Old Master through Modern prints at Swann Galleries auction Oct. 31

On Friday, Oct. 31, Swann Galleries will hold their major fall auction of fine prints. The two-part sale begins with Important Old Master Prints followed by Old Master through Modern Prints.

The sale opens with select 15th century works, including a group of 10 metalcuts and 17 woodcuts of The Passion of the Christ by Israhel van Meckenem the Elder, Master of the Berlin Passion, circa 1450-70, all with contemporary hand-coloring in gouache and watercolor (estimate: $50,000 to $80,000); and Master IE, Christ in the Wilderness Served by Angels, engraving, circa 1480-90 ($20,000 to $30,000).

A run of works by Albrecht Dürer features The Annunciation, woodcut, circa 1503 ($10,000 to $15,000); The Holy Kinship with the Lute-Playing Angels, woodcut, 1511 ($15,000 to $20,000); and St. Anthony Reading, engraving, 1519 ($20,000 to $30,000).

A selection of significant etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn includes The Decent from the Cross: Second Plate, 1633 ($40,000 to $60,000); Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, 1634 ($30,000 to $50,000); Self Portrait Wearing a Soft Cap; Full Face, Head Only, circa 1634 ($50,000 to $80,000); Lieven Willemsz van Coppenol, Writing Master: larger plate, circa 1658 ($20,000 to $30,000); and Jupiter and Antiope: the Larger Plate, 1659 ($50,000 to $80,000).

Other Old Master highlights are the original unsteelfaced copper plate for Heinrich Aldegrever’s engraving Avarice, 1552 ($15,000 to $20,000); Adriaen van Ostade, The Smoker and the Drinker, etching, circa 1650 ($3,000 to $5,000); and William Blake’s The Circle of the Corrupt Officials, engraving on chine-collé, 1827 ($10,000 to $15,000).

From the 19th century are Pierre-August Renoir’s La Danse à la Campagne, 2e planche, soft-ground etching, 1890 ($8,000 to $12,000); Paul Signac’s color lithographs La Bouée (Saint-Tropez: Le Port), 1894, and Saint-Tropez: Le Port, 1897-98 ($20,000 to $30,000 each); James Ensor’s Les mauvais Médecins, etching, 1895 ($6,000 to $9,000); Paul Gaugin’s Te Arii Vahine-Opoi, woodcut on Japan paper, 1895 ($12,000 to $18,000); Camille Pissarro’s La Charrue, color lithograph, 1898-1901 ($8,000 to $12,000); Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Mademoiselle Marcel Lender, en buste, color lithograph, 1895 ($30,000 to $50,000); and Mary Cassatt’s Kneeling in an Armchair, drypoint, circa 1903 ($20,000 to $30,000).

There are also a number of Whistler prints, such as Old Putney Bridge, etching, 1897 ($15,000 to $20,000); and the scarce lithograph The Duet, 1894 ($25,000 to $35,000).

A section devoted to American prints features Winslow Homer’s large etching, Eight Bells, on Japan paper, 1887 ($40,000 to $60,000); Childe Hassam’s etchings Polly Kane, 1917 ($7,000 to $10,000), and Marie at the Window, 1923 ($15,000 to $20,000); Martin Lewis’s Relics (Speakeasy Corner), drypoint, 1928 ($20,000 to $30,000); Louis Lozowick’s 57th Street, lithograph, 1929 ($8,000 to $12,000); Howard Cook’s Chrysler Building, wood engraving, 1930 ($6,000 to $9,000); and Thomas Hart Benton’s Wreck of the Ol’ 97, lithograph, 1944 ($8,000 to $12,000).

Twentieth-century European highlights include several nudes by Tsuguharu Foujita, among them Nu allongé, color etching, drypoint and roulette on chine-collé, 1930 ($10,000 to $15,000); George Rouault’s Le Christ en Croix, color aquatint, 1936 ($12,000 to $18,000); Sybil Andrews’s Gipsies, color linoleum cut on Japan paper, 1939 ($8,000 to $12,000); Henri Matisse’s Enterrement de Pierrot, color pochoir from Jazz, 1947 ($10,000 to $15,000); Marc Chagall’s Nature Morte au Bouquet, color lithograph, 1960 ($10,000 to $15,000); and M.C. Escher’s Waterfall, lithograph, 1961 ($25,000 to $35,000).

Among significant portfolios are Salvador Dali’s Les Chants de Maldoror, with 30 engravings, a suite of 14 engravings and six engraved vignettes, 1934, printed 1973 ($70,000 to $100,000); one of 100 copies of Georges Braque’s Les Paroles Transparentes by Jean Paulhan, with four color lithographs and lithograph illustrations, and with an additional suite of pencil-signed lithographs on China paper, 1955 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Joan Miró’s Gravures pour une Exposition, with four color etchings with aquatint and one color lithograph, one of 75 numbered copies, 1973 ($15,000 to $20,000).

Works by Picasso include Salome, drypoint, 1905 ($20,000 to $30,000); etchings, such as Magicienne captant et renvoyant sur son plafond les rayons du soleil, 1934, and Jeune Femme suprenant le reflet d’une hirondelle dans son miroir, 1936 (each $40,000 to $60,000); a very scarce linoleum cut printed in brick red on Arches, which, when viewed vertically is Tête de Femme au Chapeau, and when viewed horizontally is Paysage avec Baigneurs, 1962 ($100,000 to $150,000); and after prints of Bouteille de Rhum, color collotype and stencil, circa 1965, and Arlequin, offset color lithograph, 1966 ($12,000 to $18,000 each).

The first session of the auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 with a catalog of Important Old Master Prints. Additional Old Master prints and 19th-century prints will follow at about 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session, comprising 19th and 20th-century prints, will begin at 2:30 p.m.

The works of art will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A two-volume illustrated auction catalog, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $40 in the U.S. / $50 elsewhere from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32, or via e-mail at tweyman@swanngalleries.com.