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Large Italian Moustier Planter
Lot # 154 - Large Italian Moustier Planter
Continental, 19th century. A large planter with paneled sides featuring birds and flowers, written on underside Decor/Moustiers/Fait Main; ht. 12.5, dia. 13.25 in.
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Art Nouveau Glass Inkwell
Lot # 21 - Art Nouveau Glass Inkwell
20th century. An iridescent green glass inkwell with Art Nouveau style metal lid and fittings, unmarked; ht.3, wd. 2.75 in.
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Chinese Republic Soap Dishes
Lot # 137 - Chinese Republic Soap Dishes
Chinese, 20th century. Four soap dishes with pierced lids and painted polychrome decorations of flowers, birds and figures. Two with Chinese character marks on underside, one with China marked on underside; largest ht. 1.75, wd. 5, dp. 3 in.
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Ken Price (1935-2012; USA)
Lot # 127 - Ken Price (1935-2012; USA)
The Adventures of Lorna Cup #2
ca 1992
Earthenware with underglaze; ht. 2.75, dia. 2 in. 
Inventory sticker on base JCG/36781
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French Provincial Side Chairs
Lot # 145 - French Provincial Side Chairs
Continental (likely French Provincial), 19th century. A assembled set of eight French Provincial side chairs in walnut with carved and shaped crestrails and splats, rush-woven seats and cabriole legs with carved front stretchers; oah. 35.75, seat ht. 16 in.
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Myles Keogh, Collection of Letters Written by Acquaintances
Lot # 253 - Myles Keogh, Collection of Letters Written by Acquaintances
12 documents, many with covers.

This Civil War-date and post-war archive, written by relatives and friends of Capt. Myles Keogh, includes some long and detailed letters chronicling the lives of the Irish immigrants who fought in the Union Army.

Authors include Joseph O'Keefe and Daniel Joseph Keily, who served with Keogh in the Papal Army in 1860. They were recruited into the Union Army together as captains.

Two letters by O'Keefe to Keogh's brother in Ireland bring the news of Keogh's capture on General Stoneman's failed raid to liberate Federal prisoners in Andersonville. In a letter dated August 30, 1864, on Head Quarters Middle Military Division letterhead, O'Keefe writes:

My dear Keogh,
I am very sorry to have to announce the capture of your brother. He was taken with Gen Stoneman, and distinguished himself very much before he was taken. The papers say that everyone admired his reckless bravery in rallying the men… I got a letter from him last night. He was quite well & at Charleston South Carolina. I hope he will soon be released. Gen Sheridan is very anxious to get him on his staff and I am sure he would like Gen Sheridan very much.


On September 17, 1864, he writes that he has contacted his uncle, the Bishop of Cork, to see if he can intercede with the Bishop of Charleston, SC, in effecting Keogh's release.

Keily, serving as chief of staff for General Shields, writes that Myles came through Antietam OK, noting we have fully a million men in the field besides they are going to draft on the 10th inst 300,000 men more to be kept in reserve. The issue of the struggle therefore can be no longer doubtful. The South is completely exhausted in men, money, & material.

Two cousins of Keogh, Dan Keogh O'Sullivan and Richard Keogh, came to America in the summer of 1863. Myles used his influence to place them in volunteer positions in the Union Army, while paying for their expenses.

O'Sullivan, serving as a volunteer on General William French's staff, writes home about his adventures: Some hard fighting during the last ten days. I had my share of it with the Guerillas. He was leading a small baggage train when fifty mounted partisans attacked, Standing their ground, the escort's gunfire alerted a nearby Federal cavalry patrol, who rode to the rescue. He also mentions hazards of another sort: If Tom were here he could satisfy his thirst on nig[g]er women. I met one in Warrington yesterday a brunett(?) dressed in white with long yet black curls flowing down to her waist… They keep near the camps, however I keep wide of them.

He tells Thomas Keogh, Myles' brother, Ireland is the land of saints; remain there for your soul's sake.

In January 1864, O'Sullivan got a job as a recruiting officer for Col. Keily, with the promise of a Lieutenant's commission if he signed up 42 men in thirty days... in Natchez, MS! Until then, he wouldn't be paid. In a detailed, 10pp letter home, he describes his time in America, recording the hardship of trying to find a job as an Irishman. While he extolls the beauty of Natchez and the female population, he is worried, because the Rebels are "in great force" about six miles from town: [w]e cannot tell at what minute they may attack. I hope they won’t mind it, as the troops stationed here are principally Colored, and I don’t know how they would act if the enemy attacked by night.

General John Buford had died just a couple of weeks before this letter was written. O'Sullivan writes: Poor Myles, Gen Buford’s death was a great blow to him.

About the same time, Richard Keogh writes home from the Shenandoah Valley, where he is serving under Sheridan: You must have heard of Buford’s death… I had a letter from Myles a few days after saying he would come out to this army to see after his horses and that he would come see me. He was greatly put about. He attended B till at last died in his arms. He was in Washington when he wrote.

The only postwar letter is by Richard, dated April 28, 1866, from Chicago. In it, he gives Thomas Keogh advice on real estate, telling him to look into rental property in the city instead of buying farmland and working it, and relating a rather simplistic view of the plantation system in the South:

The Southerners were the people that made by land in this country on account of the slave trade. They had their labor for nothing, had 4 or 5 hundred of those niggers working for them and a crop of young niggers every year the same as you will have your lambs next spring. Sold those at from 1000 to 3000 $ a head at 8 or 10 years old… They had magnificent dwellings, but now they are impoverished....

Myles Keogh (1840-1876) was a famous Irish-born cavalry officer of the U.S. Civil War and subsequent Indian Wars. While serving in the Valley under Shields, he came within minutes of capturing the famous Rebel general "Stonewall" Jackson at the battle of Port Republic. The most trusted of General John Buford's staff, Keogh was part of the cavalry vanguard that prevented A.P. Hill's Confederates from seizing the high ground at the start of the battle of Gettysburg. When Buford fell ill after the battle, it was Keogh who cared for him, up to his death.

Despite his fame in the Civil War, Keogh is perhaps best known as leading Co. "I" U.S. 7th Cavalry in its last stand at Little Big Horn. Separated from the main group, which was led by Custer, Keogh and his surrounded men fought overwhelming odds until they were cut down to a man. The Indians did not mutilate Keogh's body as they did many others. This is attributed to the Papal medal he wore around his neck, from his service in the army of Pope Pius IX in 1860.
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[Japan] Lafcadio Hearn's Japan, Stories and Interpretation
Lot # 68 - [Japan] Lafcadio Hearn's Japan, Stories and Interpretation
Hearn, Lafcadio. Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. Tokyo: Printed for Members of the Limited Editions Club, 1932. 12mo, stab binding in silk cloth-covered boards, printed endpapers, 1307 of 1500 copies, signed in Japanese by illustrator(?), 238pp. In envelope with ivory catches. Excellent condition. Just a bit of dust on page edges and scattered foxing (mostly restricted to edges).

Second copy of Kwaidan. Tokyo: Kaibunsha, n.d. (possibly in Japanese). This one 16mo paperback, with paper dj, 152pp. Introduction in Japanese, with Notes in back giving English to Japanese translations.

Hearn, Lafcadio. The Romance of the Milky Way and Other Studies & Stories. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1905. 12mo, grey cloth with yellow print, top page edges yellow, 209pp. Minor wear to spine ends and corners. Overall very good.

Hearn, Lafcadio. Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, with Sundry Cobwebs. New York: Macmillan Company, 1902, first ed. 12mo, green printed cloth with gilt front, spine, and top page edges, 251pp. Slight wear to pine ends. Overall very good.

_____. A Japanese Miscellany. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1901. 12mo, green printed cloth, gilt front and spine and top page edges, 305pp. Frontmatter separated, but present. Heavy wear to spine ends; slight wear to corners.

_____. Exotics and Retrospectives. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1899. 12mo, green printed cloth, gilt front, spine and top page edges, 299pp. Heavy sunning of spine. Corners bumped. Top also sunned, with toning of top page edges starting. Wear to spine ends.

______. Fantastics and Other Fancies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1914. 12mo, orange cloth spine over blue paper boards, paper spine label, 242pp.

______. Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation. New York: Macmillan Company, 1904. 12mo, brown cloth, gilt front, spine and top page edges, 541pp. Spine slightly sunned, outer edges of pages toned. Otherwise leaves fairly clean.

Born to an Irish Surgeon-Major and his Greek wife on the Island of Lefkada, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was abandoned first by his mother, then his father, and finally by his father’s aunt, who had become his legal guardian. Hearn was passed around to various other caretakers, including his great aunt’s former maid. Eventually, Henry Molyneux, a distant cousin and his aunt’s financial manager, bought him a one-way ticket to New York and instructed him to locate his sister in Cincinnati. This Hearn did, but the sister and her husband had little to help Hearn – money or connections for employment.

He eventually met Henry Watkin and found some employment in his printing business. Hearn also borrowed books from Watkin’s library, including many utopianists. Hearn eventually found work as a reporter for the Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, where he gained a reputation as a sensationalist columnist, especially in the area of crime writing. A bit later he joined forces with Henry Farny, and the pair wrote, illustrated and published Ye Giglampz, an 8-page weekly journal literature and satire.

In 1874 Hearn married Alethea Foley, an African American, which violated the state’s laws pertaining to  interracial marriage. Nominally because of this marriage, but likely because of some of the satirical items in Ye Giglampz, the Enquirer let him go. He went to work for the Cincinnati Commercial, and his popularity prompted the Enquirer to try to rehire him.

In 1877 Hearn left the Queen City for the Crescent City. He wrote for various newspapers there, and began writing for national publications (Harper’s, Scribner’s).  He spent a decade in the Big Easy before Harper’s sent him to the West Indies for two years. (Hearn’s reputation in New Orleans was so great that his former home has been preserved as a historic place.)  

In 1890 Hearn went to Japan as a newspaper correspondent. He was soon fired, but he found his greatest peace and inspiration in this island nation. He obtained a teaching position, married the daughter of a local samurai family and became a naturalized citizen. He held several teaching positions in Matsue, Kyushu, then Tokyo. At the time, Japan was a relatively unknown exotic culture. Its popularity increased after the Paris Expo of 1900, which introduced the world to the arts especially of Japan, Siam and India. Hearn wrote over a dozen books on Japan, and more were written after his death.

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Throw Pillows, Group of Six
Lot # 32 - Throw Pillows, Group of Six
20th century. A group of six throw pillows, two in an English rose design petite point,three with floral rose needlepoint floral design, and one  in green brocade with green and burgundy cording and gold tassels; largest 15 x 15 in.
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Adrian Saxe (1943; USA)
Lot # 90 - Adrian Saxe (1943; USA)
Untitled Teapot
ca 1983
Porcelain; ht. 9, wd. 6, dp. 3 in. 
Signed SAXE on base

This vessel, with its elegant glaze and its complex surface, is typical of Saxe's hedonistic art, playing with court porcelains and other instruments of power and wealth. Saxe was briefly a student of Ralph Bacerra at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Reference: Several similar forms can be found in Lynn, Martha Drexler. The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe. New York: Thames and Hudson, and Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1994.
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General George A Custer, Cabinet Card by Mora
Lot # 250 - General George A Custer, Cabinet Card by Mora
Rare pose of Custer as lieutenant general by Jose M. Mora, New York, ca March 1876, only about three months before Custer's death. Inked identification in the lower margin. This photograph is cataloged in Katz's Custer in Photographs as K-152.
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