Original Besler Botanical engraving with period hand coloring c.1613 text on verso. Basilius Besler¹s magnificent engravings are the first large-folio natural history botanicals. His work, Hortus Eystettensis (Garden of Eichstätt), is man¹s earliest documentation of a specific garden and is the oldest of all of the great botanicals. Over 1,000 varieties of flowers are depicted in 367 exquisitely engraved and colored plates. Plate mark image 18.5"L x 15.25"W. overall sheet size 21"L x 16"W. Unframed.
Condition: Good antique condition some age yellowing small hole upper left commensurate of age.
Engravings of annual jousting contest on river Seine in Paris by Jacques Callot in 1630. On the left, the Nesles tower. On the right, the Louvre and the tour du Bois. Etching Dimensions: unframed: 6 1/2 x 13 3/8" (16.51 x 33.97 cm.)
A rare color lithograph by Wayne Thiebaud titled Coronado signed, numbered 5 of 15 and dated 1956. overall sheet size 16 x25 12.5 x 21.5 inches. A beautiful colorful modernist image of sail boats off the San Diego coast with the old Coranado Hotel in the left of the image. A very scarce print in excellent condition some slight discoloration from a previous matte.
A painter of pop-art realism combined with a great respect for traditional methods and subject matter, Wayne Thiebaud is one of the most prominent of the Bay Area painters in California in the latter part of the 20th century. His reputation spread far beyond his own state.
In his painting, he focuses on the commonplace in a way that suggests irony and objective distance from his subjects. He also makes a point of keeping an independent distance from the New York art scene.
He was born in Mesa, Arizona, in 1920, and for one summer during his high school years he apprenticed at the Walt Disney Studio and then studied at an Los Angeles trade school the next summer. He earned a degree from Sacramento State College in 1941. From 1938 to 1949, he worked as a cartoonist and designer in California and New York and served as an artist in the United States Army.
In 1950, at the age of thirty, he enrolled in Sacramento State where he earned a Master's Degree in 1952 and began teaching at Sacramento City College. In 1960, he became assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, where he remained through the 1970s and influenced numerous artist students. However, he did not have much following among Conceptualists because of his adherence to basically traditional disciplines, emphasis on hard work rather than creativity, and love of realism.
On a leave of absence, he spent time in New York City where he became friends with Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline and was much influenced by these abstractionists as well as Pop Artists Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. During this time, he began a series of very small paintings based on images of food displayed in windows, and he focused on their basic shapes.
Returning to California, he pursued this subject matter and style, isolating triangles, circles, squares, etc. He also co-founded the Artists Cooperative gallery, now Artists Contemporary Gallery, and other cooperatives including Pond Farm, having been exposed to the concept of cooperatives in New York.
In 1960, he had his first one-man shows in San Francisco at the Museum of Art and New York at the Staempfli and Tanager galleries. These shows received little notice, but two years later, a 1962 New York Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition officially launching Pop Art, brought him national recognition although he disclaimed being anything other than a painter of illusionistic form.
In 1963, he turned increasingly to figure painting, wooden and rigid with each detail sharply emphasized; in 1967 his work was shown at the Biennale Internationale, and in 1985, he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Hap Grieshaber woodcut Eros II c.1952 in good condition measuring 35,5 : 45,2 cm (13,9 : 17,7 in). Paper size 43 x 61,1 cm (16,9 x 24 in).Painter and graphic artist HAP Grieshaber, Helmut Andreas Paul Grieshaber is regarded as a renovator of expressive representational woodcuts after World War II.
HAP Grieshaber, who had been trained as a typographer, developed his expressive reduced style as early as in the 1930s. However, he could perform his art only in secrecy during the years of the Nazi dictatorship. But yet, the more powerful did his creative energy unfold after 1945. His monumental expressive woodcuts with their abstract but yet objective language would soon gain great acknowledgement. Mythical and religious subjects occupy a special position in the oeuvre of HAP Grieshaber.
Numerous exhibitions, the most recent "Grieshaber und die Moderne" in the 'Städtische Kunstmuseum Spendhaus' in Reutlingen (2009), deliver proof of HAP Grieshaber's significance for graphic art in the 20th century.
Hatley St George Seat of Honorable Sir Robert Cotton in Cambridgshire.
From "Britannia Illustrata or Views of Several of the Queens Palaces and also of the Principal Seats of the Nobility & Gentry of Great Britain
Sir Robert Cotton (2 May 1644 – 17 September 1717) was an English politician. He sat as a Member of Parliament from 1679 to 1701 and briefly in 1702.
A large fine rare original engraved print illustrating a birdseye view of Hatley St George, the Seat of Sir Robert Cotton. Published in 1712 for Robert Atkyns. Drawn and engraved by Johannes Kip, titled and with coat of arms above. Illustration size approximately 45 x 35cm (with centre fold, as were always issued).
Designed by Leonard Knyff (1650-1721)
Engraved by John Kip (1653-1722)
Lithograph titled Bodhisattva Figure by Chen Yi Ming signed lower right numbered 27/28 dated 5/20/85. Matted unframed Image 9"L x 6"W matted overall 16" x 20".
An original sepia toned photograph of two nudes in a landscape. Classic artist quality typical of the best Hesser photos. Measuring approx. 8 x 10 in excellent condition from the estate of the photographer.
Hesser belonged to the generation of photographers who saw the marriage of image and performance as the future of the art. Born in New Jersey and apprenticed in photography in New York City, Hesser became smitten with the potentials of the art form. With America's entry into World War I, Hesser joined the U. S. Army Signal corps with the rank of Captain and oversaw land photography. While in the service a scenario composed by Hesser, "The Freedom of the World," was made in 1918 into a semi-documentary feature film by Goldwyn. After the armistice, Hesser decommissioned, set up a photographic Studio in Manhattan employing as his assistant a talented Italian, Nino Vayana, to oversee production. He was drawn to the world of movies and worked as a contract photographer for numbers of silent stars based in New York, particularly Norma Talmadge, Irene Castle, and Marion Davies. A fire in 1922 destroyed his production facilities and his stock of early negatives. He began to make regular trips to the west coast for photographic sessions with Hollywood stars, and finally moved his pase of operations to the West Coast. By 1923 he realized that the real money in photography lay in periodical publication, not in the service of film publicity offices or stage PR men. He saw a particularly opportunity in the subject which the 1920s stage explored with great daring, but the screen, even in pre-code days, could not pursue: female undress. Throughout the late 1920s, he published EDWIN BOWER HESSER'S ARTS MONTHLY, and other titles, exploiting the association betweens art and nudity, and sold it to an anonymous readership of 'art students.' A versatile artist whose plein air nudes of Showgirls in natural light became the academic standard for art photographers in the 1920s and whose portraits of movie actresses and stage stars were greatly influential images of glamour from 1925 to 1930. He was one of the few portraitist who regularly depicted sitters head on. His penchant for back-lighting so that hair seem lined with light, gave certain of his 1920s sitters a halo or aura. Expert at landscape photography, he often shot nudes in parks and glades. Possessed of an inquiring and entrepreneurial mind, he developed and patented a color process, "Hessecolor," that intrigued mass circulation publishers during the 1930s, but did not prevail in the marketplace.
The Frugal Repas by Pablo Picasso from the edition of 1913 on arches paper trimmed with .5 inch margins a fine impression of this most famous of prints. Plate size 18 1/4 x 14 7/8 in. (46.4 x 37.8 cm) . A fine addition to any collection framed and archival matted in a fine gallery presentation frame.
The Flight into Egypt, from: The Life of the Virgin
(B. 89; M., Holl. 201; S.M.S. 179)
woodcut, circa 1504, watermark, Strasbourg lily Meder 122 a very good Meder b proof impression before the text edition of 1511, with narrow margins, the small defect in the block in the palm tree present in earliest impressions, 1 cm repaired tear top right otherwise in very good condition
B. 11¾ x 8 5/16 in. (299 x 211 mm.)
S. 11 7/8 x 8 5/16 in. (301 x 212 mm.)
Norman Lindsay original etching signed and titled numbered 20 0f 20 in pencil. A humorous court scene of a the king flirting with a lady and the expression of the jealous queen. An exquisite rich impression image measuring 23 x 30 cm on full sheet of laid paper in excellent condition some age yellowing and faint window matt line.
Lindsay is widely regarded as one of Australia's greatest artists, producing a vast body of work in different media, including pen drawing, etching, watercolour, oil and sculptures in concrete and bronze.
A large body of his work is housed in his former home at Faulconbridge, New South Wales, now the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum, and many works reside in private and corporate collections. His art continues to climb in value today. In 2002, a record price was attained for his oil painting Spring's Innocence, which sold to the National Gallery of Victoria for A$333,900.
A fine original antique photograph of the Oxford tennis team photo by J Soame stamped lower right framed and archival matted image approx. 11 x 14 inches.
Original David Roberts lithograph of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, April 8th 1839, plate 6 from Volume I of The Holy Land engraved by Louis Haghe 1806-85 pub. 1842. Original hand colored deluxe edition. In good antique condition some age discoloration minor fading spotting. Framed matted actuall image 12" x 18" framed matted 21 x 27 framed size.
Didmarton Seat of Robert Codrington
From the Ancient & Present State of Gloucestershire
A large fine rare original engraved print illustrating a birdseye view of Didmarton, the Seat of Robert Codrington, Esq. Published in 1712 for Robert Atkyns. Drawn and engraved by Johannes Kip, titled and with coat of arms above. Illustration size approximately 45 x 35cm (with centre fold, as were always issued)
These fine birdseye views drawn and engraved by Johannes kip (1653-1722) are significantly important as they show the entire estate, grounds and formal gardens in fine detail and accuracy as they were at that time.
PUBLISH YEAR: 1712
ILLUSTRATOR: KIP (JOHANNES)
A fine vintage photo of a Chinese Imperial temple photo by famed Jewish photographer Sam Sanzetti signed lower right a fine rich print measuring 12 x 17 inches. in good vintage condition,
Sioma Lifshitz arrived in Shanghai on a freighter from Vladivostock in 1922. The 20 years old energetic Russian jew had no money but lot’s of dreams and soon started to work in a photography studio under the name of Sam Sanzetti. It took him 5 years to open in own studio in 1927, becoming one of the most famous photographer in Shanghai. The studio was first located on 73 Nanking Road (today 73 Nanjing Dong Lu), near the Bund and just behind the Palace hotel (today Swatch Art Peace Hotel). Construction on the Cathay Hotel (today Peace Hotel) was on-going at that time very and the opening in 1929 certainly also helped his business. The central position in the business center allowed him to become the photographer of the rich and famous in Shanghai, surely meeting with other successful business people of the time. His office later moved to 39 Peking Road (today Beijing Dong Lu) as reported in 1938 Shanghai Dollar Directory. Some of his photographs clearly remind of the calendar ads from the Carl Crowe company located very close on 81 JinKe lu and both men hanging around in similar circles probably worked with each other at some point. Sam Sanzetti left Shanghai in 1957 to immigrate to Israel leaving a Chinese wife and a stepdaughter behind and remade his life in his new country. He had fun memories of Shanghai as explained in an interview with an Israeli Newspaper years later. However he was never able to come back to Shanghai before his death in 1986.
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973) Oath of the Women from Lysistrata Bloch 267-272. Original pencil signed etching from the deluxe edition of 100 signed etchings.
Printed by Roger Lacourière (French, 1892–1966)
Date: 1934 Medium: Etching
Dimensions: plate: 8 11/16 x 5 3/4 in. (22.1 x 14.6 cm) sheet: 15 1/8 x 11 1/8 in. (38.4 x 28.3 cm) Condition is very good some minor staining and foxing very slight minor surface creasing.
Saprerton Seat of Sir Robert Atkyns Sir Robert Atkyns (1647–1711) was a topographer, antiquary, and Member of Parliament. He is best known for his county history, the Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire. From the Ancient & Present State of Gloucestershire
A large fine rare original engraved print illustrating a birdseye view of Saperton, the Seat of Sir Robert Atkyns. Published in 1712 for Robert Atkyns. Drawn and engraved by Johannes Kip, titled and with coat of arms above. Illustration size approximately 45 x 35cm (with centre fold, as were always issued). These fine birdseye views drawn and engraved by Johannes kip (1653-1722) are significantly important as they show the entire estate, grounds and formal gardens in fine detail and accuracy as they were at that time. PUBLISHED YEAR: 1712 COUNTY: GLOUCESTERSHIRE ILLUSTRATOR: KIP (JOHANNES)
John Edward Borein, original etching titled Sioux Scouts an early impression with rich ink tone penciled lower right. In good condition some light staining. A fine addition to any collection.
Edward Borein is primarily known as an etcher today. Borein executed almost four hundred different etched images in his life, many of which were printed numerous times. Consequently the most frequent examples of the artist's work found today are his etchings. However, every Borein collector knows that Borein's preeminent achievements are his applied color works, as seen in his best watercolors and oil paintings. Among cattlemen and women, Edward Borein is most recognized for his ability to accurately capture the canter of a horse, the posture of a working cowboy and the force of a moving herd of cattle.
Borein was a working artist, having made his way in life on the proceeds of his art sales. The citizens of Santa Barbara are full of tales of Borein's senior years, when it is said the visitors to his studio on De La Guerra St. would be greeted with tall tales and etchings which could be had for a modest price. Amongst Edward Borein's close friends were the actor Leo Carillo and the humorist Will Rogers. They were often seen at the nearby "El Paseo" (www.calwestgroup.com) restaurant laughing and carrying on.
Rare decorative celestial map by Matthaus Seutter, published in Augsburg circa 1730. The map includes two maps of the Northern & Southern Skies. A diagram in the upper right corner showing the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, while another in the upper left represents day and night on the earth with quotations from Genesis. Five additional diagrams along the bottom represent the monthly orbit and illumination of the moon, the different planetary hypotheses of Tycho Brahe, Corpernicus, Ptolemy, and the annual orbit of the sun and the seasons.