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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

Sailboat -  STAMMESHAUS

Sailboat
HERMANN STAMMESHAUS
Dutch, (1918-1985)
Woodcut, 1960, edition 25. 13 x 12 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil.
SOLD

Ships at Anchor -  STAMMESHAUS

Ships at Anchor
HERMANN STAMMESHAUS
Dutch, (1918-1985)
Woodcut printed on Japanese paper, 1959, edition 30. 14 1/4 x 13 3/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. A fine impression. Full margins. Some staining in the outer margins but overall quite fine. He was a member of "De Brug."
SOLD

God Comes Down to Inspect His Creations -  SURENDORF

God Comes Down to Inspect His Creations
CHARLES F. SURENDORF
American, (1906-1979)
Linoleum cut, 1940s, edition 15. 9 x 12 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. A fine impression printed in rich, black in on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is also fine. This unusual and engaging print is a kind of comic book expressionist image; very serious stuff but with an element of zaniness. Surendorf was a California artist and was active in the Bay area as a block print artist and painter.
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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

Cathedral Study -  THALMANN

Cathedral Study
MAX THALMANN
German, (1890-1945)
Woodcut, 1920s, edition unknown. 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 an exceptionally large 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 relates to the Cathedral series but is not formally part of it.
$1,400

Evening in Venice (Abend vor Venedig) -  THIEMANN

Evening in Venice (Abend vor Venedig)
CARL THIEMANN
Austrian, (1881-1966)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1910-11, Merx 172F, edition unknown. 11 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. Signed and dated in the block, upper right. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. Here we have a superb, luminous impression of this large work. The margins are narrow but untrimmed, with a deckle edge showing on three sides. This is a stellar example of his work.
$1,500

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.
$6,800

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

La Procession à Watermael -  TYTGAT

La Procession à Watermael
EDGARD TYTGAT
Belgian, (1879-1957)
Woodcut, 1919, Taillaert 41 (planche 1); edition 60 (50?) in black and white. 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed, dated (1921) and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good overall other than occasional subtle spots of foxing and there's a printing crease in the upper left margin, apart from the image. This print is from his celebrated series, "Carrousels et Baraques" which was created in London in 1919. This is one of 50(60?) black and white impressions printed in 1925. (There were color editions as well.) Tytgat's style is both expressionist and charmingingly naive. He was interested in "scènes quotidiennes", popular tales, the circus and the the Flemish kermesse. He was a unique and gifted artist working as a painter and printmaker and the fine, early impressions of his prints are hard to find.
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Merry-go-Round -  TYTGAT

Merry-go-Round
EDGARD TYTGAT
Belgian, (1879-1957)
Woodcut and linoleum cut printed in colors, 1918-1919, Taillaert 40 (planche 3), edition 45. 6 1/4 x 8 1/16 in. Signed, numbered and inscribed in pencil,"1er essai," and "épreuve d'artiste, Edgard Tytgat, London 1918." This is a superb, early impression with the text, before the later printings when the colors are not as vibrant and not as richly inked. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. "Carrousels and Baraques" is Tytgat's best known series of prints and this set of six works was extremely popular. There were multiple editions as well as impressions in black and white and in single colors. This superb impression is from the collection of Auguste Taevernier (1895-1976), (Lugt 3334) who was the author of a catalogue raisonné of James Ensor.
SOLD

Caravans -  TYTGAT

Caravans
EDGARD TYTGAT
Belgian, (1879-1957)
Woodcut and linoleum cut printed in colors, 1919, Taillaert 40, planche 6; edition 60. 6 x 8 in. Signed, dated "1925" and numbered in pencil. This is an exceptional impression printed on thin Japanese paper with the printed title just below the image. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There a few soft wrinkles in the lower left corner of the margins.) This is one of six plates from Tytgat's most famous series, "Carrousels et Barques." This is the first edition of this print with later printings done unnumbered and in black and white only. Tytgat's style is both expressionist and charmingly naive. He was interested in "scènes quotidiennes," popular tales, the circus and the tradition of the Flemish kermesse. This impression is from the collection of Auguste Taevernier (1895-1976), (Lugt 3334), who was the author of a catalogue raisonné of James Ensor prints.
SOLD

Anemones -  URUSHIBARA

Anemones
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1915, edition probably 100. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Here we have a superb impression with the colors especially vibrant. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Urushibara's best work was a group of floral woodcuts of which this is a notable example. The artist moved to England at a young age and lived there as well as in France until 1934. He was very active with the European color woodcut artists at the time and collaborated with Frank Brangwyn on several prints.
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

Sweet Peas 2 (Sweet Peas in a Vase with Peony Design) -  URUSHIBARA

Sweet Peas 2 (Sweet Peas in a Vase with Peony Design)
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (possibly circa 1913), Chapman/Horner F41, edition probably 83. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine. This impression bears the seal # 2 "Mokuchu" as listed in the catalogue on page 196. Color variations exist of this print. Ex-collection: the artist's estate via Ichiro Urushibara, the artist's son. The artist rarely dated his prints.
$1,450

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

Improvization I -  VAN DOOREN

Improvization I
EDMOND VAN DOOREN
Belgian, (1896-1965)
Linocut, 1920-21, small edition (perhaps 50 impressions). 10 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition with full margins. Van Dooren's importance as part of the Belgian avant-garde cannot be underestimated. This work was published by the Antwerp circle of artists known as Het Overzicht (The Overview) of which Jozef Peeters and Michel Seuphor were members. They also published works by Karel Maes. van Doesburg (De Stijl) was a prominent influence. This potent image represents the best work of the artist.
SOLD

Compositie (Stilleven) Composition (Still Life) -  VAN HEEMSKERCK

Compositie (Stilleven) Composition (Still Life)
JACOBA VAN HEEMSKERCK
Dutch, (1876-1923)
Woodcut, 1916, Huussen/van Paaschen-Louwerse 313, edition probably 30. 8 x 11 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. A superb impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There is slight, subtle foxing showing in the margins and minor wrinkles in the margins from the printing process.) Van Heemskerck produced a remarkable series of woodcuts dating from about 1915-1921. This avant garde work was certainly out of the mainstream of Dutch aesthetics at the time and she was influenced by Mondrian and the writings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). She exhibited regularly in Germany through her connections with Herwarth Walden and Galerie der Sturm (Berlin) and her work was greatly admired there and acquired by collectors. Van Heemskerck also excelled in stained glass and received many commissions for this work. Impressions of this print are located in the Rijksprentenkabinet and the Stedelijk.
SOLD

Composition (Compositie) -  VAN HEEMSKERCK

Composition (Compositie)
JACOBA VAN HEEMSKERCK
Dutch, (1876-1923)
Woodcut, circa 1915-1916, Not listed in Hussen / van Paaschen-Louwerse, edition probably about 30 impressions. 6 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a superb impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Van Heemskerck produced a remarkable series of woodcuts dating from about 1915-1921. This avant garde work was certainly out of the mainstream of Dutch aesthetics at the time and she was influenced by Mondrian and the writings of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). She exhibited regularly in Germany through her connections with Herwarth Walden and Galerie der Sturm (Berlin) and her work was greatly admired there and acquired by collectors. Van Heemskerck also excelled in stained glass and received many commissions for this work.
SOLD

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