Seller: joslinhall (8,029) 100%, Location: Northampton, Massachusetts, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 162717025613 An Interesting Set of Auction Catalogs- “The Americana Collection of the Late Mrs. J. Amory Haskell.” The catalogs to a series of auctions held in New York by Parke-Bernet Galleries on April 26th, 1944 through February 16th, 1945 (six sessions). description continues below the picture- - - - DISCUSSION: One of the largest collections of American antiques and furniture ever assembled by one person. Mrs. J. Amory Haskell, Margaret Riker (of the New York Riker's, of island fame) spent 60 years putting it together, and it took six sales to disperse it. The American furniture falls into what Leslie Hyam, in his introduction to the catalogs, terms the "decisive hundred years"- 1730-1830. It includes the largest and most complete collection of Philadelphia seating furniture ever assembled privately, and examples of the best pieces of many other types, largely of Pennsylvania and New Jersey origin. The "country" furniture included a magnificent selection of Pennsylvania and New England windsors. There were also 50 cabinetmakers' models. And much, much, much more. Wesley Towner, in The Elegant Auctioneers, says that Mrs. Haskell "was said to have shown alarming symptoms of collectomania by the age of twelve. Later she developed a virulent case of ancestor worship involving a life preoccupation with the legend of the Riker family and a compulsion to acquire artifacts inspired by the American heritage. Her home in New York and the farm near Red Bank, New Jersey, to which she moved her birthplace, lock, stock, and barrel, reputedly harbored the most extensive collection of Americana ever brought together by one person. Her collection overflowed into museums. Eager to share her obsession with the world at large, she would loan a barnful of tea services, lowboys, flip glasses, and fox-hunting punch bowls, with no appreciable dent in the total". DESCRIPTION: Softcover. 6 volumes. 7.5"x10.5", 1,413 pages, 5,875 lots, hundreds of black & white illustrations. CONDITION NOTES: An assembled set, with some general wear and soil, some rips to the covers, some pencil notes and prices realised penciled in. - - - - - - OVERSEAS BUYERS PLEASE NOTE: Our International shipping charges are based on the weight, when boxed for shipping, of each book -please check the postage chart for the cost of shipping to your country. We offer “combined shipping charges” for orders for more than one book –this often means the shipping cost for the books is less than it would have been if they had been purchased and shipped one at a time, so please ask us for a shipping quote if you are thinking about buying more than one book. Thanks! - QUESTIONS about this item? 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We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as ‘gifts’ to avoid import duties, as this is illegal in most countries. - Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Your satisfaction is guaranteed with every book you purchase. Condition: Very Good, Condition: An assembled set, with some general wear and soil, some rips to the covers, some pencil notes and prices realised penciled in.