Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    REMARKABLE SIGNED 1819-DATED ORDER FORM FOR SCULPTURE BUSTS OF JEFFERSON, MADISON, AND MONROE.

    Printed 8 x 6 1/2" form declares that "Mr. Peter Cardelli, Sculptor-From Rome... Has received the special favor of their Excellencies James Monroe, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson, to execute their busts from life...and sell them."  The price for each bust was $15, a substantial sum in those days!  It was the custom for salesmen in those days to actually have the customer sign the order form, and provide their "Place of Residence." Ordering and signing are three famous and important figures from early American history: 1)John Trumbull (famed painter of Revolutionary War subjects 2) DeWitt Clinton (governor of NY at the time, and subsequently an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency) 3) Stephen Van Rensselaer (wealthy, prominent New Yorker who served on the Erie Canal Commission, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and founded what became Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and Charles Dexter of Boston.  Minor light water stain detracts minimally, otherwise Excellent condition, in a 19th century frame.  Clinton and Van Rensselaer ordered only the bust of Jefferson, perhaps an informal "straw poll" on the status of the three Founding Fathers as of 1819! A remarkable piece of Americana.  Please note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, additional shipping costs may apply.



    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2004
    29th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 336
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 November 2 Lincoln and His Times Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 16 - 18 The Armstrong Family Collection III Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 July 16 - 18 The Armstrong Family Collection III Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $4,640,331