John Platt woodcuts 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. 1 -  PLATT

Red Chestnut, No. 1
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.
$3,000

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, 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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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, 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!
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