Lot 28. Songbook

Jiri Trnka
(1912 – 1969)

56 original mixed-media drawings full-colour cover included
13 full-page illustrations approx. 31 x 22 cm 40 smaller illustrations, mostly half-page
3 illustrations not included in the book

The book contains a number of motifs, scenes and characters characteristic of Trnka: figures of small craftsmen, children, youths on horseback, a number of animals and flowers presented with typical Trnka stylization, masterful draughtsmanship and characteristic colouring that we know from his most successful books.

It is rare for such a set of book illustrations to appear complete for the entire volume.

– collection of Jiri Trnka
– Songbook placed in the auction directly by the family of Jiri Trnka

Consulted with Dr Irena Zantovska Murray HonFRIBA, Professor Jaromir Zemina, Dr Jiri Machalicky and Vladimir Lekes.
Expertise by Jan Trnka (son of Jiri Trnka and holder of the painter's copyright), enclosed.

Starting/Selling price
1.900.000 Kč
EUR 76 000
2.200.000–2.600.000 Kč
EUR 88 000–104 000
Price realized