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Leisure -  ABRAMOVITZ

Leisure
ALBERT ABRAMOVITZ
Latvian-American, (1879-1963)
Woodcut (linocut?) printed in colors, circa 1937, edition probably about 25 impressions. 13 7/8 x 17 in. Initialed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this large, rare print. Printed on a thin Japanese paper, the margins are full and the condition is very good. (There's a trace of wrinkling in the lower margin just to the image.) Abramovitz was born in Riga, Latvia, studied in Paris, and eventually settled in New York where he was employed by the WPA program. His work is illustrated and discussed in The Federal Art Project: American Prints from the 1930s (1985), published by the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His prints are in the following American collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and others. This potent, expressionist image is an outstanding example of his work and a bold social statement about life for many during the 1930s.
$2,000

Fleeting Time Thou Has Left Me Old -  ALBRIGHT

Fleeting Time Thou Has Left Me Old
IVAN ALBRIGHT
American, (1897-1982)
Lithograph, 1945, edition 250. 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This self portrait was published by Associated American Artists in New York and a related painting from 1929-30 is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A major retrospective of his work was organized by the Art institute of Chicago in 1964.
SOLD

The Aqueduct -  ALLEN

The Aqueduct
JAMES ALLEN
American, (1894-1964)
Lithograph, 1937, Ryan 1, edition 40. 11 3/8 x 14 5/8 in. Signed in pencil and numbered "ed 40". This is a superb impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This is one of twelve lithographs by Allen commissioned by the United States Pipe and Foundry Company in 1937. The prints were exhibited and sold at Kennedy Galleries in New York.
$2,800

Teeming Ingots -  ALLEN

Teeming Ingots
JAMES ALLEN
American, (1894-1964)
Etching, 1935, Ryan 88, edition 100. 11 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good. This exemplary work was the 1935 Presentation Print of the Society of American Etchers. Allen's work is included in the British Museum's landmark show and catalogue on American printmaking, The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollock (2008), by Stephen Coppel.
$2,500

New York Cafe -  ANDREWS

New York Cafe
BENNY ANDREWS
American, (1930-2006)
Lithograph, 1966, edition 250. 10 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This print was published by Associated American Artists. Andrews was born in Georgia, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to New York. He taught at Queens College, City University of New York, from 1968-1997.
$1,200

Study in Stone, Cathedral of Orense -  ARMS

Study in Stone, Cathedral of Orense
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1933, Fletcher 257 (ii/II); from the edition of 162. 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. Old hinges at top corners. (Stamped "Collection E John Taylor Arms).
$900

Sunlight on Stone, Caudebec-en-Caux -  ARMS

Sunlight on Stone, Caudebec-en-Caux
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1931, Fletcher 241, (ii/II), total edition this state 164. 14 3/8 x 7 1/2 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. A superb, luminous impression of this major print from the French Church series. Full margins. In very good condition apart from the trace of a small stain in the upper left corner of the image, barely noticeable. (Note: This impression is dated 1931 and inscribed "Ed. 100" but the catalogue raisonne has other ideas. It lists a 1931 printing of 140 by Henry E. Carlin.)
SOLD

Puerto del Obispo, Zamora -  ARMS

Puerto del Obispo, Zamora
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1933, Fletcher 266, (ii/II), edition 160. 12 5/8 x 7 1/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil and with a pencil dedication (partially erased). A fine impression on antique French paper. Full margins. Very good condition other than the faintest trace of discoloration from an earlier mat.
$800

Destroyers in Wet Basin -  ARMS

Destroyers in Wet Basin
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1943, Fletcher 377 (iii/III), edition 875. 10 x 17 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition with full margins. This is #2 from the U.S. Navy series. Depicted are the U.S.S. Radford, Quick & Mervine in South Kearney, N.J.
$850

The Gothic Spirit -  ARMS

The Gothic Spirit
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1922, Fletcher 120, edition 130 plus 5 trial proofs. 11 3/4 x 7 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on off-white, fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent. This large print is number eight from this celebrated series of gargoyle studies.
$2,400

Sentinels -  ARMS

Sentinels
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1922, Fletcher 123; edition 135 plus 3 trial proofs. 4 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A superb impression printed on a nice old sheet of greenish laid paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good other than a subtle stain in the lower margin, well away from the image, and a tiny spot(rust?) in the upper left corner margin.
$1,400

St. Paul, Alps-Maritimes (France) -  ARMS

St. Paul, Alps-Maritimes (France)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1927, Fletcher 201 (ii/II); edition 259. 7 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good other than slight lightening within a previous mat opening. This work was published by the Print Club of Cleveland and the edition was printed in New York by Frederick Reynolds. Marc Chagall lived here and the Fondation Maeght is nearby.
$800

Le Penseur de Notre Dame -  ARMS

Le Penseur de Notre Dame
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1923, Fletcher 136 (i/II), edition 150. 12 1/2 x 10 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a light cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This iconic image epitomizes Arms' fascination with medieval architecture and it's a remarkable tribute to it. The plate was rebitten in 1937 and that constitutes Fletcher's description of the second state. Thirty-five impressions were then printed in addition to the one hundred and fifty from 1923.
$4,500

Gloria:  Saint Riquier (Gloria Ecclesiae Antiquae) -  ARMS

Gloria: Saint Riquier (Gloria Ecclesiae Antiquae)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1937, Fletcher 307 (iii/IV), edition 75. 13 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed "Ed.75 III." This is a superb impression printed on J. WHATMAN watermarked paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The raisonné lists an edition of 175 for this state. In the fourth state the plate was cut down slightly.
$1,200

Through Wind and Weather (Notre Dame Gargoyle) -  ARMS

Through Wind and Weather (Notre Dame Gargoyle)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1922, Fletcher 118, edition 75. 7 1/8 x 8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on laid paper with the watermark "F.J. Head & Co." Full margins. Very good condition. (There's a thin spot in the upper margin which is an inherent paper flaw.) This is plate # 7 from the celebrated Gargoyle series.
$1,200

The Balcony (Venetian Gateway) -  ARMS

The Balcony (Venetian Gateway)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1931, Fletcher 237 (iii/III), edition 110. 8 1/16 x 5 1/16 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on cream antique laid paper with an illegible watermark. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. This stellar Venetian print is one of several views of this famous city which exemplify his work in the etching medium.
$1,500

Spanish Profile, Palencia -  ARMS

Spanish Profile, Palencia
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1948-1950, Fletcher 418 (iii/III), edition 308. 13 5/8 x 6 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed "III" for the third state (of three). This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent as the work has never been matted or framed before now. This exquisite print is # 15 from his Spanish Church Series. The Cathedral was built from 1321 to 1504.
$1,000

La Mangia, Siena -  ARMS

La Mangia, Siena
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1927, Fletcher 192, edition 115. 15 x 8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. Signed and dated in pencil. This is an especially fine, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This is plate #10 from the Italian Series. Located in Tuscany, the tower was built in 1338-1348 and was one of the tallest secular towers in Italy.
$850

Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral -  ARMS

Lace in Stone, Rouen Cathedral
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1927, Fletcher 200, edition 100. 13 7/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from very subtle discoloration in the lower right and upper right corners. This remarkable print is a tour-de-force of detail and exquisite observation. It's one of the artist's finest prints and # 18 from the French Church Series.
SOLD

Three Birds -  AVERY

Three Birds
MILTON AVERY
American, (1893-1965)
Woodcut printed in blue and black, 1952, Lunn 43ii, edition of 15. 9 1/2 x 25 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are probably full and untrimmed. The condition is generally fine. (There's some stray printers ink in the margins which is not uncommon with Avery's woodcuts.) This captivating, large work is one of his finest prints done in the woodcut medium, particularly in this color combination. (There were also fifteen impressions in black and twenty in yellow and black.) Avery loved depicting whimsical birds as subject and there are paintings that relate to this image. Avery was introduced to the medium by fellow artist, Steve Pace. He printed his own blocks, sometimes with the assistance of his wife and daughter.
$7,500

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