William Van Nest
Trillium Antiquarian Books has been selling scarce, out-of-print books on the Internet since 1998 and, earlier, by traditional mail order. We are a long-standing member of the Independent On-line Booksellers’ Association (IOBA) and subscribe to the Association’s code of Ethics.
Fossickers is a new venture arising from our discovery from time to time of Interesting Things in the course of hunting books. The word ‘fossickers’, referring to searchers of abandoned mine sites, shows up in Australian and New Zealand informal speech. It is still not an approved Scrabble word.
1. Well-bred Boston Terrier Tea Pot
(2) Turkey -size Wedgwood Platter
(3) Turk’s Head Lily from Matthioli’s plant book
Item Description: Hand-coloured woodcuts from late sixteenth century plant book, double matter and glazed, Plates 69 and 70 showing varieties of Humerocallis (Asian lilies). Bespoke matting and framing by Russborough to a high standard.
Sight 25 cm x 38 cm, frame 46 cm x 60 cm
(4) Mola textile art from Central America
Item Price: $250
Item Description: The mola is traditional dress of certain indigenous people of Panama and Colombia using a reverse appliqué technique in which various layers of cloth are cut away to reveal the sewer’s design, in this case the traditional Jaguar motif found through out the region. The best molas, and this is one, exhibit exceptionally fine stitchwork and vibrant colours. In a bespoke mat and frame suggestive of the traditional whitewashed buildings of Central America.
Sight 39 cm x 29 cm, frame 43 cm x 35 cm
(5) Small sculpted fruit bowl
Item Price: $80
Item Description: Fruit bowl in elegant form sculpted from serpentine stone by traditional Zimbabwean stone artist with fine mottled effects under the polished surface. Not signed.
26 cm x 15 cm
Condition. A nick or two along one edge
(6) Two Fashion Plates from mid-nineteenth century
Item Price: $80
Item Description: Plates from Godeys Lady’s Book presenting several delightful ensembles for Spring, April and May, 1863. Matted and frames by the Roy Studio. Enough yardage to stock several Fabrilands.
Sight 28 cm x 23 cm, frame 41 cm x 37 cm
Condition. Would benefit from new matting.
7. Album of fine photo and tin type images
Item Price: $100
Item Description: A family album of the Chapmans dating from the end of the nineteenth century with ten tin types and twenty-four photo portraits of family members assembled by Elizabeth Chapman and dated at Christmas 1895, housed in large, puffy album of the day.
Album 20 cm x 38 cm, tin types and photos approx. 9.5 cm x 14 cm
Condition. Album worn but intact; tin types and photos generally clear and bright.
(8) Cobalt Blue Flower Decorated Salt glazed Pot
(9) Large Butter Print
(10) Vase turned red oak burl, Signed
Item Price: $500
Item Description: Turned red oak vase by Jack Close, signed ‘Jack Close/ red oak burl’, an especially fine adaptation of the original rough oak piece.
18 cm H
(11) Turned wooden mixing or butter bowl
(12) Swirled glass syrup jug
Item Price: $90
Item Description: Large syrup jug, swirled glass, flip top. Perfect for dispensing Mr. Wagner’s maple syrup.
19 cm H
Condition. A tide line
(13) Chip-carved Tea Caddy
(14) Stanley Insulated Bottle
Item Price: $60
Item Description: An early version of William Stanley’s insulated bottle (or flask) invented in 1913, the predecessor of the Thermos bottle. A steel bottle with screw top and chain, double-walled to keep hot beverages hot. Screw top fused so no one will be tempted to try it out. Stamped and dated.
23 cm H
Condition. Very Good
(15) Fine Chromolithograph, Blue-Footed Booby
Item Price: $250
Item Description: Fine lithograph from Studer’s Popular Ornithology (1874 et seq.) by Theodore Jasper. The Boobie is a gannet-like seabird found on the Galapagos and other islands off the coast of South America. Jasper’s renderings in the Studer book are especially fine and delicately coloured. Skilfully matted in a decorative gilt frame of the period.
Sight 23 cm x 31 cm, frame 40 cm x 44 cm