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Medium: Planographic print
Format: Signed Print
Size: H 56cm x W 97cm
Edition size: 30
Entablature VIII, a planographic print by the iconic artist Roy Lichtenstein, from 1976, is an impressive piece valued between £7,500 and £11,000. It has been sold seven times at auction, primarily in the United States, with its first sale dating back to 2008. Over the past five years, the hammer price has ranged from £5,751 in April 2022 to a high of £9,186 in March 2020, showing a remarkable average annual growth rate of 27%. The last 12 months have seen one sale, with an average selling price of £8,149. As a signed edition, this artwork is highly sought after, especially given its limited edition size of only 30.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|March 2023||Sotheby's New York - United States||Entablature VIII - Signed Print|
|April 2022||Sotheby's New York - United States||Entablature VIII - Signed Print|
|March 2020||Doyle New York - United States||Entablature VIII - Signed Print|
|April 2014||Doyle New York - United States||Entablature VIII - Signed Print|
|November 2013||Doyle New York - United States||Entablature VIII - Signed Print|
|May 2008||Bonhams San Francisco - United States||Entablature VIII - Signed Print|
Roy Lichtenstein’s highly innovative Entablature series of the 1970s combines complex screen printed and lithographed areas, embossed with glossy and matte metal foils. This limited and signed edition of 30 prints presents a richly textured illusionistic play on 20th century American architecture.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Entablatures can be divided into his black-and-white paintings of 1971-72 and his artworks in colour created between 1974–76, accompanied by eleven prints. Both series were based on photographic source materials depicting institutional buildings around New York City, captured by the artist himself. The chosen architectural elements presented in the Entablature series provided the artist with ready-made designs, similar to his traditional comic strips and advertisements sources.
Lichtenstein took special interest in the horizontal structures that were placed atop columns in Classical Greek architecture, commonly referred to as entablatures. Based on historical sources, mainly of Greco-Roman and French Beaux-Arts descent, the facade ornaments selected by the artist are themselves appropriations. Lichtenstein’s Entablatures use these pointedly imitated and industrialised forms as their point of departure, rather than seeking out the origins of the reliefs.
In Entablature VIII, glossy gold, matte yellow and orange embossed areas are conjoined with flat black and white architectural patterns. The richly textured print presents flat abstract patterns in an increasingly graphic manner, giving the impression of the paper being adorned by actual raised reliefs. As is the case for all prints in this series, the horizontal flow of the ornamentation suggests an uninterrupted continuation of the pattern beyond the printed sheet.