Frontis. of Minley Manor & 21 plates. x, 154 pp. Large 4to, orig. fine crushed reddish-brown morocco, covers panelled in gilt, spine gilt, a.e.g. [London]: "Printed for Private Circulation by Arthur L. Humphreys," 1908. [with]: (-). Catalogue of the Collection of Works of Art at Coombe Warren. Frontis. of Coombe Warren & 13 plates. xii, 104 pp. Large 4to, binding as above. [London]: "Printed for Private Circulation by Arthur L. Humphreys," 1908. [with]: (-). Catalogue of the Collection of Works of Art, &c., at 1 Richmond Terrace, Whitehall. Frontis. of 1 Richmond Terrace & 21 plates. xii, 96 pp. Large 4to, binding as above. [London]: "Printed for Private Circulation by Arthur L. Humphreys," 1909. Three privately printed and finely bound catalogues of a wide-ranging collection. The bulk of the collection was amassed by Currie (1827-1896), an extremely wealthy partner in Glyn Mills bank. In addition to their house in Whitehall, they constructed country houses in Hampshire and Surrey. Coombe Warren was immortalized in John Galsworthy's The Forsyte Saga. The Currie collection included paintings by Panini, Rubens, Brueghel, Bordone, Reynolds, etc. The family also accumulated impressive collections of 16th and 17th-century miniatures, Limoges enamels, oriental china, and French furniture. The catalogues provide an extensive family history, as well as information about the objects themselves and their provenances. The preface of the first book, written by "L[aurence] C[urrie]" son of Bertram, states: "The catalogue has been mainly the work of my sister-in-law, Miss Pearl Finch…" Fine copies, joints a little rubbed. (Inventory #: 6059)
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