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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Foodie

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FOODIE copyThey love to cook and are always the first ones to get reservations to the newest restaurant spot in town. They seek out the most unique and hidden gems of the food world- rare ingredients, specialized cooking tools, and the best cookbooks. They are the foodie.  So what do you get someone who already knows way more about cooking than you do? Why, prints of food and cooking, of course- to decorate their walls and hang in their kitchens. Below are our picks for the foodie on your holiday list. Enjoy!

Tableau des Principaux Champignons Comestibles & Veneneux. By A. D'Apreval. Published in Paris by the Librairie des Sciences Naturalles, Paul Klincksieck, Editeur. Chromolithograph, undated. This is a fascinating poster describing edible and poisonous mushrooms. Thirty mushrooms are shown at various stages, with descriptive French text along sides and bottom. $385.00

Tableau des Principaux Champignons Comestibles & Veneneux. By A. D’Apreval. Published in Paris by the Librairie des Sciences Naturalles, Paul Klincksieck, Editeur. Chromolithograph, undated. This is a fascinating poster describing edible and poisonous mushrooms. Thirty mushrooms are shown at various stages, with descriptive French text along sides and bottom. $385.00

Turnips and Scallions. By Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcut, 2001. Signed in pencil. $350.00.

Turnips and Scallions. By Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcut, 2001. Signed in pencil. $350.00.

Schattentanz (Shadow Dance). By William J. Behnken. Aquatint, 1995. Inscribed in pencil, "Trial Proof." $300.00

Schattentanz (Shadow Dance). By William J. Behnken. Aquatint, 1995. Inscribed in pencil, “Trial Proof.” $300.00

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Cavolfiore – Brussien oleracea cauliflora. (Cauliflower). By Raimondo Petraroja. Published by Raimondo Petraroja, Naples. Lithograph, hand colored, 1872-1886. From “Atlante di Botanica Populaire,” compliled by Prof. V. Tenore and G.A. Pasquale. With original color. $185.00.

Lincoln Brand. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Label for Washingotn Naval Oranges. Handsome image of President Lincoln, with a decorative orange cluster at top right and a wrapped Sunkist orange at bottom. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping. Distributors would use catchy titles, images, and slogans to set themselves apart from other fruit brands. $40.00

Lincoln Brand. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Label for Washington Naval Oranges. Handsome image of President Lincoln, with a decorative orange cluster at top right and a wrapped Sunkist orange at bottom. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping. Distributors would use catchy titles, images, and slogans to set themselves apart from other fruit brands. $40.00

Restaurant. By Armin Landeck. Engraving, 1951. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "Ed. 100."  $2,500.00

Restaurant. By Armin Landeck. Engraving, 1951. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed “Ed. 100.” $2,500.00

The Three Graces. By Karen Whitman. Linoleum cut, 2006. Inscribed "18/95." $250.00

The Three Graces. By Karen Whitman. Linoleum cut, 2006. Inscribed “18/95.” $250.00

a. Raphanus minor oblongus. b. Raphanus minor oblongus niger. c. Raphanus minor rotundus niger. N. 860. (radish). By Johann W. Weinmann. Published Amsterdam and Ratisbon. Copper engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1736-45. From Johann Wilhelm Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia. This beautiful work provides a nearly complete record of the flowers, fruits and vegetables cultivated in the early 18th century. The plates are among the earliest examples of color printing from a single plate. With original color. $525.00

a. Raphanus minor oblongus. b. Raphanus minor oblongus niger. c. Raphanus minor rotundus niger. N. 860. (radish). By Johann W. Weinmann. Published Amsterdam and Ratisbon. Copper engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1736-45. From Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia. This beautiful work provides a nearly complete record of the flowers, fruits and vegetables cultivated in the early 18th century. The plates are among the earliest examples of color printing from a single plate. With original color. $525.00

Bottles & Jars I. By Peri Schwartz. Aquatint, 2009. Inscribed "12/20." $1,200.00

Bottles & Jars I. By Peri Schwartz. Aquatint, 2009. Inscribed “12/20.” $1,200.00

King's Cadets Brand. California Green Asparagus. Color lithograph. c. 1930's. A very detailed label with marching cadets. Has beautiful gold trim and is very ornate. ORIGIN: Clarksburg, Sacramento Delta, CA. SHIPPER/GROWER:  F.S. and F.E. King. Original fruit crate label. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping.$35.00

King’s Cadets Brand. California Green Asparagus. Color lithograph. c. 1930’s. A very detailed label with marching cadets. Has beautiful gold trim and is very ornate. ORIGIN: Clarksburg, Sacramento Delta, CA. SHIPPER/GROWER: F.S. and F.E. King. Original fruit crate label. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping.$35.00

Polinac, plate LXVIII. By George Brookshaw. Printed & pub. by the Author, G. Brookshaw. Aquatint and stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1804-12. From "Pomona Britannica; or a Collection of the most esteemed fruits...."  $5,500.00

Polinac, plate LXVIII. By George Brookshaw. Printed & pub. by the Author, G. Brookshaw. Aquatint and stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1804-12. From “Pomona Britannica; or a Collection of the most esteemed fruits….” $5,500.00

 

Artichoke. By Jake Muirhead. Etching and drypoint on German Etch paper, 2011. Green ink.  Inscribed "A/P.' $250.00

Artichoke. By Jake Muirhead. Etching and drypoint on German Etch paper, 2011. Green ink. Inscribed “A/P.’ $250.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

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New Additions: White-line Woodcuts

 

We have two new prints in our collection, both white line-woodcuts by Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcuts are one of the only printmaking processes that developed in America. The Provincetown Printers, a small group of Massachusetts printers working in the early 20th century, experimented and honed the process of printing a color woodcut from a single block of wood, as opposed to the multiple blocks used in traditional Japanese woodcuts.

The Provincetown Printers used only a single block, with different areas of color separated by a thin, carved groove to keep the colors from running together. On the finished print, the groove “printed” as a white line separating the colors (hence the alternate name “white-line” woodcut).

These prints are very distinctive and are often confused with watercolors because of the soft colors employed.  Of the original Provincetown 1916 group, some artists such as Blanche Lazzell, Agnes Weinrich and Ada Gilmore produced a large body of work in this medium. Others worked at it for only a short time and produced few prints.

The process itself is very laborious, as each section of color must be applied separately. Registration of the paper to the block is essential; any shifting of the paper can allow the colors to bleed into one another. In many ways, each print, even is printed off the same block, is unique. The wood and paper can absorb varied amounts of inked color each time. Artists will also employ different colors on additional printings, and sometimes cut more grooves on later printings, thus changing the overall composition.

Pia Oste-Alexander is very well-known for her woodcuts. She studied Japanese Wood-Block Printing & White Line Wood-block at the Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. In her artist statements, Oste-Alexander states, “To me it is important to see the mark of the hand in works of art.  I find the combination of carved wood and brush applied watercolor satisfying.”

Basket of Grapes. By Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcut, 2001.

Four fruits. By Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcut, 1999.

 

 

 

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Online Summer Shows at the Old Print Shop- Pt. 3

Our NYC sister shop, the Old Print Shop, has three fantastic summer shows going on right now. You can view all three summer shows  online, through their exhibition tab on their website.  Below is a preview of one of their shows, Summer in the Country.

Country Scene. By Peter Hurd. Color lithograph, undated.

Summer in the Country

The country: a place of great escape, where one can leave behind the hustle and bustle of their ordinary lives and enwrap themselves in the beauty that is nature. It is a place of endless entertainment, where natural wonders await discovery and hobbies, new and old, can be enjoyed by people of all ages. From mountain tops to canyon bottom, from horseback riding to sailing and fishing, there are any number of possibilities. One simply needs to find them.

Augustus. By Antonio Tempeste. Engraving, c.1600.

Fence and Shadow. (Newport, RI). By Bo Kass. Silver gelatin print, 2002.

Beach Study. By Richard Carleton. Etching, 2007-8.

Landscape, Cape Cod. By Agnes Weinrich. White-line woodcut, c.1920.

Summer. By Will Barnet. Color lithograph and serigraph. 1986.

The Beach at Dorset. By Ellen Nathan Singer. Etching, 2001.

Red Canyon. By Clare Romano. Collagraph, 1983.

To view Summer in the Country online,  click here. We blogged about The Art of Sporting exhibit last Friday, which can be viewed here, and the exhibit City Heat on Saturday, which can be viewed here.

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