Ben Nicholson a proof etching printed in 1967 on cream wove with the blind stamp of Lafranca Locarno in the lower left corner. The print has been cancelled by hand in crayon possibly by the artist. UNSIGNED. In excellent condition.
Image size 270 x 160mm
Sheet size 395 x 290mm
Reference: Lafranca 93:The details in ‘ Ben Nicholson. The Francois Lafranca Collection 1998’ lot 617, state that there are rare proofs with no recorded editions of these subjects.
In 1958, after marrying Swiss photographer Felicitas Vogler, Ben Nicholson moved to Ticino, Switzerland. A chance meeting with François Lafranca, an artist in his own right, at an artist’s material suppliers, began a partnership between them. Between the years 1965-68, Lafranca printed a series of etchings for Nicholson, all made in an edition size of 50 copies. ‘The trial proofs which Lafranca pulled usually showed four or five different paper-dampenings and inkings, from which the artist would choose two or more variants for printing up within a single edition’ (exert from ‘Etchings from the Estate of Ben Nicholson’ published by Waddington Graphics)