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"My mother owned this print, which bears the name Fred A. Hall and the title Northern Bush. Does it hold more than sentimental value?” - H.W., Augusta, Georgia
1930s Block Print
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The Arts and Crafts movement (roughly 1875 through the 1930s) arose in response to the Industrial Revolution and ushered in a trend of artisan methods. Among them was Japanese-style block printing, which involves carving a wood or linoleum block to produce patterns. The artist's vibrant color scheme and approach — using a dry brush to ink the block so the strokes are visible — closely imitates that of Frances Gearhart, who, at the height of her career, was one of the premier printmakers in the United States. A comparable Gearhart might sell at auction for $2,000 or more; this example, though not as valuable, could still fetch a pretty penny.
What It's Worth: $800
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