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

Recommended Items at Auction

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2 Currier & Ives Presidential Prints
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
2 Currier & Ives Presidential Prints
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
George Catlin Currier & Ives Lithograph with Watercolor
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
George Catlin Currier & Ives Lithograph with Watercolor
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Currier & Ives: Josephine
Oct 22, 11:00 AM EDT
Currier & Ives: Josephine
by 500 Gallery
Est: $30- $150
$200 Bids
4 Animal Prints, incl. Currier and Ives, Cares of a Family
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
4 Animal Prints, incl. Currier and Ives, Cares of a Family
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
4- ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRINTS, CURRIER & IVES
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
4- ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRINTS, CURRIER & IVES
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$500 Bids
Currier & Ives, Naussau St. New York, 1882, two
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Currier & Ives, Naussau St. New York, 1882, two
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €150- €300
€1200 Bids
Salvador Dali - Currier & Ives Cover Sheet
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Salvador Dali - Currier & Ives Cover Sheet
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$5500 Bids
Currier & Ives Prints - 4
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Currier & Ives Prints - 4
by Regency Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
[CURRIER AND IVES]. A GROUP OF 4 LITHOGRAPHS. INCLUDING: GE...
Nov 20, 10:00 AM CST
[CURRIER AND IVES]. A GROUP OF 4 LITHOGRAPHS. INCLUDING: GE...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Currier & Ives Prints


Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Nadeau's Auction Gallery

Eldred's

Eldred's

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG