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Man Leaning on a Spade (L'homme Appuye sur sa Beche) -  MILLET

Man Leaning on a Spade (L'homme Appuye sur sa Beche)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, before 1848, Melot 3, Delteil 3; only state. Edition unknown. 3 1/4 x 2 11/16 in. Unsigned as usual. This fine, crisp impression is printed on medium Japanese paper. The margins are full measuring about 1" to 1 3/4" all around. The condition is excellent. This appealing, early work by Millet foreshadows his larger more detailed work of similar peasant subjects shown laboring in the fields. The edition sizes of Millet etchings are generally unknown.
$1,850

Woman Carding Wool (La Cardeuse) -  MILLET

Woman Carding Wool (La Cardeuse)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, 1855-56, Delteil 15, Melot 15; edition unknown. 10 1/16 x 6 7/8 in. Unsigned as usual. This is a very fine impression printed with plate tone, probably before the posthumous Keppel reprints from around 1900 and later. The margins are full and the paper is most likely a late 18th or early 19th century laid with a greenish tint. (There's a large indecipherable watermark possibly of a bear.) Fine condition. This memorable image relates to a painting and a few drawings by Millet. There's only one state to this print and most impressions were printed by Frederick Keppel, the New York dealer. He printed many impressions on a cream oriental paper. (Note: A very good source for connoisseurship of Millet prints (and Meryon prints) is, Etchings of Urban and Rural 19th Century France, edited by Patricia Phagan with essays by William Eiland and S. William Pelletier, published by the Georgia Museum of Art, 1993. Pelletier was an astute collector of Meryon and Millet etchings and his detailed comments about the impressions in the show are most helpful.
$2,500

Musical Monster -  MORTIMER

Musical Monster
JOHN HAMILTON MORTIMER
British, (1740-1779)
Etching, 1778, Edition unknown. 9 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. Signed in the plate. A fine impression printed prior to the edition by T. Palser in 1816. Very good condition other than a small waterstain in the lower left margin corner, well away from the image. Full margins with a deckle all around. Without watermark.
$750

Making the Engine -  NEVINSON

Making the Engine
CHRISTOPHER R.W. NEVINSON
British, (1889-1946))
Lithograph, 1917, Black 16, edition 200 signed and 100 unsigned impressions. 16 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine. This powerful image was part of a series of six prints called Britain's Efforts and Ideals: Making Aircraft. This was first exhibited at the Fine Art Society, London and received a very positive response. This series was Nevinson's first commission upon being appointed an official war artist in 1917.
SOLD

Reclining Female Nude (Liegender Weiblicher Akt) -  ORLIK

Reclining Female Nude (Liegender Weiblicher Akt)
EMIL ORLIK
Czech, (1870-1932)
Drypoint, 1911, Galerie Glockner 176, edition 100 printed in 1921. 6 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil (1911). This is a fine impression on cream wove paper. The margins are probably full and the condition is quite good apart from minor handling creases showing mostly in the bottom margin. Orlik was a versatile printmaker and this classic study demonstrates his skills as a draftsman par excellence.
$1,300

In the Studio (Im Atelier) -  ORLIK

In the Studio (Im Atelier)
EMIL ORLIK
Czech, (1870-1932)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1899, edition 100. 5 1/4 x 6 1/16 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, fresh impression printed on thin japan paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from slight light toning showing within an early mat opening. This print is page 26 from the rare portfolio, Kleine Holzschnitte, published by Verlag Neue Kunsthandlung, 1920, Berlin. There were thirty-four prints in total. The prints were mounted at the top corners on a support sheet as we have here. Orlik was born in Prague and later studied at the Munich Academy. He traveled to Japan in 1900 and spent several months studying the traditional art of the Japanese woodcut.
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The Herdsman's Cottage or Sunset -  PALMER

The Herdsman's Cottage or Sunset
SAMUEL PALMER
British, (1805-1881)
Etching on a steel plate, 1850, Lister 2 (ii/II) 4 7/8 x 4 5/8 in. Initialed in the plate, lower left. This is a fine, luminous impression with wide margins from one of the published editions. The condition is fine other then for a soft small handling crease below the platemark, center. In this the final state, the etching was published three times; the Portfolio (1872), Examples of Modern Etching (1875)by Hamerton, and Etchers and Etching (1880), also by Hamerton. This impression is from one of these published editions.
$900

The Weary Ploughman -  PALMER

The Weary Ploughman
SAMUEL PALMER
British, (1805-1881)
Etching, Begun in 1858, Lister 8 (viii?/VIII), edition unknown. 5 3/16 x 7 15/16 in. Unsigned. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on chine applique. The sheet has been trimmed within the exceptionally wide platemark but there still remains about 3/4 in. around the image. The condition is fine otherwise. The eighth and final state was published by the Etching Club in 1865 and bears the number "4" just below the image at center. This impression does not have the number so it's possibly a proof before publication. The various states of this print, along with other Palmer etchings, are difficult to sort out. The Weary Ploughman is a stellar example of Palmer's work in the etching medium and he worked intensely on this plate for about six weeks. The plate was cancelled during Palmer's lifetime in about 1875.
$2,750

Bal Tabarin (Paris) -  PASCIN

Bal Tabarin (Paris)
JULES PASCIN
Bulgarian-American, (1885-1930)
Drypoint, 1926, Hemin 126, edition 100. 11 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, delicate impression printed on RIVES watermarked paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a customs stamp on the back in the margin and two old hinges at the top corners.) Pascin was Bulgarian and moved to Paris in 1905. He exhibited at various Paris art shows and was also an exhibitor at the Armory Show in New York in 1913. He moved to New York with his lover, Hermine David, and they eventually married in 1918. Like Toulouse-Lautrec, Pascin drew upon his surroundings and his friends as subjects. Nightlife scenes, such as this one, were typical of his best work in printmaking.
$1,650

Royal Haymarket Theatre (London) -  PENNELL

Royal Haymarket Theatre (London)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1906, Wuerth 408, edition probably 75. 11 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on antique laid paper. The margins are probably original but there's a loss in the lower right corner and the margin is narrow at the top. The condition is fine overall. (There's a subtle printing crease in the right side of the image.) Haymarket Theatre is a West End theatre and dates to 1720.
$550

Woman Picking Cabbages (Femme Cueillant des Choses) -  PISSARRO

Woman Picking Cabbages (Femme Cueillant des Choses)
CAMILLE PISSARRO
French, (1830-1903)
Etching and drypoint, 1888, Delteil/Cailac 77 (ii/VII); edition 17. 4 x 2 3/8 in. Signed in pencil and inscribed "2e état - No. 2." The print is titled below by the artist. There's an authentication inscription on the verso, top, by Georges Henri Manzana Pissarro, the artist's son. This is a fine impression of this extremely rare early state before the plate was overworked. The condition is fine apart from slight rippling on the outer edges of the sheet and a very subtle wrinkle in the top left corner margin. There were only 17 lifetime impressions of this print.
$4,200

Eglise d'Osny, Pres Pontoise -  PISSARRO

Eglise d'Osny, Pres Pontoise
CAMILLE PISSARRO
French, (1830-1903)
Etching, drypoint and aquatint, 1885, Delteil / Cailac 62 (iv/IV), edition 50. 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. Not signed in the image. This is a fine impression from the only posthumous edition of 50 printed in 1920. (There were only 12 lifetime impressions.) The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The print bears the posthumous stamp (Lugt 613) and is numbered. Given the rarity of so many of Pissarro's lifetime editions, later printings are a welcome opportunity for collectors who enjoy his work.
$2,200

Marché aux Légumes, à Pontoise (Vegetable Market, Pontoise) -  PISSARRO

Marché aux Légumes, à Pontoise (Vegetable Market, Pontoise)
CAMILLE PISSARRO
French, (1830-1903)
Etching snd aquatint, 1891, Delteil/Cailac 97 (ii/II), edition 500. 10 x 8 in. Unsigned. This is a very good impression with wide margins. The condition is quite good apart from three very small spots of discoloration in the margins. This is from the edition of 500 which was published in the first edition of the Loys Delteil catalogue raisonné on Pissarro. The plate was steel faced for this 1923 printing.
$2,400

The Giant Stride -  PLATT

The Giant Stride
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1918, Chapman 5; projected edition of 150 and the recorded edition was 120. 6 5/8 x 16 1/4 in. Dated in the block, top edge, center. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression with probably the full margins. The condition is excellent. The Giant Stride was exhibited in 1922 at the 3rd International Exposition in Los Angeles organized by the Printmakers Society of California. This print was awarded the Gold Medal for best print in any medium. The artist used his family members as models for the figures in the print.
SOLD

Landscape 2015-II -  POSTMA

Landscape 2015-II
GRIETJE POSTMA
Dutch, (b. 1961)
Woodcut printed in colors, 2015, edition 26. 14 5/8 x 23 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression in fine condition. The margins are full. As with all of Postma's work, this exemplary woodcut is printed from a single block. This is not a multiple block woodcut in the Japanese tradition, but rather, a reduction woodcut printed from a single piece of wood. The artist makes an initial design on the block and then prints the entire edition. She returns to the block and makes more design changes and then re-inks the block and prints on top of the same sheets of paper. This process continues and the end result is a build up of layers of ink resulting in a subtle yet rich overlay of colors. There is very little margin for error in this time consuming yet rewarding process. Grietje Postma is one of the finest woodcut artists working in Holland today.
$950

View of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle -  PREISSIG

View of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle
VOJTECH PREISSIG
American, (1873-1944)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, undated , edition unknown. 13 3/8 x 8 3/8 in. Signed in pencil and with an inscription "c.73." This is a fine impression of this rare work. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from a faint mat line. (The upper left and right sides of the platemark are professionally reinforced.). Preissig studied at the Prague School of Arts and Crafts and later worked with Mucha and Kupka in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1910 where he taught at Columbia with Arthur Wesley Dow. He also taught at the Wentworth Institute in Boston. When he was back in Prague, Preissig supported the Czech resistance and was arrested in 1940 for doing graphic design work for a magazine that had been outlawed by the Germans. He died in Dachau in 1944.
$1,600

La Neige (The Snow) -  RAFFAELLI

La Neige (The Snow)
JEAN-FRANCOIS RAFFAELLI
French, (1850-1924)
Etching, drypoint and aquatint printed in colors, 1906, Delteil 68, edition 200. 17 3/4 x 22 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a sturdy white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from a few spots of foxing on the verso. Raffaëlli was represented by Theo van Gogh in Paris. His worked was collected by Vincent and an impression of this print was found in Vincent van Gogh's estate. This is a large and exemplary work by the artist.
$2,500

Trottins (Errands) -  RANFT

Trottins (Errands)
RICHARD RANFT
Swiss, (1862-1931)
Etching, 1894, Stein / Karshan 61, edition 100. 15 5/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a sturdy cream paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This memorable work was published in L'Estampe Originale (Album VIII, plate 78) and bears their blindstamp in the lower left corner of the sheet. This impression is from the collection of Rudolf L. Mayer (Lugt 4534).
$2,400

Masked Ball (Bal Masqué) -  RANFT

Masked Ball (Bal Masqué)
RICHARD RANFT
Swiss, (1862-1931)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, 1899, edition 30. 11 5/8 x 14 5/8 in. Signed in the plate, upper left corner. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream ARCHES watermarked paper. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. This print was probably printed by Eugène Delâtre and published by Sagot. Ranft was born in Switzerland and later moved to Paris where he studied with Courbet and learned about engraving from from Augustin-Alexandre Dumont. He was a full member off the the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Ranft produced about eighty-five etchings in color which are considered his finest medium. Ex-collection: Eric Carlson, New York.
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Symbolic Figure, Facing Right -  REINBERGER

Symbolic Figure, Facing Right
GERTRAUD B. REINBERGER
Austrian, (1903-1992)
Woodcut, circa 1920, edition unknown. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. A superb impression in very good condition. Minor foxing, verso, along bottom edge of sheet. Wide if not full margins. Little is know about her lift as an artist. Her designs and symbolic imagery is quite unique and her prints are rare.
SOLD

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