Someone must have participated in the 1958/1959 Seminars in Art that offered study and guidebooks including a set of prints marked by numbered plates. Great care was taken to inventory a full set of 192 prints, sized 9”ish by 12”ish, protected in sleeves and apparently untouched in the years since, except maybe to share with visitors who might be interested in in a conversation on the great works.
Someone also gathered blank, folded cards and flats of famous prints that appear to be the benefits of membership with the Museum during that timeframe. The cards are fairly amazing, in all sizes and shapes, envelopes often included, and also preserved through tens of tens of years in clean sleeves.
Both collections survived a move, a downsize, an illness, or possibly the death of an owner and landed on an auction table. I’m happy I was there to spot the grouping and happier that they left the auction in my car. Can only hope Someone I Will Never Know is pleased his/her meticulous hobby was salvaged.
Both are excellent options for enjoying famous works at a low investment. Add a unique frame and Just Like That a bit of culture, a splash of art, a piece of the past can live again in a new home. The “Framers” have now made their debut - individually available in RIKA’s room at Galleria 126.