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Auction Barn -  NESBITT

Auction Barn
JACKSON LEE NESBITT
American, (1913-2008)
Lithograph, 1989, Retif/Salzar 37, edition 250. 17 x 12 1/2 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. This exceptional work was inspired by Benton and his strong sense of design. Apparently, Nesbitt and Benton visited the barn on one of their sketching trips. Nesbitt also produced an egg tempera painting which is now in the collection of the University of Missouri. The barn is/was located outside of Independence, Missouri. The printer was Wayne Kline.
$3,000

The Spirit of Butler -  NESBITT

The Spirit of Butler
JACKSON LEE NESBITT
American, (1913-2008)
Etching, 1940, Retif/Salzer 19; edition 100. 13 x 10 1/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil, and, with the inscription, "The Butler Mfg. Company Spirit." This is a fine impression of this extremely rare print. We've never seen it for sale and there are no auction records for it. Butler was run by Swedes and the sitter, Swen, is surrounded by the products made by the Company. This is an exemplary work depicting the American industrial scene circa 1940. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from faint discoloration in the lower right margin corner.
SOLD

Solid Reflections -  NEVELSON

Solid Reflections
LOUISE NEVELSON
American, (1899-1988)
Etching, engraving, aquatint and soft ground, 1953-55 , Baro 24, Pace 47; edition 20. 27 3/8 x 21 3/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a superb, rich impression printed on RIVES watermarked paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This was one of about thirty etchings Nevelson did while working at Atelier 17 in New York between 1953-55. One a few proofs were printed at that time. The formal edition was printed at the Hollander Graphic workshop by Emiliano Sorini between 1965 and 1966 under the supervision of the artist. This impression is from this edition. The imagery here anticipates her growing interest in black sculpture.
SOLD

The Bridge -  NORDFELDT

The Bridge
BJO NORDFELDT
American, (1878-1955)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1906, Donovan/Brown 8; edition unknown. 8 1/8 x 10 1/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered "No. 117" in pencil. This is a fine impression with narrow margins to just around the borderline, so typical of this print. The condition is also fine. (There's a tiny speck of foxing at the borderline, upper right and a very subtle soft crease in the lower left corner of the image.) This lovely print appears in multiple color variations which is a concept Nordfeldt mastered with great effect. He was an experimenter. While spending time in Paris studying French woodcuts he became aware of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints which inspired him throughout his career. Furthermore, he studied with Frank Morley Fletcher while in England. Nordfeldt was living in Chicago in 1906 and this work was likely inspired by his time in Sweden where he was born. Impressions of this print are located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
$7,000

Landscape with Live Oak -  PARTRIDGE

Landscape with Live Oak
ROI PARTRIDGE
American, (1888-1984)
Etching, 1946-51, White 264, edition 62. 7 3/8 x 9 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine crisp impression with probably the full margins. The condition is excellent. According to White, "This etching was made on the La Cumbre Ranch near Santa Barbara, California."
$800

Garden Flowers -  PATTERSON

Garden Flowers
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1921, Bakker 90, intended edition of 100. 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in pencil in the lower right corner of the image. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil just below the image. This is a fine impression with fresh colors. The print is trimmed to the image by the artist as is so often the case with this print (and others). The condition is fine apart from traces of an old adhesive on the verso edges from an early mount. The intense work involved in rubbing the colors into the back of the sheet from the blocks is perfectly demonstrated here. The end result is almost sculptural. Due to the labor intensive nature of printing just one impression, and given the scarcity of her prints, we doubt that the full editions were ever printed.
$5,500

Windblown Trees -  PATTERSON

Windblown Trees
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920, Bakker 56a, edition unknown. 7 x 9 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right, within the image. This is a superb, vibrant impression of this well known image. The print is trimmed along the edge of the image (by the artist) and attached at the top to a black paper support sheet which extends slightly beyond the print (also done by the artist). In addition, the print and black paper are mounted at the top edge to a sturdy, tan matboard-like support. This is the original presentation as prepared by Patterson and we've seen this approach before. The condition is excellent. As viewed on page 20 of the Bakker retrospective catalogue from 1989, there's an oil study for this image as well as a charcoal and white pastel drawing.
SOLD

Anemones -  PATTERSON

Anemones
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker 99a, intended edition of 100. 9 7/8 x 7 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine fresh impression with rich colors. The margin are full and the condition is very good. (There are old hinges at the top corners and a thin layer of light tissue attached across the top edge of the sheet.) As is typical with Patterson's woodcuts, the paper is roughed up from the printing process primarily on the verso and also on the margins, recto, in a few spot. She favored a heavy, fibrous paper which helped her create an almost three dimensional effect with her images.
SOLD

In the High Hills -  PATTERSON

In the High Hills
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1925, Bakker 80a, intended edition of 100. 11 x 8 7/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a very fine impression of this compelling image. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from a couple of minor printing creases, so typical of her work. This lovely impression is one of so many color variants seen in not only this print but in most of Patterson's oeuvre. She was an avid experimenter with color from one block to the next.
$6,000

Flower Market and Butter Tower, Rouen -  PENNELL

Flower Market and Butter Tower, Rouen
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1907, Wuerth 463, edition probably 75. 11 x 8 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on antique laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a small strip of white paper tape across the top margin edge.) The Butter Tower (Tour de Beurre) is one of the lofty towers that comprise Rouen Cathedral. Constructed in a flamboyant late gothic style, the foundation stone for this tower was laid in 1485.
$600

New York, from Weehawken -  PENNELL

New York, from Weehawken
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1908, Wuerth 495, edition probably 50. 10 15/16 x 8 3/8 in. Signed, titled "Weehawken" and dated in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from slight time toning along the bottom edge of the sheet and also on the verso. Inscribed "trial proof" in pencil by the artist. Weehawken is opposite New York in the Lincoln Tunnel area.
$800

On the Way to Bessemer -  PENNELL

On the Way to Bessemer
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1909, Wuerth 520, edition probably 90. 11 x 7 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. (There's a subtle printing crease in the lower left corner of the image.) This Pennsylvania subject epitomizes Pennell's interest in the growth of industrialized America during the early years of the 20th century.
$800

Le Puy (third plate) -  PENNELL

Le Puy (third plate)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1894, Wuerth 208, edition probably 30. 16 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed with plate tone. The margins are full. The condition is very good other than for old adhesive showing on the outer edges of the sheet, verso, from a previous mount and three small old hinges at the top edges, recto. This large and majestic view is described by the artist as "the most picturesque place in the world."
$800

Mist on the Thames -  PENNELL

Mist on the Thames
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Aquatint, 1903, Wuerth 247, edition probably 35 proofs. 8 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. Signed and numbered in pencil "32." The margins are probably full and untrimmed and the condition is fine. The paper is a soft, fairly thin laid. This uncommon, beautiful print was done the year Whistler died. It's a subject which reminds us of Whistler, certainly, and the painterly, tonal effects are also reminiscent of Whistler's watercolors and oils of the Thames.
SOLD

The Elevated (New York) -  PENNELL

The Elevated (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1921, Wuerth 789, edition perhaps 50. 10 x 6 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a light cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There are Pennell's inky fingerprints showing here and there in the margins.) This print depicts the Sixth Avenue El at the very heart of the shopping district. Gimbels, Sacks and Co. and Macy's are nearby. This print was done when Pennell and his wife moved to Brooklyn Heights in 1921.
$750

The Avenue, Valenciennes -  PENNELL

The Avenue, Valenciennes
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1910, Wuerth 603, edition probably 50. 9 1/4 x 12 3/8in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on antique laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There are a few ink smudges in the margins, primarily on the back, which are Pennell's finger prints from the printing process.) This lovely tree lined view is a refreshing glimpse of the variety of subjects etched by the artist. There's an unidentified collector's mark in the lower left corner of the sheet.
SOLD

The City under the Black Mountain -  PENNELL

The City under the Black Mountain
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Lithograph, 1912, Wuerth 257, edition 25. 22 x 16 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare, monumental print. The margins are full and the paper bears an ARCHES watermark. The condition is fine apart from a small wrinkle in the upper right corner margin. Black Mountain is in Yosemite National Park. Pennell also did several lithographs of the Grand Canyon as he was impressed with the beauty of the American west and northwest.
$3,000

Times Square -  PENNEY

Times Square
JAMES PENNEY
American, (1910-1982)
Lithograph, 1933, edition 15. 14 x 19 3/4 in. Signed, titled, numbered and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is fine other than for a couple of repaired splits in the margins, well away from the image. Penney was from Missouri and studied at the University of Kansas. He moved to New York where he spent three years at the Art Students League and studied with John Sloan and Charles Locke among others. He was a WPA mural painter in addition to his fine work as a lithographer. This is one of his finest works and other examples of his printmaking are found in the National Gallery. Times Square is a rare print.
ON HOLD

Tap Dancer -  PICKHARDT, JR.

Tap Dancer
CARL E. PICKHARDT, JR.
American, (1908-2004)
Lithograph, circa 1935, edition 30. 11 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with substantial margins. The condition is also fine other than for traces of two small hinges on the top margin corners, well away from the image. Pickhardt was a Massachusetts artist who graduated from Harvard and attended Harvard Business School. He left before graduation to become a full time artist and became a prominent social realist during the 1930s and 1940s. His work is found in multiple museum collections.
$600

The Harvest, South Carolina -  POLLACK

The Harvest, South Carolina
CHARLES POLLACK
American, (1902-1988)
Lithograph, undated (1930s), edition 35. 9 3/4 x 14 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil "E35." This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The margins are full with a deckle edge on all sides. The condition is fine apart from old hinges at the top of the sheet, recto. Charles was the oldest brother of Jackson Pollack. He worked with the Michigan WPA program and joined the art faculty at Michigan State University. He also studied with Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League in New York. From the 1940s on, his work started changing to more abstraction. Ironically, Jackson Pollack also studied at the Art Students League with Benton and his earliest work is regionalist in nature. An impression of this print is found at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
$1,850

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