The Reifsnyder Collection: American Furniture (and) The Reifsnyder Collection: Oriental Art, Oil Paintings (and) The Reifsnyder Collection: Books, Prints.
American Art Galleries.
American Art Association, ( 1929), New York
4to, 27.5 cm. 275, unpaginated (about 200 pp.) 30 pp. b/w halftone photo plates.
The essay on the web page of the Decorative Arts Trust begins thus: “In the spring of 1929, just months before the stock market crash that would plunge the country into the Great Depression, the American antiques market surged to an astonishing peak with the sale of the Howard Reifsnyder collection.” It was held in three sessions by Bernet, Parke and Russell, of the American Art Association, which would go on to become Parke Bernet, then Sotheby’s. In any event, this was a legendary sale. About 1500 pieces of furniture, art, and rare books are pictured and described. With prices realized written in manuscript in the furniture and art sections. Individual volumes from this sale show up occasionally. The three sales bound together are scarce. Three volumes with wrappers bound in, together in later blue cloth with gold spine lettering.