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Silence (Femme Cournnée d'épines) -  MARTIN

Silence (Femme Cournnée d'épines)
HENRI-JEAN GUILLAUME MARTIN
French, (1860-1943)
Lithograph printed in colors, 1897, I.F.F. 2, edition 100. 19 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on china paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This work was published by Vollard for L'Album d'Estampes Originales de la Galerie Vollard. Silence is an outstanding example of symbolist printmaking in late 19th century France. Martin did very few prints and this is the finest. "The theme of silence was meant to suggest the inarticulate essence of the soul. Women were favored as subjects in art and often closely associated with death at the end of the 19th century.... The withered thistle, like her crown of thorns, denotes pain and death. The work's sense of confinement and isolation invokes the artistic notions of suffering and solitude, popular among Symbolist artists." (see page 43 of Strategic Ambiguity, The Obscure, Nebulous, and Vague in Symbolist Prints (2013), ed. by Carmen Vendelin. Included with this color impression is a trial proof printed in black and gray and a cancelled impression of the image in black ink only. Ex-collection: Henri M. Petiet (Lugt 5031).
SOLD

Nude in a Rocking Chair (Nu au Rocking Chair) -  MATISSE

Nude in a Rocking Chair (Nu au Rocking Chair)
HENRI MATISSE
French, (1869-1954)
Lithograph , 1913, Duthuit-Garnaud 410, Fribourg 368; edition 50. 19 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. Initialed on the stone, lower right. Signed and numbered in ink, lower right. This is a superb impression printed on cream colored simili-Japan paper. The sheet is full and untrimmed. The condition is very good. This exemplary, early work is from the celebrated collection of Henri M. Petiet and bears his stamp (H.M.P.) on the verso.
$12,000

The Orchestra -  MAURIN

The Orchestra
CHARLES MAURIN
French, (1856-1914)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, 1893, Gounot 59, edition 100. 5 3/8 x 8 5/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in blue pencil. This is a fine, rich impression with wide margins. The condition is very good apart from a suggestion of damp staining in the upper right margin. Impressions of this lovely print are in the Clark Art Museum and the Ackland Art Museum.
$1,400

La Coiffure -  MAURIN

La Coiffure
CHARLES MAURIN
French, (1856-1914)
Soft-ground etching with aquatint printed in colors, circa 1900-1910, edition 50. 12 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression with the colors fresh. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Maurin's superb and experimental color printmaking is illustrated and discussed in From Pissarro to Picasso, Color Etching in France (1992) by Cate and Grivel. He worked closely with Eugène Delâtre and the publishers Sagot and Vollard.
$1,200

La Galerie Notre Dame -  MERYON

La Galerie Notre Dame
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1853, Schneiderman 29 (iii/VI), Delteil-Wright 26 (iii/V); edition unknown. 11 x 6 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, early, luminous impression of the very rare third state, before the the top borderline has been strengthened. The margins are full and the paper is a fine laid without a watermark. The condition is excellent other than for a modest little spot of discoloration in the lower margin and a tiny paper loss in the upper right corner of the sheet. This iconic image by Meryon is one of his finest prints. This impression is from the celebrated collection of Henri M. Petiet, Paris, and bears his stamp on the verso, lower left.
$8,000

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower) -  MERYON

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1852 and later, Schneiderman 23 (iv/X), Delteil-Wright (iv/X), edition unknown. 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Initialed in the plate, upper left. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on cream laid paper with an elaborate fleur-de-lis watermark bearing the letters HP. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is fine other than for an occasional handling mark and an incidental rust mark and minor marginal stain here and there. This early state still shows the horizontal mark in the blank are at bottom. This is removed in the fifth state. Early impressions such as this one are rare, indeed. Ex-collection: Henri M. Petiet (not in Lugt) with his collectors stamp on the verso, lower left.
SOLD

L'Abside de Notre Dame (The Apse of Notre Dame) -  MERYON

L'Abside de Notre Dame (The Apse of Notre Dame)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching and drypoint, 1854, Scheiderman 45 (vi/IX), Delteil/Wright 38 (v/VIII); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in the plate, lower left, below the image. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on a beautiful sheet of thin china paper. The margins are wide and probably this is the full, untrimmed sheet. The condition is fine apart from slight, old toning (and thinning) from earlier hinges at the top corner edges of the sheet. This iconic Meryon print is from the celebrated collections of B.B. MacGeorge (Lugt 394) and J.J. Heywood (Lugt 1276). Their collector marks are not evident on the print itself but the original Knoedler label from the frame indicates this impression is # 38 in the landmark 1917 catalogue and exhibition of Meryon prints from the MacGeorge Collection. As described in the catalogue, MacGeorge owned five impressions of L'Abside de Notre Dame and this one is "(d) Fifth state, chine." This impression is also cited in Delteil/Wright in his entry for the fifth state, "Mr. MacGeorge also had a proof on thin india paper." In addition, there's an old pencil inscription on the bottom of the margin which reads, "from the Heywood collection." (The Knoedler inventory number on the label also appears in pencil on the bottom margin.) This is an exceptional 19th century French etching with impeccable provenance.
SOLD

L'Ancien Louvre, Paris (The Old Louvre, Paris, after Zeeman) -  MERYON

L'Ancien Louvre, Paris (The Old Louvre, Paris, after Zeeman)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching, 1865-66, Schneiderman 96 (v/VI), Delteil-Wright (v/VI); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression printed on sturdy wove paper. The margins are wide. The condition is very good apart from toning along the top edge, verso, from an early adhesive and minor toning along the extreme bottom edge, verso. According to Delteil/Wright, "Meryon etched this plate from a painting by Zeeman in the Louvre, as a commission from the French Government, shortly before his second and final term in the asylum at Charenton, two years before his death. The etching was done on the back of the cancelled plate of the Petit Pont." This lifetime impression is from the collection of Alfred Morrison (Lugt 151). Morrison (1821-1897) was a prominent collector of his time.
$2,000

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower) -  MERYON

La Tour de l'Horloge (The Clock Tower)
CHARLES MERYON
French, (1821-1868)
Etching with engraving, 1852 and later, Schneiderman 23 (iv/X), Delteil-Wright iv/X); edition unknown. 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Initialed in the plate, upper right. This is a superb, luminous impression on cream laid paper with the watermark "D & C BLAUW." The margins are good measuring about 3/4" on all sides. The condition is fine other than for a tiny, imperceptible pinhole/paper imperfection in the smoke between the clock tower and the first turret. This stellar impression is from the collection of Sir Francis Seymour Haden (Lugt 3938) with his pencil initials on front of the sheet, lower right. Delteil-Wright notes that Haden purchased a fifth state impression from Delâtre for the Victoria & Albert Museum in December, 1860.
$7,500

Paysage Feocial -  MEUNIER

Paysage Feocial
HENRI MEUNIER
French, (1873-1922)
Etching with aquatint, 1901, edition unknown. 10 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil below the image at right. A superb, atmospheric impression in very good condition. Full margins. Minor soft handling creases in the margin at right. This stunning landscape with castle is a fine example of style and technical finesse from the early 20th century
$675

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool) -  MILLET

La Cardeuse (Woman Carding Wool)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, 1855-56, Melot 15, only state, edition unknown. 10 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. Unsigned as usual. This is a very fine impression printed on thin, antique laid paper without watermark. The margins are substantial measuring about 1" on all sides. The condition is quite good with just the slightest trace of discoloration along the opening of a previous mat. This impression is better than most we've seen.
SOLD

Man Leaning on a Spade (L'homme Appuye sur sa Beche) -  MILLET

Man Leaning on a Spade (L'homme Appuye sur sa Beche)
JEAN-FRANCOIS MILLET
French, (1814-1875)
Etching, before 1848, Melot 3, Delteil 3; only state. Edition unknown. 3 1/4 x 2 11/16 in. Unsigned as usual. This fine, crisp impression is printed on medium Japanese paper. The margins are full measuring about 1" to 1 3/4" all around. The condition is excellent. This appealing, early work by Millet foreshadows his larger more detailed work of similar peasant subjects shown laboring in the fields. The edition sizes of Millet etchings are generally unknown.
$1,850

Musical Monster -  MORTIMER

Musical Monster
JOHN HAMILTON MORTIMER
British, (1740-1779)
Etching, 1778, Edition unknown. 9 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. Signed in the plate. A fine impression printed prior to the edition by T. Palser in 1816. Very good condition other than a small waterstain in the lower left margin corner, well away from the image. Full margins with a deckle all around. Without watermark.
$750

Reclining Female Nude (Liegender Weiblicher Akt) -  ORLIK

Reclining Female Nude (Liegender Weiblicher Akt)
EMIL ORLIK
Czech, (1870-1932)
Drypoint, 1911, Galerie Glockner 176, edition 100 printed in 1921. 6 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil (1911). This is a fine impression on cream wove paper. The margins are probably full and the condition is quite good apart from minor handling creases showing mostly in the bottom margin. Orlik was a versatile printmaker and this classic study demonstrates his skills as a draftsman par excellence.
$1,300

Royal Haymarket Theatre (London) -  PENNELL

Royal Haymarket Theatre (London)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1906, Wuerth 408, edition probably 75. 11 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on antique laid paper. The margins are probably original but there's a loss in the lower right corner and the margin is narrow at the top. The condition is fine overall. (There's a subtle printing crease in the right side of the image.) Haymarket Theatre is a West End theatre and dates to 1720.
$550

Eglise d'Osny, Pres Pontoise -  PISSARRO

Eglise d'Osny, Pres Pontoise
CAMILLE PISSARRO
French, (1830-1903)
Etching, drypoint and aquatint, 1885, Delteil / Cailac 62 (iv/IV), edition 50. 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. Not signed in the image. This is a fine impression from the only posthumous edition of 50 printed in 1920. (There were only 12 lifetime impressions.) The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The print bears the posthumous stamp (Lugt 613) and is numbered. Given the rarity of so many of Pissarro's lifetime editions, later printings are a welcome opportunity for collectors who enjoy his work.
$3,750

Porteuses de Fagots (Women Carrying Bundles of Sticks) -  PISSARRO

Porteuses de Fagots (Women Carrying Bundles of Sticks)
CAMILLE PISSARRO
French, (1830-1903)
Lithograph, 1896, Delteil/Cailac 153, edition 24. 9 x 11 3/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in violet pencil. This is a superb, rich impression printed on chine appliqué. The margins are full and the condition is fine other than for two old hinges, verso, at top. This is one of Pissarro's largest and most beautiful lithographs. This work was published in 1896 for Les Temps Nouveaux and there was an additional unsigned "de luxe" printing of twenty impressions. This impression is from the earlier printing of twenty-four signed and numbered impressions, six of which were printed on chine appliqué. (There were also seven artist's proofs). Our impression is from the celebrated collection of Henri M. Petiet (Lugt 5031).
$8,000

Landscape 2015-II -  POSTMA

Landscape 2015-II
GRIETJE POSTMA
Dutch, (b. 1961)
Woodcut printed in colors, 2015, edition 26. 14 5/8 x 23 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression in fine condition. The margins are full. As with all of Postma's work, this exemplary woodcut is printed from a single block. This is not a multiple block woodcut in the Japanese tradition, but rather, a reduction woodcut printed from a single piece of wood. The artist makes an initial design on the block and then prints the entire edition. She returns to the block and makes more design changes and then re-inks the block and prints on top of the same sheets of paper. This process continues and the end result is a build up of layers of ink resulting in a subtle yet rich overlay of colors. There is very little margin for error in this time consuming yet rewarding process. Grietje Postma is one of the finest woodcut artists working in Holland today.
$950

View of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle -  PREISSIG

View of St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle
VOJTECH PREISSIG
American, (1873-1944)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, undated , edition unknown. 13 3/8 x 8 3/8 in. Signed in pencil and with an inscription "c.73." This is a superb impression of this large, rare work. The margins are full. The condition is fine. Preissig studied at the Prague School of Arts and Crafts and later worked with Mucha and Kupka in Paris. He moved to the United States in 1910 where he taught at Columbia with Arthur Wesley Dow. He also taught at the Wentworth Institute in Boston. When he was back in Prague, Preissig supported the Czech resistance and was arrested in 1940 for doing graphic design work for a magazine that had been outlawed by the Germans. He died in Dachau in 1944.
$2,500

Trottins (Errands) -  RANFT

Trottins (Errands)
RICHARD RANFT
Swiss, (1862-1931)
Etching, 1894, Stein / Karshan 61, edition 100. 15 5/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a sturdy cream paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This memorable work was published in L'Estampe Originale (Album VIII, plate 78) and bears their blindstamp in the lower left corner of the sheet. This impression is from the collection of Rudolf L. Mayer (Lugt 4534).
$2,400

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