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Exceptional Antique Erotica

Friend of the blog and fellow smut collector, Rob, who runs Delta Of Venus, alerted me that he’s in the process of paring down his personal collection of vintage erotica. For starters, he has two sets of antique erotic prints up for auction right now.

The first is the complete set of Marcel Vertes’ Le Pays a Mon Gout (The Country to Your Taste); 12 original lithograph prints, circa 1921.

These are original prints, hand-numbered 112 out of 550 total.

12 lithographs,1 hardback folio cover, 1 title/table of contents page. Sheets are 9″x11″(228mm x 305mm), image sizes vary but most are about 5”x7” (127mm x 177mm).

The items range from fair to good condition. There is some aging & moisture spots on the sheet margins of a few prints (pictured) & the title/TOC page but the images themselves are mostly unmarked. Some minor creasing on a few corners and edges. The hardback cover is separated at the spine. That being said, the lithographs themselves are in good condition for their age.

Marcel Vertes (1895-1961) was a Hungarian artist, illustrator & costume designer, probably best known for his stylish & lively murals adorning the walls of NYC’s Carlyle Hotel. He also won two well-deserved Oscars for his work on 1952’s Moulin Rouge (for Art Direction and Costume Design). Le Pays a Mon Gout reflects his whimsical style, but with decidedly erotic themes.

The second auction is for the complete set of Martin van Maele’s De Sceleribus et Criminibus ; a set of 11 erotic etchings with religious themes by the French illustrator, circa 1908:

These are original prints. *Extremely rare*.

1 sepia print (folded folio cover), 10 color aquatint prints (one of which is a color print of the folder’s sepia image).
Images 5”x7” (127mm x 177mm), sheets 8”x11¼ ” (203mm x 285mm), with the one aforementioned double-sized folder.

Intricate etchings, the coloring is artfully done & still quite rich, prints are in good condition save for some age & moisture spots on the outer margins of a few sheets’ borders (all pictured).

Van Maele (1863-1926) was a contemporary of Felicien Rops and his illustrations reflect a similar decadent style – surreal, dark, erotic, subversive, satirical, macabre. Outstanding technician with a keenly imaginative eye, his etchings qualify as masterworks of erotic art for his or any other time. From an aesthetic standpoint, I find these to be at least the equal of – if not superior to – van Maele’s better-known series such as La Grande Danse Macabre des Vifs.

As for the rarity – the only other known set of De Sceleribus et Criminibus was sold via Christie’s at the infamous Gerard Nordmann auction:
http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4840316

Christie’s was unable to find any other references to or instances of this series, and my subsequent research has borne this out. In fact, I believe this set to be more complete than the Nordmann lot by two prints. Outstandingly rare.

 

Keep an eye out here for additional sales.

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