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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 261

    SARONY & CO., BOELL & LEWIS, AND BOELL & MICHELIN

    The Japan Expedition, by W. Heine

    Price Realised  

    SARONY & CO., BOELL & LEWIS, AND BOELL & MICHELIN
    The Japan Expedition, by W. Heine
    the complete set of six lithographs in colors with hand-coloring and the lithographic title sheet with list of plates and vignette border, 1855-6, on wove paper, the colors fresh, published by E. Brown Jr., New York, all with margins, most with minor mat staining, moisture staining, foxing and soiling in the margins, occasional nicks and tears at the sheet edges, occasional foxing, staining and soiling on the reverse, otherwise all in good condition
    all L. 23½ x 32 3/8 in. (597 x 822 mm.)
    all S. 29 5/8 x 42¼ in. (753 x 1073 mm.)
    album


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    Including: Return of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron from an Official Visit to the Prince Regent at Shui, Capitol of Lew Chew, June 6, 1853; Passing the Rubicon. Lieut. S. Bent in the "Mississippi's" First Cutter Forcing His Way Through a Fleet of Japanese Boats While Surveying the Bay of Yedo. Japan, July 11th, 1853; First Landing of Americans in Japan, Under Commodore M. C. Perry at Gore-Hama July 14th, 1853; Landing of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron, To Meet the Imperial Commissioners at Yoku-Hama, Japan, March 8th, 1854; Landing of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron, To Meet the Imperial Commissioners at Simoda, Japan, June 8, 1854; Exercise of Troops in Temple Grounds Simoda Japan, In Presence of the Imperial Commissioners June 8th, 1854


    In 1849, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry led an expedition to Japan which forced the country to enter into trade and diplomatic relations with the West after nearly two hundred years of isolation. Artist William Heine accompanied Perry on the Japan Expedition, as it became known, and was named assistant master's mate and artist to the expedition. His drawings of the expedition were used for this series of six large lithographs printed by Sarony & Co., Boell & Lewis and Boell & Michelin in 1855-6. The four prints from this set that were printed by Sarony & Co. are considered the firm's most important work. Together, these six lithographs served as official documentation of this historically important expedition to the East. The complete set is extremely rare.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF CYNTHIA GARSTIN BLACKWELL