Pair of Antique Maple Frames With Dewey's Hand Colored Prints

A really nice pair of antique Maple with inner silver gilt lined picture frames. Mounted under glass in each frame are antique 19th century salesmans fruit prints produced by D.M. Dewey. These frames are in very good condition. The colored prints which are mounted under glass are of apples. One is called Greaves Vermont Russett and the other is Greaves Porter. Both appear to be colored by hand. We have added information below in regard to these prints produced by Dewey.

One frame measures approximately 8.38 by 11.25 inches sight size (art opening), rabbet size is 9.88 by 12.75 inches the other measures 8.62 by 11.38 inches sight size, 9.50 by 12.38. Frames both measure 12.25 by 15 inches overall. The discrepancy in the sight size and rabbet size leaves us to believe these were custom made for the artworks which are in them now. These appear to be in original untouched condition with the original nails holding in the backing boards on these works. These both look great, display well, and are in good condition!

D. M. Dewey Dellon Marcus Dewey (Cooperstown, N.Y., May 18, 1819-Rochester, January 17, 1889), a Rochester bookseller and publisher, developed and promoted the nurserymen's color plate business in the late 1850's "for the practical use of nurserymen, in selling their stock." An 1859 price list contained 275 plates; some 20 years later he had over 2,300 plates. Some of his plates were produced by others, with his imprint added. Besides individual plates, he also carried a selection of ready-made plate books. In the mid-1870's, Dewey disposed of his bookstore to concentrate entirely upon color plates and other supplies for nurserymen. An 1881 volume on the industries of Rochester termed his a unique enterprise, saying that he kept from one hundred to two hundred thousand plates on hand, representing 2,400 varieties of fruits, flowers, shrubs, ornamental trees, etc. His premises in the Reynolds Arcade were spacious and convenient, and here not less than thirty artists and others are employed in making drawings, paintings, etchings, photographs, etc., and in reproducing the same either for the trade regularly, or to fill special orders from Nurserymen or Horticultural Societies.

In the spring of 1888 and less than a year before his death, Dewey consolidated his "Fruit Plate and Nursery Supplies business" with the Rochester Lithographing and Printing Company (q.v.), confident that with his stock and designs and their expertise in chromolithography they would produce "a greater variety and better plates. . .than have ever been offered before." One of his former employees, Mina Brunswick (q.v.), began her own business, advertising that she was formerly with D. M. Dewey and that she had retained all of Dewey's artists.D. M. Dewey Dellon Marcus Dewey (Cooperstown, N.Y., May 18, 1819-Rochester, January 17, 1889), a Rochester bookseller and publisher, developed and promoted the nurserymen's color plate business in the late 1850's "for the practical use of nurserymen, in selling their stock." An 1859 price list contained 275 plates; some 20 years later he had over 2,300 plates. Some of his plates were produced by others, with his imprint added. Besides individual plates, he also carried a selection of ready-made plate books.

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