C Klein roses yard long print.
This gorgeous yard long print is a chromolithograph produced in 1895 by Muller Luchsinger & Co. of New York (see lithographer info below). The color layers align in perfect register. It is in VG condition. The print still has its original mat, gold frame, and old glass. There are some dirt specks under the glass, perhaps a few on the print, but since this piece is intact, we’ll leave it up to the new owner to decide if they want to take it apart to clean. The little specks above the center yellow rose were part of the printing process, and are seen in all of this print made, and were part of the chromo manufacturing process.
Although unsigned, the artwork is unmistakably that of the Victorian illustrator Catherine Klein. A smaller print of just the two left roses was also separately issued and her signature was included on that piece for documentation. This yardlong would be just grand over a doorway, kitchen nook, bed, you name it! Overall size is 13.75 x 41.5 inches. (You can see from the back photograph that someone hung it vertically in its old life, but it was meant to hang horizontally. Please inquire if you would like us to add a horizontal wire hanger.) Postage can be less, depending upon your zip code, and will be refunded if applicable.
The wood over gesso frame is in VG condition for its age, with ornate scrollwork and little flowers that complement the print perfectly. It was most likely repainted at some point in its old life, and has some wear along the bottom edge. Please note that there is a tiny, and we do mean tiny, piece of glass missing in the lower left corner, almost unseen, as it’s right in the corner area, about 1/16”, right under the frame lip. The far right edge of the mat has a small watermark, and again, because of the mat’s color, is hardly seen, not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy. Please excuse any glass glare reflections in the photographs, the left side looks lighter, but it's just glare, the color is even throughout the print.
Catherine Klein biography (she is seated at the easel in the photograph shown):
Catharina Klein was born in 1861 in Eylau, East Prussia, a town now called Bagrationovsk in Kalinigrad, a part of the Russian Federation on Poland’s northeast border. (It is actually separated by the Baltic States from Mainland Russia.) Its population couldn’t have been more than 3,500 or so when she was a child, thus making her quite well acquainted with rural life and the subject matter she would so beautifully capture on canvas and paper. Catharina Klein moved to Berlin where she studied at the vocational school. In her earliest days, she exhibited at various shows and her paintings proved popular among the German nobility. Prophetically, one of her paintings was exhibited as part of the Columbia Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 when she was 32. (The Columbia Exhibition is often heralded as the catalyst of the postcard craze.) Klein became one of the most respected and popular still life painters of all time. She captured the essence of her subject matter and made it appealing on a 3 1/2-inch by 5 1/2-inch card. A popular teacher, Klein also ran a studio in Berlin and trained young women how to paint. In 1911, she published two short books: one on how to paint fruit, the other flowers. She was a single woman from the country in a male dominated world and she earned her living through her talent which was a remarkable feat for that period. She died in Berlin in 1929.
Muller, Luchsinger & Co., N.Y. Information:
Muller, Luchsinger & Co., New York (American Art Publishers, c1886-c1930) produced thousands of different types of prints, chromolithographs & lithographs for retail sale to the public c1886-c1930. The company published many prints by numerous well known artists of the time, as well as prints by obscure artists that were usually of decorative appeal and often those particular prints did not include any printed signatures, but included rather, a printed title and associated inventory number. One particular artist that the company printed numerous early landscape prints for, was the American artist William Henry Chandler (1854-1928) during the 1890’s, and many of his prints turn up at auctions, estate sales, and various websites on the internet. The company was primarily known for printing landscape scenes, religious & inspirational prints, various war/military prints, still lifes, fruit & floral still lifes, genre scenes, holiday scenes, western/Native American Indian scenes, photo prints, stereoviews, scenes with children & animals, etc. Muller, Luchsinger & Co. are pretty obscure as a publishing company and unfortunately there is not a lot of information out there for them as a company, but the firm was established circa 1886 by John & Adolph Muller and Jacques Luchsinger (c1851-1919). Jacques Luchsinger died on Christmas Eve in 1919, but the firm continued through about 1930 or so, which is the latest date I have found for their company. Their business addresses included: 60 Duane Street, NYC, then at 368 Broadway in the city and then later at 576 Broadway.
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