2 December 2003
The Woman II (Das Weib II) (Sch. 21; W. 22)
etching and aquatint, 1895, a fine, atmospheric impression, the drypoint printing with much burr, the plate tone selectively wiped accenting the sea and sky, on heavy wove paper, Schiefler's extremely rare second state (of five) (he records only two impressions in this state), Woll's third state (of eight), one of a total of eight impressions in the first six states before the Felsing impressions, signed in pencil, with wide margins, trimmed unevenly at the upper sheet edge, a printer's crease through the centre of the subject (slightly rubbed towards the top, unobtrusive elsewhere), a short split running parallel to the platemark lower right, various minor defects often encountered in working proofs, including some discoloration, skinning, and scattered soiling in the margins, with printer's ink and minor defects on the reverse
P. 297 x 345mm., S. 425 x 560mm.
This impression almost certainly from the collection of Gustav Schiefler, aquired from the artist, and subsequently sold by Kornfeld & Klipstein, 12th June, 1969, lot 961. With an unrecorded collector's stamp verso.
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