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2. [ART] Auguste-Louis Lepère [1849-1918] French painter and etcher. Auguste Lepere is also considered the leader in the creative revival of wood engraving in Europe. At age thirteen he began his artistic education in the Paris studio of the engraver, Smeeton. By the mid 1870's, Lepère had clearly emerged as one of the most renowned printmakers of his time. Lepère focused mostly on daily life in both his etchings and wood engravings. He is now renowned for his innovations, such as the use of colored paper, or the combining of etching and wood engraving on the same print. The last years of his life were given almost exclusively to wood engraving. In total his graphic oeuvre consists of over 150 etchings, over two hundred wood engravings and 14 lithographs. Offered here is a fine example of his work. Original etching, "L'Etang St. Nicolas" (Angers) image size approx. 6 x 9 inches, c. 1900, ed. of 35, cat. Saunier 398, signed and numbered 19/35 in pencil, signed and inscribed "Angers" in the plate [upper right..........400-500

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67. [ART] Jacques Villon (1875 - 1963) A painter and printmaker, Villon was known for his Cubist-style works, and is especially noted by art historians for "his creation of a purely graphic language for Cubism. He first came to the attention of the American public when his work was included in the 1913 New York Armory Show, which introduced modernism to the United Sates. All of his work sold at this exhibition. He was from a cultured family in the Normandy region of France, and was much influenced by his maternal grandfather, Emile Nicolle, who gave him early artistic training. Villon was born with the name of Gaston Emile Duchamp, and was the older brother of artists Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp and Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti. Honoring the French medieval poet, François Villon, and so as not to be confused artistically with his siblings, he changed his name to Jacques Villon. Jacques Villon died in his studio on June 9, 1963, and three years later, Marcel Duchamp, his last surviving brother, organized an exhibition of his work, which was held at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris. In 1922 Villon was commissioned by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune to produce a series of color aquatints after 38 major 19th and 20th century paintings. These included works after Braque, Matisse, Renoir, Manet, Picasso, Cezanne, Dufy, Modigliani, Bonnard and numerous others. Villon collaborated with these master artists and signed these prints so that they provided the public with access to works which otherwise would not be available. Color aquatint, signed in the plate (not pencil signed), 1923, title "NATURE MORTE", after Georges Braque, mat opening size 25-1/2 x 9 in. Framed. Not examined out of frame but appears to be without faults...............2000-3000

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84. [ART] WALT KUHN (1877-1949), American painter. After studying in many European countries, he helped organize the famous Armory Show (International Exhibition of Modern Art, New York City, 1913). He is noted chiefly for his vigorous studies of circus performers, chorines, and trapeze athletes. His Blue Clown (1931, Whitney Museum, New York City) is the most popular example of his work. He also did a number of brilliant still lifes, as well as designs for musical reviews. Kuhn helped introduce the techniques and theories of modern art to the American public and to many American artists. Offered here is an autograph note unsigned but he makes sketch at bottom. Done on thin tissue-like paper it reads: "If you make a lot of commotion getting B. off shut the door of this room - please." He then makes sketch of man sleeping in bed. Paper is wrinkled but does pull out smooth. Scanned wrinkled..............200-300

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Original Winslow Homer

153. [ART] Winslow Homer [1836-1910] Original wood-engraving by Homer titled "The Bathers", from Harper's Weekly, 1873. Image 13-3/4 x 9-1/4" plus margins. In very good condition........200-300

Original Winslow Homer

154. [ART] Winslow Homer [1836-1910] Original wood-engraving by Homer titled "The Last Days of Harvest", from Harper's Weekly, 1873. Image 9-1/4 x 13-1/4" plus margins. In very good condition........250-350

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EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL ETCHING PLATE 1923

178. (ART) WALT KUHN [1877-1949]. American painter. An ORIGINAL copper etching plate of a female seated in a chair. The title is "LOELA" and according to an exhibition of Kuhn prints at the Kennedy Galleries years ago, there were only from 1 to 6 impressions ever pulled from this plate. Typical Kuhn style. Plate size 8 X 5-1/4 in. Etchings could still be pulled from the plate. Very seldom does an original etching plate by an important artist ever reach the open market, as they usually are in institutional collections. Provenance: Kuhn Estate..............2000-3000

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197. (ART) PARIS FROM CHARLLOTE - original engraving, likely pre-1850, engraved by J.B. Neagle, approx. 6 x 7.75 in. plus margins. Paper very good. Only very light spots from age.....................50-75

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RARE LITHOGRAPH

210. [ART] Albert Sterner (1863-1946) important artist born to American parents in London. He studied at the Julian Academy in Paris, France. He emigrated to the USA in 1881, moving first to Chicago and then to New York. Sterner was a noted painter, printmaker, and illustrator. Sterner did illustrations for Harper's and LIFE magazines, as well as several other publications. He was president of the Society of Illustrators (1907-1908) and later taught at the Arts Students League in New York (1918). He received many accolades and awards during his career. Lithography was pioneered in America by Albert Sterner (The Model, c. 1920), who with George Bellows (Parlor Critic, 1921) started the organization Painters-Gravers of America in New York in 1915. This was the first artist group committed to the development of lithography as a fine art medium in America and included artists John Sloan and Edward Hopper. George Bellows was introduced to fine art lithography by Sterner in 1916. Bellows was a quick study and soon became the leading printmaker of the Ashcan School. Offered here is a rare lithograph whose title is "Amos Tommy." Its a profile of the head of an African American man. This is stone signed and dated 1920. Paper size 10-3/4 x 10-1/2 in. VG condition. Provenance: the Estate of Albert Sterner, from his summer home in Massachusetts. East Coast Books, during the 1980s, purchased most of the remaining prints, and most of the drawings from the estate. There were only two of this particular lithograph. Truly rare. We have been unable to locate anyone else who owns this print. The 1927 book "Albert Sterner - His Life and His Art" by Ralph Flint, has an illustration of Amos Tommy [plate 34]............300-400

 

 

337. [ART] Alphonse Legros (1837-1911) born in France but moved to England in 1863 on the advice of his friend, Whistler. He became a citizen in 1881, but never completely grasped the English language. A master etcher of figure subjects, portraits and landscapes, Legros assumed the head professorship of etching and engraving at the Royal College in South Kensington in 1875. He later became the professor of art at the Slade School of Art, London. He was one of the group of artists who proposed the idea of the Société des Aquafortistes to the French publisher Cadart in 1862 and was a founder member of the Society of Painter-Etchers in London in 1880. From this position he fashioned a standard and influenced many younger British artists, most notably William Strang, Charles Furse and Charles Holroyd. In total Legros's graphic oeuvre runs to 704 etchings. Most of Legros's figure subjects were inspired by the artist's early impressions of French peasant life. Influences upon his art in this area have been traced to the paintings and drawings of Gustave Courbet and the art of Goya and the Spanish School. ORIGINAL ETCHING, Portrait of Poynter, circa 1880s, signed in the plate, 8-1/2 x 6-1/4 plus margins. In very good condition in all respects.............150-200

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406. [ART] Marion Gray Traver (1892 - 1964?) Born in Elmhurst, New York, she studied art with her father, George Traver. Until his death, she shared a studio with him for many years in New York City. Her favorite subject and the one that brought her much acclaim was New England winter scenes. She was active from 1918 to 1946 in the National Association of Women Artists. Among her many exhibition venues were the National Academy of Design from 1925 to 1935, the 1931 International Art Club in London, and the Catherine Wolfe Art Club in New York. Offered here is a pencil signed mono-print, approx. 19 x 15.5 in., contained in its original frame...................300-400

 

407. [ART] RIFKA ANGEL [1899-1972] ORIGINAL signed gouache on paper, approx. 14 x 16.5 in. Fine condition except for one crease top edge. Rifka Angel - Born: 1899, Kalvaria, Russia; died 1972. Active in: Chicago, Illinois; New York City. Her painting "Rifka Telling a Story" is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Rifka Angel was born in Lithuania, Russia. Her family immigrated to America when she was thirteen. Angel began to draw seriously when she was 25. In 1924 she met John Sloan, Emil Ganzo, Ernest Fiene and Alfred Mauer. Art dealer Weyne selected several watercolours to keep in his gallery. Sloan also arranged for her to be in a group show at the Opportunity Gallery, where in 1926 her gouaches were exhibited with the paintings of Ben Shahn and other established artists. In 1927 she made a two- year visit in Russia, where for nine months she studied with David Sterenberg and others at the Moscow Academy of Art. Her works was hanging up in a group show at the Moscow Museum. Before returning home she stopped briefly in Paris and had a successful show. Rifka Angel has been exhibited in many prestigious museums including the Chicago Art Institute, Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, and many others. Gallery exhibits were presented by the Knoedler, Carl Fischer, A.C.A., the Waddington and the Jayson Gallery. Her work is mentioned in many art books. She was included in a travel exhibit organized by the Museum of Modern Art which was shown in 16 cities. UNFRAMED.............500-750 click links below to see painting

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408. [ART] Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978) American artist and lithographer, born in 1906 in Brooklyn, New York. Wengenroth was once called "America's greatest living artist working in black and white" by the American realist painter Andrew Wyeth, and he is generally considered to be one of the finest American lithographers of the twentieth century. He studied at the Art Students League of New York under George Brant Bridgeman and John Carlson from 1923 to 1927, then at the Grand Central School of Art under Wayman Adams. Wengenroth was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (renamed the American Academy of Arts and Letters) in 1942 and was also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and the Prairie Printmakers. He was elected an Associate of the prestigious National Academy of Design in 1938, and a full Academician in 1941. Wengenroth was also the author of several influential books on lithography. Wengenroth's lithographs are found in most major American collections, including the Library of Congress, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his career, Wengenroth became well-known for his detailed depictions of the seascapes and landscapes of New England and, particularly, Maine . As an artist, he eschewed colour in his lithographs but rather focused on shadow, light, and form to transmit detail and dimension. While his urban scenes of Manhattan and the New York City environs are especially coveted by the current market, Wengenroth was most adept at creating sincere yet vivid simulacra of the New England littoral and interior. Offered here is an unsigned 2-sided watercolor. Sand dunes on one side and a most unusual abstraction watercolor on the other. This is the last of our Wengenroths that we bought at the Bruce Collins auction in Kennebunk, Maine. These were consigned to Collins from the estate of Wengenroth. Youngs Fine Arts sold our companion piece to this in their 7/12/97 sale, lot 52. It was 1-sided, signed, almost identical scene, a little smaller, and brought $660. We saved this one because it was nicer but mainly because of the unusual abstraction on the one side. This is guaranteed, without a time limit, to be by Stow Wengenroth and we will send along a letter of guarantee to the winning bidder. This piece is approx. 14-3/4 x 19-3/4 in. Pin holes in the corners caused by Wengenroth. His watercolors & drawings are quite uncommon. CLICK BELOW TO SEE BOTH SIDES............700-1000

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409. [ART] CARROLL THAYER BERRY (1886-1978) Maine artist known as THE DOWN EAST PRINTMAKER. As an engineer he worked on the Panama Canal before moving to Maine to become an artist. His work is well known and in many important collections, including The Library of Congress. A few years ago a book was published on his life and work, Elwyn Dearborns' CATALOGUE RAISONNE: The Down East Printmaker, Carroll Thayer Berry. Although prints by Berry are not rare, his drawings are. When we are finished selling Berry drawings there will be no more. A single sheet containing 9 unsigned graphite drawings, the largest approx. 2 x 2.5 in......125-175

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Bernard Karfiol (1886-1952) Am. artist. Karfiol grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, an American who was born in Budapest, Hungary. He attended the National Academy of Design, New York City, when he was only fourteen. He traveled by himself to Paris at the tender age of fifteen to study at the Academie Julien with Jean-Paul Laurens, and the Ecole de Beaux-Arts. He exhibited at the Grand Salon and the Salon d'Automne. In Paris, Karfiol was influenced by the work of Paul Cezanne and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Karfiol was also attracted to the painting of Andre Derain. He returned to the United States in 1906. In 1913, he participated in the famous New York City Armory show, on Lexington Avenue, where European modernism was introduced to the American public for the first time en masse, along with American artists well-known at the time. Karfiol painted nudes and still lifes in the manner of Picasso's pink and blue periods. By the late 1920s, Karfiol's style had moved toward Renoir. Karfiol, an author and teacher, as well as a painter, spent his summers in Ogunquit, Maine from 1914 until his death at Irvington-on-Hudson, New York in 1952. He was a member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Academy of Art. His work is in the Addison Gallery, Andover, Massachusetts; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Detroit Institute of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; Newark Museum, New Jersey; the Phillips Collection and National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

2009. Bernard Karfiol (1886-1952) Original ink drawing, signed B. Karfiol. Provenance: Estate of Chris and Jane Ritter, Ogunquit, Maine. Approx. 13.5 x 20" sheet. VG condition...............700-900

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2010. Bernard Karfiol (1886-1952) Original ink drawing, signed B. Karfiol. Provenance: Estate of Chris and Jane Ritter, Ogunquit, Maine. Approx. 18 x 12" sheet. VG condition...............500-750

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2011. Bernard Karfiol (1886-1952) Original ink drawing, signed B. Karfiol. Provenance: Estate of Chris and Jane Ritter, Ogunquit, Maine. Mat opening is approx. 15.5 x 8" sheet. VG condition...............500-750

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Major Etching By Giovanni Battista Piranesi

2056. [ART] Giovanni Battista Piranesi [1720-1778] Italian artist famous for his etchings/engravings of Rome. From 1740 he was in Rome with Marco Foscarini, the Venetian envoy to the Vatican. He resided in the Palazzo Venezia and studied under Giuseppe Vasi, who introduced him to the art of etching and engraving. From 1748-1774 he created a long series of vedute of the city of Rome which established his fame. Offered here is an original etching by Piranesi, "The Waterfall at Tivoli" (Hind 75), the 3rd state of five, plate signed 1766. Image approx. 18-1/2 x 27-3/4" plus margins. One crease in left dark side in image area. There is light foxing throughout the margins. Hind identifies of the 5 states. Hind says this is the 3rd state because "III. Numbers, 125 XXX lower r. SOANE. TUBES, ist Paris Ed." 125 XXX does show in lower right corner of image. In scan below there appears to be different color but that is caused by light when photographed, and isn't present in the print............1800-2800

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Merv Slotnick Works of Art

Merv Slotnick [b. 1941] American artist living in Maine. His work is in many collections throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, France, Italy, etc. His work has been included in exhibitions at New York University; Maine Biennial; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Mansfield State College, Pa.; Ball State Univ.; Edison Community College, Cape Coral, Florida; Center For The Arts, Midland, Michigan; Central Michigan Univ.; Saginaw Art Museum; Provincetown Art Association; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Battle Creek Arts Center, Mich.; All Michigan Artists Traveling Show [1970-73] which traveled to various colleges & universities in Michigan; Northern Arizona Univ.; Alaska Pacific Univ., plus others.

 

1121. Acrylic on paper, 2004, 12 x 9"........50-75

1272. Acrylic on paper, 2001, 12 x 9"........50-75

1427. Mixed medium on paper, 2000, 7 x 11-1/4"........50-75

2205. Mixed medium on paper, 2006, 7-3/4 x 11-3/4"........50-75

2259. Mixed medium on paper, 2006, 12-1/2 x 9-1/2"........50-75

2461. Mixed medium on paper, 2008, 8-1/4 x 11-3/4"........50-75

2468. Acrylic on paper, 2001, 12 x 7.5"........50-75

2471. Mixed medium on paper, 2000, 11 x 7-1/4"........50-75

2483. Mixed medium on paper, 2011, 11 x 8.5"........50-75

2532. Mixed medium on paper, 2011, 11 x 8"........50-75

2539. Mixed medium on paperboard, 2008-2011, 11 x 8.5"........50-75

2581. Mixed medium on paper, 2003, 9 x 6.5"........50-75

2589. Mixed medium on paper, 2003, 9 x 6.5"........50-75

2629. Mixed medium on paperboard, 2008-, 7x9 paper size"........50-75

2725. Mixed medium on paper, 2005, 9x12"........50-75

2726. Acrylic on paper, 2008, 9x12"........50-75

2729. Mixed medium on paper, 2008, 12x9"........50-75

2731. Acrylic on paper, 2003, 9x12"........50-75

2734. Acrylic on paper, 2005, 11-3/4 x 9"........50-75

2736. Mixed medium on paper, 2000, 9x6"........50-75

2737. Acrylic on paper, 2003, 9x12"........50-75

9022. Mixed medium on paper, 2003, 12x9"........50-75

 

Artists' Autographs

 

15. [ART] Raphael L. West [1769-1850] British artist. He was the son of the famous Benjamin West (1738-1820). He, like his father, was very popular in England. ALS, April 4th (1829), 1p. Edge tipped to mounting paper. Appears to have been closely cropped at some time causing slim margins, esp. along bottom and right sides..........100-200

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28. [ART] James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917) American landscape, portrait and genre painter whose Impressionist style led to his recognition in the late nineteenth century as a prominent figure in American art. ALS, NO DATE, FROM HIS STUDIO AT 58 W. 59, NYC, 1p, 5-3/4 x 8-3/4 in. Re: making changes and having them printed. Top left corner clipped away; old spot tape repaits at various spots on versp............100-150

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31. [ART] Virginie Demont-Breton [1859-1935] British artist. She was the daughter & student of Jules Breton; wife of painter Adrien Demont. She won a gold medal at the Universal Exposition of Amsterdam in 1883. She was President of the Union of Women Painters and Sculptresses; she was named Officer of the Legion of Honor. ALS, no date, 2pp, excellent condition. In French........75-100

 

44. [ART] D.V. [Douglas Volk] [1856-1935] Am. artist best known for his portraits of Abraham Lincoln. His retained copy of 1926 TLS, signed with initials in ink. To Bryson Burroughs, Curator of Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC. In part - "Early this last winter I was shown my portrait of Felix Adler which the Museum did me the honor of acquiring some years ago. On looking at the painting, I was greatly distressed to note the condition it was in, due I surmised to some careless handling incident in the main, to its being packed and repacked while on exhibition tours out of town..." He goes on in detail about the damage. The initials and conclusion are on the verso........80-120

 

76. [ART] CHRISTO - contemporary artist who along with his wife, Jeanne-Claude, create environmental installation art. Signed color picture. The scene - The Christo's planned a project based on Jeanne-Claude's idea to surround eleven islands in Miami's Biscayne Bay with 603,850 square meters of pink polypropylene. It was completed on May 4th, 1983 with the aid of 430 helpers and could be admired for two weeks. the islands were tended day and night by 120 monitors in inflatable boats. VG.........40-60

 

143. [ART] Nicolas Toussaint Charlet (1792- 1845) French designer and painter, more especially of military subjects, was born in Paris. He was the son of a dragoon in the Republican army, whose death in the ranks left the widow and orphan in very poor circumstances. He served in the National Guard in 1814, fought bravely at the Barrière de Clichy. He entered the atelier of the distinguished painter Baron Gros, and soon began issuing the first of the lithographed designs which eventually brought him renown. His "Grenadier de Waterloo", 1817, with the motto "La Garde meurt et ne se rend pas" (a famous phrase frequently attributed to Cambronne, but which he never uttered, and which cannot, perhaps, be traced farther than to this lithograph by Charlet), was particularly popular. He was a hearty favourite among his intimates, one of whom was the painter Géricault. Offered here is a very lengthy ALS, not dated, 3 full pages, 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in. To Porterlet, friend of Eugene Delacroix. Speaks about a lot of their common friends, including David [the painter?], and a rich foudeur (for engraving?). Very important letter.............100-150

 

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176. [ART] André Berne-Joffroy (1915-2007) Former Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Iimportant art critic in France. He was responsible for many of the important Paris exhibitions of modern art during the 1950-1980 era. He is also credited with the rediscovery of the Italian artist Michelangelo Caravaggio [1571-1610], who had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. Infamous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. Despite this, his influence on the new Baroque style that eventually emerged from the ruins of Mannerism, was profound. It can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernini, and Rembrandt , and artists in the following generation heavily under his influence were called the "Caravaggisti" or "Caravagesques", as well as Tenebrists or "Tenebrosi" ("shadowists"). Andre Berne-Joffroy, said of him: "What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting." Offered here are approx. 50 manuscript & typed pages written by Berne-Joffroy [UNSIGNED]. He has written on the front "Peinture Byzantine." Written in French. Very rare! Excellent condition...........200-300

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177. [ART] [ART] André Berne-Joffroy (1915-2007) Former Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Iimportant art critic in France. He was responsible for many of the important Paris exhibitions of modern art during the 1950-1980 era. He is also credited with the rediscovery of the Italian artist Michelangelo Caravaggio [1571-1610], who had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. Infamous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. Despite this, his influence on the new Baroque style that eventually emerged from the ruins of Mannerism, was profound. It can be seen directly or indirectly in the work of Rubens, Jusepe de Ribera, Bernini, and Rembrandt , and artists in the following generation heavily under his influence were called the "Caravaggisti" or "Caravagesques", as well as Tenebrists or "Tenebrosi" ("shadowists"). Andre Berne-Joffroy, said of him: "What begins in the work of Caravaggio is, quite simply, modern painting." Offered here are 5 identification cards, each with his photo attached. One is Carte De Press [press pass]. In used condition..........80-120

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SPECIAL FIXED PRICE OFFER

196. [ART] DOUGLAS VOLK [1856-1935] Am. artist best known for his portraits of Abraham Lincoln. We are offering Douglas Volk signed bank checks for $10 each plus 10% buyer's premium. You may purchase whatever quantity you wish at this price as long as the supply lasts. WE HAVE ALL OF VOLK'S CHECKS. This is a purchase item - not a bidding item. Buyer's will receive our choice.

 

221. [ART] Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) Polish-born American artist, famous for his anti-Axis political illustrations, caricatures, and cartoons during World War II, as well as his illustrations for magazine and newspaper articles and books. Signed bank check, 1947. VG..........75-100

 

245. [ART] ALFRED JOS. STOTHARD [1793-1864] British artist, medallist; he executed medallions of George IV, Byron, Canning, and Sir Walter Scott, exhibiting twenty works at the academy between 1821 and 1845. He designed the grand staircase in Buckingham Palace. ALS, [1823], 1p, approx. 7 x 5". To Mr. Pickering asking that the bearer be permitted to see the Satin Wood Frame....Canterbury....."in order that he may make one for me...." Rather than attempt to describe faults we will picture both sides below. Very uncommon British art autograph.............40-60

 

259. [ART REFERENCE] Benezit, E., ed DICTIONNAIRE CRITIQUE ET DOCUMENTAIRE DES PEINTRES, SCULPTEURS, DESSINATEURS ET GRAVEURS De tous les temps et de tous le pays par un groupe d'ecrivains specialistes francais et etrangers.Paris: Librairie Grund, 1976. 10 vols. n. Each approx.. 700 pages. Text in French.many illustrations of signatures & monograms. Hardcover. Large 8vo. Blue cloth. Gilt lettering. Extremities very good. Interiors and exteriors clean; all quite sound. An impressive set. Very good+/No dust jacket. A MUST HAVE set for the serious art collector or dealer....................Minimum Bid..........$250

 

281. [ART] GEORGE SEGAL, George (1924- 2000). Important American sculptor, known for his life-size white plaster casts of human figures. Signed color postcard picturing one of his sculptures. Different than above................35-45

 

294. [ART] ISABEL BISHOP [1902-1988] Am. artist. Signature [married name]....25-35

 

320. [ART] Louis Welden Hawkins (1849-1910) was born in Germany of English parents, later taking French nationality. He was a detailed Symbolist painter. Hawkins attended the famous Académie Julian in Paris. Hawkins became famous after his expositions in the Salon de la Société des Artistes Francais. His first work was shown in the Salon in 1881. After that, expositions followed at the Salon de la Société des Beaux Artes (1894-1911), the Salon de la Rose+Croix (1894-95) and La Libre Esthétque in Brussels. He spended his last years in Brittany, where he painted mostly landscapes. ALS, 1898, 1 FULL PAGE. TO THE AUTHOR, JENNY DE TALLENAY. REPARIED ON VERSO WITH ARCHIVAL PAPER. HARDLY NOTICE REPAIR.........50-75

 

RARE LETTER BY WALT KUHN

373. [ART] Kuhn, Walter Francis, known as Walt. (1877-1949). American painter, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. As a founder (1912) and secretary of Association of American Painters and Sculptors, was instrumental in staging New York Armory Show (1913) that introduced avant-garde painting to U.S. Known for his bold and unpolished paintings of clowns, show girls, and acrobats, as The Blue Clown (1931) and Lavender Plumes (1938); in later years painted still lifes and trees. ALS, Ogunquit, Maine, written on both sides of 6x7" sheet. Signed "W" as was his custom when writing to his wife Vera. Accompanied by hand-addressed envelope to "Mrs. Walt Kuhn" this his signature is in the address. Postmarked Aug. 22, 1943. Talks about buying food for dinner / he is with Jensen / "It is remarkable what he has learned about art since he has known me. He does quite credable stuff already..." / "he also knows that no man can work until 50 to make his pile [money] and then take up art...." Letters, or anythingthing signed, by Walt Kuhn have always been rare. He and his wife and daughter were extremely private people. Rare!................250-350

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403. [ART] James Brooks [1906-1992] American muralist, abstract painter and winner of the Logan Medal of the Arts. Brooks was a friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Considered a first generation abstract expressionist painter, Brooks was amongst the first abstract expressionists to use staining as an important technique. The Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, Texas), the Harvard University Art Museums, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, Indiana), the Sheldon Art Gallery (Lincoln, Nebraska), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Tate Gallery (London) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) are among the public collections holding work by James Brooks. Signed Portland Museum of Art [Maine] membership brochure. This is also signed by Charles Whitney Payson [d. 1985] husband of Joan Whitney Payson the American heiress, businesswoman, philanthropist, patron of the arts and art collector. She was also co-founder and majority owner of Major League Baseball's New York Mets baseball franchise, and was the first woman to own a major-league team in North America without inheriting it. Also signed by Joe Brennan, the Gov. of Maine. VG............75-100

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439. [ART] Wm. J. Baer (1860-1941) considered the foremost American miniature painter was born in Cincinnati, Ohio January 29,1860 and died in New York City in 1941. Baer began his formal training as a painter and illustrator at the Munich Royal Academy in 1880. While a student at the Academy, he was awarded for medals and one of his works was purchased by the Directors, for the Academy. Baer exhibited in Chicago's 1893 Worlds Colombian Exposition. In New York and at the Paris Exposition of 1897, Baer was awarded a 1st class medals. He also was a regular exhibitor at the National Academy of Design, N.Y., the Chicago Art Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Among his miniatures are "The Golden Hour," "Daphne," "In Arcadia" and "Madonna with the Auburn Hair." ALS, 1886, 2pp. To the artist Frank Cowles [in Boston]. This letter shows wear...............50-75