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Auction Description for Swann:
Viewing Notes:
31st Jul 10am - 5pm. 3rd & 4th Aug 10am - 8pm.
Sale Notes:
None

(198 Lots)

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

198 lots

August 5, 1998

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

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Description: Al G. Barnes Big 4 Ring Wild Animal Circus. Circa 1920 41 x 26.25in.National, New York. Condition B+: repaired tears in margins and image restoration in trimmed bottom margin. Zebras in red harnesses pulling a red and gold chariot with a green driver and a maiden in gold against a yellow background; lettering in red and blue. Barnes was originally an animal trainer, and his circus "was famed for its wide variety of trained animal acts." (American Circus p. 311

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Description: - Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth / Bagonghi 1916 37.25 x 27.5in. Strobridge, Cincinnati. Condition B+: creases and wrinkles in margins; restored lower margin. 'Italy's 3 foot high champion rider, pictured here in three different poses each highlighting his abilities and his diminutive stature. In the foreground (dashingly clad in a dark blue suit, purple waistcoat, red tie and yellow carnation), we see him riding on the head of a beautiful brown horse, holding his hands up in the attention getting pose of a consumate show man In the background he is seen performing aerial contortions and riding feats lettering in red and orange

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Description: Barnum and Bailey / Imre Kiralfy's Columbus. 1891 30.375 x 38.25in. Strobridge, Cincinnati. Condition A-: expert restoration in margins and image. In red, yellow and blue "hundreds of radiant damsels, in flashing costumes, with myriads of vari colored lanterns celebrating the great achievements of Columbus in front of King Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain A New addition to circuses towards the end of last century was the "Spectacle," a recreation on a gigantic scale of stories mythological, fictional or historical Often, they involved the circus' entire crew and animals, and competing circuses tried to out do each other with their lavish productions. In 1891, this would have been one of the earliest of these "spectacle" performances. ImreKiralfy was a Hungarian showman and producer of large-scale theatrical events whom Barnum hired to put on shows for his circus. Among other such spectacles were "Cleopatra," 'Joan of Arc," "Cinderella," "Solomon and the Queen of Sheba," "Nero or the Burning of Rome," "Jerusalem and the Crusades

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Description: Barnum & Bailey 108 Cage Zoo. 1916 37.25 x 27.25in. Strobridge, Cincinnati. Condition B+: wrinkles and creases in margins and image; bottom margin trimmed. The circus' exotic menagerie rendered in impressive Strobridge realism: a large elephants head giraffes a camel rhinocerous, polar bear and others all depicted in living coloragainst a light blue background; lettering in red on yellow.

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Description: Buffalo Bill Original Wild West. 1914 39.125 x 28in. U.S. Printing &Litho. Co., Cincinnati. Condition B-: repaired tears, creases and paper loss in margins and corners. An intense, attention-getting image of a Native American, in full color headdress and moccasins, kneeling and aiming down the barrel of his rifle; lettering in light blue. An inset profile photograph of Buffalo Bill in dark blue-and white. Much of the world's stereo typical view of Native Americans, as horse-back riding, feather clad warriors, can be traced back to Buffalo Bill's shows. "The fact is that most Indians in this country did not wear the elaborate feathered headdresses seen ... in all Buffalo Bill posters, but because Buffalo Bill used largely Sioux Indians [for his show] who did wear them, we have come to expect thatto be the standard for all Indians." (Buffalo Bill p. 12) A rare poster from Buffalo Bill's time with Sells-Foto. Not in Buffalo Bill.E2000-3000 [See Illustration Inside Front Cover]

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