Canadian Fine Art Auction

May 25, 2015

LOT 90
CHRISTOPHER PRATT, R.C.A.
  • CHRISTOPHER PRATT, R.C.A.
  • CHRISTOPHER PRATT, R.C.A.

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CHRISTOPHER PRATT, R.C.A.

FISH STAMP

serigraph
signed, titled, dated “Nov. 1968” and inscribed “engraver’s proof”
Sight 20.25 ins x 27 ins; 51.4 cms x 68.6 cms

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $4,012
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

Silcox writes: “Between 1968 and 1974, Pratt completed six silkscreen prints based on nineteenth century Newfoundland stamps...In his eyes these stamps were beautiful objects, well designed, and part of a proud pre-Confederation heritage which he wished to salute.”

Pratt writes: “I made the ‘Stamp’ prints as souvenirs of Newfoundland: not Newfoundland as an island, its fauna and geography, but as a social, political and economic entity that has passed out of time. These early postage stamps constitute evidence of that Newfoundland.”

Literature:

Jay Scott and Christopher Pratt, The Prints of Christopher Pratt, 1958-1991, Catalogue Raisonné, Breakwater Books, St. John’s, Nfld., 1991, page 46 for The Stamp (2 Cent Cod Fish), “engraver’s proof,” 1968, reproduced and pages 46-49 for the artist’s more extended comments of the Stamp works.

David P. Silcox and Merike Weiler, Christopher Pratt, Prentice-Hall Canada Inc., Scarborough, 1982, page 29.

Provenance:

Private Collection, New Brunswick

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Medium: Prints
Signed