9 October 2002
Pique II (B. 911; Ba. 1228Bb2a)
linocut in colours, 1959, on wove paper, signed in pencil, numbered 26/50 (there were also sixteen artist's proofs), published by Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris, 1960, with margins, with mount- and backboard staining, taped to the mount at the upper reverse sheet edge, otherwise the image generally in very good condition, framed
L. 530 x 640mm., S. 620 x 750mm.
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