J P Morgan collection catalogues come to Christie’s


2015-06-26 11:07:06

J P Morgan collection catalogues come to Christie’s

J P Morgan collection catalogues come to Christie’s

Rare lavish catalogues detailing the collections of one of the most eminent businessmen, philanthropists and collectors of the 19th century, J P Morgan, will be offered at Christie’s on November 21st.

J P Morgan dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation in 19th century America, and was at the forefront of finance during the early 20th century Progressive Era. He was also throughout his career a noted collector, beginning with books and moving on to art, clocks, photography and gems.

The catalogues produced to document his collections are highly sought-after and desirable items in their own right, deluxe quality, printed on vellum, and rarely seen at auction.

The catalogue of the collection of jewels and precious works of art presents details of one of the most important American gem collections ever assembled. Morgan’s first collection of gems was compiled by Tiffany & Co, and exhibited at the world’s fair in 1889. The catalogue encompasses rings, rosaries, reliquaries, necklaces, pendants, medallions, caskets, buttons, seals, chalices, cups, perfume bottles, vases, clocks and more. It is estimated to sell for £50,000-£80,000.

The catalogue of the collection of miniatures is valued at £15,000-£20,000, the catalogue of the collection of watches at £12,000-£18,000.

In addition, the Christie’s sale of Valuable Manuscripts & Printed Books will offer medieval and renaissance manuscripts, autograph letters, Russian books with imperial provenance, and unique antiquarian works.

An astonishing example of Bohemian illumination, the principal opening to the lost Seitenstetten Antiphonal, a choirbook made from a Benedictine Monastery around 1400, is expected to sell for £70,000-£100,000. A decorative 16th century Parisian Book of Hours is valued at £250,000-£350,000.

A sketch leaf from Beethoven’s string quartet op.59 no.3 dated 1806, dating from the time his deafness increased, is estimated at £90,000-£120,000.

The first Gabriel Garcia Marquez manuscript to appear at auction, the short story En este pueblo no hay ladrones, a typescript with heavy annotation and working notes, is estimated to sell for £50,000-£80,000.

A first edition of When We Were Very Young, the first Winnie the Pooh book by A. A. Milne with a letter from the author to the recipient on her wedding day is expected to sell for £7,000-£10,000.


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