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Brooklyn Bridge -  BIBEL

Brooklyn Bridge
LEON BIBEL
American, (1913-1995)
Screenprint, 1938, edition 30. 14 x 11 in. Signed in the image, lower right. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression of this uncommon print. The margins appear to be full. (They are narrow on the sides.) The condition is fine. Bibel was born in Poland, immigrated to the United States and trained in California. He moved to New York in 1936 where he was active in the WPA program. Impressions of this print are in the Metropolitan Museum in NY and the National Gallery, Washington.
SOLD

Chicken and Pulque (Pollo y Pulque) -  BIDDLE

Chicken and Pulque (Pollo y Pulque)
GEORGE BIDDLE
American, (1885-1973)
Transfer lithograph, 1928, Pennigar 89, Trotter 55; edition 50. 12 x 12 in. Signed, numbered and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is fine. This is from Biddle's Mexican Series. Pulque is a beer-like agave drink which predates the arrival of the Spanish by at least 1,500 years. In 1928 Biddle accompanied Diego Rivera on a sketching trip around Mexico.
$550

The Preview -  BLASHKO

The Preview
ABE BLASHKO
American, (1920-2011)
Lithograph, 1939, edition 35. 16 3/4 x 11 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a strong, rich impression of this large work. The margins are wide and the condition is quite good apart from a skillfully repaired tear in the lower margin, center, just to the image. Blashko had a one-man show of twenty five drawings at the Seattle Art Museum in 1938. He was then only eighteen years old. He worked as a longshoreman at the Seattle docks and eventually moved to NY where he published cartoons and continued making prints, drawings and paintings. He had a major retrospective at the Susan Teller Gallery in 1987. His work is included in several museum collections including the National Gallery of Art.
$1,500

Manhattan Excavation -  BONE

Manhattan Excavation
MUIRHEAD BONE
Scottish, (1876-1953)
Drypoint, 1923-28, Dodgson 390 (xvii/XIX), edition of 40 in this state, total of 151 impressions. 12 3/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. Here we have a superb, luminous impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This tour de force of the drypoint medium is a great moment in Bone's illustrious career. This location is Madison and 45th Street in New York and depicts the early construction of the Hotel Roosevelt. The hotel opened for business in 1924.
$7,500

Cutting Out a Bull, No. 1 -  BOREIN

Cutting Out a Bull, No. 1
EDWARD BOREIN
American, (1872-1945)
Etching, undated, Galvin 116, edition unknown. 6 x 10 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed with tone on cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Borein rarely dated his prints and did not keep formal editions.
$2,800

Emigrant Train -  BOREIN

Emigrant Train
EDWARD BOREIN
American, (1872-1945)
Etching, undated, Galvin 148, edition unknown. 14 x 6 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is fine, luminous impression with full margins. The paper is a cream wove and the condition is excellent. This is an outstanding example of his work. Borein produced over three hundred etchings and his work is consistently good.
$2,800

Bridges -  BOYER

Bridges
ERNEST BOYER
American, (1884-1949)
Aquatint, undated (circa 1940), edition 25. 8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on UMBRIA ITALIA paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from a very faint trace of toning within the mat opening and old hinge adhesive at the top corners, verso. This rare, exceptional print by this Pittsburgh artist is illustrated and discussed in Graphic Excursions, American Prints in Black and White, 1900-1950, from the Collection of Dave and Reba Williams (1991). Boyer studied architecture at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and he later returned there to study printmaking. His wife, Louise Miller Boyer, and their daughter, Helen King Boyer, were accomplished printmakers as well.
SOLD

The Crenellated Hill -  BOYER

The Crenellated Hill
LOUISE BOYER
American, (1890-1976)
Drypoint, 1940, edition unknown. 9 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine other than for two small old paper hinges at the top. This is from her Pittsburgh Series (# 9) and was published by the Society of Print Connoisseurs and bears their blindstamp in the lower left margin. In the early 1930s, Boyer began experimenting with anodized aluminnum plates which allowed her to bypass the grounding and acid biting procedures of copper or zinc plates.
$750

Father and Son -  BURNETT

Father and Son
CALVIN BURNETT
African American, (1921-2007)
Screenprint, 1956, edition 15. 28 1/4 x 18 3/8 in. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this large and impressive print. The margins are full (but modest in size) and the condition is fine other than for a small stain at the top edge of the margin and old hinges, verso. Burnett taught at the Massachusetts College of Art for thirty-three years. He received his MFA from Boston University in 1960. He specialized in the screenprint medium and was also a painter.
$2,200

Piñon Trees and Spanish Peaks, Colorado -  BURR

Piñon Trees and Spanish Peaks, Colorado
GEORGE ELBERT BURR
American, (1859-1939)
Etching printed in colors, 1906-07, Seeber 42, edition perhaps 50. 6 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a superb impression of this uncommon early color etching. The margins are probably full and the condition is fine. (There's stray printer's ink on the verso which is faintly showing on the right margin.) This was Burr's "first experiment in color" after moving to Denver in 1906. He was forty-seven. He was also a gifted watercolor painter and he viewed color etching as an ideal means to transition from one medium to the other. This rare print is illustrated on the cover of the Seeber catalogue raisonné.
$2,800

Stewart's -  CADMUS

Stewart's
PAUL CADMUS
American, (1904-1999)
Etching, 1934, Davenport 35, Johnson & Miller 78; edition 50. 8 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Inscribed "edition of 50" in the lower margin. This is a superb tonal impression printed with nice contrasts. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's just the faintest suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening.) This great, early work relates closely to a painting which is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. That work has the title "Greenwich Village Cafeteria."
SOLD

Eulalia Barthold -  CADMUS

Eulalia Barthold
PAUL CADMUS
American, (1904-1999)
Drypoint, circa 1926, Davenport 16, small edition. 14 3/4 x 12 in. Initialed in the plate, left of center, near the chair. Signed in pencil and inscribed "collection of the artist." This is a superb impression of this rare and fashionable early work. The sitter was a cousin of the artist. The condition is basically fine apart from a repair in the lower left corner margin and a couple of printing wrinkles in the left edge of the image which are inconspicuous. This impression is from the estate of the artist, left to his partner of many years, Jon F. Anderson. The print is inscribed "collection of the artist."
SOLD

Blaze of Glory -  CASARELLA

Blaze of Glory
EDMOND CASARELLA
American, (1920-1996)
Paper relief print, 1959, edition 12. 15 x 13 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent with the colors especially fresh. Ex-collection: James Heald. Casarella's innovative printmaking technique is discussed at length in David Acton's, A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking (1990), page 242. This is an outstanding example of his work.
$3,000

Self Portrait with H -  CASTELLON

Self Portrait with H
FEDERICO CASTELLON
American, (1914-1971)
Etching, 1942, Freundlich 26, edition 50. 7 7/8 x 6 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on a sturdy wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Castellon was born in Spain and his family moved to Brooklyn in 1921. He was actively exhibiting in the early 1930s and had his first one man show at the Weyhe Gallery in 1934. His wife, Hulda, is shown standing behind the artist.
$750

Manhattan Old and New -  CHAMBERLAIN

Manhattan Old and New
SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN
American, (1895-1975)
Drypoint, 1929, Chamberlain/Kingsland 81, edition 100. 8 7/8 x 7 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. The artist also titled the print in the lower margin. This is a fine, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is fine apart from a a couple of inherent paper imperfections in the sky and one tiny rust spot.
$675

Soarning Steel -  CHAMBERLAIN

Soarning Steel
SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN
American, (1895-1975)
Drypoint, 1929, Chamberlain/Kingsland 79, edition 125. 12 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Titled below by the artist. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Here the artist depicts the Chicago Daily News building under construction. (Note: The catalogue lists an edition of 125 impressions but our impression is numbered from an edition of 100.)
SOLD

New York Night -  COOK

New York Night
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Lithograph, 1931, Duffy 162, edition 75 (35 printed). 10 x 12 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The sheet shows a deckle edge on all sides. The condition is excellent. This stellar lithograph ranks among his finest views of the New York skyline.
$9,500

Country Store -  COOK

Country Store
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Etching, 1929, Duffy 106, edition 50 (40 printed). 5 7/8 x 9 in. Signed and numbered ("50") in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full. The condition is fine apart from old hinges on the top corners of the sheet, verso. The location which inspired this print is Granville, MA which is not far from where the artist was born (Springfield, MA).
$1,500

Looking up Broadway -  COOK

Looking up Broadway
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Lithograph, 1937, Duffy 192, edition about 200. 13 x 9 1/2 in. Signed and date on the stone, lower left. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from very slight time toning in the extreme outer edges of the sheet. This is from the unsigned edition published by the American Artists Group in New York. Duffy mentions there were also a few signed artist's proofs. This is an exceptional New York print and was included in the National Gallery Exhibition, "The Urban Scene 1920-1950," from February to August, 2017.
$3,600

Lower Manhattan -  COOK

Lower Manhattan
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Lithograph, 1930, Duffy 132, edition 75 (35 were printed). 14 x 10 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil "75." This is a superb impression with full margins. The print is also dedicated to Erhard Weyhe (1883-1972) who founded Weyhe Gallery in NY on Lexington Avenue in 1919. This is one of Cook's stellar New York lithographs and a potent statement about the rise of modernism against the background of New York City in the 1930s.
$8,000

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