Arader Galleries

Arader Galleries is an established dealership specialising in antique works on paper, paintings and rare books. Founded in 1974 by W. Graham Arader III, in its early days Arader Galleries focused on rare maps, and has been credited with helping to elevate the status of antique maps as desirable collector's items. Arader has subsequently expanded its focus to include rare books, prints, and watercolours, especially works of natural history, and is now the largest dealer of the rare and highly sought-after folio prints from John James Audubon's famous 'Birds of America'.

In 1981, Arader established the Arader Grading System as a measure of the value (financial and historical) of rare maps, prints, and books, as defined by conceptual importance, aesthetic quality, condition, and rarity. Arader Galleries have supplied items to a number of prominent private collectors, and now has gallery premises in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and New York.

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Tropical Bird, Plate 262
Birds of America, James Audubon (1785 - 1851) Elephant Folio, First Edition Aquatint Engravings with Original Hand-Color. London: Robert Havell, 1827 - 1838. (26 x 38 inches. Paper toned, chips along left edge and lower left corner missing.) Although it is not documented when Audubon encountered the White-tailed Tropicbird, it is possible that he encountered the bird en route to Liverpool. In 1826, Audubon traveled on the ship the Delos, which made its way from New Orleans to Liverpool via the Gulf of Mexico with a stop in Cuba. It is known that Audubon drew many of the birds he observed at this stage of his voyage. The White-tailed Tropicbird is found in the tropical Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Oceans. It also breeds on some Caribbean islands, and a few pairs have started nesting recently on Little Tobago, joining the Red-billed Tropicbird colony. In addition to the tropical Atlantic, it nests as far north as Bermuda, where it is locally called a ?Longtail.? Arader Galleries
Johann Ridinger Elephant Fable
Fable of Elephant Thwarting Foxes' Revenge. Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1766). Plate 7, Etching uncolored. Augsburg: c. mid 18th century. 16.5 x 13.25 inches overall Arader Galleries
Augustus Koch, Panoramic View of Spokane Falls, Spokane County, Washington
KOCH, Augustus. Panoramic View of Spokane Falls, Spokane County, Washington, 1890 Eleven Months After the Great Fire. Kansas City, MO: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1890. Fine chromolithographed birds-eye-view of the town of Spokane Falls in Washington state. On August 4, 1889, the Great Spokane Fire destroyed downtown Spokane Falls, beginning in an area of flimsy wooden structures and quickly engulfing the substantial stone and brick buildings of the business district. The resilient town was quickly rebuilt, as the title suggests, and this view aims to celebrate that resilience. The population has reached 28,000, and the town boasts nine banks, nine railways, and ?the best Water Power in the U.S.? 31 x 41 inches (unframed) Arader Galleries
John James Audubon, Marsh Hare, Plate 18
Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, Imperial Folio. FIrst Edition Lithographs with Original Hand-Color. Philadelphia: J.T. Bowen, 1839 - 1844. approximately 27 3/4 x 21 1/2 Arader Galleries
Catlin, Ostrich Chase, Buenos Aires, 1857
CATLIN, George (1796 - 1872). Ostrich Chase, Buenos Aires, 1857. Oil on canvas. Signed 'G. Catlin' and dated 1857. Canvas size: 19 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches; frame size: 25 3/4 x 33 1/2 inches. Provenance: commissioned by Samuel Colt, Hartford Conn.; by bequest to Elizabeth Jarvis Colt in 1862; to Elizabeth Colt's sister Hetty Hart Jarvis, before 1898; to Hetty's daughter Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Robinson (Mrs. Charles L.F. Robinson), Newport, RI, after 1898; to her daughter Elizabeth Robinson Cushman (Mrs. E. Sanderson Cushman), Sands Point, Port Washington, NY and Newport, RI, about 1940; with M. Knoedler & Co., New York; with Kennedy Galleries, New York in 1961; to W. Graham Arader III. Having exhausted his North American subject matter Catlin sought a fortune in the South American continent. His journeys were partly sponsored by the Colt's who also patronized Frederic Church. The Colt family commissioned Catlin to create a series of lithographs depicting himself using the Colt rifle in South America. The artist affectionately named his gun "Sam," after his patron, Samuel Colt. The artist claimed it was "made expressly for me by my old friend Colonel Colt, and which has answered to the nick-name 'Sam' in my former travels." As Kornhauser reports in her 2006 catalogue, "Samuel Colt Arms, Art and Invention," Colt and Catlin likely met to discuss his commission for the Firearms series in late 1854 or early 1855. The total number of works Colt commissioned has been debated but it seems to number between nine and twelve. The commissioned works were intended to tell a narrative. Seven subjects were chosen based on Catlin's travels in 1854-55 and show Catlin dressed in elaborately styled shooting attire. In each he acquires the persona of a hero saving his comrades from the wildly advancing fauna of the untamed South American landscape. Catlin made a second trip to South America from 1855 through 1857 which resulted in the final three images of the Firearms series, one of which is Ostrich Chase, Buenos Aires, 1857. As in his previous canvases, Catlin places himself in the center of the composition gallantly racing across the scene rapidly firing his Colt rifle as indicated in plumes of smoke and felling ostriches in his path. Catlin later wrote of the difficulty in hunting such a fast moving bird, "I with 'Sam' in hand, and a six-shot revolver in my belt set out for the hunt ... I have joined in the buffalo chase in all its forms, but never before took part in a chase so difficult as this. After the brood [of ostriches] was separated, they ran in all directions, darting in zig-zag and curved lines before and around us, leading our horses into angles difficult to turn." Catlin made a third and final trip to South America, from which few records remain. Therefore his first two trip represent the extent of his dynamic output relating to this region. The Colt Firearms paintings, captured through vivid narrative the excitement and novelty of exotic game hunting, represent one of the most fascinating collaborations in the history of American art and industry. Arader Galleries
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Arader Galleries
29 East 72nd St.
New York , New York
USA 10021
+1 (212) 628-3668