Zoug (Switzerland): Les Clefs du Temps, S.A. 1971. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto. 233pp. Original pictorial wrappers over cloth, with white lettering on front cover and spine. Fly leaf inscribed to Spencer Samuels* by the author, and dated "17.11.72". Dario Boccara, a gallery owner, has worked with this French edition of Flemish and French tapestries. Introductory essays to each time period are provided by Jean-Paul Asselberghs, Museum of History and Art, Brussels, Madeleine Jarry, Principal Inspector of the National Manufactory of Tapestries (Gobelins), and himself. Each tapestry is illustrated, many with color plates and descriptive information. A bibliography is provided by each work, under the general categories of "The Middle Ages", "The
Renaissance," "Baroque and the century of Louis XIV," "The Teniers,", "The Eighteenth
Century under the Reigns of Louis XV and XVI." Centers of productions are also listed. Some age wear on wrappers with lower part of back cover partly chipped, and minor chipping and closed tears along upper edges. Text in French. Wrappers in overall good-, interior in very good condition. g. Item #25663
*About Spencer Samuels: Mr. Samuels was born into the business. The son of Mitchell Samuels, a co-founder of French & Company, a major New York art concern, he attended Yale University and then went to Europe to continue his studies at the University of Florence and the Courtauld Institute in London. He began his career at French & Company as an elevator operator, said his cousin Eugene S. Jones. He ultimately became president of the company. Over the years Mr. Samuels organized acquisitions for museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and the Tate Gallery. He also arranged sales to collectors like J. Paul Getty and Norton Simon, specializing in works by Old Masters but also including contemporary artists like Picasso and Jackson Pollock. He eventually formed his own company, and even after retiring to California continued to sell Old Master drawings to an international clientele. Spencer Samuels died in 1999, at the age of 85.