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Surreal 'bowing Canaries' Chromolithograph. Cassell. 1880.


£75 | $105 USD | €87 EUR
Item Number: SA762053
Date of manufacture: 1880
Current Status: For sale
Seller: The Lithograph Archive
This antique has been viewed 25 times in the past month with the most views from France.


The very fine, extraordinarily detailed and intensely coloured and richly textured 'cage' bird chromolithograph offered was created by W.A. Blackston, W. Swaysland and August F. Weiner F.Z.S. The set was printed in 1880 by Cassell and Company. Whilst recognising the birds as central to this fine artwork, the all-up composition is simply magnificent with stunning attention to the context, detailing and intricate and textured colour-washing which is so fine that often these works appear as fine watercolours. When time is spent with this work, you are simply drawn in as detail after detail reveals itself.
Despite being over 140 years old the work retains tremendous vibrancy and are incredibly versatile from an interiors perspective. A single plate can look incredible but a collection of two or more is simply magnificent, absolute sophistication.
Chromolithography is a unique method for making multi-colour prints which became the most successful method of colour printing developed by the 19th Century. The initial technique involved the use of multiple lithographic stones, one for each colour, and whilst extremely expensive was used for the best quality results. Depending on the number of colours present, a chromolithograph could take even very skilled workers months to produce. To make this, expensive, reproduction which was once referred to as a 'chromo' a lithographer, with a finished painting in front of him, gradually created and corrected the many stones using proofs to deliver a lithograph as much as possible like the painting, sometimes using dozens of layers.
The lithograph has been recently remounted in a bespoke handmade and hand-finished quality and gilded wooden frame with a confidently proportioned decorated mount. A delicate gold beading has been added for a sophisticated contrast to the work. The glass is museum quality with low reflection, amazing colour transparency and high U.V. absorption to protect the works. The archival materials and professional techniques used to protect and frame this work will ensure that it continues to be enjoyed for many decades to come.
Chromolithograph is 22cm tall by 19cm wide. The framed plates are 39cm tall by 36cm wide. The plates are so fabulous that when seen in-person they are astonishing, pictures failing to capture their quality and power.
The price shown does not include postage and packaging which will be quoted separately strictly at cost. The artworks can be shipped both within the UK and also internationally.
A timeless and effortlessly sophisticated collection of highly decorative and professionally framed fine, rare, old and vintage hand coloured lithographs, chromolithographs, lithographs and etchings.


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1880.


Height = 39 cm (15.4")
Width = 36 cm (14.2")
Depth = 4 cm (1.6")

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