META PLUCKEBAUM (1876-1945, date of death sometimes given as 1954) was a German artist and illustrator, best remembered today for her sensitive fine drypoint etchings of cats, as well as dogs and other animals. A children's book illustrator, the large body of prints, as well as original drawings and paintings are known by her hand. Works appear frequently at auction. Pluckebaum was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1876, and studied with the artist Hermann Pohle, as well as with her own husband Karl. This example of her graphic work depicts an adorable kitten at a bowl, watching with great interest a fly buzzing above. The print measures 15 1/2" by 12 3/4" as framed. The artist signed it in the lower right margin in pencil, titled it "Mutual Interest" at lower left margin, and hand colored the green ribbon. The work, laid down (permanently affixed) to a board is browned evenly with age, and there is an old water stain at far bottom edge and corner, well away from the image and easily matted out. Old original black strip frame (not shown) is loosening up at the corners as is often seen with these inexpensive old frames. I have handled several prints by the artist in the past, usually in compromised condition, but they have nevertheless sold fairly quickly since the subject matter is so appealing and universally popular.
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