Print Masters

06 November 2017

Saturday 18 November 1pm

The 18th November Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples auction offers a journey through printmaking from Modern Masters of print such as Georges Braque, to the cool, stylized portraiture of Alex Katz.

The 311 lot sale will open at 1pm at Roseberys London, South London salerooms.

Curated by Roseberys print specialist Nicola Allan, she identifies that “humour is at play with many of these editions whether it be the satirical screen-print ‘Sell Your Soul’ by David Shrigley or the Dada-Humour found in “Mr. and Mrs. Woodman” by Man Ray. This book is surrealistically erotic and elegant in content and form. The publication displays the rigor of the artist’s imagination in the mediums of photography, engraving, the power of word and the use of the found object bound into one”.

“As printmaking is the heartbeat of our auction we are delighted to be offering a collection of editions from the Curwen Studio Archive and an important collection of etchings printed and published by the Italian studio 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, Rome. Both studios were pioneers in printmaking, playing their part in enabling the medium to join the ranks of contemporary media through innovation and collaboration with the world’s leading artists”.

Additional highlights in the sale include some of the greatest names in British printmaking including St. Ives artists Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron and Terry Frost RA, as well as groupings of editions by John Piper CH, L.S. Lowry, the late Sir Howard Hodgkin CH CBE and David Hockney OM CH RA.

Highlights by leading international contemporary artists include examples by Chris Ofili CBE, Robert Indiana, Banksy, KAWS, Robert Longo, Richard Price, Anish Kapoor CBE RA, Sir Antony Gormley OBE, Shepard Fairey, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin CBE RA and Gerhard Richter.

Highlighted lots from the sale include:


Anish Kapoor                                                Chris Ofili                                Patrick Heron


Lot 57

Georges Braque French 1882-1963

”Fenêtre II: Oiseaux gris” [Vallier 181], 1962; A woodcut in colours, signed and numbered II/X in pencil, from a series of 18 woodcuts in colours ”Guillaume Apollinaire. Si je mourais là-bas”, published by Louis Broder, Paris, 42.7×65.7cm

Heralded as the key figure in cubism, Georges Braque was an important artist for the development of 20th century art – lending his hand to painting, collage, printmaking and sculpture.


His works are held in private and public collections across the globe. (lot 57)

Estimate £800-£1200 (+27.6% BP*)

Lot 120

Man Ray American, 1890-1976

”Mr. and Mrs. Woodman” 1970; 27 original gelatine silver prints in a bound volume, each stamped épreuve originale Man Ray’ on the reverse, the first one also signed by the artist in blue ball-point pen. each hinge-mounted on thick card, copy signed and numbered 44 in brown ink on colophon, the edition consists of 50 copies, an additional fifteen copies numbered I to XV, were reserved for the artist and his collaborators, complete with the original engraving signed and numbered 44/50 in pencil, original red morocco by M Bueno.

Man Ray spent the majority of his career involved with the Dada and surrealist movements in France. The accomplished painter and photographer is world famous for his surrealist photography that for him bridged the gap between art and life. (lot 120)

Estimate £ 8000-£12000 (+27.6% BP*)


Lot 262

Alex Katz, American b.1927-

”Sasha” 2017; giclée print on Crane Museo Max 365 gsm fine art paper, signed and numbered 8/90 in pencil, 81×39.7cm

Alex Katz, contemporary American portrait painter has been exhibiting since 1951, and has been the subject of numerous major exhibitions in America and the world. In 2007, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy Museum, New York.

(lot 262)

Estimate £3000-£3500 (+27.6% BP*)



Lot 168

Sir Howard Hodgkin CH CBE British 1932-2017

”Julian and Alexis”, [Heenk 31] 1977; lithograph printed in colours with hand-colouring in green gouache, signed, dated and numbered 22/30 in pencil, printed by Ian Lawson at Aymestrey Water Mill, Herefordshire, hand coloured by the artist and Sam Hodgkin under the artist’s supervision, published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd, London, 69x100cm

The late Sir Howard Hodgkin, is synonymous with great British abstract painting. A lifetime fascination with India was at the centre of his work. Over the course of his career he represented Britain in the Venice Biennale in 1984, won the Turner Prize in 1985 and was knighted in 1992. His works are held in major collections including the Tate. (lot 168)

Estimate £2200-£2800 (+27.6% BP*)



Prices include Buyers Premium of 23%.

For further information please contact Charlotte Meddings  +44 (0) 20 8761 2522


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