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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Offering of the Day: "Wild Duck Shooting. A Good Day's Sport." Currier and Ives, 1854

Currier & Ives
Original Painting by A. F. Tait 1853
"Wild Duck Shooting. A Good Day’s Sport."
Hand Colored Lithograph
Framed: 44 ¼ x 36 ½ inches; Paper: 22 x 29 ¾ inches
New York, 1854

The publishing firm of Currier & Ives created the most popular and highly regarded lithographs of quintessentially American scenes ever produced. The quality, vast scope and engagingly populist style of their works have made their names synonomous with an idealistic vision of nineteenth-century American promise and optimism. Currier & Ives was founded in New York in 1835 by Nathaniel T. Currier, who had been apprenticed as a youth to the Boston lithographic firm of William S. & John Pendleton. In 1857, James Merritt Ives, the company’s bookkeeper and Currier’s brother-in-law, was made a partner. Their subject matter ranged from rural life, ships, trains, animal and sporting scenes to religious images and spectacular news events.

Many hunting scenes that Currier & Ives printed were the designs of Arthur Tait and Frances Palmer. In "Wild Duck Shooting. A Good Day's Sport.," a hunter, watched by his dog, stands in a boat loading his gun. His companion sits beside him on the edge of the boat, taking a duck from the mouth of the second dog. This example has weathered the test of time, boasting fantastic color and paper quality, and would make a wonderful addition to the collection of any gamesman or collector with an apprecation of the outdoors.
Offered at $16,000
Arader Galleries intends to have the lowest prices on ABE, Alibris, Biblio, AE, and Artnet while maintaining the highest levels of quality in the business for every offering. To inquire or view the complete offering, please contact our curators at info@aradernyc.com or call our 72nd Street NYC gallery at (212) 628-3668.

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