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Currier & Ives Prints

Currier & Ives prints are hand colored lithographs produced by the American printmakers Nathanial Currier and James Ives. The two were entrepreneurial business partners running a print atelier in Manhattan in the mid-19th century. Recognizing the popularity of inexpensive images to illustrate current events, Currier and Ives turned a small studio into an efficient mass-reproduction operation.

Specializing in genre subject matter, they hired artists to create original illustrations, which were reproduced by lithographers. Each lithograph was hand-colored by an artist, and in assembly line fashion, each artist was responsible for applying one color to the print.

Currier & Ives produced images in a wide variety of categories from transportation scenes to sports to sentimental images of domestic life. The majority of the prints were titled and printed with the Currier & Ives workshop address in New York City. In modern times, these images have been reproduced for calendars and other paraphernalia, increasing the demand amongst collectors for original prints and re-strikes.


Quick Facts

  • Currier & Ives produced over one million prints between 1834 and 1907
  • Not all Currier & Ives prints were colored in house, as the unfinished lithographs were sometimes sold to dealers or to art schools for painting classes
  • A re-strike Currier & Ives is a print made from an original lithography stone, but after the company closed and the stone sold at auction. A niche market exists for re-strikes as they are exceptionally rare

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Currier & Ives - Husking
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Currier & Ives - Husking
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1868 Currier And Ives The Old Barn Floor Lithograph
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1868 Currier And Ives The Old Barn Floor Lithograph
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The Assassination Of President Lincoln Currier Ives Lithograph
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The Assassination Of President Lincoln Currier Ives Lithograph
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CURRIER & IVES
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CURRIER & IVES
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Est: $800- $1,200
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CURRIER & IVES "AMERICAN FARM YARD EVENING"
Mar 24, 10:00 AM EDT
CURRIER & IVES "AMERICAN FARM YARD EVENING"
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Est: $600- $800
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Est: $400- $600
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CURRIER & IVES, with others: A Group of Three American Prints
Mar 23, 10:30 AM CDT
CURRIER & IVES, with others: A Group of Three American Prints
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Est: $150- $200
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Currier & Ives Prints


South Bay Auctions Inc

South Bay Auctions Inc

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC

Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC