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Brooklyn Bridge -  BIBEL

Brooklyn Bridge
LEON BIBEL
American, (1913-1995)
Screenprint, 1938, edition 30. 14 1/8 x 11 1/16 in. Signed in the image, lower right. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression of this uncommon print. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Bibel came to America from Poland in 1926 and settled in San Francisco. He moved to New York and joined the NYC WPA/FAP. His work is discussed in The American Scene; Prints from Hopper to Pollack (2008) by Stephen Coppel (see pages 166-167).
SOLD

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.
$8,500

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

Going to the Wagon, No. 1 -  BOREIN

Going to the Wagon, No. 1
EDWARD BOREIN
American, (1872-1945)
Etching, undated, Galvin 44, edition unknown. 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine, atmospheric impression in very good condition. The margins are full. (There's just a very faint suggestion of light toning within a previous mat opening.) This outstanding work is also titled "The Texans."
$3,500

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.
$850

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."
$8,000

Labor in a Diesel Plant -  CALAPAI

Labor in a Diesel Plant
LETTERIO CALAPAI
American, (1902-1993)
Wood engraving, 1940, edition 50. 15 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. Signed in the block, lower right. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and probably full. The condition is very good apart from some light toning within an early mat opening. This Boston born artist was involved with the New York WPA program in the 1930s. This is arguably his finest blockprint from his best period and impressions are found in the National Gallery, the Library of Congress and the Art Institute of Chicago.
$5,000

Taos (New Mexico) -  CAPPS

Taos (New Mexico)
CHARLES M. CAPPS
American, (1898-1981)
Etching and aquatint, 1948, Shaull / Elliott 21; edition 75. 7 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a very fine impression in fine condition. The margins are wide and probably full. One of his very best prints, "Taos" exemplifies the artist's remarkable command of the aquatint medium. Capps met Doel Reed in the early 1930s and he inspired Capps to make his first aquatint in 1933. He produced other Southwestern works and was active with the Prairie Printmakers.
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

En Déshabillé (also called, Italian Girl) -  CASSATT

En Déshabillé (also called, Italian Girl)
MARY CASSATT
American, (1844-1926)
Drypoint, circa 1889, Breeskin 95, edition unknown. 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. Signed and numbered (No. 1) in pencil. This is a superb impression, rich with burr. The paper is a textured, white laid without a watermark. The margins are full and the condition is quite good apart from a little toning in the top part of the sheet and a couple of faint handling creases showing in the background. This lovely work is from the collection of Robert Hartshorne, New York, (Lugt 2215b.) His collector's stamp is on the verso in two places, one showing slightly though on the bevel below the image and above Cassatt's signature. This subject was one of more than sixty prints included in the important retrospective of her work held at Durand-Ruel in Paris, 1893.
$7,000

Black Maternity -  CATLETT

Black Maternity
ELIZABETH CATLETT
American, (1915-2012)
Lithograph, 1959, edition 50. 17 x 12 1/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare early work. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This powerful print shows the influence of the Mexican printmakers, most notably David Alfaro Siqueiros. She began working at the Taller de Gráfica Popular in in Mexico in 1946 and was active there until 1966. She married Francisco Mora and became a Mexican citizen. She was friendly with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. As quoted in a May, 2006 New York Times review of her work, " She also embraced more cheerful subject matter, producing portraits of black women and children and, later, the Hispanic and Indian populations at her home in Cuernvaca. Among the best of them is 'Black Maternity,' a tender and loving lithograph from 1959. It shows a young black woman holding her newborn child to her chest, their cheeks touching. There is no more anger here, just joy and love." This impression has been exhibited at the Brenau University Galleries in 2007 and at the North Carolina Central University Art Museum in 2001. Ex-collection: Reverend Douglas Moore and Dr. Doris Hughes-Moore.
SOLD

Manhattan Twilight -  CHAMBERLAIN

Manhattan Twilight
SAMUEL CHAMBERLAIN
American, (1895-1975)
Etching with mezzotint, 1932, Chamberlain/Kingsland 111, edition 100. 13 5/16 x 9 1/2 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Here we have a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Chamberlain produced six prints related to New York City and this is the finest.
SOLD

Soaring New York -  COOK

Soaring New York
HOWARD COOK
American, (1901-1980)
Aquatint and soft-ground etching, 1931 (date in pencil, 1932), Duffy 165, edition of 75. 8 7/8 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right. Numbered "3/40" in the lower left corner. This is a fine impression printed on a light cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good with faint traces of old tape adhesive showing along the margin edges, verso, and a small repair in the upper right margin corner, well away from the image. This rare print is located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Georgetown University and the Dallas Museum of Art. Current scholarship lists five known states of this print and this is the fifth and final state. It's possible the entire edition was never printed given the rarity of this work.
SOLD

Third Avenue Elevated #2 -  CRAWFORD

Third Avenue Elevated #2
RALSTON CRAWFORD
American, (1906-1978)
Lithograph printed in colors, 1951, Freeman L51.6, edition 24. 17 x 10 1/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with extremely fresh colors. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This stellar work was printed by Desjobert in Paris. Five impressions are cited in the Freeman catalogue as belonging to museum collections. Crawford produced seven variations of the "Third Avenue El" title including a horizontal version in black and yellow.
SOLD

John Brown -  CURRY

John Brown
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1939, Cole 34, edition 250. 14 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. Signed on the stone and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins have been trimmed to 1/2" on the top and sides and 1" on the bottom. This iconic American print is illustrated and discussed in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack (2008) by Stephen Coppel (see pages 136-139). The painting that relates to this lithograph is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
$6,000

Prize Stallions -  CURRY

Prize Stallions
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1938, Cole 31, edition 250. 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Initialed and dated on the stone. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are full. This print was published by Associated American Artists. Most of Curry's lithographs were printed by George Miller in New York.
SOLD

Our Good Earth -  CURRY

Our Good Earth
JOHN STEUART CURRY
American, (1897-1946)
Lithograph, 1942, edition 250. 12 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. Initialed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This work was published by Associated American Artists in New York. The painting of this subject is located at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin. A preliminary drawing is at the Beach Museum of Kansas State University.
SOLD

Ride a Cock Horse -  DEMARTELLY

Ride a Cock Horse
JOHN DEMARTELLY
American, (1903-1980)
Lithograph, 1940, Zink 26, edition 250. 9 3/8 x 12 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent and we have to original AAA label which goes with the print. Theis scene depicts the artist's wife playing with their first child while there were living in Kansas City. A painting of the subject is in the Whitney Museum.
$750

Blue Valley Fox Hunt -  DEMARTELLY

Blue Valley Fox Hunt
JOHN DEMARTELLY
American, (1903-1980)
Lithograph, 1937, Zink 10, edition 250. 12 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression as published by AAA in New York. The condition is fine. The margins are somewhat trimmed but are still substantial. The artist was a close friend of Thomas Hart Benton.
SOLD

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