arcade, catalog of 3 New York Art Resources consortium libraries (Brooklyn Museum, Frick, MOMA)
artlibraries, national art libraries of Europe and North America
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Gorham Manufacturing Company
Museum of Arts and Design
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John Prip : master metalsmith
Portrait of an artist : the paintings and jewelry of Florence Koehler, 1861-1944
Selection VI : ancient jewelry from the museum's collection
RISD Museum Handbooks
Selected Works (2008)
A Handbook Of The Museum Of Art (1985)