(Paris: La Compagnie Parisienne de Distribution d’Electricité, 1931, an edition of 500), a portfolio of 10 photogravures after Rayographs by Man Ray, each signed in the negative, framed, 1931; together with the 6-page printed introductory text by Pierre Bost and 7 of the original individual translucent lettered wrappers. Folio, printed patterned wrapper with flaps, the colophon printed inside the rear wrapper, with edition number '399' typed, in a glassine dust jacket, the whole in a slipcase with printed label, no. 399 from an edition of 500
Each 10¼ by 8 in. (26 by 20.3 cm.) or the reverse
The 10 photogravures in this portfolio are in generally excellent condition. The plates are crisp and clean, with extremely bright whites and very rich darks. Each print is hinged to a mat along the upper edge on the reverse.
The plates and further condition notes are as follows:
(1) Électricité [Nude Torso]
(2) Le Souffle [Fan]
(3) Cuisine [Fowl]
(4) Lingerie [Iron and Hand]
(5) Salle a Manger [Toaster] - this plate is gently rippled along the upper edge.
(6) Salle de Bain [Nude Torso] - this plate is yellowed in a 1/8-inch band at the periphery.
(7) La Maison [Light Bulbs and Lamp Shade]
(8) La Ville [Monmartre Marquees]
(9) Le Monde [Moon and Switch]
(10) Électricité [Light Bulb]
All but one plate are numbered sequentially in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse.
The accompanying materials exhibit wear consistent with age. Further details are as follows:
Wrapper with flaps: the is a small tear at the lower edge, and very minor wear to the corners.
Introduction by Pierre Bost: there is some minor wear to the edges.
Individual translucent lettered wrappers: These exhibit age-darkening, some minor foxing, and soiling. The wrapper for 'Lingerie' is slightly water damaged and rippled overall.
Slipcase: There is some minor soiling on the reverse.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, circa 2000