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Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library, 1829-1965

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Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library
Series I. Photograph albums, 1871-1956 105 Linear Feet (77 boxes)
Series I contains photograph albums of artworks that were acquired or sold by Duveen Brothers, albums documenting the collections of the firm's important clients, and albums unrelated to the firm's stock, which were apparently compiled primarily for reference.
Arrangement
Arranged in three subseries: I.A. Stock albums; I.B. Collectors' albums; I.C. Other albums.
Series I.A. Stock albums, 1907-1954 47 Linear Feet (36 boxes)
The stock albums provide a visual record of some of the most notable works sold by Duveen Brothers, with numerous photographs annotated. Annotations, some made by Bernard Berenson, include stock numbers, attributions, materials, measurements, dates, prices, provenance, and the colors of the objects. Certain objects photographed are noted as "sold," "in stock," or "sold, can be copied."
Although many photographs remain unpublished, some of the photographs have appeared in Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America and in Duveen Sculpture in Public Collections of America, published by Duveen Brothers. Albums, such as the one of portraits by Oswald Birley, have a corresponding exhibition catalog in Series III.
Arrangement
Arranged in two groupings: I.A.1. Decorative arts and sculpture; I.A.2. Paintings.
Decorative arts and sculpture, 1907-1932
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1-9 China, undated 8 albums
China

The eight albums labeled China 1-China 8 illustrate ceramics, including dishes, vessels and figures, that formed part of the firm's stock. The manufactures are described as Urbino, Chinese, Dresden, Sèvres, and Chelsea. The notations on the black-and-white photographs frequently include the colors of the objects, beyond blue and white, their designs, and provenance, such as the collections of Marchioness Londonderry, Earl of Dudley, and Sir Hugh Adair.
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10-11 Porcelain, undated 1 album
Porcelain

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12 Porcelain Exhibition, Duveen Brothers, New York, January and February 1907, 1907 1 album
Porcelain Exhibition, Duveen Brothers, New York, January and February 1907

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13 Exhibition of Rare Old Chinese Porcelains, Duveen Brothers, New York, 1907 1 album
Exhibition of Rare Old Chinese Porcelains, Duveen Brothers, New York

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14 Wedgwood, undated 1 album, 1 pamphlet
Wedgwood

Notations include prices.
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15 Miniatures, undated 1 album
Miniatures

Notations of the miniatures and gold boxes include attributions to the English and French painters Nicholas Hilliard, Henry Bone, A.R.A., Richard Cosway, Andrew Plimer, Jean-Baptiste Greuze and Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin. Included is a photograph of an enameled miniature of Francis of Lorraine.
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16 Furniture, undated 1 album
Furniture

The annotations on the photographs describe the objects with indications on material, copies and attributions, including sixteenth-century Gothic, seventeenth-century mahogany, Elizabethan, inlaid, oak, Queen Anne, walnut, and William & Mary, Chippendale, Knole, with one object described as a Jacobean door and another as a Cromwellian chair.
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17-18* Furniture, undated 1 album
Furniture

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19*-20* Furniture and sculpture, undated 1 album
Furniture and sculpture

Annotations on the photographs mention two Christie's sales featuring the H. J. King sale on 7 July, 1921, and a purchase by Gulbenkian.
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21* Bronzes, furniture, and objets d'art, undated 1 album
Bronzes, furniture, and objets d'art

The objects represented include candlesticks, ewers, vases, furniture, and bronze neoclassical figures, such as Atlas, satyrs, and nudes.
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22 Italian frames, undated 1 album
Italian frames

Notation in crayon is dated 1932.
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23 Old frames in Italian museums, undated 1 album
Old frames in Italian museums

Included are photographs of stock paintings and photographs with annotations related to the frames, such as "modern" or "modern reproduction."
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24 Frames on pictures, undated 1 album
Frames on pictures

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25 Tapestries, undated 1 album
Tapestries

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26* Tapestries and tapestry furniture, undated 1 album
Tapestries and tapestry furniture

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27* Sculpture and objets d'art, undated 1 album
Sculpture and objets d'art

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28 Sculpture room exhibition, undated 1 album
Sculpture room exhibition

Paintings, 1920-1954
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29* British school, undated 1 album
British school

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30* Pictures: Dutch and Flemish schools, undated 1 album
Pictures: Dutch and Flemish schools

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31* Pictures: French school, undated 1 album
Pictures: French school

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32* German and Spanish schools, undated 1 album
German and Spanish schools

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33* Italian and German schools, undated 1 album
Italian and German schools

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34 Portraits by Oswald Birley, 1923-1924 1 album
Portraits by Oswald Birley

Joseph Duveen met the British portrait painter Oswald Birley in 1922 and promoted the artist's career after Birley's arrival in the United States in 1923, assisting him in obtaining commissions from J. Pierpont Morgan and Andrew W. Mellon. In February 1924, Birley, accompanied by Duveen, traveled to San Marino to paint the portraits of Arabella and Henry E. Huntington. The album, which includes the portraits of Arabella and Henry E. Huntington, Margaret Mellon and J. Pierpont Morgan, is a visual record of the work of the artist, which was facilitated by Duveen.
With manuscript note: "Mr. Mellon given to B. B. Jan 3/54."
The album is accompanied by two leaflets of exhibitions of the artist's work at the Duveen Galleries: Portraits by Oswald Birley, January, 1923, Duveen Galleries 720 Fifth Avenue and Portraits of Oswald Birley, March 20th-April 3rd, 1924, Duveen Galleries at 56th Street 720 Fifth Avenue.
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35* Anthony van Dyck, undated 1 album
Anthony van Dyck

The album features portraits by Anthony van Dyck, including: Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), sold by Duveen Brothers to William Randolph Hearst, and later acquired by Samuel H. Kress from M. Knoedler & Co.
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36 Renoir Centennial Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the Free French Relief Committee from November 8 to December 6, 1941, 1941 1 album, 3 typescripts
Renoir Centennial Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the Free French Relief Committee from November 8 to December 6, 1941

Subject Finder Index. Stamp: Gray, Photographer / 39 W. 67 St., New York.
Series I.B. Collectors' albums, 1937-1956 29 Linear Feet (21 boxes)
The large hardcover albums of fabric-backed pages, with one large mounted photograph per page, illustrate the collections of some of Duveen's most important clients, including Jules S. Bache, Robert H. and Evelyn Benson and Andrew W. Mellon. The volumes also include views of the clients' estates, such as Cà d'Zan, John Ringling's winter home in Sarasota, Florida, Henry E. Huntington's residence in San Marino, California, and Edward T. Stotesbury's Whitemarsh Hall in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by names of collectors.
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37 Jules S. Bache collection, undated 1 album
Jules S. Bache collection

Stamp: Underwood & Underwood.
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38*-43* Robert H. and Evelyn Benson collection, undated 5 albums
Robert H. and Evelyn Benson collection

The albums illustrate Robert H. and Evelyn Benson's collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, which Duveen acquired in 1927 and which was authenticated by Bernard Berenson. Extensive hand-written attributions by Berenson include annotations such as "copy," "school of," and "follower of." There are instances in which the original photograph was removed from the albums and replaced with a photostat. In one case a photograph is noted as having been removed in 1937 and given, along with a letter, to Kress. In one album, an envelope dated January 1956 contains duplicate photographs of Beccafumi's Martyrdom of St. Lucy, which according to the inscription "... were made when Professor Venturi wrote Mrs. Douglas for this and a Dosso Dossi Three Ages of Man."
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44 Godefroy Brauer collection, undated 1 album
Godefroy Brauer collection

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45* George J. Gould collection, undated 1 album
George J. Gould collection

The album illustrates works by Thomas Gainsborough, John Hoppner, Sir Thomas Lawrence, and Sir Joshua Reynolds, and objects such as armor, bronzes, cameos, ceramics, drawings, figurines, furniture, jewelry, and miniatures. Annotations specify the destruction of objects in the collection by fire.
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46 Mildred Browning Green collection, undated 1 album
Mildred Browning Green collection

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47-48 Henry E. Huntington collection, undated 2 albums
Henry E. Huntington collection

The hardcover album includes exterior and interior views of the property.
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49 Pictures and sculptures in the collection of Samuel H. Kress, undated 1 album
Pictures and sculptures in the collection of Samuel H. Kress

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50 Collection of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein, undated 1 album
Collection of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein

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51-53 Andrew W. Mellon collection, undated 3 albums
Andrew W. Mellon collection

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54 Sir Hubert Parry collection: Italian school, undated 1 album
Sir Hubert Parry collection: Italian school

The hardcover album includes authentications by Bernard Berenson.
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55 John Ringling collection, undated 1 album
John Ringling collection

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56* Collection of Italian pictures of William Salomon, undated 1 album
Collection of Italian pictures of William Salomon

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57 Edward T. Stotesbury collection, undated 1 album
Edward T. Stotesbury collection

The hardcover album includes interior and exterior views of Whitemarsh Hall, displaying the collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries in situ.
Series I.C. Other albums, 1871-1931 27 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
Albums and portfolios in Series I.C. contain reproductions of Greek relief sculpture and vases, Italian paintings, sculptures and fountains, and of Italian and French architecture.
Arrangement
Arrangement is by topic.
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58 Rijksmuseum: Dutch and Flemish masters, undated 1 album
Rijksmuseum: Dutch and Flemish masters

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59* English interiors, undated 1 album
English interiors

The residences represented are: 20th Park St., 26 Grosvenor Square, Sherfield Manor, St. James's Palace, and 35, Chesham Place, London.
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60-61 Hampton Court Palace, undated 1 album
Hampton Court Palace

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62 Greek sculpture, undated 1 album
Greek sculpture

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63 Greek sculpture in relief, stele, vases, 1909-1953, undated 1 album
Greek sculpture in relief, stele, vases

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64 Greek sculpture: figures and heads, 1953, undated 1 album
Greek sculpture: figures and heads

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65 Italian Renaissance interiors, undated 1 album
Italian Renaissance interiors

Plates published by William Helburn, Inc. New York, N.Y.
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66 Italian Renaissance sculpture and painting, undated 1 album
Italian Renaissance sculpture and painting

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67 Sculpture: Donatello, Ghiberti, Della Robbia, Siena, Rimini, Duccio, Michelangelo, undated 1 album
Sculpture: Donatello, Ghiberti, Della Robbia, Siena, Rimini, Duccio, Michelangelo

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68 Italian Renaissance paintings, undated 1 album
Italian Renaissance paintings

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69 Italian fountains, undated 1 album
Italian fountains

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70 Architecture, doors, sarcophagus, equestrians, ornaments, 1919-1931, undated 1 album
Architecture, doors, sarcophagus, equestrians, ornaments

Clippings from the General Bronze Corporation, Minneapolis, Minn., 1931, showing the Entrance Grille Gate of the South Office Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and from the New York Times, 1919, of an Arc de Triomphe.
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71-76 Commission royale belge des échanges internationaux : Reproductions photographiques des objets dont dispose la section des Beaux-Arts, 1871, undated 3 portfolios
Commission royale belge des échanges internationaux : Reproductions photographiques des objets dont dispose la section des Beaux-Arts

Inside front board is a Royal Order dated 17 May 1871. The commission was organized by the institute for a system of exchange of works relating to the Arts, Sciences, and Letters.
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77 Paintings, sculptures, undated 1 album
Paintings, sculptures



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