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Thames Below the Bridges, Night -  PENNELL

Thames Below the Bridges, Night
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1894, Wuerth 217, edition probably 20. 4 15/16 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, atmospheric impression of this rare print. The margins are full (but narrow on the sides, as printed). The condition is fine. Pennell produced several etchings and a few aquatints along the Thames during this period. Many of them were published as part of the "Easter Set" but Wuerth does not indicate that this print is part of the series. Our impression is selectively inked to show lights along the docks.
$650

Splash -  REDDY

Splash
KRISHNA REDDY
American, (b. 1925)
Intaglio and relief color print, undated (1950s-1960s, edition 25-50. 14 1/2 x 18 in. Signed and titled in pencil and further inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression with full margins. Minor discoloration and imperfections in the margins. Reddy specialized in multilevel viscosity printing and his outstanding abstract work is discussed in S.W. Hayter's New Ways of Gravure (1966) and Peterdi's Printmaking (1971). He was born in India, studied in Paris with Zadkine and in Milan with Marini. He was Professor and co-director of printmaking at Atelier 17 in Paris from 1957-1976.
SOLD

Alviso Farmyard -  RICE

Alviso Farmyard
WILLIAM S. RICE
American, (1873-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1925, edition fewer than 15. 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This fine impression is printed on a fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine. The colors are fresh. Provenance: Annex Galleries.
$2,200

Snowed In - Calaveras Big Tree Hotel -  RICE

Snowed In - Calaveras Big Tree Hotel
WILLIAM S. RICE
American, (1873-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, edition probably about 15. 8 3/4 x 12 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are substantial and probably untrimmed. This print came to us in the original mat and there is just a faint trace of discoloration within the old opening and old paper tape hinges at the top corners, recto. The outstanding California woodcut is exemplary of Rice's best work in the medium.
$5,000

Center Ring -  RIGGS

Center Ring
ROBERT RIGGS
American, (1896-1970)
Lithograph, 1933, Bassam 30, edition unknown. 14 3/8 x 19 3/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed, titled and numbered (21) in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a trace of an old hinge adhesive in the upper left corner of the margin. This important print was well-received when it was exhibited in New York and Chicago in 1933-34. It won the Logan prize at the Art Institute of Chicago (Century of Progress International Exhibition). "Center Ring" is illustrated on page 170 in American Prize Prints of the 20th Century by Albert Reese.
SOLD

Fruit Dish -  RIST

Fruit Dish
LUIGI RIST
American, (1889-1959)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1945, Williams 18, edition 150. 14 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in ink in the image in the lower right. Titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression of this major work. The paper is a light cream Japanese and the margins are full but modest in size which is typical. Although the recorded edition is 150, it's doubtful Rist printed them all due to the time consuming nature of inking and printing multiple blocks and even sections of the same block over and over. In the catalogue it states, "As many as fifty or more impressions are sometimes required to complete a given print." (See page 8).
$5,000

Boy on a Wheel -  ROBBINS

Boy on a Wheel
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1947, edition 45 14 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good. Robbins was a New Jersey artist who was employed with the New York WPA program. She specialized in artistic screenprints as well as oil paintings. Her 1930s and early 1940s work was primarily realistic urban street scenes and the prints from the late 1940s, as shown here, leaned more to the abstract reminding us of Dorr Bothwell, Edward Landon and others. This print was made from five screens and is so inscribed.
$800

The Dreamer -  ROBBINS

The Dreamer
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1947, edition 35. 14 x 10 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Hulda Robbins studied in Berlin from 1929-31 where she was greatly inspired by the work of Kollwitz. She also studied at the Barnes Foundation. Best known for her artistic screenprints, she's part of the pioneering group which included Ruth Chaney, Max Cohn, Ruth Gikow, Philip Hicken and Edward Landon and Riva Helfond, among others. Her prints have been exhibited at MOMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She resided in New Jersey in her later years and lived to be 100.
$900

Morning's at Seven -  ROBBINS

Morning's at Seven
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint (in nine colors), 1941, edition 50. 13 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This New York/New Jersey printmaker specialized in artistic screenprints which are refined in color and composition. This endearing image brings to mind the work of Raphael Soyer.
$950

Beacon, East River (New York) -  ROBBINS

Beacon, East River (New York)
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1947, edition 45. 14 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. An impression of this dynamic print is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
$950

Ferry to Welfare Island, N.Y.C. -  ROBBINS

Ferry to Welfare Island, N.Y.C.
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1941, edition 45. 10 1/4 x 14 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Roosevelt Island in New York was known as Welfare Island from 1921-1971. It was renamed after Franklin D. Roosevelt.
$1,000

Cleared Range -  ROBBINS

Cleared Range
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1947, edition 45. 13 x 10 1/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Best known for her highly artistic screenprints, Robbins was part of the pioneering group which included Philip Hicken, Edward Landon, Dorr Bothwell, Ruth Gikow and others. Robbins was a long time resident of New Jersey.
$900

Winter in the City -  ROBBINS

Winter in the City
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1940, edition 43. 14 x 18 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression of the artist's largest screenprint. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a faint suggestion of a soft wrinkle in the lower right corner near the image.) This exceptional New York print was done with nineteen colors and is so annotated. Robbins was from New Jersey and this early work is a stellar example of the artistic screenprint done during the WPA period.
$2,200

View of New York -  ROTH

View of New York
ERNEST ROTH
American, (1879-1964)
Etching, 1918, edition unknown. 11 1/2 x 10 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression on Japanese paper in fine condition. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. This dynamic view of New York relates closely to Joseph Pennell's views of the city during this same period.
$850

New York, Old and New -  ROTH

New York, Old and New
ERNEST ROTH
American, (1879-1964)
Etching, 1944, edition probably about 100. 12 x 15 1/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in the plate. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression of this large and exceptional work. The margin are full and the paper is watermarked VAN GELDER. The condition is fine apart from a tiny speck of foxing near the pencil signature. Roth's Venetian prints were recently the focus of a book and exhibition by Eric Denker, Reflections & Undercurrents; Ernest Roth and Printmaking in Venice, 1900-1940. His best New York prints are exceptional in design and execution.
SOLD

Strike Talk -  RUTKA

Strike Talk
DOROTHY RUTKA
American, (1907-1985)
Soft-ground etching, circa 1940, edition probably about 25. 6 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This impression bears the stamp of the Federal Art Project for Cleveland. Rutka was from Michigan and studied at the Cleveland School of art. She graduated in 1929 and joined the WPA in 1936. She was married to Philip Porter, executive editor of the Plain Dealer.
$750

Poverty -  RUTKA

Poverty
DOROTHY RUTKA
American, (1907-1985)
Soft-ground etching, circa 1940, edition probably about 25. 8 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. (There a just a couple of small fox marks in the left margin, away from the image.) The margins are full. This print bears the Federal Art Project Stamp for the Cleveland WPA. Rutka's prints generally address the social ills of society during the 1930s and 1940s. An impression of this print is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
$850

Ermetta -  SALLEE

Ermetta
CHARLES SALLEE
American, (1913-2006)
Etching, probably done in 1937, edition unknown. 6 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Here is a superb impression printed with plate tone. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than a repaired tear in the margin at left, well outside of the image. This is a Cleveland WPA print and it bears the ink stamp "FEDERAL ART PROJECT No.1". The edition was probably about twenty-five impressions which was typical for WPA works.
SOLD

Speakeasy I -  SCHANKER

Speakeasy I
LOUIS SCHANKER
American, (1903-1982)
Etching, 1924, Brooklyn Museum catalogue 1, edition unknown. 5 3/4 x 4 5/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression of this exceptionally rare, early print. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This is the first of two versions of this etching. "Speakeasy I" is also the first print listed in the Una Johnson/Jo Miller catalogue published by the Brooklyn Museum in 1974.
$900

Studio Still Life -  SCHOFIELD

Studio Still Life
FLORA SCHOFIELD
American, (1873-1960)
Woodcut, 1933, edition unknown. 12 3/4 x 9 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression with wide margins. Very good condition. Schofield studied in Provincetown with William Zorach and later studied in Paris with Leger, Lhote and Severini. Much of her time was spent between Chicago and Provincetown. Her prints are rare and she was included in Janet Flint's Provincetown Printers; A Woodcut Tradition (1983).
$2,000

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