Stock book (Nos. 1-8167)

Scope and Content

Stock book of the Japanese Fine Art Depot [before 1906]/John Sparks Ltd [after 1906], dealer in East Asian art, London. Book used by the company to record goods acquired, held and sold. Covers stock numbers 1-8167, acquired June 1902-January 1910. Stock entries arranged by month of acquisition, subdivided by source of acquisition (name of private seller, dealer or broker). Book records: stock number, description of good, Sparks’ valuation code and date of sale/disposal. Entries for June 1902-December 1906 struck through, with handwritten annotation: 'Transferred back from here'. A page from an unknown catalogue is fixed to p. 1, listing 'A pear-shaped bottle', 'A pair of figures of green parrots', and 'A twelve-leaf Chinese screen', with handwritten annotations of the sale price achieved. Ruled paper. Handwritten. 1 volume. Bound. Brown marbled endpapers. No cover. No spine.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Conservation work undertaken on the volume in 2016. Leather cover removed due to red rot degradation.

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