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Frame patterns, frame orders and specifications, financial records, business records, printed material, a few sketches and works of art, and photographs document the founding, frame design and production, and financial transactions of the company, and to a much lesser extent, the framing operations of Vose Galleries postdating the dissolution of the corporation.
Frame patterns, undated, are primarily photographs of frames with pattern numbers assigned by the Carrig-Rohane Shop. Included are two groups of numbered patterns, 6 bound books of patterns, loose photographs of frame patterns, a price list, and a record of patterns ordered.
Approximately half of the collection consists of frame orders and specifications, many bound in volumes, 1904-1962, including order number, name of the patron or gallery, frame dimensions, materials used, color, price, the artist, and occasionally the title of the work of art.
Financial records, 1908-1939, include invoices, accounts receivable, general ledgers, consignment account ledgers, income tax forms, a cash book and accounting reports. Business records, 1903-1953, include historical notes transcribed by R.C. Vose, scattered letters, the incorporation contract of Thulin-Murphy, meeting records, stockholder records, insurance policies, lease extensions, inventories of shop materials, and notes.
Also included are circa 30 sketches of frames, a watercolor and a print, photographs of sketches and sculpture, and an article on Hermann Dudley Murphy, 1906.
Carrig-Rohane Shop records, 1903-1962. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Microfilm reels 4974-4982 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Carrig-Rohane Shop (founded 1903; closed 1939) was a frame shop in Boston, Massachusetts. Formed without a formal name ca. 1903 by painters Charles Prendergast, Hermann Dudley Murphy, and the carver and gilder Walfred Thulin. Beginning in 1906, was known as the Frame Shop of Hermann Dudley Murphy, and incorporated June 13, 1911 as the Thulin-Murphy Co. On Feb. 5, 1914, the name was changed to the Carrig-Rohane Shop after the Irish village of Murphy's father. In 1915, Murphy ceded the management to Robert C. Vose. At its peak, the shop employed fifteen people and provided custom frames to museums, galleries, and collectors throughout America. The corporation dissolved on March 29, 1939, and the operation moved to the Vose Galleries' premises.
Donated 1974-1987 by Robert C. Vose, Jr. Funding for processing and microfilming the collection was provided by Eli Wilner & Co.
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