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Anemones in a Basket - - c.1920, Color Woodcut.
Edition not stated but small. Signed and titled in pencil.
Image size 9 x 12 inches (229 x 305 mm); sheet size 10 7/8 x 14 inches (276 x 356 mm).
A fine painterly impression, with fresh, vibrant colors, on cream China paper, with full margins (3/4 to 1 1/8 inches), in excellent condition. A rare and marvelous example of Rice’s early floral woodcuts. The artist has carefully brushed the color onto the block to evoke the delicate texture of the flower petals. The richly textured celadon background is probably achieved through an impasto application of paint hardened onto the printing surface. Rice produced few impressions (usually less than five) of these early works using oil-based inks and fine Chinese paper which held the color exceptionally well.
Ships of Yesterday - - c.1936, Color Woodcut.
Edition c.15. Signed and titled in pencil.
Image size 10 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches (267 x 238 mm); sheet size 9 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches (238 x 292 mm).
A fine, fresh impression, on cream Japan, with full margins (1/4 to 5/8 inches). Original brown paper hinges on the top left and right sheet corners, recto, otherwise in excellent condition. Printed by the artist.