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Lot 1474: c1870 San Francisco opium Den Print

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Original Woodblock Printing Plate of a San Francisco Opium Den

c. 1870, Original Woodblock Printing Plate & Print of A San Francisco Opium Den, Lot of Two, Very Fine.
2.7” x 3.75” x 0.8”. Hand carved woodblock, along with matching print impression from the block, matted to 11” x 8.5”. An alluring depiction of a pipe-smoking woman reclining on a plush divan, being served by a Mandarin Chinese with pigtail braid and flowing tunic. The woodblock is stained black from usage and has a small warp split along its top edge. Images from a woodblock such as this would have been utilized in magazines and newspapers of the era, providing a revealing glimpse of San Francisco’s opium dens--a seamy side of life that was rarely depicted so lavishly. The sketch for this woodblock was completed by Walter Yaeger and Harry Ogden for “Leslie’s” in the 1870s, according to the Bancroft Library. (2 items).
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Lot 1474: c1870 San Francisco opium Den Print

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Oct 12, 2003
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Original Woodblock Printing Plate of a San Francisco Opium Den

c. 1870, Original Woodblock Printing Plate & Print of A San Francisco Opium Den, Lot of Two, Very Fine.
2.7” x 3.75” x 0.8”. Hand carved woodblock, along with matching print impression from the block, matted to 11” x 8.5”. An alluring depiction of a pipe-smoking woman reclining on a plush divan, being served by a Mandarin Chinese with pigtail braid and flowing tunic. The woodblock is stained black from usage and has a small warp split along its top edge. Images from a woodblock such as this would have been utilized in magazines and newspapers of the era, providing a revealing glimpse of San Francisco’s opium dens--a seamy side of life that was rarely depicted so lavishly. The sketch for this woodblock was completed by Walter Yaeger and Harry Ogden for “Leslie’s” in the 1870s, according to the Bancroft Library. (2 items).

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