“A BOOK OF CARICATURES BY FRUEH” PERSONALLY OWNED, SIGNED PRINT PORTFOLIO.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:00:00 PM)
Auction #201 - Part II
Item numbers 1409 through 3152 in auction 201
12.25x18.5” hardcover portfolio subtitled “Stage Folk” on front cover has image of court jester holding broom coming out of small stage set. Published by Lieber & Lewis New York 1922. Contains 37 loose stiff paper sheets with high quality prints in center with sizes ranging from 7-3/8x11.5” to 10.5x15.25”. Top cover sheet has printed cast of characters with text including “This Portfolio Is Affectionately Dedicated To The Victims.” Signed in ink at right “Alfred J. Frueh.” Bottom has penciled note “The Print Of Mrs. Fiske Was Printed From Zink (sic) Plate. The Rest Of The Prints In This Portfolio Were All Printed From Linoleum Blocks. Cut By Myself – Edition Limited To 500 Copies Printed. AJF.” Frueh has also written the name of actor shown in image in pencil at bottom. Includes John Drew, Otis Skinner, Lillian Russell, George M. Cohen, Ethel Barrymore, Weber & Fields and many more. Covers have some dust soil and aging with a few lt. scuffs and color rubs. Fine. Missing top right side leaf which held prints in place and left side leaf has pulled totally loose but is present. All sheets have aging around margin edges with some lt. foxing and some tanning here and there. Most image areas are Exc. Albert Frueh (1880-1968) was the top caricaturist of his day and influenced many others including Hershfeld. A complete portfolio of these prints is hard to find. This portfolio is complete and is a truly incredible museum quality piece with classic images. From the Richard Merkin Collection and comes with Hake’s COA.
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