Includes a Wealth of Detail About the Interior of One of New York City's Grandest Apartment Buildings [Manuscript]. [Trial]. [Francis Brothers & Jellett v. Tiffany]. Supreme Court, New York Co. Francis Brothers & Jellett Against Tiffany Studios, Impleaded With the Onward Constuction Company, And Others Before Hamilton Odell, Esq., Referee, New York, October 24th, 1912. New York: Joseph G. Switzer, Law Stenographers, [October 24, 1912-December 16, 1913]. Small folio (11" x 8"). Original typescript in tied binding with stiff three-quarter cloth over marbled boards, typescript label reading "FRANCIS BROS. & JELLETT vs. TIFFANY STUDIOS" to front board. Moderate rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing and chipping to board edges, one of the two clasps securing ties detached from front board. Text in six sections, the first preceded by part-printed cover sheet completed in manuscript, other sections preceded by divisional pages with dates of trial in manuscript. Light toning to interior, first two leaves detached and moderately edgeworn, "Referee's Record" in pencil and small library stamp of the New York City Bar Association and small date stamp, "Jan 16, 1923," to cover sheet. $2,500. * One of a small number of copies, this transcript records a dispute concerning payment and fees involving an important Philadelphia architecture and engineering firm, America's premier interior design firm and one of New York City's greatest residential buildings: The Ansonia, which was intended by its builder, the eccentric William Earl Dodge Stokes, to be the best of its kind. It belonged to Hamilton Odell [1834-1922], a distinguished New York City lawyer who was appointed to hear the case. The core of the dispute was compensation for construction and installation owed by Tiffany to Francis Brothers. This transcript is interesting, in part, as a record of how firms like these contracted business. More important, it records a wealth of detail about the design, construction, materials and furnishings used in the public rooms of this building, most of which were subjected to decay, destruction and subsequent remodelings. It states, for example, that the Palm Garden on the ground floor had a floor of quarter-sawn oak and four doors with mahogany casings with classically fluted pilasters and cornices with small carved heads. Its detail is often g.
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