Seller: joslinhall (8,390) 100%, Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 163117323167 An Interesting Auction Catalog- “The Contents of Benjamin Ginsburg, Antiquary, including the Property of Cora Ginsburg” The catalog to an auction held in New York by Christies on October 14-15th, 1983. description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: Fine American furniture and accessories, especially English, European and export ceramics, from this noted antiquarian firm. A March 27, 1983, New York Times story reported- "For 50 years the sign above the door at 815 Madison Avenue - Ginsburg & Levy - conveyed to all antiques enthusiasts in pursuit of American furniture and European ceramics that treasures lay beyond. In 1976 the sign was changed with the removal of the Levy name from the lintel on the Georgian facade of the five-story establishment, signaling a corporate divorce and the end of a family alliance. It was then that Benjamin Ginsburg and Bernard Levy, sons of John Ginsburg and Isaac M. Levy, cousins who founded the antiques concern in 1901, officially parted company. One of the nation's oldest and most respected antiques concerns had ended. 'Ben sort of lost heart when the business broke up,' recalled Cora Ginsburg, his wife, a dealer in period textiles. She was surrounded by packing cases and a crew of young workers who had come to organize the removal this week of the contents of the shop which is at 68th Street. She explained that Mr. Ginsburg's failing health, which has kept him away from the shop for about two years, made him decide to close the business and auction everything in it. 'I don't like selling the collection,' Mr. Ginsburg conceded in a telephone interview the other day. 'But I can't take care of it anymore.' The 78-year-old dealer reminisced about the family business which he joined in 1921 after studying engineering and deciding against it as a career. 'We weren't as specialized then,' Mr. Ginsburg commented. 'We always dealt in European things of good quality.' Ginsburg & Levy moved up to 68th Street in 1926, transforming its new home into a Georgian showcase, installing a stunning stone pediment above the entrance and shop window and, above that, a dramatic three-story arched window. The shop became a gathering place for most of the nation's top collectors and museum curators in the American antiques field. Henry F. du Pont, Francis and Mabel Brady Garvan and Henry Ford were among the pioneer collectors of American antiques who frequently stopped by in search of additions to their holdings." DESCRIPTION: Hardcover. 8"x10", 254 pages, 761 lots, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Prices realized sheet. 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Condition: Very Good, Condition: Light wear, some rubbing to the dust jacket, but otherwise clean and good.