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b. 1894 - d. 1968

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    • Photograph of "RR 270" Locomotive by William Rittase
      May. 25, 2023

      Photograph of "RR 270" Locomotive by William Rittase

      Est: $400 - $600

      William Rittase (American, 1894-1968). "R.R. 270" gelatin silver print, n.d. Artist's signature and title handwritten in pencil on verso. A fabulous photograph entitled "R.R. 27" by William Rittase depicting the front of a locomotive powerfully chugging forward as clouds of steam whisp out of the chimney. A pair of figures stand to the right of the image, looking up at the impressive engine, as a metal structure towers beside them. The vehicle is positioned dynamically with a row of train cars trailing diagonally behind, blurring into the background. The photograph appears to have been taken in a station as reflections of the station windows further diversify the image, adding a linear aspect to the piece and creating an even more captivating composition. Size of photograph: 10" W x 8" H (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm) Size of matte: 16" W x 20" H (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm) According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "One of Fortune magazine's most frequently published photographers, Rittase was an engineer before embarking on a career in professional photography. This specialized knowledge served him well in photographing the industrial subjects characteristic of the magazine in the 1930s." This photograph was in the collection of pioneering patron of the arts, Ginny Williams. Sotheby's hosted a series of auctions featuring art and photography in the Ginny Williams Collection in June and July of 2020. Their press release began as follows, "Born in rural Virginia in 1927, Ginny moved to Denver, Colorado in the late 1950s with her husband, Carl Williams. An avid photographer herself, who studied with Austrian-American photojournalist and photographer Ernst Haas, her collecting journey began with classical figurative photography. Her passion and keen eye eventually prompted her to open her namesake gallery in Denver in the 1980s. While her passion for photography never waned, remaining a primary focus of both her gallery and private collection, her voracious curiosity quickly widened her curatorial focus. Over time, Ginny became increasingly courageous and experimental in her selections, venturing into Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Art and following her artists themselves through gallery shows and museum exhibitions. As the years passed, Ginny became as much of a trailblazer as the artists she collected." Provenance: private Idledale, Colorado, USA collection; ex-Ginny Williams collection, Denver, Colorado, USA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #174107

      Artemis Gallery
    • William Rittase Photograph of Locomotive - "RR 270"
      Jan. 29, 2023

      William Rittase Photograph of Locomotive - "RR 270"

      Est: $500 - $750

      William Rittase (American, 1894-1968). "R.R. 270" gelatin silver print, n.d. Artist's signature and title handwritten in pencil on verso. A fabulous photograph entitled "R.R. 27" by William Rittase depicting the front of a locomotive powerfully chugging forward as clouds of steam whisp out of the chimney. A pair of figures stand to the right of the image, looking up at the impressive engine, as a metal structure towers beside them. The vehicle is positioned dynamically with a row of train cars trailing diagonally behind, blurring into the background. The photograph appears to have been taken in a station as reflections of the station windows further diversify the image, adding a linear aspect to the piece and creating an even more captivating composition. Size of photograph: 10" W x 8" H (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm) Size of matte: 16" W x 20" H (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm) According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "One of Fortune magazine's most frequently published photographers, Rittase was an engineer before embarking on a career in professional photography. This specialized knowledge served him well in photographing the industrial subjects characteristic of the magazine in the 1930s." This photograph was in the collection of pioneering patron of the arts, Ginny Williams. Sotheby's hosted a series of auctions featuring art and photography in the Ginny Williams Collection in June and July of 2020. Their press release began as follows, "Born in rural Virginia in 1927, Ginny moved to Denver, Colorado in the late 1950s with her husband, Carl Williams. An avid photographer herself, who studied with Austrian-American photojournalist and photographer Ernst Haas, her collecting journey began with classical figurative photography. Her passion and keen eye eventually prompted her to open her namesake gallery in Denver in the 1980s. While her passion for photography never waned, remaining a primary focus of both her gallery and private collection, her voracious curiosity quickly widened her curatorial focus. Over time, Ginny became increasingly courageous and experimental in her selections, venturing into Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Art and following her artists themselves through gallery shows and museum exhibitions. As the years passed, Ginny became as much of a trailblazer as the artists she collected." Provenance: private Idledale, Colorado, USA collection; ex-Ginny Williams collection, Denver, Colorado, USA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #174107

      Artemis Gallery
    • Signed Early 20th C. William Rittase Photo "RR 270"
      Oct. 09, 2022

      Signed Early 20th C. William Rittase Photo "RR 270"

      Est: $600 - $800

      William Rittase (American, 1894-1968). "R.R. 270" gelatin silver print, n.d. Artist's signature and title handwritten in pencil on verso. A fabulous photograph entitled "R.R. 27" by William Rittase depicting the front of a locomotive powerfully chugging forward as clouds of steam whisp out of the chimney. A pair of figures stand to the right of the image, looking up at the impressive engine, as a metal structure towers beside them. The vehicle is positioned dynamically with a row of train cars trailing diagonally behind, blurring into the background. The photograph appears to have been taken in a station as reflections of the station windows further diversify the image, adding a linear aspect to the piece and creating an even more captivating composition. Size of photograph: 10" W x 8" H (25.4 cm x 20.3 cm) Size of matte: 16" W x 20" H (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm) According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "One of Fortune magazine's most frequently published photographers, Rittase was an engineer before embarking on a career in professional photography. This specialized knowledge served him well in photographing the industrial subjects characteristic of the magazine in the 1930s." This photograph was in the collection of pioneering patron of the arts, Ginny Williams. Sotheby's hosted a series of auctions featuring art and photography in the Ginny Williams Collection in June and July of 2020. Their press release began as follows, "Born in rural Virginia in 1927, Ginny moved to Denver, Colorado in the late 1950s with her husband, Carl Williams. An avid photographer herself, who studied with Austrian-American photojournalist and photographer Ernst Haas, her collecting journey began with classical figurative photography. Her passion and keen eye eventually prompted her to open her namesake gallery in Denver in the 1980s. While her passion for photography never waned, remaining a primary focus of both her gallery and private collection, her voracious curiosity quickly widened her curatorial focus. Over time, Ginny became increasingly courageous and experimental in her selections, venturing into Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Art and following her artists themselves through gallery shows and museum exhibitions. As the years passed, Ginny became as much of a trailblazer as the artists she collected." Provenance: private Idledale, Colorado, USA collection; ex-Ginny Williams collection, Denver, Colorado, USA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #174107

      Artemis Gallery
    • WILLIAM M. RITTASE, (AMERICAN, 1887–1968), PARACHUTE INSPECTION
      Sep. 11, 2019

      WILLIAM M. RITTASE, (AMERICAN, 1887–1968), PARACHUTE INSPECTION

      Est: $500 - $700

      WILLIAM M. RITTASE (american, 1887–1968) PARACHUTE INSPECTION 1942. Various credit, date, and press stamps on verso. Gelatin silver print. Image: 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. (24.1 x 19.7cm). Sheet: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3cm). William M. Rittase worked as a photographer in Philadelphia during the 1920s and 1930s, shooting images for advertisements and articles in Fortune magazine and other publications. This image, which depicts women inspecting parachutes at the Pioneer Parachute Company in Manchester, Connecticut, is credited to the Office of War Information.

      Freeman's
    • WILLIAM M. RITTASE, Study of gears. 10 x 8 -inch ferrotyped gelatin silver print on heavy paper, vintage ca. 1930.
      Jan. 29, 2019

      WILLIAM M. RITTASE, Study of gears. 10 x 8 -inch ferrotyped gelatin silver print on heavy paper, vintage ca. 1930.

      Est: $600 - $1,200

      WILLIAM M. RITTASE, Study of gears. 10 x 8 -inch ferrotyped gelatin silver print on heavy paper, vintage ca. 1930. The artist's Philadelphia stamp verso, with "Print No l, A. 35" and other notations. Rittase started as an engineer. His photographs often appeared in FORTUNE magazine, and also other publications.

      Be-Hold
    • RITTASE, WILLIAM (1894-1968) . Two images.
      Jun. 14, 2018

      RITTASE, WILLIAM (1894-1968) . Two images.

      Est: $600 - $900

      RITTASE, WILLIAM (1894-1968) . Two images. Comprises [Engine Yard], circa 1930. Vintage gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (240 x 190 mm), artist's handstamp in ink on print verso and [Railroad workers], vintage gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (240 x 190 mm), artist's handstamp in ink on print verso. Both framed; Together with ROBBINS, DAVID. Miners. Vintage gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches (255 x 205 mm), initialled by the artist's daughter on print verso. Framed. C 

      Doyle New York
    • RITTASE, WILLIAM M. (1894-1968) Pair of locomotive images.
      May. 21, 2015

      RITTASE, WILLIAM M. (1894-1968) Pair of locomotive images.

      Est: $600 - $900

      RITTASE, WILLIAM M. (1894-1968) Pair of locomotive images. Silver prints, measuring 9 3/4x13 1/2 and 10 1/4x13 3/8 inches (24.8x34.3 and 26x34 cm.), each with Rittase's signature, in pencil, on mount recto, and with his hand stamp on mount verso. 1930s

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • RITTASE, WILLIAM (1894-1968) "So this is New York!"
      Apr. 17, 2014

      RITTASE, WILLIAM (1894-1968) "So this is New York!"

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      RITTASE, WILLIAM (1894-1968) "So this is New York!" Silver print, 12 1/2x10 inches (31.8x25.4 cm.), double mounted to period board, with Rittase's signature and title, in pencil, on the secondary mount recto, and with his hand stamp on mount verso. 1930s

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968)
      Dec. 06, 2012

      WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968)

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968) LaSalle Street Station, Chicago, 1936 gelatin silver print printing notations in pencil (on the mount); date, annotations in pencil/ink, typed credit and caption on collection label affixed (on the reverse of the mount) image: 9 5/8 x 7½in. (24.4 x 19cm.) mount: 14 x 9in. (35.5 x 22.7cm.)

      Christie's
    • WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968): "PHILADELPHIA FREIGHT TERMINAL"
      Apr. 30, 2011

      WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968): "PHILADELPHIA FREIGHT TERMINAL"

      Est: $500 - $700

      Gelatin silver print, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (image), 9 x 10 in. (sheet), artist stamp and titled on verso.

      STAIR
    • WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968): INDUSTRIAL SCENES
      Apr. 30, 2011

      WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968): INDUSTRIAL SCENES

      Est: $500 - $700

      Gelatin silver print, 4 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. (sight), 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (sheet), dated 1930, titled on verso with photographer studio stamp, also an exhibition label for the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.

      STAIR
    • WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968): INDUSTRIAL STUDY
      Apr. 30, 2011

      WILLIAM RITTASE (1894-1968): INDUSTRIAL STUDY

      Est: $500 - $700

      Gelatin silver print, 7 x 9 in. (sight), 8 x 10 in. (sheet), inscription on verso "For Reading R.R."

      STAIR
    • William M. Rittase (American, 1894-1968) Rodin
      Nov. 21, 2008

      William M. Rittase (American, 1894-1968) Rodin

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      William M. Rittase (American, 1894-1968) Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, ca. 1935; Gelatin silver print; 16 7/8'' x 13 7/8'' (sheet)

      Rago Arts and Auction Center
    • ¤William RITTASE (1894-1968) Untitled (two divers), années 1930 Tirage argentique d'époque
      Nov. 19, 2007

      ¤William RITTASE (1894-1968) Untitled (two divers), années 1930 Tirage argentique d'époque

      Est: €1,800 - €2,500

      Artcurial
    • ¤William RITTASE (1894-1968) Untitled- Cacading Water, c. 1930 Tirage argentique, c.1930
      Nov. 19, 2007

      ¤William RITTASE (1894-1968) Untitled- Cacading Water, c. 1930 Tirage argentique, c.1930

      Est: €1,200 - €1,800

      Artcurial
    • William Rittase (1887-1968)
      Dec. 20, 2006

      William Rittase (1887-1968)

      Est: $300 - $500

      Streamliner, Reading R.R., 1930's gelatin silver print titled in an unknown hand in pencil and ink, credit reproduction limitation stamps and 'Frederick Lewis Photography, New York' label affixed (on the verso) 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (19.6 x 24.1cm.)

      Christie's
    • 1871 (M4) WILLIAM M. RITTASE (American 1887-1968) Untitled (Dance) Vintage silver print 10.5in. x 13.75in. Signed lower right: Rittase
      Nov. 17, 2005

      1871 (M4) WILLIAM M. RITTASE (American 1887-1968) Untitled (Dance) Vintage silver print 10.5in. x 13.75in. Signed lower right: Rittase

      Est: -

      1871 (M4) WILLIAM M. RITTASE (American 1887-1968) Untitled (Dance) Vintage silver print 10.5in. x 13.75in. Signed lower right: Rittase

      Heritage Auctions
    • WILLIAM RITTASE (1887-1968)
      Apr. 27, 2004

      WILLIAM RITTASE (1887-1968)

      Est: $5,000 - $7,000

      Streamliner, Reading R.R., 1930s gelatin silver print titled in an unknown hand in pencil and ink, credit reproduction limitation stamps and 'Frederick Lewis Photography, New York' label affixed (on the verso) 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. (19.6 x 24.1cm.)

      Christie's
    • RITTASE, WILLIAM
      Dec. 05, 2002

      RITTASE, WILLIAM

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      "Reading Railroad yards, Philadelphia." Silver print, 7 3/4 x9 1/2 inches (19.7x24.1 cm.), titled, in ink, with the photographer's hand stamp on verso. Circa 1938

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • RITTASE, WILLIAM ""Reading Railroad yards, Philadelphia.""
      Dec. 05, 2002

      RITTASE, WILLIAM ""Reading Railroad yards, Philadelphia.""

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Swann Auction Galleries
    • 1 piece. (Original Photograph.) Rittase, William. Steam Shovel. Ca. 1930s.
      May. 24, 2001

      1 piece. (Original Photograph.) Rittase, William. Steam Shovel. Ca. 1930s.

      Est: $400 - $600

      1 piece. (Original Photograph.) Rittase, William. Steam Shovel. Ca. 1930s. Toned silver print, 10 x 13 5/8 inches (270 x 346 mm). Orig. mount. Estimate $ 400-600

      Freeman's
    • 1 piece. (Original Photograph.) Rittase, William M. Pitcairn Autogyro Interior. Ca. 1930.
      May. 24, 2001

      1 piece. (Original Photograph.) Rittase, William M. Pitcairn Autogyro Interior. Ca. 1930.

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      1 piece. (Original Photograph.) Rittase, William M. Pitcairn Autogyro Interior. Ca. 1930. Toned silver print, 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (267 x 343 mm). Orig. mount. Estimate $ 800-1,200

      Freeman's
    • Rittase, William. Steam Shovel. Ca. 1930s. 1 piece. (Original Photograph.)
      May. 24, 2001

      Rittase, William. Steam Shovel. Ca. 1930s. 1 piece. (Original Photograph.)

      Est: $400 - $600

      Freeman's
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