Current Inventory by James Ensor

Portrait of Elias Frise

Artist: James Ensor
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  James Ensor (1860-1949), Portrait of Elias Frise, etching, 1886, signed, titled (le’ancetre) and dated in pencil recto; also signed and titled verso, on laid japon nacre paper. References: Delteil 3, Elesh 3, second state (of 2). In very good condition, with wide margins (hinged at top to a backing sheet, not matted), 9 3/4 x 7 3/4, the sheet 16 x 11 1/2 inches. Provenance: Augusta Boogaerts (1850-1951), Ostend, a gift from the artist (with her initials AB in pencil verso) Mira Jacob Wolfovska (1912-2004), Paris, with her blindstamp lower right margin (not in Lugt) A fine impression, printed […]

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Bataille des Eperons d’Or (Battle of the Golden Spurs)

Artist: James Ensor
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  James Ensor (1860-1949), Bataille des Eperons d’Or (Battle of the Golden Spurs), etching, 1895, signed, dated and titled in pencil. On laid paper with a Honig watermark, with margins. References: Delteil 95, Elesh 98, only state. 7 x 9 5/8, the sheet 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches. Provenance: Mira Jacob Wolfovska (1912-2004), Paris, with her blindstamp (not in Lugt). An extremely fine impression, black ink on a cream paper, with plate tone slightly accentuated toward the bottom of the sheet and away from the sky. The story of the Battle of the Golden Spurs relates how, in 1302, the […]

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The Cathedral – 1st Plate, 1886

Artist: James Ensor
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James Ensor (1860-1949), The Cathedral, First Plate, etching, 1886, signed and dated in pencil lower right, countersigned and titled in pencil verso. References: Delteil 7, Croquez 7, Taevernier 7 (third state of 3); Elesh 7, third state of four.  In excellent condition, the full sheet with very wide margins, 9 5/8 x 7 1/4, the sheet 18 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches. A superb, early  impression (with an early signature), printed with tone in a brownish/black ink on ivory Japan paper. Ensor archivist Patrick Florizoone has demonstrated that Ensor’s cathedrale is actually a composite of parts of three cathedrals: the […]

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Les Patineurs (The Skaters)

Artist: James Ensor
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James Ensor (1869-1949), Les Patineurs (The Skaters), 1889, etching and aquatint;  signed in pencil and dated lower right, titled lower left, and countersigned verso. Delteil 65, Croquez 65, Taevernier 65, Elesh 65, second state (of 2). In excellent condition, printed in black ink with tone on a simili-Japan paper. The full sheet with full margins, 6 15/16 x 9 1/8, the sheet 14 x 18 7/8 inches. A very fine impression. Skating was a traditional subject for Flemish paintings and prints going back to Breugel, Avercamp and Essais van de Velde; and also among artists in Holland during Ensor’s time […]

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Exterminating Angel (L’Ange Exterminateur)

Artist: James Ensor
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James Ensor (1860-1949), Exterminating Angel (L’Ange Exterminateur), etching with drypoint, 1889, signed and dated in pencil lower right, also titled and countersigned verso. References: Delteil 77, Croquez 77, Elesh 77, Taevernier 77; second (final) state. In very good condition, on a Japan paper with wide margins, (remains of old hinging verso showing through at extreme corners). 4 3/4 x 6 1/8, the sheet 7 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches. A fine impression printed in a grey/black ink, with substantial plate tone. Provenance: ex Collection Johannes Hendricus de Bois (1878-1946), with his mark recto lower left corner (Lugt 733). Only a […]

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