Sunday, November 08, 2015

This Week in Bookplates 11/8/2015

The two day auction of the James M. Goode collection is over

.Here are  a few of the higher bids:

George Washington                              $2750.00 *

Paul Revere (four items)                       $2375.00  
Prominent Artists                                  $2000.00 **     

Famous Actors                                      $1625.00

286 loose American Bookplates           $1375.00  

* I doubt that the buyer has received his shipment yet but he has already placed it on Ebay
for  $4950.00

** I suspect the  bookplate for Nelson Rockefeller by Picasso  was the driving force for the high bid

Martin Matthews

Designed by Jeffery Matthews

. Martin Matthews(1935-2013) was a watch case maker. This tribute to him was written by Nicholas Philippe and appeared in the April 2013 issue of  Horological Journal

“Where does one begin to talk about the man Martin Matthews, who gave so much to his profession and became internationally known as one of the most important case makers of his generation; but at the same time a human being who was both caring and sharing in all respects. I came across Martin in his later years and I have been both touched and inspired. I owe him a great debt of gratitude. It all started one day in the summer 12 years ago when I happened to be watching a video ‘Four Generations of Watchcase Making’

. As a result of seeing this video I felt the urgent need to make contact with him. So I rang Martin and introduced myself, explaining that I was inspired by the video and that I was very interested in becoming his apprentice, so that I could learn the art of case making from a true master and expert in his field. He initially declined as he felt that it would take too long for me to learn these skills; I accepted this. However, for people who knew Martin, he was by nature, a kind and gentle person always willing to listen. From this first encounter our friendship began. As he got to know me through our conversations he understood more about me, that I was already a classically trained diamond mounter and goldsmith, which led him to changing his initial view. He said: ‘You had better be here first thing next Wednesday morning, but not before 9 a.m and not after 9 a.m!’
 I have many fond memories of my time spent with Martin. I would travel to his home in Otford, Kent, and we would share
many great moments, have long discussions and philosophize greatly. Martin was an excellent teacher, always patient and transferred his knowledge in such a manner that I could honestly say I have learnt from a true great. He was a dedicated family man, who embraced and always welcomed me. I thoroughly enjoyed my moments with him; always starting the day with a cup of tea or coffee and then moving into his workshop, where we spent the first part of the day together, with Martin guiding me in all aspects of case making. At mid-day, we would take a break and, over lunch, spend quality time in his garden, observing the fauna and flora as he had a great love for nature. From my many hours with Martin, I began to understand better the inner core of the person: a conservationist, someone who had a deep passion for natural history, a true philanthropist and a humanitarian. His Christian faith was deeply important to him, as was his family. Married to Margaret, they had four children, sadly losing one son in infancy. At the time of Martin's death, he had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Martin Matthews was, I believe, the last traditional watch case maker in England. He was the fourth generation of a Clerkenwell, London, family of watch case makers, whose remarkable skill, patience and expertise turned a sheet of silver into an elegant watchcase. Only now do I really understand Martin's true expertise, and how well I have been trained by the great master, whom I will deeply miss. My love and sympathy goes to his family and his loved ones and I will cherish the special moments and the knowledge and skills he has provided to me. Your friend always – you will be in my thoughts forever”.

Jeffrey Matthews

Designed by Jeffery Matthews


During his interior design study, Matthews was taught heraldry and letter typography. He then became an illustrator and created logotypes, graphic and typographic designs for public administration, firms and book covers. He diminished these activities during the 1990s.
At the end of the 1950s, Matthews registered to the Council of Industrial Design, which proposed graphic artists to client entities. In 1959, he was amongst the designers the Council proposed to the Post Office; the British postal administration was looking for the design of two stamp series to mark its 300th anniversary. He was then regularly invited to propose stamp projects. His two first postage stamps were issued in 1965 for the 20th anniversary of the United Nations.[1]

The Machin series

In the 1970s, he became involved in the designs of new Machin definitive stamps, picturing Queen Elizabeth II's profile since 1967. When ordered, he designed new symbols for the Regional Machins in 1971, with new digits and letters.
Philatelic recognition came from his work on the Machin series colours. In 1976, he prepared the three colours needed for the photographed high value stamps. In the middle of the 1980s, he provided the Post Office with a large palette of colours, sufficient for the new next values. This work was honoured by a mini-sheet of eight stamps and two labels that Matthews designed, which were sold during the Stamp Show 2000.

Brander Matthews (1852-1929)

Bookplate Designed by E.A. Abbey

James Brander Matthews was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university and played a significant role in establishing theater

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