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Sea and Sky -  KENT

Sea and Sky
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Wood engraving on maple, 1931, Burne-Jones 85, edition 150. 10 x 6 1/2 in. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This was one of twelve prints used by Kent in a national advertising campaign for the American Car and Foundry Company.
SOLD

Bowsprit -  KENT

Bowsprit
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Pencil on tracing paper, probably 1930, See Burne-Jones 56. 5 1/2 x 7 in. (image). Signed upper left, "Rockwell Kent (sketch for woodblock 'Bowsprit')." Our drawing is in very good condition. (The sheet was mounted quite some time ago to a thin, archival rag board, apparently to soften the look of some creasing and wrinkling in the image.) This outstanding, working drawing is not mentioned in the Burne-Jones catalog as the author was probably not aware of it. He does, however, reference and illustrate a preliminary drawing from the Zigrosser Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but it is considerably less developed than our work. We are offering this outstanding drawing WITH AN IMPRESSION OF THE PRINT for which this is the definitive study. The woodcut "Bowsprit" was printed in an edition of 120 and it measures the same size as the drawing (which has a pencil borderline on all sides). The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The woodcut is signed in pencil, lower right. (The canceled block is part of the Adler Collection in the Princeton University Library.) Provenance for both works: Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio (deacessioned, 2010.)
$12,000

Pasture Gate -  KENT

Pasture Gate
ROCKWELL KENT
American, (1881-1940)
Lithograph, 1928, Burne Jones / Rightmire 26, edition 110. 10 5/8 x 7 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This print was published by Weyhe Gallery and printed by George Miller. It was based on a drawing of the artist's first wife, Kathleen Whiting Kent. Pasture Gate is listed in multiple museum collections.
$1,250

Taos Eagle Dancers -  KLOSS

Taos Eagle Dancers
GENE KLOSS
American, (1903-1996)
Aquatint with drypoint, 1955, Sanchez 458; edition 35 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a very fine impression of a rare and desirable work. The margins are somewhat narrow and the condition is fine. "Kloss considered this print to be her most perfect aquatint." (See page 29, Volume II, of the recently published catalog raisonne of Kloss prints by Gene Sanchez (2009).
SOLD

Trees by Moonlight -  KLOSS

Trees by Moonlight
GENE KLOSS
American, (1903-1996)
Aquatint, 1928, Sanchez 129, edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 5 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression of this uncommon, early work. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. According to the catalogue, "Kloss believed this to be her first successful attempt at aquatint." This is a captivating arts and crafts image.
$1,500

Grand Central Staion -  KUHLER

Grand Central Staion
OTTO KUHLER
American, (1894-1977)
Etching, 1927, Kennedy Galleries 26, edition 50. 14 3/8 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. this is a superb, richly inked impression of this uncommon print. The margins are full and the condition is fine. On the left side are the flags of the former Hotel Belmont which was a destination hotel for foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries.
$2,400

Steel Castles -  KUHLER

Steel Castles
OTTO KUHLER
American, (1894-1977)
Etching, circa 1925, not in Kennedy; edition about 20 impressions. 16 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. Signed in pencil lower right. A fine impression with full margins. The condition is good. There's an outline of an old water stain showing primarily on the back of the sheet at top and just a bit on the top margin, recto. This is a large, exemplary work by the artist.
SOLD

Marlborough Street Mansion (Boston) -  KUPFERMAN

Marlborough Street Mansion (Boston)
LAWRENCE KUPFERMAN
American, (1909-1982)
Drypoint, 1938, edition unknown. 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. Dated in the lower margin, "July 8, 1938." This is a superb impression with full margins. Fine condition. This work was done while the artist was employed by the WPA. His associates included Karl Knaths, Jack Levine and Hyman Bloom.
SOLD

Victorian Mansion (Boston) -  KUPFERMAN

Victorian Mansion (Boston)
LAWRENCE KUPFERMAN
American, (1909-1982)
Drypoint, 1938, edition unknown. 14 x 13 in. Signed and titled in pencil; also inscribed "early proof." This is a superb impression with full and slightly irregular margins. The condition is very good. Kupferman's first drypoints were of Boston area buildings and mostly Victorian subjects. These outstanding early WPA prints have a Hopperesque quality.
SOLD

Saratoga Springs Victorian (New York) -  KUPFERMAN

Saratoga Springs Victorian (New York)
LAWRENCE KUPFERMAN
American, (1909-1982)
Drypoint, 1940, edition unknown. 14 x 10 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on a cream-colored Japan paper. The margins are full. Good condition apart from toning within an earlier mat opening. Kupferman's work is discussed at length in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack by Stephen Coppel (2008), pages 108-109. In fact, one of the first American prints purchased by the British Museum was an early drypoint similar to this one.
SOLD

A Woman -  LANDACRE

A Woman
PAUL LANDACRE
American, (1893-1963)
Wood engraving, circa 1937, edition 60. 10 1/2 x 6 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on thin white Japanese paper. The condition is excellent and the margins are full. Landacre's nude studies are remarkable for their design and execution. His work is the gold standard for figurative as well as landscape wood engraving in America during the 1930s.
SOLD

11 West 11th Street (New York) -  LANDECK

11 West 11th Street (New York)
ARMIN LANDECK
American, (1905-1984)
Drypoint, 1939, Kraeft 79, edition 100. 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. A great many of the impressions from this plate were printed after 1939. Mohammad Omer Khalil, a master printer, started filling out Landeck's editions is the early 1970s and his blindstamp appears in the lower right corner of the margin. Khalil has also printed for Jim Dine, Louise Nevelson and Romare Bearden. This is an exceptional early work by Landeck.
$1,650

Studio Interior, No. 1 -  LANDECK

Studio Interior, No. 1
ARMIN LANDECK
American, (1905-1984)
Drypoint, 1935, Kraeft 57, edition 100. 8 x 10 5/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. In this classic study of a printmaking studio, Landeck here depicts his first atelier in Cornwall, CT. Shown on the wall in the upper right corner is his rare lithograph, View of New York, from 1932.
$1,800

Sunflowers -  LAZZELL

Sunflowers
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Gouache on paper mounted to a gray support sheet, probably 1928, 6 x 6 in. Unsigned. This rare rug design from the Ralph Pearson estate is in fine condition. Lazzell worked with the Ralph Pearson Design Workshop in New York along with other artists including: George Biddle, John Storrs, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Tannahill and others. They produced modernist designs for hooked rugs and the rugs were made in Maine by artisans and sold in New York by Pearson. The rug for this design was made in 1928 and at least one is known to exist today. (See page 103 of Blanche Lazzell, The Life and Work of an American Modernist (2004), by Robert Bridges, et al.) The design in numbered on the support sheet "# 133-Blanche Lazzell-Yellow Roses" with the number 133 referring to the number of the rug design which customers could choose from. The title listed does not agree with the subject illustrated and we consider this an error. This design also relates to the woodblock print "The Blue Jug." Lazzell was actively involved with promoting her rugs and exhibited them in her studio. "Through the hooked rug project with Pearson, Lazzell participated in advanced modern design in America, with its intention to blur the distinction between fine art and decorative art." (Bridges, pg. 106) Ralph Pearson (1883-1958) was a gifted etcher, writer and arts advocate who spent time living and working in New Mexico, California, Chicago and New York.
SOLD

Exhibition Announcement -  LAZZELL

Exhibition Announcement
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, Shapiro/MFA 52, edition unknown. (image) 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (sheet) 10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a small, barely visible 1/2" tear at the top edge at left and another tiny split at the bottom. This endearing Provincetown image captures the essence of what was happening in this New England artists community during the 1920s and 1930s. The sheet was first printed (or applied by hand) with this vibrant background color and then the image and text were printed, possibly from two separate blocks. This charming print is illustrated on page one of "From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002).
$6,500

Pennies -  LEBOIT

Pennies
JOSEPH LEBOIT
American, (1907-2002)
Lithograph printed in colors, circa 1935, edition probably about 25. 17 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare WPA print. The margins are mostly full and the condition is very good. (There's a small loss in the lower right corner margin, a repaired tear in the right margin just to outside the image and minor stains on the verso and top edge of the front of the sheet.) Leboit was born in New York, studied at the Art Students League, and was prominent in the Artists for Victory organization. He was politically active as an artist for various liberal organizations including the paper PM and New Masses. Leboit's work is illustrated and discussed in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack (2008) by Stephen Coppel. This impression bears the stamp of the NYC WPA Art Project and an impression of this print is located in the Newark Museum.
SOLD

Fishing in the Creek -  LEIGHTON

Fishing in the Creek
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1952, Boston Public Library 631, edition 150. 7 x 4 7/8 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is quite good. (The original hinges remain at the four corners.) This print is from the series about North Carolina folklore published by Duke University Press, 1952, Volume III.
SOLD

Corn Husking in the Mountains -  LEIGHTON

Corn Husking in the Mountains
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1952, Boston Public Library 617, edition 150. 7 x 4 7/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is quite good; the original hinges remain on the four corners. This print relates to the North Carolina Folklore series, Volume I, as published by Duke University Press, 1952.
SOLD

Apple Butter -  LEIGHTON

Apple Butter
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1942, Boston Public Library 523, edition 50. 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression on Japanese paper in fine condition. (The original hinges remain at the four corners.) The margins are full. Beautifully designed, this print is from the series "Southern Harvest" which was published in book form in 1942 by the Macmillan Co, New York.
SOLD

Lobsters -  LEIGHTON

Lobsters
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1949-1950, Boston Public Library 605, edition 50. 9 1/2 in. in diameter. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a cream Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good apart from very faint toning within an early mat opening. This uncommon print is one of twelve wood engravings of New England Industries which were eventually issued as a set of Wedgwood plates.
SOLD

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