4/10/2018     Prints & Multiples , News Stories & Press Release

Roseberys Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction this October offers a comprehensive catalogue of international artists.

From the comical typography screen prints of American artist Mel Bochner to animal themed linocuts of British artist Edward Bawden CBE RA.

AUCTION: Tuesday 9 October, 12 noon


Here we look at a section of auction highlights from newly appointed Head of Department Shane Xu.

Lot 10:

Representing British printmaking is Edward Bawden CBE RA (1903-1989) Aesop’s Fables: Hares, Foxes & Eagles, 1970; linocut in colours on wove, signed, titled, inscribed Artist’s Proof, and numbered 1/50 in pencil, 52.5×68.5cm (ARR)

More than thirty years after his death, Bawdens work is still going strong. Celebrated as a young and exciting artists at the beginning of his career and recently the subject of a retrospective at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, his witty imagery is still as relevant today as it was originally.

A prolific artist, he was known to rarely take a day off; producing many prints of animals and creatures in his instantly recognisable style.

Estimate £800-1,200*

Continuing with British printmaking we move to the abstract formations of Victor Pasmore CH CBE. Pasmore’s work is presented in 11 lots (50-60), prints dating from 1972 up to 1992. Passmore was an artist and architect and is attributed with the development of abstract art in Britain through the 1940s and 1950s. Having a strong presence in the education system and lecturing for most of his career, his students included Sir Terry Frost; the handover of abstraction is clear to see in their works.


Lot 50:

Victor Pasmore CH CBE, British 1908-1998- Points of Contact No.22, 1974; screenprint in colours on wove, initialled, dated and inscribed AP in pencil, an artist’s proof aside from the edition of 70, printed by Kelpra Studio, London, published by Marlborough Graphics, London, 55.9 x 39.7cm (unframed) (ARR)

Estimate £400-600*

Lot 263:

Sir Howard Hodgkin CBE CH, (1932-2017) – After Luke Howard, 1976; lithograph in colours on TH Saunders paper, from For John Constable, signed, dated and numbered 98/100 in pencil, printed by Aymestry Water Mill, Herefordshire, published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd., London, 44.7 x 56.8cm (sheet) (ARR)

This is from a series of works by nineteen artists paying tribute to John Constable. The portfolio ‘For John Constable’ was commissioned by Bernard Jacobson on the occasion of the bicentenary of Constable’s birth in 1976. The series was exhibited at the Tate Gallery the same year.

Estimate £2,000-3,000*


Finally the darling of the art world, and recent curator of the RA Summer Exhibition – Grayson Perry.

Lot 314:

Grayson Perry CBE RA, British b.1960- Recipe for Humanity, 2005; computer controlled rayon embroidery on cotton, signed and numbered 245/250 in black ink verso, 48.5×36.5cm (ARR)

Estimate £3,000-5,000*

Over to the American Heavyweights; works representing the USA include Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt and KAWS.


Andy Warhol’s iconic portrait of Marilyn Munroe is known all over the world over, and lot 229 is a great moment in pop art history.

Lot 229: Andy Warhol, (1928-1987) Marilyn Invitation (NOT IN F. & S.), 1981; screen print in colours on card folded as issued, for the Andy Warhol a Print Retrospective, signed in black marker pen, from the edition of an unknown size, published by Castelli Graphics, New York, overall unfolded 35.5×17.5cm

Estimate £3,000-5,000*

Sol Le Witt, first came to fame in the late 1960s. A founder of minimal and conceptual art – LeWitt is known for his bold 2D work and ‘structures’ (sculptures) He has been the focus of hundreds of solo exhibition world-wide and his contemporaries include rank Stella, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.

Lot 232:

Sol LeWitt, American 1928-2007- Stars – Red Center, 1983; the complete set of seven etchings with aquatint in colours on Arches 88 wove, each signed and numbered from the edition of 10 in pencil, printed by Hidekatsu Takada with Peter Pettengill and June Lambla at Crown Point Press, Oakland, California, published by Crown Point Press, Oakland, California, ea. 45.2×45.2cm (plate) (7)

Finally Mel Bochner, (b.1940) a recognised leader in the development of conceptual art, Bochner was part of a movement in the 1960s and 70s that looked to break away from outmoded forms of art and develop a new generation of artists that at the time included Eva Hesse, Donald Judd and Robert Smithson.

Lot 353:

Blah, Blah, Blah + Background Noise, 2012; unique double-sided screenprint in colours on wove, signed, dated and numbered 96/100 in pencil, published by Whitechapel Gallery for the artist’s exhibition, London, 38x38cm (unframed, in original packaging) Note: Each work from this edition is unique and reversible.

Estimate £1,500-2,000*

Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples, 9 October at 12 noon



Viewing Times:

Friday 5 October 1-5pm

Sunday 7 October 10am-2pm

Monday 8 October 9.30am-5.30pm

Tuesday 9 October 9.30am-11.30am


AUCTION: Tuesday 9 October, 12 noon


Head of Department:



*Prices include Buyers Premium of 25%.

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