Lot 31: JOAN MIRÓ, (SPANISH, 1893-1983), "ALBUM 19" PLATE 17
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
1961, pencil signed with initial and numbered X/XV (an artist''s proof, aside from the regular edition of 75 in Arabic numerals), the full sheet, Galerie Maeght, Paris, publisher. Color lithograph on BFK Rives.
26 x 20 1/8 in. (66 x 51.1cm)
The main motif for this composition had already been used for the poster of the exhibition, Poets, Painters, Sculptors at the Galerie Maeght.
Paper slightly toned, with time and light staining, colors slightly settled with minor surface soiling.
With four torn edges, hinged with tape to its support twice along each edge and once in each corner (12 places in total). There is a faint outline/ crease from the hinging visible in some areas recto. With various minor handling creases, most concentrated to the sheet edges, yet present throughout. For example, there are two one inch long creases running parallel to each other and at a diagonal angle to the right vertical sheet edge- about an inch and a half above the G. There is a crease in the shape of a square from the hinge verso, measuring about an 1 x 1 inch, at the bottom right corner next to the intial M and a soft horizontal crease in the bottom right corner beneath the signature. There is an approx 2 inch diagonal crease at the bottom horizontal edge to the right of the A started at the edge and extending into the black mass. There is an approximately 3 inch curving hard crease at the top left , approx 3 1/2 inches from the corner. the paper ever so gently rippled and the right vertical edge curled upwards slightly. Verso, there is what appears to be a faint ink mark, 1/2 in. in length, at the bottom left corner (not visible recto). Also in bottom left corner, skinning to the paper in the shape of a rectangle, 1 1/2 x 1 inch approx, most likely from previous hinging.
Inscription verso: Plate 17/ 657Q1/ Miro Sample #121"
Also indistinguishable word, plus date 11/23/83.
Overall in good condition.
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