Auction 139, Lot 255

Breathtaking Folio-Size Currier & Ives View of New York Harbor

"The Port of New York, Bird's Eye View from the Battery Looking South", Currier & Ives

Subject: New York City, New York

Period: 1872 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

33 x 22 inches
83.8 x 55.9 cm

Currier and Ives was a printmaking company based in New York City from 1834-1907, specializing in high quality, hand printed and colored stone lithographs. The focus of their work was American life, cities and people, and they often employed celebrated artists of the day to render drawings to be reproduced in print form. This view from Battery Park overlooks a bustling New York Harbor. Extending out to the open sea, the vast number of yachts, steam ships, barges and other vessels speaks to the city's position as one of the world's most important ports. Castle Garden, now known as Castle Clinton, is prominently featured. Bedloe's Island is also depicted, although without the Statue of Liberty, which wasn't built until 1885. Numerous locations are identified below the image. The imprint at bottom shows Currier and Ives' address at 152 Nassau St. Sheet size is 35-5/8" x 24-1/4".

References: Reps (Views) #2711.

Condition: B+

Original color with minor retouching in sky and on repairs. On thick, woven paper with a tear that extends 8" into image at right (just above steamboat), a tiny hole below Castle Garden, and a couple of short tears at bottom right (with a minute amount of image in facsimile) that have all been professionally repaired. There are some tiny abrasions in upper left corner and in blank margins, and a few short tears in blank margins that have also been professionally repaired. Backed in tissue.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Sold for: $4,000

Closed on 2/15/2012