Woodcuts

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Osprey -  SEABY

Osprey
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, edition 100. 14 x 9 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, early impression of this majestic woodcut. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from very slight light toning within an early mat opening. This impression varies somewhat from one we have a few years ago; there's less definition in the trees in the background and the monogram in the lower right is not yet clearly defined. A new catalogue on Seaby is now available: Allen W. Seaby, Art and Nature, by Martin Andrews and Robert Gillmor (2014) by Two Rivers Press. There is no formal listing of the prints but it's a very nice publication with plenty of illustrations and informative text.
$2,200

Magpie -  SEABY

Magpie
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1900-1905, edition probably 50-100. 9 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Initialed in the block with the artist's monogram. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a very good impression printed on white laid paper. The margins are modest but this is most likely the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. (There's a small trace of stray printer's ink below the image.) This impression compares favorably to the one in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. An impression of "Magpie" was exhibited as No. 633 in 1906 in the Sixth Exhibition of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.
$850

Christmas Rose -  SMITH

Christmas Rose
WUANITA SMITH
American, (1866-1959)
White line woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably 19, small edition. 12 x 6 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins; with the tack holes on the right side of the paper where attached to the woodblock for printing. This Philadelphia area artist produced several exceptional block prints done in the tradition of the Provincetown printers.
$1,400

Aspidistra -  TANDY

Aspidistra
JOHN TANDY
British, (1905-1982)
Wood engraving, circa 1928, edition 50. 6 x 3 1/2 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil below the image. This is a fine impression on cream colored Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is quite good apart from an old tape hinge at the top of the sheet, recto. This rare, early work was from a series called "Abstract Designs" (1-8) and the set was first exhibited at the Cottars Studio Gallery, London, in 1928.
$750

Untitled (mirrored worshippers) -  THALMANN

Untitled (mirrored worshippers)
MAX THALMANN
German, (1890-1945)
Woodcut, 1923-24, Henkel 2011, no. 16.1-10, edition 250. 19 3/4 x 14 5/8 in. Initialed in the block and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full with a deckle edge showing on all sides. This is a fine work by this underrated German expressionist printmaker and draughtsman. He produced three prominent woodcut portfolios; the Cathedral Series, the Passion, and the America Series. A large collection of his work in at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. This print is from Der Dom (the Cathedral Series).
$1,800

Lilies (Lilien) -  THIEMANN

Lilies (Lilien)
CARL THIEMANN
Austrian, (1881-1966)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1917, Merx 296F, edition unknown. 16 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. Signed in the upper right with the artist's printed monogram. Signed in pencil below the image. This is a fine impression of this large work printed on thick Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is very good. Thiemann produced a remarkable group of floral woodcuts along with his better-known arts and crafts style scenic landscapes and European town scenes. He produced over four hundred woodcuts most in very small editions.
$1,750

Feeënsprookje (Fairy Tale) -  TOOROP

Feeënsprookje (Fairy Tale)
JAN TOOROP
Dutch, (1858-1928)
Woodcut printed in color, 1895, Verbeek (Rijksmuseum) 9, edition unknown. 4 1/4 x 2 5/8 in. Signed, dated (twice) and inscribed in ink. This is a superb impression of this extremely rare work which is here printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is quite good apart from very slight darkening of the sheet from light exposure. This impression is dedicated, "aan Hermine la Fontaine, liefs van, ('love from') Jan Toorop, 1926" (He also wrote in ink, "1896 fec." referring to the date when the impression was printed.) Hermine la Fontaine was a close friend of the artist. The catalogue suggests the influence of Lucien Pissarro and states there are impressions known in brown-black, green, green-brown and brown.
SOLD

Strandvonders (Beachgoers collecting objects) -  TOOROP

Strandvonders (Beachgoers collecting objects)
JAN TOOROP
Dutch, (1858-1928)
Woodcut, 1903, Verbeek/Rijksmuseum 70, edition 25. 4 x 4 7/8 in. Initialed and dated in the block, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on very thin white Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's only a very faint suggestion of darkening within the original mat opening.) This endearing print is from a series of five 1903 woodcuts by Toorop which are extremely rare in early impressions. This is from the 1928 edition of twenty-five impressions printed by Ninaber van Eyben on this thin Japanese paper. The print is numbered on the original mat which we have in our possession. This woodcut relates to his drypoint from 1899 called Sprokkelend Kind (Verbeek/Rijksmuseum 47.) The location is Katwijk aan Zee at the Dutch coast.
$2,000

Pica and his Family -  TUNNICLIFFE

Pica and his Family
CHARLES TUNNICLIFFE
British, (1901-1979)
Wood engraving, 1937, Meyrick 408, edition on Japanese paper. 6 x 4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine rich impression with full margins. There's some discoloration in the right corner margin. This print was published in "The Sky's Their Highway," by Kenneth Williamson. This print was included in Fine Prints of the Year for 1938.
SOLD

The Workers  -  TURZAK

The Workers
CHARLES TURZAK
American, (1899-1986)
Woodcut, circa 1930-35, edition 50. 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. Signed in the block, lower right. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on wove paper. The condition is fine apart from just an extremely faint suggestion of light toning within an early mat opening. The margins are probably untrimmed but they are relatively modest measuring 1/2-1/4 in. Turzak did two woodcuts by this title which are similar.
SOLD

Quai d'Orsay, Paris -  URUSHIBARA

Quai d'Orsay, Paris
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably 1920s), edition perhaps 100. 9 5/8 x 12 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are about 3/4" on all sides which appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is excellent. This impression is inscribed "No.81" from an unknown edition.
$900

Roses 2 -  URUSHIBARA

Roses 2
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (possibly circa 1925), Chapman/Horner F38, edition possibly 50. 12 x 8 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This impression bears seal # 2 and signature # 21 printed in the right side of the image. (See the catalogue raisonné, page 196). Provenance: the artist's estate via Ichiro Urushibara, the artist's son. (Note: the catalogue raisonné of Urusibara's woodcuts was recently published in 2017. The authors are Hilary Chapman and Libby Horner. ISBN 9789004341982, Hotei Publishing, Leiden, The Netherlands.)
$1,450

Circe -  VAN DER STOK

Circe
HENRI VAN DER STOK
Dutch, (1870-1946)
Woodcut, undated (about 1920-25), edition unknown. 10 x 7 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "handdruk." Here we have a fine impression printed on a sturdy, fibrous laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Van der Stok is well known for his stylized art deco era designs. He was born in Indonesia and eventually settled in the Hague. Circe was a sorceress in Greek mythology.
$900

DuneRoses (Duinrozen) -  VAN GELDER

DuneRoses (Duinrozen)
DIRK VAN GELDER
Dutch, (1907-1990)
Wood engraving, 1939, Adam/Eliens/van den Noort-van Gelder H167; edition 40. 4 1/8 x 5 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. The artist was particularly fond of flowers as they appear in his lithographs, etchings and wood engravings. Nature was van Gelder's main source of inspiration.
$400

Lush green vegetation (Garden with Birds) -  VAN GELDER

Lush green vegetation (Garden with Birds)
DIRK VAN GELDER
Dutch, (1907-1990)
Wood engraving, 1943, Adam/Eliens/van den Noort-van Gelder H170; small edition. 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. Initialed in the block and initialed in pencil. This a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This exquisite wood engraving by van Gelder was inspired by a Brussels tapestry from circa 1550 by Willem de Pannemaker (active 1535-1578).
$400

Le Garde-Champetre -  VAN STRATEN

Le Garde-Champetre
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Woodcut, 1937, Raskin 106; edition 65. 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the block and signed in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression on Japanese paper. Wide margins. Van Straten studied in Antwerp and was influenced by Masereel and Dufy. He's one of the preeminent Belgian expressionist printmakers from the 1930s.
SOLD

The Navigator (De Zeevaarder) -  VAN STRATEN

The Navigator (De Zeevaarder)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Linoleum cut, 1931, Raskin 79, edition 25. 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression on thick, fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. This is an artist's proof apart from the edition of 25. The block for this print and two working drawings are in the Prentenkabinet, Antwerp.
$3,000

La Tentation de Saint-Antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony) -  VAN STRATEN

La Tentation de Saint-Antoine (The Temptation of Saint Anthony)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Suite of eight linocuts, 1921, Raskin page 120, edition 220. Each print measures about 8 x 4 1/2 in. Each print is signed in pencil with the artist's initials. The impressions are all fine and the condition is excellent. This early, expressionist effort by van Straten shows the influence of German printmaking as well as the work of Frans Masereel. This fine set was published by Lumiere, Antwerp. Provenance: private collection, Antwerp.
$2,000

La Dormeuse (The Sleeper) -  VAN STRATEN

La Dormeuse (The Sleeper)
HENRI VAN STRATEN
Belgian, (1892-1944)
Suite of seven linocuts, 1921, Raskin page 122, edition 220. Each print measures about 6 x 5 in. Signed on the title page in pencil. These are fine impressions in fine condition with full margins. Inspired by the poem "The Sleeper" by Edgar Allen Poe (1831), La Dormeuse was one of van Straten's early block books and this particular effort won him the Lumière graphic art prize. Provenance: private collection, Antwerp.
$1,800

Nuremberg, Germany -  VELDHEER

Nuremberg, Germany
JACOBUS G. VELDHEER
Dutch, (1866-1954)
Wood engraving, circa 1900-10, edition unknown. 12 5/8 x 7 in. Signed in the block and signed in pencil. A fine impression in very good condition. The margins are wide and probably full. (There's a very faint suggestion of foxing here and there.) Published by S.L. van Looy, Amsterdam. Veldheer produced a series of highly detailed wood engravings based on his German travels.
$500

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