1977. Signed and dated 1977 watercolor by American fantasy and comic artist Charles Vess (b. 1951). Vess’s many career achievements include contributions to the Marvel and DC comic universes, exhibitions in the United States and around the world, and numerous awards. His most recent published work includes The Book of Earthsea, the result of a collaboration with Ursula K. Le Guin. Condition: Good to Very Good. Some age-toning. Tape around margins which does not impact image. Some bumping to corners without damage to image. Holes punched across the top of paper appear to be original to the item. Dimensions 40 x 8 inches.
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Maryland. A large sketch pad filled with more than fifty life studies by an unrecognized 20th century Maryland-based artist, Dick Kelih. One additional study, done on different paper, has been placed in the folio but not attached in any way. The first nine studies are painted; the rest are worked variously in charcoal, crayon, and graphite. They vary in completeness and level of detail, but all are produced in a loose, fluid style. Condition: good. A few pages have closed tears, and one has multiple closed and open tears. Some water staining to early pages, and all pages are yellowed with age. Dimensions 18.5 x 25 inches.
Print by Elisabeth Claire Tournay (1731-1773) after a painting by Pierre-Louis Dumesnil the Younger (1698-1781). Tournay was a female engraver who spent her career in Paris, where Dumesnil also worked for most of his life. A copy of this print is currently in the collection of the Musee Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris in Paris, France. Matted and framed. Condition: Very Good. The black and gilt frame shows some minor wear. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 23 x 21 inches.
France. An original lithograph from Les Maîtres de l’Affiche. The work of French artist Jules Chéret, Les Maîtres de l’Affiche was a subscription service that operated between 1896 and 1900, through which subscribers received a monthly curated selection of four of the finest examples of late 19th-century poster art. The posters were reproduced as lithographs at reduced scale, making them easily collected art for the masses at a time when posters were a particularly celebrated artistic medium. This poster was designed by Ethel Reed to advertise the publication of Albert Morris Bagby’s novel Miss Träumerei. Framed. Condition: Very Good. Moderate age-toning to poster; light denting and scratching to frame. Dimensions 12 x 16.375 inches.
Signed print by Frank Brangwyn depicting a street scene in the aftermath of the London Blitz. Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) was born in Belgium to British parents, and received his artistic training in Britain. He worked for William Morris as a young man, and like him explored a wide array of artistic media throughout his career. Though his work includes such diverse categories as glassware, furniture, and pro-British WWI posters, perhaps his best-known works are the murals commissioned by the House of Lords in 1926, later rejected by the peers, and finally acquired for the Guildhall in Swansea, Wales. During his lifetime, he was one of the world's foremost artists. He was the first living artist to receive a retrospective at the Royal Academy in London. While his reputation suffered after his death, his work has been reconsidered in more recent years, and a high-profile exhibition marked the 50th anniversary of his death in 2006. Condition: Good. Some discoloration from handling, aging adhesive, and other factors to margins, but these do not impact the print itself, or the signature. The print is mounted in an unusual way in that the edges of the sheet of paper have been wrapped around the edges of a board and glued to the back, which currently gives the print a slightly wavy appearance. This could likely be corrected if the backing were removed, which could be done with minimal paper loss. Dimensions 26 x 36.5 inches.
An acrylic painting depicting a spotted faun and mother rabbit touching noses over a nest of bunnies. Painstakingly detailed to show virtually every hair on each animal. Signed and dated in lower left corner: Gerald W. Putt ‘80. The painting is matted and framed. Self-taught wildlife and nature artist Gerald W. Putt has won or placed in numerous other regional and national wildlife art competitions throughout his more than four-decade career as an artist. Most recently, he was declared the 2020 winner of the Pennsylvania Duck Stamp Competition, an award which he had one twelve times before. He has won similar competitions in other states as well, including North Carolina, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Colorado, and has been a top ten finalist many times for the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Condition: Very Good. A well preserved ¼ in silver fish insect is between the glass and the mat near the top right corner and is not affecting either. Dimensions 33.5 x 39.5 inches.
A signed original print by Grace Rhoades Dean entitled “The Grist Mill.” Born in Ohio, Dean (1878-1968) spent most of her career in that state, though she and her husband, who was also an artist, studied in Munich between 1910 and 1914. Following their return to Ohio from Germany, Dean taught art classes and exhibited her work widely at regional galleries and competitions. Matted and framed. Condition: Very Good. Some age-toning, and some chipping to frame. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions 15.25 x 13.125 inches.
Santiago, Chile: Ismael Espinosa S.A., 1986. Pamphlet + 18 plates in individual folders. Text in Spanish. A collection of reissued historical prints by a number of artists, created between 1794 and 1898, depicting views of Chilean life and landscapes from up and down the length of the country. Elephant folio portfolio of loose plates and pamphlet of same dimensions. Each plate in an individual tan, raffia-textured paper folder. Edition number: 124 of 800. Inscribed by the Director and President of El Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura to Daniel J. Boorstin on the inside cover of the portfolio case. Condition: Good only. Extensive damage to portfolio, including significant loss of material to the lower right corner and multiple closed tears elsewhere on the cover. Plates in excellent condition, with backs of individual folders showing light age-toning and occasional small stains which do not impact plates. Dimensions 15.375 x 20 inches.
White recruitment poster with red and blue text. The heading states: TELL THAT TO THE MARINES!/AT 24 EAST 23rd STREET. The central image is of a man wearing a blue business suit with a newspaper and a hat at his feet. The artist is James Montgomery Flagg. Condition: Good-. There are several tears to the poster's edges due to creases and folds. Small pin holes to the corners. The poster's colors are vivid with minimal discoloration. Dimensions w 30 in x h 40 in.
A signed and numbered print titled “North American B-25B Mitchell.” The printed note below the title reads: “Taking off from the deck of U.S.S. Hornet to attack Tokyo, 18th April 1942.” The scene depicted is the launch of the Doolittle Raid, a United States Air Force attack against four major Japanese cities during World War II. All but one of the planes involved in the attack crashed in China, and several men were killed or captured. However, the mission proved that Japan was vulnerable to air attack from the United States military, and therefore meaningfully boosted American morale. The print is signed by then-Lt. General James H. Doolittle (1896-1993), who planned the attack and flew one of the sixteen B-25B medium bombers involved. Doolittle advanced two grades--from lieutenant colonel to brigadier general--as a result of his leadership in the attack, and also received numerous honors from the United States and several of its allies. Most notably, he received the Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt. In 1985, twenty-six years after he retired from the U.S. Air Force, Doolittle was advanced to the grade of full general. The print is also signed by the artist, John Young, who is known for his depictions of aviation scenes. It is dated 1978. The edition number is 705/850, written in pencil in the lower left corner. The print is matted and framed. Condition: Excellent. Slight scratching to frame and glass. Not examined outside of frame. Dimensions in frame w 22 in x h 20 in.
London: John Boydell, 1769. Three 1769 Engravings by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain: Castel Gandolfo; A Land-Storm; and Follow Me and I Will Make You Fishers of Men All three of these prints are the work of British engraver Jean-Baptiste-Claude Chatelain (1710–1771). Chatelain (whose name is often spelled “Chatelin” under engravings) was employed by publisher John Boydell in London, and with François Vivares produced a number of landscape engravings after works by masters such as Rembrandt. To boost sales, Boydell often capitalized on Vivares’ popularity and credited him on plates engraved by Chatelain alone. The French engraver François Vivares (1709–1780) set up shop in London at the age of 18. François Vivares engraved some 160 plates, most of which were published by John Boydell. The intermediary draftsman Joseph Goupy (French, ca. 1700–1782) also collaborated on all three of these prints. All three were published by the British publisher John Boydell (Shropshire 1720–1804 London) in or about 1769. This lot includes the following prints, all of which are framed and matted: “Castel Gandolfo and Part of the adjoining Lake with a Prospect of the Campagna of Rome,” after a painting by Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi (Italian, 1606–1680). Another print from this engraving is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum and Harvard Art Museum. Condition: Very Good. 3” x 2” stain in lower left margin, not affecting image. Not examined out of frame. “A Land Storm,” after a painting by Nicolas Poussin (French, 1595–1665). Other prints from the same engraving are in the collections of the Royal Academy of Art, the British Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Condition: Excellent. No visible concerns; not examined out of frame. “Follow Me and I Will Make You Fishers of Men,” after a painting by Nicolas Poussin. Another print from the same engraving is in the permanent collection of the British Museum. Condition: Very Good. Light water staining along the bottom margin not affecting image or text. Frame shows some scratching and missing gilding. Dimensions Each 30 x 24 inches.
Rome: 1822. An engraving of the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome by Italian artist Luigi Rossini (1790-1857), dated 1822. Condition: Very Good. Age-toning and some light foxing; some water stains in the left and bottom margins. Two small chips out of the left margin, not impacting the image. Dimensions 28.75 x 23.375 inches.
Limited edition color lithograph by Raphael Soyer. Signature and date in pencil in lower right corner. Edition number 2/150, also in pencil, in the lower left corner. Black and white with muted colors on face, hands, and sweater. Raphael Soyer (1899-1987) was born in Russia and arrived in the United States at the age of 10. He studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous art museums, including the Whitney and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Condition: Excellent with no apparent issues. Not examined out of frame. Dimensions: 32 x 27 inches.
Leipzig: Horst Arloth and Michael Wiesner, 1984. Saxa loquuntur: hommage à alois senefelder. Leipzig: Horst Arloth and Michael Wiesner, 1984. A portfolio of nine original lithographs by Gerhard Altenbourg, Dietrich Burger, Bernhard Heisig, Johannes Heisig, Wolfgang Henne, Michael Kunert, Walter Libuda, Rolf Münzner and Werner Tübke. Also included is a title page (a double sheet), a list of the artists’ names and the titles of the works included here, and an introduction by Lothar Lang. This portfolio was created for the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the death of Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography. It was produced in the print shops of the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, and the stones used to print it were destroyed once printing was completed. Presented in a cloth-covered portfolio folder. Lithographs are all signed and numbered; some are dated and titled. Limited Edition. no. 51 as stated on limitation page, of a total 55. Condition: Very Good. Some minor corner bumping to prints. Faint handwritten text in upper left corner of title page. Dimensions 16.25 x 21.625 x 0.5 inches.