The Wrightsman Collection, Vols. I, II, and III (Furniture; Furniture/Gilt Bronzes/Carpets; Furniture/Snuffboxes/Silver)
Price: 292.50 USD
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1966. All volumes: Red cloth/boards; gilt lettering and decoration on spine. Color-illus. dj with bw lettering. Mylar covers. Pictorial end papers. Pagination is consecutive over volumes I and II 670 pp. with 287 works pictured in color and bw; Vol. I: lxxiii; Vol. II: viii pp. Volume III: vii + 347 pp. with 81 color and bw works pictured. All volumes have mostly bw images. NO SLIPCASES. Heavy at 17 pounds and will require extra shipping. The first 3 volumes of the 5-volume set of the collection of Jayne and Charles Wrightsman, who, in a relatively short period of time-beginning in 1952-amassed the finest private collection in America of the decorative arts of the ancien régime. Mr. Wrightsman was first elected to the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan in 1956; upon his retirement in 1975 he was made Trustee Emeritus and Mrs. Wrightsman was elected to the Board. Throughout these years the Wrightsmans' active interest in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts has resulted in splendid gifts that have enabled the Museum to create an unparalleled and truly encyclopedic collection of French eighteenth-century interiors and furnishings. (from the Met museum web site). 1966/1966/1970. VG- across the set but all are art school ex-lib. (uncirculated) with usual marks.