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  • Sir John Franklin and Lady Jane Franklin Commemorative Medal

    Sir John Franklin and Lady Jane Franklin Commemorative Medal

    A large bronze medal produced by Emil Hafner for the Tasmanian Numismatic Society in 1987 to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the arrival of Sir John Franklin in Tasmania.

    One of 150 examples (there were 40 in silver) finely engraved by Hafner Mint founded by Czechoslovakian born Emil Hafner.

    65mm in diameter, and 94gm weight.

    On one side a strong image of Franklin in his regalia his ship HMS Erebus trapped in the ice. Engraved around the edge … Sir John Franklin 1786-1847 Arctic Explorer – Governor of Van Diemen’s Land 1837-1843.

    On the reverse, a well known yet striking image of the beautiful Jane Lady Franklin 1791-1875 Patron of the Arts in Van Diemen’s Land 1837-1845

    Franklin Connecting Tasmania with Polar Exploration and the North West Passage.

    ON HOLD FOR VALUED CUSTOMER

    $140.00

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  • The Art of Georges Lepape – From the Ballets Russes to Vogue by Claude Lepape and Thierry Defert

    The Art of Georges Lepape – From the Ballets Russes to Vogue by Claude Lepape and Thierry Defert

    The book on the work of the talented Georges Lepape. Written and compiled by his son Claude Lepape with the assistance of Thierry Defert.

    Folio, 175 pages published by Thames and Hudson. London a first UK edition 1984. Lavishly illustrated, with 196 images of which 135 are in colour encompassing the start to finish of Lapape’s work. Excellent biographical content.

    Very good near fine condition. A heavy book which may require a postage supplement depending on buyers location.

    From his childhood in Paris and the Montmartre and Beaux-Arts that influenced his developing style. The important long relationship with top fashion designer Paul Poiret. La Gazette du Bon Ton (see Voyager’s original pochoirs – a number referenced in this work). The 1920’s and the Theatre and on to Vogue and New York.

    Most beautiful illustrated book – the work on Lepape

    $90.00

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  • Polar Medal – Erwin Springweiler – 1941

    Polar Medal – Erwin Springweiler – 1941

    A Polar commemorative golden bronze medal sculpted by Erwin Springweiler and issued by the American Society of Medalists in 1941.

    73 mm in diameter weighing 160 gms a fine bright unpolished example. The Arctic side has a proud Polar Bear on a floe with Snow Geese flying in the background and the names Greely, Bartlett, Peary and Byrd celebrated. The Antarctic four proud Penguins with the names Palmer, Wilkes, Byrd and Ellsworth celebrated. Along the rim the Society and Sculptors full name is engraved

    Erin Frederick Springweiler (1896-1968) was born in Pforzheim, Germany and trained at the Munich Academy. During the 1830’s he worked with American sculptor Paul Manship at Havana, Cuba. He specialised in animal sculptures and his anteater can be seen at the Washington D.C. Zoological Gardens.

    The Society of Medalists was formed in the USA in 1930 to encourage the medallic work of superior sculptors. It ceased in 1995. Springweiler was selected to produce the 1941 issue, the only medal in the series to have a Polar theme.

    Springweiler wrote about his approach … “In creating this medal, I was thinking of another world, a silent and cruel one, the regions around the poles of our globe, the endless ice-wastes, the land of midnight sun”

    Polar Celebratory Medal by Springweiler

    $260.00

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  • The Life and Work of Sydney Long  – Joanna Mendelssohn

    The Life and Work of Sydney Long – Joanna Mendelssohn

    A first edition published by McGraw Hill, Sydney as part of the Copperfield Art Series, 1979.

    Folio, 284 pages in complete dust jacket all in very good if not better condition. With numerous illustrations of the great man’s work including 38 in full colour including folding colour frontispiece.

    Sydney Long (1871-1955) was born in Goulburn, New South Wales.

    One of Australia’s greatest artists partly inspired by the Heidelberg School. By 1897 he had developed his own style, with possibly his most admired painting being completed that year … The Spirit of the Plains. Painted in a soft colour palette a naked Grecian wood nymph leading a procession of dancing Brolgas … simply wonderful. His paintings in this style, often with low key eroticism, were the foundation of a new art style Australian Paganism and influenced the likes of Norman Lindsay.

    Long sold his early works at good prices which financed time spent in London just before WWI where he turned to etching and engraving and held positions of distinction in several Societies.

    Sydney Long the definitive work

    $140.00

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  • Wildlife and Wilderness – An Artist’s World – Keith Shackleton

    Wildlife and Wilderness – An Artist’s World – Keith Shackleton

    A really super book of Keith Shackleton’s Polar art. Much of the work completed on the Ms Lindblad Explorer (see our copy of Keith Shackleton’s Antarctic Pilot). In his well written introduction he expresses his gratitude to Lars-Eric Lindblad for putting his vessel on the high seas with him aboard.

    First US edition published by Salem House 1986. Small quarto, landscape 120 pages with 8 full page colour images of selected cold weather painting with a nice page of attendant narrative. Very good if not fine condition.

    A nice forward by HRH Prince Charles. But to the art … something special … the subjects naturally well chosen and the style clean bright and dramatic

    Keith Shackleton’s beautiful paintings – where can we get one?

    $60.00

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  • Louisa Anne Meredith – A Tigress in Exile – Vivienne Rae Ellis

    Louisa Anne Meredith – A Tigress in Exile – Vivienne Rae Ellis

    Sought after quality book published by Blubber Press in Hobart in 1979. Octavo, 275 pages all in fine condition. Nicely illustrated.

    Louisa Anne nee Twamley was already an accomplished write and painter when she arrived in Australia in 1839. First in NSW then later in Tasmania she further developed her prestigious talent.

    This fine book by Vivienne Rae Ellis is an excellent insight into her very full life

    Special book about a special Tasmanian

    $70.00

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