Current Inventory by Arthur B. Davies

Valley of West Canada Creek

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Valley of West Canada Creek, lithograph, 1924, stamp signed lower right and inscribed in pencil and initialled by Virginia Merriwether Davies. Czestochowski 210, only state, from the edition of 25, printed by George C. Miller, published by Weyhe Gallery, New York, June 1924.  In generally good condition, the full sheet (slight browning at edges, some tiny nicks), 12 x 19, the sheet 16 x 22 3/4 inches, unmatted. A very good impression of this large lithograph, printed on a cream wove Rives paper. This scene is a few miles northeast of Utica, New York.

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Ecstasy (or Leda) – Final State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Ecstasy (alternate title: Leda), 1916, drypoint, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Price 165, Czestochowski 30, third state (of 3). Edition size unknown but small. In very good condition, the full sheet, printed on a thin ivory wove paper, 2 3/4 x 4, the sheet 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, archival mounting. A very fine impression of this rare drypoint, printed in black ink with the drypoint burr extraordinarily rich. One of the earliest of Davies’ modernistic experiments, created at a time when Davies was generally regarded as the preeminent American artist of his generation. After the Armory […]

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Ecstasy (or Leda) – First State Painted Working Proof

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Ecstasy (alternate title: Leda), 1916, drypoint, with the stamp and initials NMD [Niles Davies, a descendant] lower right. Reference: Price 165, Czestochowski 30, first state (of 3, but cf discussion). Edition size unknown but small. In very good condition, printed on a very thin cream wove paper, the sheet printed in the manner of chine colle, on a backing card, full sheet, printed on a thin ivory wove paper, 3 7/8 x 3 inches, the full sheet 8 x 7 1/4 inches. This impression is about 1/8 inch wider than the later state impressions described by […]

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Up-Rising

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Arthur B. Davies, Up-Rising, soft ground etching and aquatint on a cream laid paper, 1919, signed in pencil lower right margin. Reference: Czestochowski 78, second state (of 3). In good condition, with margins.  From a small edition, 6 x 9, the sheet 8 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches. A fine atmospheric impression. The first state of this print was before the aquatint; it was in soft ground etching only (the third state was printed in color by Frank Nankivell in 1924). At this stage of his career Davies was experimenting with modernism in his printmaking; he had developed substantial expertise […]

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Resurrection – Final State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Resurrection (aka Flying Figures; Border of the Lake), drypoint, 1916, signed with the estate stamp lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 35, third state (of 3), with the aquatint.  The total printing was unknown but small. With margins, printed on a blue/green laid paper, in good condition, 3 x 5, the sheet 5 x 8 inches. A fine  impression, with the complex aquatint layering contrasting effectively. Aquatint was added in the second state to many areas of the plate except the figure; in the third state aquatint was added to the figure.

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Resurrection – First State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Resurrection (aka Flying Figures; Border of the Lake), drypoint, 1916, signed with the estate stamp lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 35, first state (of 3), before aquatint.  The total printing was unknown but small. With margins, printed on a very thin wove paper, in good condition, 3 x 5, the sheet 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches. A fine proof impression, with substantial burr from the drypoint work, printed with a veil of plate tone overall. Aquatint was added in the second state to many areas of the plate except the figure; in the third state aquatint […]

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Entreat (aka Nude with Uplifted Arms)

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Entreat (aka Nude with Uplifted Arms), mezzotint, 1927, signed in pencil lower right margin. Reference: Czestochowski 217, only state. Edition unspecified, total printing unknown but small. In good condition, printed on a cream wove paper, with margins, 6 x 4, the sheet 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. A very good impression of this rarity.

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Torment

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Torment, soft ground etching with aquatint and roulette, 1919-20, signed with the estate stamp lower right, and signed by the printer Frank A. Nankivell (and inscribed “Printer”) lower left. Reference: Czestochowski 102, fourth state (of 4). In generally good condition apart from light staining toward the top of the image, and light staining at the top margin edge, a crease in the right margin. With margins, 7 13/16 x 11 7/8, the sheet 9 3/8 x 13 5/8 inches. A fine impression.Printed on thin laid paper with the watermark Vassier. Czestochowski notes that this print was […]

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Mirror of Illusion – First State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Mirror of Illusion (aka The Mirror; Maya; Mirror No. 2), drypoint, signed with the estate stamp lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 31, first state (of 2). In generally good condition, with margins (creasing and folds in margins, browning toward edges), 6 3/8 x 8 3/8, the sheet 8 7/8 x 11 1/4 inches. A fine proof impression of the first state, printed with a heavy plate tone. In the first state the design is made with drypoint only, and the platemaker’s name is clearly visible on the middle right margin. The platemaker’s inscription reads: John Sellers and […]

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Tartessians

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Tartessians, soft ground etching with aquatint, 1919-20, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 96, second state (of 2), total printing unknown but small. In good condition, slight mat toning, printed on a cream wove paper, with margins, 4 7/8 x 3 1/4, the sheet 10 7/8 x 7 1/2 inches. A fine impression, with the aquatint tones contrasting effectively.

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By the Sea (aka Idyll)

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), By the Sea (aka Idyll), soft ground etching and aquatint, 1919,  signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 72, fourth state (of 5; see discussion below), edition about 21. In very good condition, printed in black on a green laid paper, 8 7/8 x 5 7/8, the sheet 10 1/4 x 8 inches. A fine impression. Davies put this complex composition through some extensive state changes, adding aquatint in the second state, grinding it down on the figures in the third state while adding some tint in the third and fourth state. This impression may represent […]

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Round of Summer (aka Four Figures) – First State Proof

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Round of Summer (aka Four Figures), soft ground etching, 1919, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 91, first state (of 3), trial proofs only in this state.  With margins, extensive wrinkling, tape on margins verso (showing through at top margin),  soiling (mostly in margins), printed on light wove paper, 7 7/8 x 5 7/8, the sheet 11 x 7 3/8 inches. A good impression; the rough condition indicates that this is a trial proof. In later states aquatint was added to cover the figures, foreground, and the tree upper middle; this state is interesting for […]

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Afternoon

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Afternoon, transfer lithograph, 1920, signed in pencil lower left. Reference: Czestochowski 188, only state, from the edition of 25 (another 300 unsigned proofs cut down to the image were distributed by Weyhe Gallery as gallery souvenirs); one of a set of eight lithographs, in generally good condition, some light fox spots mostly verso, the slightest toning, the full sheet, printed on a stiff cream wove paper, 7 1/2 x 6, the sheet 15 x 10 7/8 inches, archival matting. A good impression. Printer: George C. Miller.

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Strength in Shadow

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Strength in Shadow, soft ground etching with drypoint, roulette and aquatint, 1919, with the estate stamp lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 90, only state, total printing unknown but small. In good condition apart from several creases across the middle of the image (a result of the printing process?).  Printed on laid paper, with wide margins,  6 5/8 x 4 5/8, the sheet 12 x 9 5/8 inches. A very good impression

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Contemplation – An impression of the only state, and a working proof

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Contemplation (alternate title: Ishlamih Group), drypoint on zinc, 1917, with the estate stamp lower right margin. Reference: Czestochowski 53, only state, total printing unknown but small. In good condition, with margins, 2 7/8 x 6 1/8, the sheet 7 x 9 inches. Printed on a very light laid paper, with extensive cataloguing notes in pencil verso bottom. A fine impression, printed with much drypoint burr, and an overall veil of plate tone. We also have a working proof of Contemplation (illustrated below) printed on a light laid paper, with inky fingerprints in the margins (going into […]

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Pompeian Veil – working proof with pencil additions

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Pompeian Veil, soft ground etching with aquatint, with pencil additions, 1918-1919, with the stamp signature. Reference: Czestochowski 63, fifth state (or a state between the 4th and 5th) of 5. In generally good condition, soiling and soft folding in margins, 5 3/8 x 3 ¼, the sheet 9 7/8 x 7 ¼ inches.  Printed on a cream/yellow wove paper. A good impression, with pencil additions to the nose, hair and hand of the figure; these additions were then made in the plate for Czestochowski’s fifth state. Only trial impressions were made of the fifth state. Pompeian […]

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Venus

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Venus (alternative title: Spindrift), mezzotint, 1927, with the estate stamp lower right, signed in pencil by Frank A.  Nankivell lower left and inscribed “Printer”.  Reference: Czestochowski 218, first state (of 2), edition unspecified, total printing unknown.  In good condition apart from light fox marks in margins, with margins, printed on laid paper with a bunch of grapes (?) watermark,  9 15/16 x 5 15/16, the sheet 13 ½ x 8 ¾ inches. A very good impression of this rarely encountered print; no impressions signed by Davies are known.

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The Temple

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928) The Temple, soft-ground etching and aquatint, 1918-19, signed in pencil (Czestochowski 64), third state (of 4), from the small edition of about 30. A fine impression of this evocative image. Also titled Antique Workshop, and Palace Under the Sun. A superb example of the emerging modernistic experiments that Davies was undertaking at this time, a period in which Davies was generally regarded as the preeminent American artist of his generation. Marsden Hartley said of Davies: Often you have the sensation of looking through a Renaissance window upon a Greek world – a world of Platonic verities […]

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Retrospection

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Retrospection, drypoint on zinc, 1916-17, with the estate stamp lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 40, first state (of 2).  Total printing unknown but small.  In good condition, with margins (a soft fold upper left margin away from image, paper very thin along the left platemark where the plate was unburnished). 4 7/8 x 3 3/8, the sheet 8 ½ x 6 ¼ inches. A fine, delicately printed impression, printed on thin cream wove paper with plate tone, the central area of the figures wiped selectively so that this area is brighter and whiter, with substantial burr from […]

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Girl Running – 1st State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Girl Running (or Woman Running), drypoint, 1917, signed in pencil (twice) lower leftand dated lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 44, Price 126, first state (of 2). In very good condition, on a light cream laid paper, with margins, 4 3/8 x 3 7/16, the sheet 6 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches. Provenance: ex Collection Elizabeth Luther Carey (pencil verso). Ms. Carey was an American art and literary critic, well-known in the early 20th century for her works on Tennyson, Browning and Emerson, and the artists Whistler, Daumier and Blake. A fine impression, with much burr from the […]

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Iris (Nude Seated) – Second State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Iris (Nude Seated), 1916, drypoint on zinc, signed in pencil lower right.  Reference: Czestochowski 33, second state (of 2), total printing unknown but small.   In very good condition, with margins, printed in black with an overall plate tone on a light cream wove paper.  8 7/8 x 6 15/16, the sheet 12 1/2 x 9 5/8  inches, archival matting. A very good impression, after the addition of roulette and various shades of aquatint in 1918. In this delicately printed impression Davies achieves the floating gauzy effect of his pre-Armory show symbolist imagery. The light drypoint lines […]

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Iris (Nude Seated) – First State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Iris (Nude Seated), drypoint on zinc, 1916, signed in pencil lower left.  Reference: Czestochowski 33, first state (of 2).  In excellent condition, on a very light laid paper. With margins, 8 7/8 x 6 15/16, the sheet 11 1/4 x 8 3/4  inches, archival matting. Provenance: ex Collection Lansing C. Baldwin A fine impression of this rare proof, with a substantial layer of plate tone, and burr from the drypoint work. This print was not editioned in any state. This first state impression shows the design drawn in drypoint; in the second state aquatint was added as […]

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Moonlight on the Grassy Bank

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Moonlight on the Grassy Bank, soft ground etching and aquatint, drypoint and roulette, 1919, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 71, fourth state (of 5); total printing unknown but small. In good condition apart from traces of foxing and staining especially toward to the margin edges away from the image, remains of prior hinging verso, with margins, 11 3/4 x 7 3/4, the sheet 14 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches. A fine impression, with the aquatint layering contrasting vividly. Printed in black ink on a cream laid paper. Moonlight on the Grassy Bank is a […]

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The Dream

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), The Dream, lithograph, 1919, signed in pencil lower right and inscribed “to Treate (?) Reynolds”. Reference: Czestochowski 120, only state, edition of 25 or less. Published by Weyhe Gallery, New York, summer 1920. In generally good condition, slight soiling recto, traces of light and other stains, remains of prior hinging verso. 11 7/8 x 9 1/8, the illustration at the top is 5 3/4 x 4 1/4, the lower portion is 4 3/4 x 9; the sheet is 13 7/8 x 11 inches. A good impression, printed on a firm ivory wove paper. The sleeping nude […]

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Doorway to Illusion

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Doorway to Illusion, soft-ground etching with aquatint printed in colors, 1919, signed by the printer Frank A.  Nankivell lower left and with the estate stamp signature lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 93, third state (of 3). From the edition of 200 printed by Nankivell in 1929. In good condition,  with traces of light or time stain in margins; with full margins, 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches, the sheet 12 x 9 inches. A very good impression, printed on a cream laid paper with a Fortune Figure watermark (Van Gelder Zonen paper). This was printed on the […]

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Sea Maidens (or, Sunshine; Girls on the Beach)

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Sea Maidens (or, Sunshine; Girls on the Beach), soft ground etching and aquatint, 1919, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochoski 79, second state (of 3). Total edition unknown but small. In generally good condition apart from a tear (repaired, now unobtrusive, see detail one below) upper center c 1″ into image, soiling verso and in margins, nicks at paper edges.  Printed in black on a green laid paper.  With margins, 8 x 11 7/8, the sheet 9 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches. A fine impression, with the several aquatint layers contrasting effectively against the greenish […]

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Arms Up

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Arms Up (also entitled Portrait J), drypoint, 1916, signed in pencil lower left.  Reference: Czestochowski 36, second state (of 2).  Total printing unknown but small. In generally good condition, the matrix fine, with margins (soiling in margins, margins cut irregularly and with remains of prior hinging and tape verso), 4 13/16 x 3 1/2, the sheet approx. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, archival matting. A fine rich impression of this great rarity, carefully printed with extensive burr from the drypoint work. Although Czestochowski accounts for 9 impressions in public collections, we know of no impressions […]

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Uprising

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Arthur B. Davies, Uprising, soft ground etching and aquatint on a green laid paper, 1919, signed in pencil lower right margin. Reference: Czestochowski 78, second state (of 3). In good condition, with margins (slight mat stain away from platemark); on a green laid paper. From a small edition, 6 x 9, the sheet 8.3/4  x 12 inches. A fine atmospheric impression, carefully printed in black/grey ink on old green laid paper. The first state of this print was before the aquatint; it was in soft ground etching only (the third state was printed in color by Frank Nankivell in 1924). […]

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Dawn (or, Kneeling Figure)

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Dawn (or, Kneeling Figure), 1918, soft ground etching and aquatint, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 59, second state (of 3). In very good condition, with margins, 11 7/8 x 7 7/8, the sheet 14 x 9 1/2 inches. Printed in black ink on a cream wove paper. A fine impression of this very strong composition. Dawn is unusual among Davies’s printed images for the great clarity and strength of the image, undergirded by the blackness of the aquatint background. At this stage of his career Davis was making a transition from explorations into the […]

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Baptism (or, Group of Ten Men – One Seated)

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Baptism (or, Group of Ten Men – One Seated), drypoint on zinc, 1917, signed in pencil , printed in black on very thin laid paper. In very good condition, cockling top and bottom margins (result of printing process), the matrix excellent, 6 3/8 x 4 1/4, the sheet 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. Reference: Czestochowski 52, second state (of 2), total printing unknown but small. A fine rich impression of this great rarity (most of the other impressions are in museums), with substantial burr from the drypoint work, with platetone overall but carefully wiped to […]

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Guiding Spirit

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928),  Guiding Spirit, 1918, etching, drypoint and roulette,  signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 55, Second state (of 2), edition of 22, 4 ¾ x 6 7/8, the sheet 8 ¾ x 11 inches.  In good condition apart from some light rust marks or paper imperfections dotting the surface. A fine impression with substantial burr from the drypoint work, wiped selectively so that the central floating figures are much lighter than the figures below or to the sides. Printed in black on a cream wove paper. A superb example of Davies’s Symbolist work as well as […]

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Guiding Spirit – First State

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Guiding Spirit, drypoint on zinc, 1918. Reference: Czestochowski 55, first state (of 2), with the estate stamp lower right. A proof impression, in good condition apart from extensive creasing especially in margins but at points across the image, also some soft folds. 4 ¾ x 6 7/8, the sheet 8 3/8 x 9 ¼ inches. Provenance: M. Knoedler and Co., New York, with their mat and label. A fine impression of this rarity, before the extensive shading and roulette work, and the burnishing of some of the features of the floating figures, done for the second […]

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Spring Dance (or On Willow Brook)

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Arthur B. Davies, Spring Dance (or On Willow Brook), lithograph, 1924, signed in pencil. Reference: Czestochowski 211, Price 116, only state. From the edition of 25. Printer: George C. Miller. In good condition apart from moderate light stain, remains of glue and backing from prior hinging verso. With margins, 12 x 19 1/2, the sheet 14 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches, archival mounting. A very good impression of this classic Davies composition. Provenance: Fort Worth Art Museum. This impression is the print shown in Czestochowski’s catalogue raisonne of the Davies prints. It is noted there that the impression was a “Gift […]

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Against Green

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Against Green (also Three Figure Composition, Figures Against Green), soft ground etching and aquatint, 1918, signed in pencil lower right; also titled lower margin “Figures Against Green.” Reference: Czestochowski 58, fifth state (of 6). From an edition of unknown size, but according to Czestochowski “unknown but small.” In generally good condition, the matrix in very good condition, oil and slight light staining in margins and verso, remains of prior hinging, archival matting. Printed on an ivory laid paper, with margins, 7 13/16 x 11 7/8, the sheet 10 x 14 3/8 inches. A fine strong impression, with […]

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Amber Garden

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Amber Garden (Hand Raised, Autumn Mist), soft ground etching and aquatint, 1919, signed in pencil lower right margin. Reference: Czestochowski 73, third state (of 4), from an edition of unspecified size but according to Czestochowski “total printing unknown but small.” In very good condition, the matrix pristine, some folds and creasing in the (wide) margins, printed on a cream wove paper with the watermark SPECIAL MBM, 11 3/4 x 7 13/16, the sheet 14 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches; archival mounting with acid free window mat. A fine strong impression with the several layers of aquatint contrasting effectively. At […]

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Figure in Glass

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Figure in Glass, drypoint on zinc, 1916-7, signed with initials in pencil lower left. Reference: Czestochowski 38, only state. In very good condition, on a simile japan paper, 6 1/8 x 5 1/2, the sheet 12 1/4 x 8 3/8 inches, archival mounting. A very fine, rich and early impression – with substantial burr from the drypoint work – of this American cubist rarity. The only impression of Figure in Glass of comparable quality we are aware of is at the National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, pictured in the Czestochowski catalogue. Most impressions of Figure in Glass which […]

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Figure in Glass – Posthumous Impression signed by Nankivell (Printer)

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Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Figure in Glass, drypoint on zinc, 1916-7, printed in 1929 by the printer and artist Frank Nankivell, signed by the printer lower left with the annotation “printer”.  Reference: Czestochowski 38, only state. In very good condition, on a  blue green laid paper, 6 1/8 x 5 1/2, the sheet 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches,  archival mounting. A fine impression of this American cubist rarity. This is from the group (small, but of unknown size) of posthumous impressions printed by Frank Nankivell in 1929, the year after Davies died. Czestochoski notes that the total number of impressions […]

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