Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959), Wasmuth Portfolio Selections
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Published by Ernst Wasmuth A.G., Berlin, circa 1910, the original folio cover is present and is imprinted "Ausgeführte Bauten Und Entwürfe Von Frank Lloyd Wright", the contents to include: Plate VII (7), "Vogelperspektive Der Lexington Terrassem, Chicago, Ill." and tissue Plate VII, both sheets with the architect's blindstamp in lower left corner (the birdseye rendering with 4 in. crease to lower right corner and minor losses to upper left corner, small damp stain to upper right; chipping and a few small splits to the tissue); Plate XII (12), "Studie Zu Einem Bankgebaude In Beton Perspektive Grundriss," the architect's blindstamp below the floorplan, paired with tissue Plate XII, the architect's blindstamp beneath the rendering (trivial area of loss along lower edge of the sheet, the tissue with small chips along all edges); Plate XXX (30), "Perspektive Einer Villa Des Herrn E. H. Cheney, Oak Park, Ills.," a full sheet rendering with the architect's blindstamp in upper left corner of the plate, paired with tissue Plate XXX, the blindstamp along the lower edge (the rendering has very minor edge chips and damp stains; the tissue with a 3 x 6 in. section detached (present), minor chips along all edges; Plate IL (49), "Seitenansicht Von Einem Bank - Und Hotel - Gebude In Mason City, Iowa," the plate has a rendering of the building as part of a populated street scene, the blindstamp to the immediate lower right of the plate, tissue Plate IL carries a rendering showing one full side of the building and a floorplan with blindstamp to lower left (edge chips to both pieces); Plate LVI (56), "Wohnzuimmer Für Herrn Coonley, Riverside, Illinois," the rendering depicts a living room interior, the blindstamp in lower left center, lacking an associated tissue (minor edge soiling with two paper clip impressions to upper left edge); Plate LVII (57), "Landhaus Für Avery Coonley, Riverside, ILL., a full frontal rendering is above a floorplan, the blindstamp is under the rendering to the left, tissue Plate LVII shows a floorplan incorporating a formal garden, the blindstamp is in the upper left corner of the plate (insignificant edge splits to the primary sheet, the tissue is remarkably intact for this series).
16 x 25.25 in.
When published, Ernst Wasmuth's portfolio consisted of 100 lithographs showcasing Frank Lloyd Wright's revolutionary architecture. Complete sets of the prints are very rare today since most of them were lost when Wright's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, was destroyed by arson in 1914. Those sheets and portfolios that survived the initial disaster are often marked by water damage such as seen on the portfolio cover offered here.
The portfolio cover with external damp stains throughout, its linen spine being frayed, some edge chipping; the sheets and tissues all with age toning.
$1,000 - 2,000