Friday, November 18, 2016

Clara Tice and President Calvin Coolidge

Grolier Club Bookplates, Past And Present

A bookplate exhibit is now open at The Grolier Club located at
 47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
It is in the second floor gallery

GALLERY HOURS: The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge,
Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm through January 14, 2017. It will be closed
Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and
December 24-31 for the Winter Holidays.

Update- Bookplates of Notable People For Possible Exchange
I have updated my exchange list.The bookplate of President Coolidge was just added .

President Coolidge was very interested in angling and included some fishing gear near the base of the tree on his bookplate .
President Coolidge

Clara Tice

This Biography was copied directly from

Clara Tice (22 May 1888 – 2 February 1973) was an American avant-garde illustrator and artist, who spent most of her life in New York City, United States. Because of her provocative art and public appearances, she was seen as representative of bohemian Greenwich Village and thus known as "The Queen of Greenwich Village."

Early life

According to herself and the New York Times, in 1908 Tice was the first woman in Greenwich Village to bob her hair.Around the same time, Tice was able to study under the famous artist and teacher Robert Henri. In 1910, Henri and some of his artist friends, organized the first exhibition of Independent Artist. This art show, which was with its jury-free and no-awards concept quite a revolution at that time and thus received enormous attention, was financially backed by Tice and featured her works.

Immersion in the arts

A few years later, namely in 1915, Tice's fame skyrocketed when Anthony Comstock, main founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice, tried to confiscate Tice's art at the well-known bohemian restaurant Polly's. Thereafter images of Tice's artworks and photos of the artist were featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Rogue, The Blind Man, and Cartoons magazine. During that time she had several one-person exhibitions and also worked on numerous other projects, for example, she created posters for bohemian costume balls and played herself in the 1922 version of the Greenwich Village Follies.
During those years, Tice not only played an important part in Greenwich Village's colorful art scene, but also joined the Arensberg Circle in their uptown location. It was probably Marcel Duchamp who introduced Tice to Walter and Louise Arensberg and their salon. There she met Henri-Pierre Roché, with whom she spent several evenings. Tice also participated in two projects by the Arensberg Circle: first, two of her works were shown in the first exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists and second, one of her works was featured in the The Blind Man.[
During the 1920s, she illustrated about a dozen books with her erotic images, these are nowadays expensive collector's items. In 1940, her own book called ABC Dogswas published. It is a children's book in which each letter of the alphabet is represented by a dog breed whose name starts with the same letter.[8] This publication sparked renewed interest in Tice and her art. She also worked on her memoirs, which she never completed

Clara Tice Bookplates and Ephemera
Shown below are Clara Tice items from my  collection and the Tom Boss collection.

If you have items not shown please send a scan and your items will be added to this posting.

11/19/2016  These two were submitted by Nina Allen
They were commissioned by Jack Howard Andrews, who was a dog breeder from Connecticut. The second scan is a Christmas card.

The Quill

The Quill was started by Arthur H.Moss, a vagabond publisher.

"Arthur Harold Moss  was an American expatriate poet, and magazine editor.
In 1917, he returned to Greenwich Village, founding The Quill with partner Harold Hersey and was managing editor and wrote articles. It included artists Clara TiceWood GaylorMark Toby and Alfred J Frueh .
He married Millia Davenport (1895–1992) and worked with her at The Quill. They co-authored, The Quill: For And By Greenwich Village, vol.4, no.8, 1919.
They separated shortly thereafter. She went on to design costumes.
In 1920, he hired his future wife Florence Gilliam to edit Quill

Here is a link to another website for further examples of art work by Clara Tice along with a bibliography.

Clara Tice, Nude Woman Feeding Horse, n.d.
Private Collection, Winthrop, Massachusetts.

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