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Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925 - 2008)
Intaglio Watch
1968
Intaglio
Edition of 13
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil
Sheet: 23 1/2 x 7 5/8 inches (59.69 x 20.01 cm)
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Inkless intaglio, a fine, fresh impression of the only state of this extremely rare work, the full sheet, printed on white wove Angoumouis a la Main paper, hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of only 13 (there were also 2 Artist Proofs and at least 1 Trial Proof), printed by Donn Steward at ULAE, with his chop mark in the upper left, published by ULAE, West Islip, with their chop mark in the lower left, in very fine condition, unframed.

Exhibited:

Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Robert Rauschenberg: Prints 1948/1970, 06 August – 27 September 1970, catalogue, p.441, no.37, illustrated (another example).
 
San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, The Time is Now, 04 April - 04 May 2013 (another example).

Literature:

Sparks, Esther, Universal Limited Art Editions, A History and Catalogue: The First Twenty-Five Years.  1989, Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago and New York, Harry N. Abrams, p.441, no.37, illustrated (another example).
 
Foster, Edward A.. Robert Rauschenberg: Prints 1948/1970.  1970, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Art, no.66, illustrated (another example).

Notes:

In creating the present work, a copper plate with a patten taken from Rauschenberg's wristwatch had been used in an earlier print called Drizzle (1967, Foster 48; Sparks 30).  Only thirteen impressions of the watch alone were embossed on small sheets of handmade paper, titled Intaglio Watch, and were given as gifts to guests at Maurice Grossman's 68th birthday luncheon at ULAE.
 
At present, we have found an example of this edition in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.