Jun 15, 2023 - Sale 2641

Sale 2641 - Lot 214

Price Realized: $ 68,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
KLIMT, GUSTAV. Das Werk von Gustav Klimt. Text by Hermann Bahr and Peter Altenberg. Complete with 50 printed collotype plates including 10 printed in color and heightened in gold and silver, with specially designed intaglio signets printed in gold in lower margins; 470 x 453 mm; 18 1/2 x17 3/4 inches, sheets. Large square folio, contents (including title-page, limitation, 5 contents leaves, and separate sheets with Bahr and Altenberg text), loose as issued in original case designed and signed "J. Dratva, Wien" with gilt square on front cover bearing Klimt's name within decorative circle (defective; soiled, chipped with loss, one silk tie perished, wood spine and upper and lower panels separated, further small remnants retained); plates and margins intermittently foxed with occasional marginal tidemark but color plates generally clean. Supplied wooden box with lid. Printed by K. K. Hof-und-Staatsdruckerei. Number 74 of 300 copies of this scarce and magnificent publication. Klimt's only monograph published in his lifetime. Prepared and produced under his artistic supervision between 1908 and 1918, Das Werk was a collaboration between the artist and his close friend, the Viennese publisher, Hugo Heller. Each image is rendered in collotype (heliogravure) and bears its distinctive signet in the lower margin. These gold signets were original designs which Klimt specifically developed between 1908 and 1914 in order to designate and symbolize each image in this portfolio (for further information on the signets and their relationship to the paintings, see Alice Strobl, Die Zeichnungen 1904-1912, Salzburg, 1982, pages 286-290.) The total edition was 70 deluxe copies with an original drawing and this edition of 230, though many were lost or misplaced as a result of Heller's bankruptcy, subsequent move, and Klimt's death soon after the publication. The Emperor Franz Joseph was the first to buy a copy of the portfolio and, notably, Frank Lloyd Wright owned one as well (See Alofsin, Anthony. Frank Lloyd Wright, Art Collector: Secessionist Prints from the Turn of the Century. 2012). Vienna and Leipzig: Hugo Heller, 1918