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La Galerie Notre Dame -  MERYON

La Galerie Notre Dame
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1853, Schneiderman 29 (iii/VI), Delteil-Wright 26 (iii/V); edition unknown. 11 x 6 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, early, luminous impression of the very rare third state, before the the top borderline has been strengthened. The margins are full and the paper is a fine laid without a watermark. The condition is excellent other than for a modest little spot of discoloration in the lower margin and a tiny paper loss in the upper right corner of the sheet. This iconic image by Meryon is one of his finest prints. This impression is from the celebrated collection of Henri M. Petiet, Paris, and bears his stamp on the verso, lower left.
$8,000

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower) -  MERYON

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1852 and later, Schneiderman 23 (iv/X), Delteil-Wright (iv/X), edition unknown. 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Initialed in the plate, upper left. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on cream laid paper with an elaborate fleur-de-lis watermark bearing the letters HP. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is fine other than for an occasional handling mark and an incidental rust mark and minor marginal stain here and there. This early state still shows the horizontal mark in the blank are at bottom. This is removed in the fifth state. Early impressions such as this one are rare, indeed. Ex-collection: Henri M. Petiet (not in Lugt) with his collectors stamp on the verso, lower left.
SOLD

L'Abside de Notre Dame (The Apse of Notre Dame) -  MERYON

L'Abside de Notre Dame (The Apse of Notre Dame)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching and drypoint, 1854, Scheiderman 45 (vi/IX), Delteil/Wright 38 (v/VIII); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in the plate, lower left, below the image. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on a beautiful sheet of thin china paper. The margins are wide and probably this is the full, untrimmed sheet. The condition is fine apart from slight, old toning (and thinning) from earlier hinges at the top corner edges of the sheet. This iconic Meryon print is from the celebrated collections of B.B. MacGeorge (Lugt 394) and J.J. Heywood (Lugt 1276). Their collector marks are not evident on the print itself but the original Knoedler label from the frame indicates this impression is # 38 in the landmark 1917 catalogue and exhibition of Meryon prints from the MacGeorge Collection. As described in the catalogue, MacGeorge owned five impressions of L'Abside de Notre Dame and this one is "(d) Fifth state, chine." This impression is also cited in Delteil/Wright in his entry for the fifth state, "Mr. MacGeorge also had a proof on thin india paper." In addition, there's an old pencil inscription on the bottom of the margin which reads, "from the Heywood collection." (The Knoedler inventory number on the label also appears in pencil on the bottom margin.) This is an exceptional 19th century French etching with impeccable provenance.
SOLD

L'Ancien Louvre, Paris (The Old Louvre, Paris, after Zeeman) -  MERYON

L'Ancien Louvre, Paris (The Old Louvre, Paris, after Zeeman)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching, 1865-66, Schneiderman 96 (v/VI), Delteil-Wright (v/VI); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression printed on sturdy wove paper. The margins are wide. The condition is very good apart from toning along the top edge, verso, from an early adhesive and minor toning along the extreme bottom edge, verso. According to Delteil/Wright, "Meryon etched this plate from a painting by Zeeman in the Louvre, as a commission from the French Government, shortly before his second and final term in the asylum at Charenton, two years before his death. The etching was done on the back of the cancelled plate of the Petit Pont." This lifetime impression is from the collection of Alfred Morrison (Lugt 151). Morrison (1821-1897) was a prominent collector of his time.
$2,000

Paysage Feocial -  MEUNIER

Paysage Feocial
HENRI MEUNIER
French, (1873-1922)
Etching with aquatint, 1901, edition unknown. 10 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil below the image at right. A superb, atmospheric impression in very good condition. Full margins. Minor soft handling creases in the margin at right. This stunning landscape with castle is a fine example of style and technical finesse from the early 20th century
$675

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool) -  MILLET

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, 1855-56, Melot 15, only state, edition unknown. 10 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. Unsigned as usual. This is a very fine impression printed on thin, antique laid paper without watermark. The margins are substantial measuring about 1" on all sides. The condition is quite good with just the slightest trace of discoloration along the opening of a previous mat. This impression is better than most we've seen.
SOLD

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

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

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

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

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.
$3,750

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 superb impression of this large, rare work. The margins are full. The condition is fine. 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.
$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).
$2,500

Winged Horse (Cheval Ailé) -  REDON

Winged Horse (Cheval Ailé)
ODILON REDON
French, (1840-1916)
Lithograph, 1894, Mellerio/Hyman 127, edition unknown. 6 1/4 x 4 11/16 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression before letters printed on chine appliqué. The margins are wide. The condition is fine other than for slight foxing in the top margin and a small repaired tear at top. This charming print was published in La Revue Blanche and this is one of the early proofs printed on chine by Becquet, Paris.
SOLD

C'est Moi, Jean, Qui ai vu Qui ai Ouï ces Choses (And I Jean Saw These Things, and Heard Them) -  REDON

C'est Moi, Jean, Qui ai vu Qui ai Ouï ces Choses (And I Jean Saw These Things, and Heard Them)
ODILON REDON
French, (1840-1916)
Lithograph, 1899, Mellerio / Hyman 185; Johnson 104-12, edition 100. 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. Signed on the stone with the artist's monogram. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on chine appliqué. The margins are full. The condition is quite good apart from occasional subtle foxing in the margins and a small stain in the lower margin edge. This endearing work is plate XII from The Apocalypse de Saint-Jean (The Revelation of St. John the Divine). The set of twelve prints with frontispiece was published by Ambrose Vollard, Paris, and printed by Blanchard.
SOLD

And his Name that sat on Him was Death (Et Celui qui monté Dessus se nommait la Mort) -  REDON

And his Name that sat on Him was Death (Et Celui qui monté Dessus se nommait la Mort)
ODILON REDON
French, (1840-1916)
Lithograph, 1899, Mellerio 176, edition 100. 12 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower right, with the artist's monogram. Here we have a superb, rich impression. The paper is a chine appliqué and the margins are full. The condition is very good apart from a soft ripple in the sheet, a spot of foxing in the upper left corner just outside the image, and the extreme right edge of the sheet is toned. This is plate III from the series, Apocalypse de Saint-Jean. The printed titled is just below the image in the lower left.
SOLD

Four Figures, Facing Left -  REINBERGER

Four Figures, Facing Left
GERTRAUD B. REINBERGER
Austrian, (1903-1970)
Woodcut, circa 1920, edition probably about fifty. 15 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed in pencil and inscribed "handdruck". A superb impression in fine condition. Full margins. Reinberger's extraordinary woodcuts grew from her family's friendship with Josef Hoffmann. Beautiful design, vision and craftsmanship come together in these Successionist era images. A large collection of her prints are in the Albertina in Vienna. (See Eva Matthaus Holzschnitte von Gertraud Reinberger Graphische Kunst, 15/2 (1980)).
SOLD

Symbolic Figure, Facing Right -  REINBERGER

Symbolic Figure, Facing Right
GERTRAUD B. REINBERGER
Austrian, (1903-1970)
Woodcut, circa 1920, edition probably about 50. 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.
$1,650

Salome -  REINBERGER

Salome
GERTRAUD B. REINBERGER
Austrian, (1903-1970)
Woodcut, 1920-25, edition fifty or fewer. 15 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression on Japanese paper. Fine condition. Full margins. Reinberger's extraordinary woodcuts developed in part from her family's friendship with Josef Hoffmann. Her work is well-represented at the Albertina.
$1,800

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