Lot 161
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  • Morgan, John Pierpont
Williamson, G.C. Litt. D., Catalogue of the Collection of Watches, the Property of J. Pierpont Morgan. Privately Printed at the Chiswick Press, London, 1912, number 11 of 15 copies, contemporary red half morocco gilt.Printed on Japanese vellum with hand-colored facsimiles painted under the supervision of Hallettt Hyatt, London. Accompanied by an original outer box.

Catalogue Note

J.P. Morgan spent a considerable amount of his astounding wealth collecting exceptional books, paintings, objets d'art, and watches. His appreciation for the finest craftsmanship can easily be seen in this the pages of the present lot, which is a catalogue of his horological collection, printed on Japanese vellum.  Morgan privately printed a total of 15 copies of his catalogue at the renowned Chiswick Press in London. Hallet Hyatt, an esteemed photographer who specialized in using photographic techniques in his engraved and hand painted reproductions, supervised the hand painting of the colored facsimiles included here. Hyatt established himself by creating high quality limited edition works, and his pieces have been included in such institutions as the Royal Museum at Greenwich. This fine compilation includes illustrations with gold and silver leaf, "laid on so thick that the engraved designs of the watches could be reproduced exactly." Morgan received the catalogue on Christmas Day, 1912 in Rome and cabled Williamson, in New York 'It is the most beautiful book I have ever seen.' The catalogue was indeed with Morgan at the time of his passing in Rome, early 1913 (S.N. Behrman, Duveen, Random House, New York, 1953).

Morgan made 15 copies of this catalogue, of which this is number 11, specifically for family members and to special acquaintances, such as Royalty.