This large-scale, Renaissance Revival style bookcase has five cabinet spaces with glass doors framed by ornate wood carvings. The massiveness of the bookcase is balanced by well integrated and articulate ornament. The glass cabinet doors reveal the contents thereby presenting themselves as the true power of the piece. The base protrudes past the cabinet doors of the bookcase. The bookcase is crowned by a trio of iconic figures in literature with a wooden bust of Shakespeare in the center and low reliefs of Lord Byron to the left and Washington Irving to the right.
This enlarged map of Kansas City with a scale of 1:500,000 (1 centimeter to 5 kilometers) including a regional breadth of about 150 miles in any direction. The map is in Russian and focuses on infrastructural features in the region including road and railways, oil, gas, and airfields, gas and power lines, and dams and reservoirs amongst other things. The map's title translates roughly to the General Area of Kansas City and had 10-15-I J-15-A Edition 1983 stamped in the upper right-hand corner.
This equal-arm balance scale is comprised of metal (likely brass) and weighs in accordance with the metric system. The most simplistic version of a balancing scale, the equal arm scale balance has been used throughout the earliest periods of history as an elementary lever. The oldest evidence for the presence of weighing scales is dated to circa 2400 to 1800 B.C. in the Indus River valley. This traditional scale consists of a fulcrum, or beam, a pointer, and two scale pans. The two scale plans ( plates) are suspended at equal distance from the fulcrum.
This print focuses on the manuscripts of the Liber Floridus by Lambert of Saint-Omer. The depiction alludes to the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the State University of Ghent and the consequent edits of the manuscripts, a presently famous canon, executed by a number of dedicated scholars such as the one pictured. The Liber Floridus is a compilation of a large and richly illustrated encyclopedia dedicated to Lambert's 12th-century conception of the fields of human knowledge.
This is a 19th century antique Chinese horseshoe-style chair made likely from elmwood. The chair was fabricated using pegs and specially carved joinery that reinforces the structure of the chair. The base has A-shaped legs on each side that are conjoined with a footrest. The seat is rectangular with a depression that suggests there was once an accompanying cushion. Two oblong dowels support the yoked armrest and the backrest consists of a single narrow panel with a circular design in relief near the top.
This is a 19th century antique Chinese horseshoe-style chair made likely from elmwood. The chair was fabricated using pegs and specially carved joinery that reinforces the structure of the chair. The base has A-shaped legs on each side that are conjoined with a footrest. The seat is rectangular with a depression that suggests there was once an accompanying cushion. Two oblong dowels support the yoked armrest and the backrest consists of a single narrow panel with a circular design in relief near the top. Three Chinese characters have been stained into the back of the backrest.
Likely intended for secretariat or collegiate use, this writing desk joins two working spaces with organizational caddies and a built-in brass lamp in the middle. While the caddy joins the spaces, it also privatizes the work done on each side. The caddy is simple in design with rounded edges to offer minimal embellishment. The banner of the desk expands on detail with panels of floral relief on each side. The banner graduates into each leg with scrolling edges that appear to be dripping downward, suiting the rich red finish of the wood.
In 1940, the Kansas City Southern Lines introduced the Southern Belle passenger train that traveled between Kansas City and New Orleans. It also traveled to Baton Rouge and Lake Charles in Louisiana. In Texas, it traveled to Port Arthur and Beaumont. To advertise the train, they published a song by Cecil Taylor titled Southern Belle for which the lyrics and sheet music can be read on the lower quadrants of the print. The cover page of the sheet music takes up the upper left quadrant where the title "Southern Belle" is scripted across the top above a young woman.
"Chaos in Kansas City" was the title of a twenty page comic that was a 1982 supplement of The Kansas City Star. This graphic insert promoted clothing lines carried by the Jones Store. Brands such as Farah, Jordache, London Fog, and Lee were advertised. The cover depicts The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Kraven the Hunter battling it out in front of the historic Jones Store, located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The scene also contains 9 bystanders fleeing from this epic fight. This scene is awash with high and low saturated color.
This is a decorative model of a bell tower derived from the well-known Renaissance design of St. Peter's Dome. While not an exact replica of the dome, its interesting design puts it in the realm of imaginary architecture. In this sculpture, wooden beams replace the spire and painted coffers of the original dome. A hinge attached below the dome converts it into a lid that covers the cylindrical chamber below. The chamber, formed by a colonnade, encloses a spiraling staircase and rests on a weighted base. The wood used in the sculpture is oak and handcrafted with a French distressed finish.
This glass bowl is adorned with cartographic collage images. Three layers of concentric circles, comprised of maps from antiquity, cover the surface of this ornamental bowl. The text, "Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla," is centered at the bottom and top of the bowl. Mythical figures and map representations predominate the outer and secondary circular areas. The inner circle depicts map images only. The entire surface of the bowl is illuminated with rich color, apart from eight smaller areas of the collage, that are rendered in black and white.
Leaders in Kansas City business have been involved in their city's larger civic life since the first settlers came here in the 1820s. The first formal organization, though, dates from 1856 when a small group of local businessmen established the first commercial organization of Kansas City for the purposes of general public improvement.
This poster presents the United States Capitol Building dome at sunset bathing the building in warm light that causes it to glow. An architectural cutaway superimposes half of the original photograph of the building, revealing its interior design and structural elements. A third layer of the graphic lines a row of six notable Congressional Representatives from various eras along the bottom of the building, of whom is George Henry White (1852-1918) and Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973).
A black and white reproduction of a nineteenth century historic map of the Kansas City Stockyards, by C.F. Morse. The original work was published by L. H. Everts and Co. in 1887, for the Kansas State Atlas. Additional text on the piece includes "KANSAS CITY STOCK YARDS, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, C.F. MORSE GENERAL MANAGER, H.P. CHILD SUPT, E.E. RICHARDSON TREAS & SEC."
This antique Victorian style wooden bookcase was the first to be purchased for the Kansas City Public Library. It has five shelves and two lower drawers. Access to the shelving cabinet is gained through two doors comprised of glass and wood that swing outward. Each door contains four panes of glass. The base of the bookcase contains two drawers, each drawer is accessed by two wooden knobs, located to the right and left of each compartment. The bookcase has three locks, one for the shelving compartment and one for each drawer.
An original promotional poster for the Priests of Pallas Masquerade Ball held on 21 October 2006 at the Kansas City Union Station. This poster depicts a seated figure, the representation of the Goddess Athena. This figure is resplendently dressed wearing a highly stylized floral print Victorian gown in different hues of gold, and blue. A many plumed helmet, the symbol of wisdom and strategy, accentuates the figures head. The plumage of the headpiece is depicted in an array of colors, including blue, brown, pink and purple.
An original promotional poster for the Priests of Pallas Masquerade Ball held on October 14th, 2005 at the Kansas City Union Station. The middle left of the print portrays an image of Minerva the Roman goddess of wisdom, strategic warfare, sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. Surrounding the head of Minerva are descriptive text "MINERVA" and "ROMANA" that identify the persona of the figure. Below Minerva is an owl, a symbol associated with this Goddess to represent knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition.
Tempered glass clock with artistic silk screen printing acknowledges the work of the great artistic master of antiquity, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. The major misperception of the pavement of the "Piazza del Campidoglio" is that this square is a simple geometric or ornamental motif. Michelangelo had the intention of reconnecting with his Etruscan and Roman ancestry, and therefore established in the center of Piazza Campidoglio what he named "the umbilicus" or navel of the world; and he did this by defining his challenging and intriguing oval design.
We do not know precisely when Maitland-Smith manufactured this 19c. elegant three-tiered mahogany console on brass castors. Each tier bears an umber leather inlay and an ornate gold embossed border. Elaborately turned spindles and solid wood galleries provide visual and structural support. A brass Maitland-Smith maker’s plaque is affixed to the back of the upper-tier wood gallery.
This is a custom built Renaissance Revival walnut cabinet. The front exterior is primarily encompassed by two large front doors that swing outward. In the interior there are ten narrow shelves with a drawer separating the fifth and sixth shelf. The shelves are each lined with red velvet. The drawer includes a fold-out desk with nine compartments, five of which contain smaller drawers. Two smaller doors, flanking the left and right of side of the main cabinet, open to reveal three shelves. Small drawers are positioned below both of the side doors.