[Miss Currie, presumed]. Baroness de Calabrella, pseudonym...
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Description[Miss Currie, presumed]. Baroness de Calabrella, pseudonym [Catherine Ball], editor. Evenings at Haddon Hall. A series of Romantic Tales of the olden time. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1848. Fore-edge painting attributed to Miss C. B. Currie, depicting Haddon Hall, circa 1903-1910. Octavo. 451 pages. Illustrated with engravings after George Cattermole. Rivière & Son binding; full crimson straight grain morocco elaborately decorated in gilt and blind, spine decorated and lettered in gilt with five raised bands, single solid gilt roll to edges. Minor edgewear, some staining to upper board. Inner dentelles gilt, pink endpapers, remnants of removed bookplate and bookseller's description to front pastedown, ink stamp "Bound by Rivière & Son" front free endpaper verso, minor soiling and offsetting. Internally generally clean and tight, all edges gilt; minor offsetting and thumbsoiling, minor wear to gilt on edges. Near fine with bright, finely-detailed, though lightly worn, fore-edge painting.
Originally thought to be the work of another artist (Weber, AD, B4), Jeff Weber later authenticated this work as being that of Miss Currie in 2012 (laid in description, pencil notation to front blank in the hand of Randall J. Moskovitz dated 2012). Weber and Moskovitz both note that the removed bookplate was that of Francis S. Peck.
Provenance per Weber (A.D): Francis S. Peck (early 20th century). – Parke-Bernet Galleries (14-15 November 1944, lot 114 – G. J. Guthrie Nicholson – Parke-Bernet Galleries (8-9 November 1948, lot 231) – Randall J. Moskovitz (2012).
Weber, Annotated Dictionary, page 292, B4 Currie Catalogue Raisonné. From the Estate of Randall J. Moskovitz, MD, Memphis, Tennessee
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