The famous large folio size Currier and Ives lithograph of 1864, "Winter in the Country" (sometimes referred to by its subtitle, "Getting Ice") is a very desirable image, and the original printing is very rare, highly coveted by collectors, and highly priced. According to a conversation I had some years back with George Cohenour of Pennsylvania, Currier expert and publisher about ten years ago of a widely used price guide, that print is likely the most rare in the entire Currier and Ives production history. The present print will provide that desirable image, but at a fraction of the price of the original. This print measures 18 1/4" by 26 1/2" inside the mat, and 26" by 34 1/2" as framed. It bears at bottom, under the mat, the titles and information of the original, but at bottom right corner appears "Hand Colored and Published 1953 by Artistic Picture Publishing". So we have a 20th century print of above average quality for a reproduction. The previous owner matted out the margins and printed information at the bottom, and as a result, there is some damage at extreme lower portion where the adhesive of the mat was placed; raising the mat up caused the paper loss in those areas. It appears the title and other information however is NOT compromised, so this could be rematted to include all but the extreme lowest inch or so of the print, at which point only the damaged portion and the 1953 information would be hidden. Otherwise the print is in fine condition.
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