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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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1873 CURRIER & IVES LEE SURRENDER LITHO
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
1873 CURRIER & IVES LEE SURRENDER LITHO
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$503 Bids
GEORGE WASHINGTON, LITHOGRAPH, C. 1849
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Est: $100- $150
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FRAMED CURRIER & IVES PRINT SURRENDER OF CORNWALLIS, ENDING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FRAMED CURRIER & IVES PRINT SURRENDER OF CORNWALLIS, ENDING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
(Print - New York City, New York) New York Bay. From Bay Ridge, L.I.
Oct 13, 2:00 PM EDT
(Print - New York City, New York) New York Bay. From Bay Ridge, L.I.
by Old World Auctions
Est: $550- $700
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Lot of 7 Pieces of Art including Currier & Ives
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of 7 Pieces of Art including Currier & Ives
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$100 Bids
CURRIER AND IVES, BOMBARDMENT OF FORT PULASKI LITHO
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
CURRIER AND IVES, BOMBARDMENT OF FORT PULASKI LITHO
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Vintage Currie and Ives Print
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Currie and Ives Print
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Vintage Currie and Ives Print
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Vintage Currie and Ives Print
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Currier & Ives Steamboat Lithograph Prints Lot Of Four
Oct 30, 6:00 PM EDT
Currier & Ives Steamboat Lithograph Prints Lot Of Four
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $30- $45
$150 Bids
CURRIER AND IVES FIRST RELEASE JULY 1863 GETTYSBURG PRINT
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
CURRIER AND IVES FIRST RELEASE JULY 1863 GETTYSBURG PRINT
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Currier & Ives Framed Colored Print "Noah's Ark"
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Currier & Ives Framed Colored Print "Noah's Ark"
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
CURRIER & IVES AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAIN PRINT 36.5"
Oct 10, 4:00 PM EDT
CURRIER & IVES AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAIN PRINT 36.5"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$200 Bids
FRAMED CURRIER & IVES PRINT OF GEN. GEORGE MCCLELLAN
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FRAMED CURRIER & IVES PRINT OF GEN. GEORGE MCCLELLAN
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
FRAMED CURRIER & IVES PRINT OF GEN. GEORGE MCCLELLAN
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FRAMED CURRIER & IVES PRINT OF GEN. GEORGE MCCLELLAN
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $50- $75
$300 Bids
FRAMED CURRIER PRINT OF GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT, MEXICAN WAR ERA
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FRAMED CURRIER PRINT OF GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT, MEXICAN WAR ERA
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
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Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
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by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
FRAMED CURRIER PRINT OF WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE
Oct 07, 10:00 AM EDT
FRAMED CURRIER PRINT OF WASHINGTON AT VALLEY FORGE
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Four Curier & Ives Lithographs
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Four Curier & Ives Lithographs
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids

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