ Roger - / June ‘83’
Estimate: $90,000 - 110,000


 Lot 135

Le Cheval pommelé ou L'Indien à Cheval\ (The Indian on horseback /or The Grey Horse) From the series Tenture des Indes (Anciennes Indes/Old Indies tapestries) After a cartoon by Albert Eeckhout The Gobelins Tapestry
Manufactory (Manufacture Royale des Gobelins); Wool and silk. Woven basse lisse, within the ‘first’ four-sided borders of gold and red alternating acanthus leaf and guilloche bands on a blue ground, with further narrow inner husk and outer red and gold banded borders, with blue outer selvedge.
Estimate: $700,000 - 900,000


 Lot 136

Le roi porté par deux Maures (The King borne by Two Moors) From the series Les Anciennes Indes, after a cartoon by Albert Eeckhout The Gobelins Tapestry Manufactory (Manufacture Royale des Gobelins) Wool and silk. Woven basse lisse, within the ‘first’ four-sided gold and red acanthus borders on a blue ground, with narrow inner husk and outer red and gold banded borders, with blue outer selvedge 15ft. 4in. x 10ft. 8in. (approximately 467 x 325 cm)Woven 1687-89
Estimate: $700,000 - 900,000


 Lot 137

An Exceedingly Rare Large-Paper Example of Redouté’s “Les Roses,”
Flawlessly Hand-Colored by the Artist Himself
Redoute, Pierre Joseph (1759-1840) and Claude Antoine Thory (1759-1827).
Les Roses
Paris: Firmin Didot, 1817-1824.
Estimate: $350,000 - 400,000
3 volumes. Folio (21 x 14 inches). Half-titles, engraved portrait of Redouté by C. S. Pradier after Gerard, stippled engraved wreath and 169 stipple-engraved plates after Redouté by Bessa, Bessin, Chapuy, Langlois, Victor and others, printed in colors and finished by hand (tear repaired crossing the text on page 71 of volume one, the first plate of volume 3 lightly spotted, some occasional spotting). Contemporary French purple half morocco by Simier, top edges gilt, others uncut (extremities a bit scuffed).



Lot 138 
An Exceptionally Fine Collection of the Works of John Gould (1804 - 1881); 12 volumes
Estimate: $1,600,000 - 2,500,000
Guidance: Christie's April 30, 2008. Lot 18 $2,458,658
Books sold individually if reserve not met - see lots 138a - 138l below



 Lot 138a

John Gould (1804-1881) -
[Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1787-1840)].
A Century of Birds
from the Himalaya Mountains.
London: [for the author], 1831-[1833].
Estimate: $15,000-$20,000

 Lot 138b

John Gould (1804-1881). The Birds of Europe.
London: by the author, [1832]-1837.
5 volumes. Folio (22 4/8 x 14 4/8 inches).
Estimate: $90,000-$100,000

 Lot 138c

John Gould (1804-1881).
A Monograph of the Ramphastidae,
or Family of Toucans.
London: for the Author, [1833-]1834[-1835].
Estimate: $60,000-$80,000

 Lot 138d

John Gould (1804-1881). The Birds of Australia. London: published for the author, printed by Richard and John E. Taylor, [1840-]
1848. - The Birds of Australia… Supplement. London: published by the author, [1851]-1869.
8 volumes. Folio (22 4/8 x 14 4/8 inches).
Estimate: $300,000-$400,000


Lot 138e
John Gould (1804-1881) - Richard Bowdler SHARPE (1847-1909). The Birds of Asia.
London: Taylor and Francis for the author. 1850-1883.
Estimate: $140,000-$180,000

  Lot 138f
John Gould (1804-1881)]
Monograph of the Pittidæ. London:
published by the author, October 1880-1881.
Estimate: $10,000-$15,000

  Lot 138g

John Gould (1804-1881) and Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1847-1909).
The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan islands,
including many new species recently discovered in Australia.
London: Taylor and Francis for Henry Sotheran & Co., 1875-1888.
Estimate: $100,000-$150,000
Sir John Franklin’s Copy


Lot 138h
John Gould (1804-1881). Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons.
London: Richard and John E. Taylor, for the author, 1858-1875.
Estimate: $30,000-$40,000

 
Lot 138i
A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-Birds
First edition: London, 1849-1861
Estimate: $120,000-$180,000


Lot 138j

John Gould (1804-1881). The Birds of Great Britain.
London: Taylor and Francis for the author, [1862]-1873.
5 volumes. Folio (22 4/8 x 14 4/8 inches).
Estimate: $80,000-$100,000
 

Lot 138k

John Gould (1804-1881). A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or
Partridges of America. London:
Richard and John E. Taylor for the Author, [1844]-1850.
Folio (22 4/8 x 14 4/8 inches).
Estimate: $10,000-$15,000



Lot 138l
“An Animal Perfectly New and Undescribed”
John Gould (1804-1881).
[London: by the author, August 1st 1841-May 1st 1842].
Two parts in one volume.
Folio (21 6/8 x 14 6/8 inches).
Estimate: $45,000-$60,000


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