INVENTORY OF THE ARTHUR TOOTH & SONS STOCK INVENTORIES AND ACCOUNTS, 1871-1959

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INVENTORY OF THE ARTHUR TOOTH & SONS STOCK INVENTORIES AND ACCOUNTS, 1871-1959

Accession no. 860679

Finding aid prepared by J. Gibbs
Getty Research Institute

Contact Information:

  • Getty Research Institute
  • Research Library
  • Special Collections and Visual Resources
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
  • Los Angeles, California 90049-1688
  • Phone: (310) 440-7390
  • Fax: (310) 440-7780
  • Email requests: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/reference_form.html
  • URL: http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/library/
Processed by:
J. Gibbs
Date Completed:
1996
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©2006 J. Paul Getty Trust

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur Tooth & Sons stock inventories and accounts.
Dates: 1871-1959
Collection number: 860679
Collector: Arthur Tooth & Sons
Extent: 36 volumes
Repository: Getty Research Institute
Research Libary
Special Collections and Visual Resources
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
Abstract: Art dealer, based in London. Records comprise an incomplete series of stock inventories of the main London branch of the firm, 1871-1941, and 2 volumes from the New York branch, 1906-1924.
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Language: Collection material is in English.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Arthur Tooth & Sons stock inventories and accounts, 1871-1959, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860679.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1986.

Processing History

Processed by J. Gibbs

Related Collections

Later Tooth stockbooks for the London office are in private hands, in London.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur Tooth, the son of a framer, made his fortune selling etchings to wealthy Victorian patrons. Arthur Tooth & Sons was founded in London, in 1842, with galleries in Haymarket. In its first years, the firm dealt primarily in 18th and early 19th- century British paintings and drawings. After circa 1880, contemporary paintings and occasional old masters were increasingly added to stock. Other works of art and artefacts, such as china, furniture, and books, begin to be listed in the stock inventories after 1892. In the early 1900s, the firm opened a subsidiary branch in New York and closed it in 1924.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Tooth records comprise a continuous and incomplete series of stock inventories of the main London branch of the firm from 1871-1941. Inventories include detailed listings of purchases made and sales completed. Paintings sales are listed until 1945 and details of sales to 1957 are furnished in annotations in the latest stock inventory. An associated series of consignments, 1929-1959, provides information on works consigned to the firm by practising artists, private owners, and commercial enterprises. The accounts of the London branch for 1913-1937 and 1942-1945 are chronicled in a series of 9 ledgers. The collection includes records of the New York branch of the firm; stock inventories, 1906-1912, and accounts, 1919-1924. There appears to have been regular movement of paintings between the two branches until the New York subsidiary closed in 1924. Records of a Paris subsidiary of the firm are not represented in this collection.

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Smith, Mathew, 1879-1959
Arthur Tooth & Sons
Tooth Paintings, London
Tooth Galleries, London

Subjects - Topics

Art—Collectors and collecting
Art—Exhibitions
Art dealers—Great Britain
Art dealers—United States
Decorative arts—Europe
Drawing—Europe
Painting—Europe

Genres and Forms of Material

Account books
Merchandise inventories


 

Series I.  London branch stock inventories, 1871-1945, 1957

Physical Description: 21 volumes

Scope and Content Note

Inventory recorded by stock numbers. Information includes date of acquisition, subject, artist, dimensions, bought of, cost, sold for, date sold, to whom sold, and occasionally, remarks. If the work was unsold and remained in stock, this is usually specified in the columns of “sale....to whom” by “Stock” and year it was carried over.
Box 1

Drawings, 1 January 1871-31 December 1878

Scope and Content Note

First entry is dated into stock as of 7 May 1868
Box 2

Ledger, 1 January 1879-31 December 1891

Scope and Content Note

On spine: Drawings. First entry is dated into stock as of 8 April 1873.

Scope and Content Note

Alphabetical index in front (referencing to ledger folio sheet).
Box 3

Drawings: Index, 1 July 1901

Scope and Content Note

Alphabetical index with references to folio/page numbers in another ledger.
Box 4

Paintings, 1 January 1871-16 July 1874

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 9 January 1868.
Box 5

Paintings, 1 July 1874-31 December 1880

Scope and Content Note

On spine: Pictures. First stock no. entry numbered “859” and dated into stock as of 18 July 1874. For year 1875, first stock no. entry is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 8 January 1868.
Box 6

Paintings, 1 January 1881-31 December 1886

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 16 February 1872.
Box 7

Paintings, 1 January 1887-31 December 1891

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 19 January 1878. Alphabetical index of artists: in front, and preceding folio sheet 1891 (referencing particular artist stock number, not Tooth's stock inventory number).
Box 8

Paintings, 1900

Scope and Content Note

On cover: Pictures Stock, 1 July 1903. Date on first page: 1 July 1900

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 17 January 1878.
Box 8

Total Stock No.1, 1 January 1892-30 June 1896

Scope and Content Note

Date on first page for “Painting”: 31 December 1891. First stock entry for “Painting” is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 19 January 1878.
Box 9

Total Stock No. 2, 1 July 1896-30 June 1901

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry for “Painting” is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 17 January 1878.
Box 10

Total Stock No. 3, 1 July 1901-30 Aug 1905

Scope and Content Note

On spine: Stock, No. 3 (1 July 1901-30 June 1904). Date on first page for “Painting”: 1 May 1901. Date of last entry for “Painting”: 30 August 1905

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry for “Painting” is numbered “1145.”
Box 11

Total Stock No. 4, 1 July 1905-30 June 1913

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry for “Painting” is numbered “1” and dated into stock as of 14 July 1878. Separate sections for paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, china, and furniture.
Box 12

Total Stock No. 5, 1 July 1913-23 October 1923

Scope and Content Note

First stock entry for “Painting” is numbered “1” and is dated into stock as of 17 July 1878. Separate sections for paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, china, and furniture.
Box 13

Total Stock No. 6, November 1923-May 1935

Scope and Content Note

On binder: Stock, No. 6, 1 November 1923-6 April 1935. First stock entry for “Painting” is numbered “1” and is dated into stock as of 31 July 1902. Separate sections for paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, china, and furniture.
Box 14

Total Stock, January 1928-January 1943

Scope and Content Note

On spine: Other Publications, No. 4. Dates of recorded sales extend to 1957. Separate sections for paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture, china and furniture. Includes section of books in New York Branch: folio 101.
Box 15

Picture Sales No. 2, 25 April 1902-16 October 1914

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of paintings sales.
Box 16

Picture Sales No. 3, 26 November 1914-13 September 1927

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of paintings sales.
Box 17

Picture Sales No. 4, 15 September 1921-27 June 1928

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of paintings sales.
Box 17

Picture Sales No. 5, 27 June 1928-28 May 1934

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of paintings sales.
Box 18

Picture Sales No. 6, 1 June 1934-31 December 1937

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of paintings sales.
Box 18

Picture Sales No. 7, 3 January 1938-29 June 1945

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of paintings sales.
 

Series II.  London branch consignments, 1928-1959

Physical Description: 4 volumes

Scope and Content Note

Some volumes arranged similiarly to the Inventories in Series I. Many listings are consignments by the artists themselves.
Box 19

Paintings, Sculpture & Pottery, January 1928-1932

Scope and Content Note

Mostly artists' consignments (among them Augustus John, Ben Nicholson, Matthew Smith, Brandon Davis). Index on f. 24.
Box 20

Paintings & Sculpture, 1932-1935

Scope and Content Note

First section devoted to consignments by artists, with subsequent sections for Augustus John and other artists. “Pictures consigned by other than artists”: folio 85 to 96. Alphabetical index in front (referencing to folio sheet).
Box 21

Consignments, 1928-1940

Scope and Content Note

On cover: Consignments, from 1-1-38. Earliest entry is in 1928 (“Sculpture”); majority of entries in 1930s. Consignments by artists, dealers, private individuals-all separately listed. Consignments for exhibitions at Tooth (e.g., Modigliani 1938; Monet 1939; Fleche d'Or 1938)-separately listed. Index (partially alphabetical) at front (referencing to folio sheet)
Box 21

Consignments, 1932-1959

Scope and Content Note

Earliest entry is in 1932, beginning with consignment no. 545.
 

Series III.  London branch accounts, 1913-1937, 1942-1945

Physical Description: 9 volumes

Scope and Content Note

Ledgers numbered 13 through 22, listing payments and sales. Usually include stock number, and/or the Tooth exhibition catalogue number. Each volume includes an alphabetical index in front, which references to ledger folio sheet. Titles are from the spines of the volumes.
Box 22

Ledger No. 13, 1 July 1913-31 October 1914

Box 23

Ledger No. 14, 1 November 1914-31 October 1918

Box 24

Ledger No. 15, 1 November 1918-31 October 1921

Box 25

Ledger No. 16, 1 November 1921-31 October 1924

Box 26

Ledger No. 17, 1 November 1924-31 October 1927

Box 27

Ledger No. 18, 1 November 1927-31 October 1930

Box 28

Ledger No. 19, 1 November 1930-31 October 1934

Box 29

Ledger No. 20, 1 November 1934-31 October 1937

Box 30

Ledger No. 22, 1 November 1942-31 October 1945

 

Series IV.  New York branch, 1906-1924

Physical Description: 2 volumes

Scope and Content Note

Series includes 1 volume of stock inventory, and 1 book of accounts.
Box 30

Stock Inventories, December 1906-September 1912

Scope and Content Note

Chronological listing of sales (includes stock no., artist, medium, title, purchaser, sometimes consignor/prior collection and or cat. rais. no.
Box 30

Accounts, New York House, 6 December 1919-29 April 1924

Scope and Content Note

On cover: New York House. Listing of payments and sales.