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Antiquity, Greece, Vases, Vessels, Albrecht Genick, Pair of Antique Prints, Berlin, 1876


Albrecht Genick (1937-1906) (after)
C. Hacker (lithographer)
Vorrathsgefäss, spindelförmige Amphoren [Storage vessel, spindle-shaped amphorae]
Two large and one small vessel
from Kunstgewerbliche Vorbilder: Keramik, Gefässformen des klassischen Alterthums
[Models for the Industrial Arts. Ceramics: I. Forms of the vessels of classical antiquity]
Albert Genick, Berlin: 1876
23 x 29.5 inches, mat opening
32.5 x 39.25 inches, framed overall
$3,000, the pair

Studies of ancient red-figure Greek vases and ceramics from Kunstgewerbliche Vorbilder, a self-published collection of folio chromolithographs by Albrecht Genick. In the prints, amphorae, craters, lekyths, and other types of vessels are depicted in color at their original sizes, along with details of profiles, wall, handles, handle attachments, etc. Vorrathsgefäss, spindelförmige Amphoren [Storage vessel, spindle-shaped amphorae] shows two two-handled vessels, one with a winged figure and the other with two male figures on either side of a seated figure holding a lyre. The other print (title not visible) shows two color images of large vessels with elaborate decorations and one very small one between them. These are accompanied by three line drawings of details of the handles as seen from other angles. Kunstgewerbliche Vorbilder preceded Genick’s more widely disseminated work on the subject of Greek ceramics, Griechische Keramik. Each print of the offered pair is presented in a custom gold-leaf and verdi-gris painted frame, with raised square corners.

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Interest in Greek and Roman architecture and antiquities was spurred among English and European intellectuals and artists during the Enlightenment, and aristocratic tourists made the “Grand Tour” to Italy and the Mediterranean to see these wonders in person. Plates reproducing the fine antiquities collection of Sir William Hamilton (1730-1806) popularized Greek vases and brought them to a larger public. During the last quarter of the 19th century, Albrecht Genick, an architect by training, became a leading German authority on red-figure vases. He published two works about Greek Ceramics, with numerous impressive bold chromolithograph full or double page prints to illustrate them.  Griechische Keramik [Greek Ceramics] (Ernst Wasmuth, Berlin: 1883) is Genick’s best-known set on the subject. It was preceded by a self-published collection of prints of Greek vases with text, Kunstgewerbliche Vorbilder: Keramik, Gefässformen des klassischen Alterthums. The Architekturmuseum at the Technische Universität Berlin has examples of architectural drawings by Genick that he submitted for monthly competitions in 1867 and 1868.

Full publication information: A. Genick Selbstverlag [A. Genick Self-published).

Condition: Generally very good with only light overall toning, handling wear.  Each double folio page, folding in the middle, as issued , with some minor wear and attendant toning or color loss at the folds. Frames generally good with some light wear and restored abrasions. Images online have some minor lighting reflections in the glass, of course not present in the prints.


“Albrecht Genick: Projekte.” Architekturmuseum at the Technische Universität Berlin. (3 August 2021).

Janitschek, Hubert and Alfred Woltmann, eds. Repertorium für Kunstwiseenschaft [Repertory for Art-Science]. Stuttgart: Verlag von W. Spemann, Wien, Gerold & Co. 1879. Reprint ed. by Walter De Gruyter & Co., Berlin: 1968. p. 210. Online at Google Books: (3 August 2021).

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19th Century