Coup de Foudre LLC and its predecessor firms have been in business since 1978 specializing in rare and important books, manuscripts, prints, drawings and photographs. Since 1994 we also have bought and sold Americana, antiques and authentic ethnographic material (arts premiers) with aesthetics and authenticity being our primary concerns in these areas. We buy and sell on the basis of, Is it beautiful or interesting? and, Was it used in ceremony? Rarely, we buy something executed strictly as an item for the market, so-called 'tourist art' (but there are times when even these things speak to us!)
Our current offering is this celebrated African American artist's fantastic 1943 painting Rent Strike.
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While we are far from the largest firm in these specialties, our customers include many important and prominent institutions, collectors and dealers as well as the serious collector of moderate means. Whether in books and manuscripts (hard, human, exact & mechanical sciences; medicine; intellectual history; mountaineering and wine) or our other ventures, our holdings have included some of the most notable and important items to ever spring from the mind and hand of man. These include the 'Big Three' in science: De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (Copernicus, 1543); Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Newton, 1687); On the Origin of Species (Darwin, 1859); medical items such as De Humani Corporis Fabrica (Vesalius, 1543); the sole available copy of the only known large-scale black & white lithograph executed by Audubon (The Clapper Rail, Philadelphia, 1842); a sofa from the workshop of Duncan Phyfe (NY, circa 1825); and a European cache of that nectar of the gods, 1947 Chateau D'Yquem!
We look forward to meeting you when you turn your passion into a purchase!