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Keramic Studio Print - Chromolithograph

Posted Sunday, November 03 by CAG

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Hello, I have been browsing the internet trying to find out what type of an antique print I have.

This print is 13" x 10 1/2" on thin cardboard. The print was from an original oil painting by master artist Franz B. Aulich of the late 1800's and early 1900's. His paintings are very rare and highly collectible. The print feels very smooth.

I've taken photos of the print which include some very close ones where you can see a pattern of dots and lines. Can you please tell me what type of lithograph this is? If possible, can you take a guess as to it's value? Any info you can provide will be very much appreciated. Thank you, Josie


Keramic Studio Print Detail.jpgYour print is a chromolithograph. It is printed on heavy coated paper, or card stock. It was included as a supplement to Keramic Studio Magazine, which was a monthly magazine for pottery & china painters. China painting was a popular hobby for women from the late 1890's into the 1920's. It also became a profession for the more talented artists, as pottery companies like Roseville, Weller, and Rookwood became more popular. And China painting companies like Pickard and others in the china painting business. Some women opened there own studios, or worked for smaller local studios.

I believe later color illustrations in Keramic Studio Magazine were color separations, but I don't have any at this time to check.

These supplements along with patterns printed in the magazine were used by artists for ideas, and as guides in painting china and pottery. They could have tried to copy it exactly or more likely use it for inspiration for a design, or learn a technique for painting a specific flower.

Unfortunately, they are not particularly valuable. A number of them have survived, and demand is low. Arts ad Crafts images and designs are more desirable. Your print is beautiful, and would look great framed, but would not sell for a lot unless you sold it to someone who didn't know they are available inexpensively. In a shop it might sell, as is, unmatted and unframed for $10-$20, but not quickly. The fact that the artist who painted the original painting is famous or his paintings rare, does not really affect the value of your print.

Complete magazines are available for $10-$30, but not all had the color chromolithograph supplements.

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