Question I have lithograph? of Currier and Ives. It is called The Indian Pass, Rocky Mountains. On the back of the frame covering is typed Plate IV THE INDIAN PASS-ROCKY MOUNTAINS (9 3/4 BY 17 INCHES) Lith. of Currier & Ives, N.Y H.T.P. 1548. I would like to know if it is real or a reproduction. My problem is the actual size is nowhere near the size that is on the rear label. It measures about 9 1/8 by 6 inches. Any info. you could provide would be appreciated. Thanks
P.S. My great great grandfather worked at a lithograph place, but don't know what he did there.
Answer Dear Syd,
The Indian Pass, Rocky Mountains was originally released in the medium folio size, approximately the size listed on the back of your print. If yours is smaller, it cannot be original. When measuring Currier & Ives prints, you measure only the image area; not the margins or the title area. I found an example of an original of this print at a retail gallery online. I will give you the link so that you can compare the image. It may be that your print was an original that someone cut to fit a frame. Many antique prints were cut to fit frames in the early and mid century and thus loss all of their value. The gallery has their copy listed at $4500. I hope this information is helpful.
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