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Surf and Rocks -  PATTERSON

Surf and Rocks
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1915-20, Bakker 47, edition 100 (?) 7 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. Signed in pencil (twice), numbered and also titled by the artist. This is a fine impression of this very rare woodcut. The margins are trimmed (by the artist) on the top and sides and there's about 3/4" along the bottom. The print is attached to a sheet of sturdy black paper which was most likely done by the artist. The edge of the sheet shows about 1/8" around the print which adds a decorative design element. The Bakker retrospective catalogue from 1989 only lists a gouache study for the print and not the woodcut. This is the first time we've handled an impression of "Surf and Rocks" and it depicts the rocky New England coastline, possibly Maine.
SOLD

Rose with Vine and Bud -  PATTERSON

Rose with Vine and Bud
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut, 1947, Bakker Retrospective catalogue 112b, small edition. 6 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression of this very rare work. The margins are trimmed to the borderline (by the artist). The condition is fine apart from a small ink smudge in the blank area at left, probably which occurred during the course of the printing process. This endearing work is Patterson's last recorded woodcut and this impression is illustrated on page 36 of the Bakker catalogue.
$2,800

Summer Flowers -  PATTERSON

Summer Flowers
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker 100a, intended edition of 100. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. Signed in pencil in the image, lower right. Signed titled and numbered just below the image. This is a superb, luminous impression of this rare print. The margins measure about 1/2" all around but this is most likely the full, untrimmed sheet as printed. The condition is fine apart from a small strip of scotch tape on the verso edges, top and bottom. This does not affect the front of the sheet in any way. The paper is Patterson's typical sturdy, somewhat thick Japanese paper which is especially well-suited for intensely rubbing the colors onto the paper from the back of the sheet.
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Summer Flowers -  PATTERSON

Summer Flowers
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker 100a, intended edition of 100. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression of this rare print. The margins measure about 1/2" all around but this is most likely the full, untrimmed sheet as printed. The condition is excellent. The paper is Patterson's typical sturdy, thick Japanese paper which is especially well-suited for intensely rubbing the colors onto the paper from the back of the sheet.
$6,500

Poppies and Convolvolus -  PATTERSON

Poppies and Convolvolus
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker retrospective catalogue # 95, intended edition of 100. 7 1/4 x 10 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with notably fresh colors. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Certainly, the finest impressions of Patterson's woodcuts display a remarkable three-dimensionality. The intense work involved in rubbing the colors into the blocks is perfectly demonstrated here and the end result is almost sculptural. Due to the labor intensive nature of printing just one impression, and given the scarcity of her prints, we doubt that the full editions were ever printed.
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Geometric Abstraction  -  PEETERS

Geometric Abstraction
JOZEF PEETERS
Belgian, (1895-1960)
Linocut on grey paper, 1921, edition unknown but certainly small. 7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. Unsigned. This is a fine proof impression before the monogram in the lower left corner. The paper is a gray wove and the margins are somewhat irregular. The condition is fine. This compelling image was published in the set "Map met 6 Linos" (1921) by De Sikkel. Complete sets are exceedingly rare today and these proofs are before publication. This work epitomizes the Belgian avante-garde printmaking aesthetic of the 1920s which relies on bold geometric images often interspersed with typography and strong color combinations. Peeters, along with Edmond van Dooren, Floris Jespers, Victor Servranckx and others, defined a national movement which is also evidenced in their paintings and the occasional sculpture. Provenance: Flor Bex, former Director of the Museum of Contemporary art in Antwerp and a celebrated author on this subject.
$2,500

Geometric Abstraction -  PEETERS

Geometric Abstraction
JOZEF PEETERS
Belgian, (1895-1960)
Linocut on blue paper, 1921, edition unknown but certainly small. 7 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. Unsigned. This is a fine proof impression before the monogram in the lower left corner. The paper is a blue wove and the margins are irregular. The condition is very good. This compelling image was published in the set "Map met 6 Linos" (1921) by De Sikkel. Complete sets are exceedingly rare today and these proofs are before publication. This work epitomizes the Belgian avante-garde printmaking aesthetic of the 1920s which relies on bold geometric images often interspersed with typography and strong color combinations. Peeters, along with Edmond van Dooren, Floris Jespers, Victor Severanckx and others, defined a national movement which is also evidenced in their paintings and occasional sculpture. Provenance: Flor Bex, former Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp and a celebrated author on this subject.
$2,500

Summer Night -  PHILLIPS

Summer Night
WALTER J. PHILLIPS
Canadian, (1884-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1931, Boulet 153; edition 200. 7 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good, overall, apart from a small tear and some scuffing in the left margin outside of the image. This print was published as #5 from the series "Ten Woodcuts."
$2,500

The Field Barn -  PHILLIPS

The Field Barn
WALTER J. PHILLIPS
Canadian, (1884-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, Boulet MBL81, edition 100 9 x 10 in. Signed and dated in the block, lower right. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. Here we have a fine, subtle, atmospheric impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and probably full. The condition is fine. During a trip to England in 1924, Phillips spent time with William Giles and Yoshijiro Urushibara, two important practitioners of the color woodcut medium. Urushibara taught him much about the printing process and the various Japanese papers.
$2,000

The Stump -  PHILLIPS

The Stump
WALTER J. PHILLIPS
Canadian, (1884-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1928, Boulet MBL 116, edition 300. 6 3/4 x 9 1/16 in. Signed in the block with his monogram, lower left. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Goyu paper with modest but probably the full margins. The condition is fine apart from traces of old adhesive at the top of the sheet, verso, from an early mount. This lovely work was published as print four (of seven) in the portfolio called "The Canadian Scene".
$2,200

Red Chestnut, No. 1 -  PLATT

Red Chestnut, No. 1
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut, 1927, Chapman 14, projected edition 150. 15 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. The is a fine impression in fine condition. The colors are fresh and the margins are full. The Chapman catalogue lists a projected edition of 68 yet the numbering here is 21/150. This is one of the Platt's finest prints and is hard to obtain today.
SOLD

The Port of St. Tropez -  PLATT

The Port of St. Tropez
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1924, Chapman 12, projected edition of 100, with an additional printing of twenty inscribed in Roman numerals. 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. A superb impression with full margins. Fine condition.
$1,200

The Irish Lady, Lands End -  PLATT

The Irish Lady, Lands End
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1922, Chapman 9; projected edition of 100 impressions. 8 x 10 3/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The paper is a medium-weight Japanese and the margins appear to be full, measuring about 3/4" on all sides. (The edition was never completed and just 78 impressions were recorded.) This dramatic work beautifully conveys the waves crashing against the rocks at this famous locale in Cornwall, England.
$1,500

Siesta -  PLATT

Siesta
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, Chapman 13, edition 100. 9 1/8 x 13 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. A fine, luminous impression printed on a medium wove paper. The margins are full and untrimmed. The condition is fine with the colors especially fresh. Impressions of this work are in the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Pilchard Boats, Cornwall -  PLATT

Pilchard Boats, Cornwall
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1922, Chapman 10, projected edition of 100. 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Signed, titled and numbered. This is a fine, atmospheric impression of this uncommon print. The margins are modest but measuring 1/4 to 5/8 in. and this could well be the original, untrimmed sheet. The condition is good. (The sheet has been professionally backed with thin Japanese paper due to some thinning on the verso.) The recorded edition mentioned in the catalogue is seventy-eight even though this impression is numbered 21 from the edition of 100. Pilchard fishing was a thriving industry in Cornwall from around 1750 to 1880.
$1,500

The Vltava at Prague -  PLATT

The Vltava at Prague
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1930, Chapman 19, projected edition of 150. 9 5/8 x 14 1/16 in. Signed, titled and numbered (LXII) in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from small old hinges at the four corners, verso, and a tiny wrinkle in the lower right corner of the sheet. The catalogue states that only sixty-four impressions are recorded hence this is not a common print. The Vlvata is the longest river within the Czech Republic. In the background at right is Prague Castle. Construction started in 870 and was completed in 1929!
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Snow in Springtime -  PLATT

Snow in Springtime
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1919-1920, Chapman 6, recorded edition of 71. 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and dated in the block. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is an especially fine impression with superb, fresh colors. The margins are full and the condition is fine other than for small old hinges at the top corners. (The projected edition here was 100.) "John Platt's colour woodcuts mark a short but important phase in British printmaking; a period when an external and foreign influence stimulated a new decorative and inventive approach to the use of color." (Hilary Chapman, from page 6 of the catalogue raisonné, 1999). This influence, of course, was the art of Japan and Japanese prints in particular. The models for this composition also relate to Platt's sketches for the "Giant Stride." His sisters are on the swing and they are being observed by Platt's daughter and son.
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Landscape 2011-II -  POSTMA

Landscape 2011-II
GRIETJE POSTMA
Dutch, (b. 1961)
Woodcut printed in colors, 2011, edition 20. 10 1/2 x15 1/2 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Beautifully designed, the decorative border here reminds us of Buhot's elaborate approach to printmaking. The Dutch translation of the text is,"spring with alder and Pentecostal flowers."
$750

Landscape 2010-V -  POSTMA

Landscape 2010-V
GRIETJE POSTMA
Dutch, (b. 1961)
Woodcut printed in colors, 2010, edition 27. 15 5/8 x 22 5/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. The size of the edition is also inscribed in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Full margins.
SOLD

Landcape 2011-IV -  POSTMA

Landcape 2011-IV
GRIETJE POSTMA
Dutch, (b. 1961)
Woodcut printed in colors, 2011, edition 20 plus 5 artist's proofs 15 x 15 3/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. The size of the edition is also inscribed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full.
$850

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