The ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ and Porcelain Design

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The Commedia dell’Arte was used as an inspiration for the decoration of both pottery and porcelain. Well known characters such as Harlequin and Pantalone were produced as porcelain figurines by the Meissen factory.

This first edition text, dating from 1729, recounts in Latin and German the burlesque scenes and amorous tales of the Commedia dell’Arte. The text is accompanied by twelve engravings illustrating the narrative. The illustrations were drawn by Johann Jacob Schübler (1689-1741) and engraved on copper by Johann Balthasar Probst for this work. Drawings and etchings such as these were the inspiration for figurines produced by Meissen. These particular engravings also served as models for a series of ten porcelain figures, designed around 1765 by Wenzel Neu for the porcelain factory of Kloster Veilsdorf.

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Publication details:

Amor, vehementer quidem flagrans; artificiose tamen celatus, de Pantalonis custodiaque triumphans, intentato certamine prudentum stultorum. Sive Arlechin viva pictura ridiculesque Cupido.

Die war hefftig entflammte/Doch aber füftlich verborgene und über Pantalons Kufficht Triumphirende Amor, den angeftelltem Bett : Streit fluger Phantaften oder Arlechin das lebendige Bemahlde und lȁcherl Cupido.

Folio with 13 sheets, 12 engravings, paperback, untrimmed edges, contemporary marbled paper cover. Leather-trimmed chemise and slipcase. (Augsburg, the heirs of Jeremias Wolff, Johann Balthazar Probst, Johann Jacob Schubler, 1729.)

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New in – Murrina Vasa, A Luxury of Imperial Rome


‘Murrhine’ vases; a study and survey of 312 surviving Agate and Chalcedony vases of antiquity, both whole and fragmentary, frequently in Medieval and later mounts. This  publication also includes a survey of the sources of hardstone and an appendix on glass imitations of ‘Murrhine’ vases.


  • Murrina Vasa, A Luxury of Imperial Rome
  • Dario del Bufalo
  • L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2016
  • Text in English and Italian
  • 204 pages with over 400 illustrations predominantly in colour
  • Hardback, 28.5 x 21.5 cm
  • 9788891309976
  • £125

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Other recent publications to complement this title include:


Splendida Minina; wonderful  miniature precious hardstone carvings from the Medici Collections.



  • Splendida Minima. Piccole Sculture Preziose dalle Collezioni Medicee. dalla Tribuna di Francesco i De’ Medici al Tesoro Granducale.
  • ValentinaConticelli, Riccardo Gennaioli, Fabrizio Paolucci
  • Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 2016
  • Text in Italian
  • 320 pages, fully illustrated
  • Paperback, 28 x 22 cm
  • 9788883478772
  • £45



Luxus; an extensive study of ancient Greek and Roman artistry, which explores some of the most notable artefacts created from an assortment of luxury materials – hard stones (intaglios, vessels, cameos, and sculptures), precious metals (gold and silver), and organic materials (amber, pearls, coral, wood, ivory and textiles).


  • Luxus: The Sumptuous Arts of Greece and Rome
  • Kenneth Lapatin
  • Yale University Press, 2015
  • 296 pages with 243 colour illustrations
  • Hardback, 28.4 x 23.7 cm
  • 9781606064221
  • £50


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Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen – Now Available!

The Royal Collection includes over 2,000 items of Chinese and Japanese Art, which are distributed among the royal residencies in England and Scotland. The publication presents textiles, jades and hardstones, lacquer, glass, enamel, ivory and other materials.



  • Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen
  • John Ayers
  • The Royal Collection, 2016
  • 3 volumes
  • 1,296 pages with approximately 2,400 colour illustrations
  • hardback, 30 x 24.5cm
  • 9781905686490
  • £150

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Now in: Les Rothschild: Une dynastie de mécènes en France, 1873-2016

The new 3 volume set celebrating the amazing Rothschild art patronage in France. The family gave over 100,000 works of art to French museums between 1873 and 2016. Over 50 academics and curators have contributed to the work which is printed in a very small print run. Sumptuously illustrated, we think it will sell out fast. Our price, while stock lasts, £260.00



  • Les Rothschild: Une dynastie de mécènes en France, 1873-2016.
  • Pauline Prevost-Marcilhacy
  • Paris: 2016.
  • 1112 pages, 1200 illustrations.
  • 3 vols, hardback in a slipcase
  • 32.4 x 26.3cms.
  • Text in French

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9782757202128_vol1_lesrothschild_unedynastiedemecenes_1783-2014_2016Volume 1 1873 – 1922: 

Edmond James de Rothschild, 1845-1934                                           Edmond James et Gustave de Rothschild, mécènes de l’archéologue et donateurs au musée du Louvre, 1873
Le trésor de Boscoreale au musée du Louvre, 1895
Dons de la baronne James Édouard et du baron Edmond James de Rothschild au département des Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque nationale, 1902-1908
Dons de costumes rares du baron et de la baronne Edmond James de Rothschild au musée Carnavalet et au musée des Arts décoratifs, 1906-1908
Le mécénat envers les artistes vivants, 1906-1920
Un ensemble de moucharabiehs au musée du Louvre et au musée des Arts décoratifs, 1920

Alphonse de Rothschild, 1827-1905                                                                                                    Le mécénat envers les artistes vivants en faveur des musées de région, 1895-1905 Charlotte de Rothschild, 1825-1899 Et Nathaniel de Rothschild, 1812-1870
Dons et legs de la baronne Nathaniel de Rothschild, 1885-1899
Le goût pour la Renaissance italienne, musée du Louvre, 1899
Un ensemble de coffrets en cuir au musée des Arts décoratifs, 1899
Une collection de bijoux au musée des Arts décoratifs, 1899

Adolphe de Rothschild, 1823-1900 Et Julie de Rothschild, 1830-1907
L’art médiéval au musée du Louvre et au musée de Cluny, 1901
Les objets de la Renaissance, musée du Louvre, 1901

James Édouard de Rothschild, 1844-1881 Et Thérèse de Rothschild, 1847-1931
Les manuscrits de la première rédaction des œuvres de Brantôme à la Bibliothèque nationale, 1903
Monnaies et pierres gravées au Cabinet des médailles de la Bibliothèque nationale, 1903-1904

Arthur de Rothschild, 1851-1903
Une collection de bagues au musée de Cluny, 1904
Peintures flamandes, hollandaises et françaises au musée du Louvre, 1904


9782757202128_vol2_lesrothschild_unedynastiedemecenes_1783-2014_2016Volume 2 : 1922-1935

Salomon de Rothschild, 1838-1864 Et Adèle de Rothschild, 1843-1922
Salomon et Adèle de Rothschild Pauline
Peintures, dessins et sculpture, 1922
Un ensemble exceptionnel d’orfèvrerie et de bijoux, 1922
Ivoires et Bronzes, 1922
Arts du feu de la Renaissance, 1922
Armes occidentales, 1922 Marc Bascou
Objets d’art islamique, 1922
Porcelaines du XVIIIe siècle, 1922
Tabatières du XVIIIe siècle, 1922
Montres et écailles piquées, 1922
Meubles et tapisseries du XVIIIe siècle, 1922
Objets d’art d’Extrême-Orient, 1922
Manuscrits, 1922
Livres et estampes, 1922
Albums de photographies, 1922
Monnaies, 1922

Robert de Rothschild, 1880-1946
Dons au musée des Arts décoratifs

Henri de Rothschild, 1872-1946
Le mécénat envers les artistes vivants en faveur des musées de régions, 1906-194
Têtes de mort au musée des Arts décoratifs, 1926
Autographes à la Bibliothèque nationale, 1933

Alice de Rothschild, 1847-1922
Pipes et boîtes d’allumettes
Don d’Alice de Rothschild à la bibliothèque de Grasse, 1927

Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, 1864-1934
Sculptures, 1933
Peintures italiennes et espagnoles, 1933 Esther Moench
Le XVIIIe siècle à la villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, 1933
Porcelaines françaises, 1933
Porcelaines étrangères, 1933 Guillaume Séret
Biscuits, 1933
Textiles, 1933
Arts d’Extrême-Orient, 1933
Peintures et dessins du XIXe siècle, 1933



Volume 3 : 1935-2016

La Donation Edmond de Rothschild au Département des Arts Graphiques du Musée du

Louvre 1935
Histoire de la constitution d’un « Musée de la gravure »
Les nielles
Les débuts de la gravure en Allemagne, dans les anciens Pays-Bas et en Italie
Dürer et Rembrandt
Les estampes allemandes du XVIe siècle
La gravure flamande au XVIe siècle
Les estampes italiennes du XVIe siècle
Les estampes françaises du XVIe siècle
Les estampes du XVIIe siècle
Les estampes du XVIIIe siècle
Les gravures d’architecture, d’ornements et d’arts décoratifs du XVIIIe siècle
Les dessins du XVe siècle au XVIIIe siècle
Les livres illustrés
La fortune critique
Historique et installation au musée du Louvre

Dons de la Baronne Edmond James et de James Armand de Rothschild 1934-1936
La collection de dentelles de la baronne Edmond James de Rothschild au musée des Arts décoratifs, 1935
Monnaies et médailles à la Bibliothèque nationale, 1935
Objets de fouilles en Palestine, 1936

Les Rothschild rt la Bibliothèque Nationale Après-Guerre
Le Legs Henri de Rothschild En 1947
La bibliothèque de James Édouard de Rothschild, 1844-1881
Les manuscrits enluminés de la collection de James Édouard, Thérèse et Henri de Rothschild
Théâtre et poésie entre Moyen Âge et Renaissance
La collection théâtrale d’Henri de Rothschild

Deux Manuscrits d’edmond James et Adolphe de Rothschild
Deux livres d’heures royaux : les Heures de Jeanne de Navarre 1972 et les Très Belles Heures de Jean de Berry 1956

Les Rothschild et les Musées Après-Guerre : Dons et Dations
La récupération et la restitution des collections spoliées, 1945-1953
Les héritiers du baron Édouard de Rothschild
Le château de Ferrières
Les héritiers du baron Robert de Rothschild
Mobilier Art déco au musée des Arts décoratifs
Dons de Maurice et Miriam Alexandrine de Rothschild, 1935-1937
Dons d’Edmond de Rothschild à Versailles, 1966-1988
Don d’Edmond de Rothschild au musée du Louvre, 1990
Objets antiques, peintures, dessins et objets d’art du XVIIIe siècle. Dation de 1990

Donations et Mécénat 1955-2016
Alix de Rothschild, 1911-1987
Dons d’Alix de Rothschild au musée national des Arts et Traditions populaires et au musée de l’Homme
Dons d’Alix de Rothschild au musée de l’Homme
Dons de la baronne Élie de Rothschild aux musées français
Dons du baron Élie de Rothschild au Centre Pompidou – Musée national d’Art moderne
Dons de Béatrice Rosenberg au musée d’Orsay et au musée des Arts décoratifs, 2005-2006

Mécénat Au Bénéfice Des Musées 1963-2016
Mécénat au bénéfice des musées

Historique et installation au musée du Louvre, 1935 ; textes cités en annexes
Le don de la baronne Edmond James de Rothschild au Cabinet des médailles de la Bibliothèque nationale
Liste des livres légués par le baron James de Rothschild (1792-1868) à son petit-fils James (1844-1881)
Index des lieux de conservation
Index des noms de personnes

The Art of Borrowing – New in Stock!

We don’t advise that you do as this book suggests, but instead invite you to consider whether appropriation is as morally untenable as we are all told…

The collection of essays in this book, ranging from discussions of repetition in the Bible (‘Borrowing Sex: Speaking of Divine Love’) to those of music (‘Organic Wholes: Ralph Vaughan Williams and G.E. Moore’) and art (‘Harvest’), cleverly illustrate how works can shift and change through the creations of others.

The interior of this publication is amusingly presented as a borrowed library book, with its title page a stamp that indicates edition number, and sections that appear to be photocopied covertly under the watchful eye of an officious librarian.

Williamson, Paul (ed.):  The Art of Borrowing: or how one thing leads to another.  Cambridge: 2016. 160 pages, with colour and black and white illustrations. Limited first edition of 150 copies. Paperback. 26.5 x 19cms.

Olympia Book Fair 2016 Highlights!



Highlights include Picasso. Le Goût du Bonheur, a suite of happy, playful, and erotic drawings by Jean Marcenac

Bibliographical details:

From a total edition of 1998 copies, this one of 666 copies published by Harry N. Abrams, New York (666 copies were published by Editions Cercle d’Art, Paris and 666 copies by Carl Schünemann, Bremen), with an etching by Picasso of a painter at work before his easel, dated 21.7.70 in the plate and signed in pencil. Of the total edition, this is one of 105 de luxe copies, containing the etching and printed on Vélin d’Arches. Loose in cloth-wrapped boards with a reproduction of Picasso’s signature on the cover.

Details as follows:

Inspired by a book on Marino Marini in which the reproductions were printed using a new process developed by Gunter Dietz, Picasso agreed to have 3 notebooks published using the same method – described by Cramer as ‘a silkscreen in three dimensions’ –  that employs the same materials used by the artist, instead of the usual printing inks. Thus 68 drawings were here reproduced using grease crayon, lithographic tusche, lead pencil, charcoal, india ink and coloured chalk. They are in the exact size of the original drawings. Accompanied by an introduction by Jean Marcenac on the subject of desire and love.


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Olympia Book Fair 2016 Highlights!



Highlights include Pomologia Batava by M. Van Noort.

Bibliographical details:

Noort, M. Van:  Pomologia Batava of afbeelding en beschrijving van onderscheidene soorten van appelen en peeren, welke in de Nederlandsche gewesten worden gekweekt. Allen naar het leven in kleuren geteekend en beschreven.  Leiden, C. C. van der Hoek [1830]. 4to, 4 pages of introduction, 84 leaves of hand coloured plates lithographed by L. Springer of Leyden each with a corresponding page of explanatory text. Contemporary half leather over rolled book cloth, spine with golden raised bands. Endpapers with a golden pattern of leaves on a black background. Half-title, verso blank. Title-page, verso blank. The foreword Voorschoten ‘t Huis ter Wadding 22nd December 1830 signed by the author in ink.

Details as follows:

The collation of this very rare book has always proven complicated, perhaps exacerbated by the plates being unnumbered and the hand colour giving visual variants. Nissen calls for 173 plates which is clearly wrong, but may be an interpretation of the number of variant names that van Noordt gives in his text. Landwehr lists 84 plates and cites as five sources amongst which Wageningen. Wageningen has published a website on the Pomologia which lists and illustrates 84 plates without a concordance to Landwehr.
This has thrown up discrepancies (there are minor miss-transcriptions in both Landwehr and the Wageningen site): Landwehr 60 lists VANENBURGER DIRKJES-PEER. Wageningen illustrates both a VANENBURGER plate and a DIRKJES-PEER plate. Three copies record individual VANENBURGER and DIRKJES-PEER plates. If Landwehr made a simple transcriptional error listing two plates on one line. If this is so then Landwehr 84 RENET VAN ZORGVLIET must be the missing 85th plate often speculated on; but then it is hard to explain how Landwehr missed this when inspecting the Wageningen copy. World Cat records 9 copies with 84 plates which with the inclusion of our copy and the Koninklijke copy makes 11 known copies with 84 plates and none recorded with 85 . Whatever the answer to this collational confusion, our copy, with 84 plates is the most complete on the market in many years.

We have some wonderful books at Olympia Book Fair this year – come and see us on stand J26!

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2016



Thomas Heneage Art Books will be exhibiting at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair this 26th – 28th May!

Opening hours:

Thursday 26th: 1pm-8pm

Friday 27th: 11am-7pm

Saturday 28th: 11am-4pm


Olympia National, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX

Please join us on stand J26


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New Publication in Stock! The Edible Monument, The Art of Food for Festivals.


The book surveys preparation of ornate edibles for public and courtly festivals throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in Europe, revealing just how much effort and expense went into such celebrations. Drawing on a variety of primary sources and secondary sources: etchings of designs for festivals, contemporary paintings and documents, this book offers a richly visual introduction to the world the early modern European feast. In her examination, Marcia Reed cites Mattia Gegher’s Li Tre Trattati published in Padua by Paolo Frambotto in 1639. We have an original copy in stock! Please see the post below for 21.10.2015. Also please see below  our other title pertaining to table decoration and edible sculpture: Dolci trionfi e finissime piegature, Sculture in zucchero e tovaglioli per le nozze fiorentine di Maria de’ Medici. This examines the preparations made in Florence for the celebration of the proxy marriage of Maria de’ Medici and Henry of Navarre, giving particular attention to Giambologna’s designs for sugar sculptures.

Reed, Marcia (ed): The Edible Monument. The Art of Food for Festivals. Exhibition: Los Angeles, The Getty Research Institute, 2015. Hardcover. 23.5 x 26cms. £25

New in stock! A catalogue of the Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at I Tatti.


A comprehensive catalogue and overview, of the personal collection of Bernard and Mary Berenson assembled at their villa I Tatti in Settignano at the turn of the 20th century. Berenson was a pioneer of the Morelli method in authenticating artworks and one of the most prominent art historians and connoisseurs of the last century, particularly influential in America. Mary, his partner, was crucial to the formation of the collection, sharing Bernard’s passion for Renaissance masters. The collection was part of a larger trend of collecting in the late Victorian era, and Berenson’s services as authenticator extended to many wealthy patrons, including Isabella Stewart Gardner. The opening chapters delve into the beginning of Bernard and Mary’s career as collectors, their life at Settignano and their travels throughout Europe and, especially, Italy. The catalogue of 149 entries reveals fascinating, otherwise unseen, pieces ranging from the 14th to the 16th century, from Gentileschi da Fabriano, Lorenzo Lotto, Giovanni Bellini to Domenico Veneziano, amongst others. There is also a catalogue of the counterfeits that the Berensons’ acquired in the process of collecting. The catalogue is accompanied by high quality reproductions and entries citing the personal correspondence of the Berensons’, their inventories and diary entries. This is a book for both those interested in the Berenson collection and the art of the Italian Renaissance.

Publication details: Strehlke, Carl Brandon and Machtelt Bruggen Israels: The Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at I Tatti. Milan: 2015. 804 pages, with 180 colour and 40 black and white illustrations. Hardback. 30.5 x 25.5cms. £90

Also available at Thomas Heneage Art Books is the recent publication from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Ornament and Illusion, Carlo Crivelli in Venice. This is the museum that was established by one of the first of Berenson’s patrons, Isabella Stewart Gardner, who amassed a personal collection of European masterpieces with his help. Meanwhile, it was Berenson who introduced Carlo Crivelli to America by writing a substantial series of articles on him in the 1890s, which promoted Crivelli as an artist who defied classification. This fully illustrated catalogue examines Crivelli’s oeuvre in new light, offers scholarly essays on Crivelli’s technique and practice, and a historiography of the reception of Crivelli since the Renaissance, in which Berenson’s contribution was critical.


Publication details: Campbell, Stephen J., C. Jean Campbell, Francesco De Carolis et al.:  Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice.  Exhibition: Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2015. 256 pages with 100 colour illustrations. Paperback. 28 x 24cms. £35