Stock book (Nos. 1-4954)

Scope and Content

Stock book of John Sparks Ltd, dealer in Chinese art (London). Book used by the company to record goods acquired, held and sold. Covers stock numbers 1- 4954, including stock 1- 759 (pp. 1-109) transferred from the company's preceding stock book [Ref. JSP/01/07] and stock 760-4954, acquired April 1948-August 1952. Stock entries arranged by month of acquisition, subdivided by source of acquisition (name of private seller, dealer or broker). Book records: stock number, previous stock number [if any], description of good, Sparks’ valuation code, stocktaking marks, stocktaking valuation [?] and date of sale/disposal. Key to stocktaking marks on inside cover. Ruled paper. Handwritten. 1 volume. 674 pp. (entries on 642 pp.) Bound. Blue marbled back endpaper. No front endpaper. No cover. No spine.

Access Information

Closed under data protection legislation until 1st January 2036


Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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

Archivist's Note