International Exhibition paper advertising fan for The Art Gallery Philadelphia. The fan's bamboo frame is stamped Registered June 8th 1875. The fan is mounted in a well designed and crafted oak frame. The fan is in very good condition for its age, some minor loss here and there. The frame measures 21 x 13 x 2 inches with a 24 x 4 inch stand. The fan measures 11 x 19 inches open. In celebration of America’s 100th anniversary of independence, the Centennial Exhibition took place on more than 285 acres of land in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park May 10-November 10, 1876. Close to ten million visitors (9,910,966) went to the fair via railroad, steamboat, carriage, and on foot. Thirty-seven nations participated in the event, officially named the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine. The grounds contained five major buildings: the Main Exhibition Building, Memorial Hall (Art Gallery), Machinery Hall, Agricultural Hall, and Horticultural Hall. In addition to these buildings, approximately 250 smaller structures were constructed by states, countries, companies, and other Centennial bureaus that focused on particular displays or services. At the top of the print on the fan is a bald eagle perched on an American shield holding Old Glory and flags of others nations.
Francesco Rocchini (1820-1893) photograph of a palm tree in the Palace of Necessidades Gardens in Lisbon, Portugal, c1870-1880. The Palace of Necessidades is a historical building in the Largo do Rilvas, a public square. It serves as headquarters of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry. Formerly a convent belonging to the Congregation of the Oratory, it was built in the 18th century, by order of King John V, in gratitude for prayers answered by Our Lady of Needs, whose first devotional chapel stood on this site. The artist's impressed stamp is at lower right. The photo iss 8.5 x 10.5 inches; the frame is 17 x 21 inches. Very good condition with light fading.
J. N. Bellin map Carte du Katay Ou Empire de Kin circa 1760. J. N. Bellin was cartographer to Louis XVI and the most prolific of French cartographers. of North East Cina and Korea. This map is a hand colored copper plate engraving, with an unusually modest title cartouche. It shows northeast China and Korea, including the Great Wall, and was used as part of a study of the life of Genghis Khan. The view area measures 8 x 12 inches; the print itself measures 10 x 15 inches. The print is hinged, not laid down, has three fold marks and is in very good original condition. A label from the Altfield Gallery in Hong Kong circa 1970 is affixed to the back of the mat.
Civil War document. Recruiting officers bill to Middletown, CT, dated October 6th, 1862. Amount of expenses for recruiting company by William Addis, David B. Buck, and J. C. Camp. Printing costs $4, garrisons $.75, office rent $1, board for men $2, expenses for horse $10.75, paid to recruits $14.50, sundries (flag rope etc) $1.33. Signed by William Addis, Daniel Buck and L. E. Camp. Measures 7.5 x 6.5 inches. Excellent condition.
Vintage Magnolia Balm for a lovely complexion, advertising circa 1900. The copy reads: "How Shall a face upon which nature has not set the seal of beauty be made by art to seem beautiful? A lovely complexion and fair skin for all. Radiant purity of the skin........" The product was made by Lyon Manufacturing Co, 144 Duane Street, New York. A note to the buyer reads: "This is a specimen of Japanese paper and ornamental printing done in the city of Yeddo Japan and used as a napkin by those wonderful people." The frame measures 10.5 x 12.5 inches and the print measures 6.5 x 8 inches. Excellent condition, newly framed.