Excerpt from Catalogue of Japanese Paintings, Pottery, Bronzes, Lacquers, Combs, Sword Guards and Ornaments: European Furniture, Ceramics, Metal Work, Oil Paintings, Engravings, Books, Old Maps, Oriental Arms, Embroideries, Rugs, Draperies, Jewels, Etc., Collected by Mr. Edward Colonn... a
The Colonna Collection is of particular interest to collectors and art lovers in general because of its excellence in quality and wide variety.
Mr. Colonna, an artist of consummate taste and skill as a designer, is an Ameri can, and the man who in I889, while in Paris, created many works of applied art of individual character, not embodying any of the styles of past periods, nor using in furniture, for instance, any of the time-honored details which even the best of our designers seem to be compelled to repeat.
These works, mostly executed by the late Mr. Bing - used as furniture, metal work, jewelry, silverware, porcelains, etc - were sold as productions of modern French art to the museums of Paris, South Kensington, Hamburg, Darmstadt, Cre feld, buda-pesth and Tokio.
That Mr. Colonna has himself produced objects of art and ornaments that have been thought worthy of representing the best of a country of the artistic importance of France, in the various museums of the world, gives a unique interest to this collection he has formed, which Is not only characteristic of the artists and periods to which each object belongs, but of a superior quality both as regards beauty of line, color, and superior merit of design.
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