Die Dame / 1760-1860 / 21 Holzschnitte von Sylvia Penther [The Women /1760- 1860 / 21 Woodcuts by Sylvia Penther

By: Sylvia Penther

Price: $2,500.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near fine


12mo, 6.25”x7.25”, looseleaf, in paper covers with string ties. 21 hand-colored woodcut plates depicting a century of women’s costumes and adornment. The printed images are approximately 3.25”x4.25”, with penciled titles and artist’s signature below each plate. Printed on rag paper, tissue guards for each plate. Bound in untrimmed heavy paper covers with string ties. Titles on front cover hand lettered with a hand-lettered frontis page with the words “Handgedruckt (Handmade) 1932.” A fine copy with only some very slight soiling to covers; plates pristine. Sylvia Penther [1891-1984] is not well known outside of Austria and Germany, although several of her costume and floral prints are now in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. However, she was a well-regarded artist in the early-mid-20th century and was one of the few women members of the Vienna Werkstatte. [Established in 1903, the Vienna Werkstatte was a community of architects, artists and designers working in ceramics, fashion, silver, furniture and the graphic arts. It is regarded as a pioneer of modern design, and its influence is reflected later styles such as Bauhaus and Art Deco.” A very unusual item and the only copy we are aware of -- no references online; none in OCLC. Occasionally, single prints will show up at auction or on Ebay but we have found no sales records for this volume. Given that each plate is hand-colored and the book itself handmade we presume only a few copies were published.

Title: Die Dame / 1760-1860 / 21 Holzschnitte von Sylvia Penther [The Women /1760- 1860 / 21 Woodcuts by Sylvia Penther

Author Name: Sylvia Penther

Illustrator: Sylvia Penther

Categories: Illustrated Books, Fine Printing/Small Press, Art, Design & Architecture, Unusual, Eclectic & Bizarre.,

Edition: 1st ed., limited

Publisher: Austria, Sylvia Penther: 1932

Book Condition: Near fine

Item: 2.00 lbs

Seller ID: 181227c

Keywords: costumes, illustrations, dress, woodcuts, hand-colored