Mid 1900s (or older) original numbered print signed by artist of flowers and pots on a table. This is not a Giclee copy or inkjet reproduction, but an original numbered pull from a limited series. The bright colors and abstract style brings to mind Henri Matisse's 1912 rendering of `Goldfish' (in a beaker) from about 1912. And similar to Goldfish, the print offered here features a round table centered in lower part of the composition. On the table are several potted flowers with the main subject of interest again roughly centered in the upper 2/3rds of the composition. Pinks, reds, greens, yellow and turquoise dominate the palette. But beyond these similarities, the print for sale here stands on it own and diverges from Goldfish.
Importantly, there are no mobile and animated creatures like the four goldfish and instead, this print conveys purely an organic theme related to the plant kingdom. The large nut with its detached cap and the adjacent large spiny seed pod seem to convey a seasonal tone suggesting late summer or early fall. The small tree branch with washed out yellow leaves reinforces that declining season of the year. Finally, the print for sale here does not have any major distractions beyond the frame of reference focusing on the table and the flowers. All of the greater space in the back ground and beyond the table and its objects or conversely in the space in the foreground around the table display simple texture and faint shadows and the busyness of Goldfish. The print listed here seems to draw the viewer back toward the top of the table and its four containers with plants. A single leg under one end of the table is all that breaks from this pattern in foreground and creates some tension without collapsing the continuity.
The print listed here is a screen print that is signed in pencil by the artist and also numbered in pencil as 132/260 (number 132 from a limited sequence of 260 screen pulls). The artists signature is shown up close in one of the photos and may be liberally deciphered as L Vincent Hernos or L Vivian Hernadez or ??? About all one can suggest at best is the artist may possibly have the initials L. V. H. If any viewer recognizes this artist or her/his signature, do kindly drop me an email - thanks. Finally, the print is sold framed and will be shipped intact as shown in its gold colored metallic frame under plexiglass plastic. It does not have any matting and the label on the back of the frame identifies A.P.F., Inc. Master Framemakers and Conservators, 601 West 20th St, New York, NY 10001. The zipcode on the label indicates that this print was framed in its current frame sometime after 1962. The two types of common redware flower pots on the table along with the Bristol glazed stoneware milk pitcher with thick handle are items from the 1940s or before. The turquoise painted table also seems to predate 1960 and that color was popular in the late 1940s and 1950s. All in all, the print seems to date to the 1950s or possibly earlier. I have not yet removed the print from its frame, but may get around to doing so in the future and will update this listing if any additional insight is forthcoming. Until then, this print brightens up my wall and certainly will capture attention in most any setting. And as always, this signed original screen-print also comes with my Docs Antiques `no fault' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see return policy below for full details, certain shipping costs & fees are nonrefundable).
SIZE: The frame 27 5/8 (tall) by 21 3/16 inches wide whereas the visible portion of the print measures 26 3/4 by 20 1/2 inches. As note above, I have not to date removed this print from its frame. The size of this framed work of art makes it a nice size for displaying in a large room, over a mantle, along a hallway or among a gallery of other works of art.
CONDITION: This print is in very good condition with no foxing, water damage, wrinkles, tears or damage. As best as I can tell, the colors are true and are not faded. The metal frame is in good condition with just a few minor scratches. The plexiglass covering the print is also in good condition with just a few tiny scratches and nothing readily noticeable or obtrusive. This is an ice original print from talented artist that is probably no longer with us anymore from period of innocent vitality after World War II, if no earlier.
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