Records & Results: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings

Architectural Splendor Shines at Swann Galleries


The fall season opened on September 20 with a marathon sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings earning more than $2.4 million.


Pablo Picasso

The top lot of the sale was a linoleum cut by Pablo Picasso titled Grand nu Dansant, 1962, which sold for $70,000, an auction record for the print.



Lot 387: Pablo Picasso, Grand nu Dansant, linoleum cut, 1962. Sold for $70,000.


Two other works by Picasso were top lots, including the etching Taureau ailé contemplé par Quatre Enfants, 1934, which sold for $35,000, and a second color linoleum cut, titled Mère, Danseur et Musicien, 1959-60, which sold for $30,000. Additionally, La Folie, 1958, a lithograph after the artist, sold for $11,250, more than double the original estimate.



Lot 390: Pablo Picasso (after), La Folie, lithograph, 1950. Sold for $11,250.


Architectural Splendor

The entire Architectural Splendor collection, featuring iconic views of New York, brought over $80,000, surpassing its pre-sale estimate.



Lot 308: John Taylor Arms, Downtown, New York, aquatint and etching, 1921. Sold for $9,375.


The auction’s cover lot of John Taylor Arms’ etching, Downtown, New York, 1921, and John Marin’s etching of Downtown, The El, 1921, brought $9,375 and $8,750, respectively. Joseph Pennell’s Brooklyn Bridge at Night, 1922, exceeded expectations, selling for $7,250.



Lot 304: Joseph Pennell, Brooklyn Bridge at Night, aquatint, 1922. Sold for $7,250.


Edmund Blampied

Several works by Edmund Blampied performed well: Chrysanthemums, 1930, which sold for $5,750; Anemones, 1930, realized $10,625; and, Bar Scene, 1924, selling for $30,000.



Lot 424: Edmund Blampied, Bar Scene, watercolor, 1924. Sold for $30,000.


Other Notable Lots

Other notable lots included Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Embrace, a pencil drawing that sold for $27,500, and a Henri Matisse drypoint titled Mile Landsberg au viage rond, 1914, which brought $20,000.



Lot 400: Henri Matisse, Mile Landsberg au visage rond, drypoint, 1914. Sold for $20,000.


Complete Results.

Next Prints & Drawings Auction: November 1, 2018

More about selling at Swann.