Jan 28, 2021 - Sale 2556

Sale 2556 - Lot 121

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
HONI WERNER (20th century)
"Practical Magic." Cover art after "Persephone" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti for Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (New York: Penguin Books, 1995). Oil, wash, and glaze on vellum. 270x180 mm; 10 1/2x7 inches. Adhered to backing paper and matted to 14x10 inches.

Provenance: Partners & Crime Mystery Booksellers, New York, to private collection of a numismatist, 1997.

Werner created iconic covers for a broad range of literary and mystery books by authors including Thomas Berger, Bebe Moore Campbell, E.L. Doctorow, John Irving, Isabel Allende, Philippa Gregory, Peter Hoeg and Donna Leon. According to the Partners & Crime website, Werner stopped painting on physical canvas and paper around 1997 at which time she began to paint on her computer, making this one of the last works on paper she produced before she began creating art digitally.