John Platt prints for sale

British, 1886-1967

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Building the Trawler -  PLATT

Building the Trawler
Woodcut printed in colors, 1929, Chapman 18, projected edition of 150; this impression numbered "I/X", one of several trial proofs. 9 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Wide margins.
$1,200

Entering the Port, St. Tropez -  PLATT

Entering the Port, St. Tropez
Woodcut printed in colors, 1923, Chapman 11, edition 150. 12 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Also inscribed, "advance proof." This is a superb, early impression before the formal edition. The margins are somewhat narrow but most likely this is the full sheet as printed. (Inky block edges show around the perimeter of the margins which is typical.) The colors are superb on this impression and Entering the Port is one of two St. Tropez woodcuts by the artist.
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Pilchard Boats, Cornwall -  PLATT

Pilchard Boats, Cornwall
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

Red Chestnut No. 2 -  PLATT

Red Chestnut No. 2
Woodcut printed in colors, 1927, Chapman 15, projected edition of 150 (19 recorded). 15 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and titled below the image in pencil. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are modest but they are probably full and untrimmed. (There 's minor paper flaw in the sky at top and a soft wrinkle here and there, all of which is hardly noticeable.) This is one of Platt's outstanding prints. The influence of Japanese printmaking is clearly evident.
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Red Chestnut No. I  -  PLATT

Red Chestnut No. I
Woodcut printed in colors, 1927, Chapman 14; projected edition of 68. 15 x 8 3/4 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. ("3/7 advance proof, 63/68, 2nd scheme"). This is a superb, richly inked impression with probably the full margins. The condition is fine. This stellar work is one of Platt's finest and this impression is among the best we have seen. The influence of Japanese printmaking in England during the early 20th century is here so very evident.
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Red Chestnut, No. 1 -  PLATT

Red Chestnut, No. 1
Woodcut, 1927, Chapman 14, projected edition 150. 15 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression in fine condition, the colors especially vibrant. Full margins. Very good condition. Old paper tape hinges at top.
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Siesta -  PLATT

Siesta
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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Snow in Springtime -  PLATT

Snow in Springtime
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920, Chapman 6, recorded edition of 71. 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression in excellent condition. Wide margins. The models for this composition also relate to Platt's sketches for the "Giant Stride." His sisters are on the swing watched by his daughter and son.
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Snow in Springtime -  PLATT

Snow in Springtime
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 and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. (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 raisonne, 1999). This influence, of course, was the art of Japan and Japanese prints in particular.
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The Giant Stride -  PLATT

The Giant Stride
Woodcut, 1918, Chapman 5, trial proof 5 (and so inscribed). Total projected edition 150. 6 5/8 x 16 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression. Full margins. Minor soft creasing in the upper left corner margin area. Exhibited 1922 at the 3rd International Exposition in Los Angeles organized by the Printmakers Society of California. This print was awarded the Gold Medal for best print in any medium.
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The Irish Lady, Land's End -  PLATT

The Irish Lady, Land's End
Woodcut printed in colors, 1922, Chapman 9, projected edition of 100. 8 x 10 1/2 in. Signed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression with wide margins. Some thinness in the lower margin.
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The Irish Lady, Lands End -  PLATT

The Irish Lady, Lands End
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

The Port of St. Tropez -  PLATT

The Port of St. Tropez
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 Vltava at Prague -  PLATT

The Vltava at Prague
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!
$1,500


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