Stunning example of the print titled A Base Ball Game
, which is widely recognized as the definitive nineteenth-century game-in-progress art print. This extraordinary full-color print, published by Brussad, Valadou and Company of Paris, London and New York, features a magnificent baseball game-in-progress illustration by artist "H. Sandham, Boston" (dated "1894" next to the artist's signature in the lower right corner). This print has long been identified in collecting circles as representing the 1894 Temple Cup Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Giants, and is commonly referred to as "The Temple Cup Print." The game is clearly at the Polo Grounds and features the New York Giants at bat, but as the formal title of the painting printed along the base is A Base Ball Game
, it is possible that this famous scene represents another game. The Temple Cup Series (1894-1897) was a post-season series of seven games played between the top two teams of the National League, and was the immediate predecessor to today's modern World Series. "The Temple Cup Print" is universally recognized as one of the most impressive and artistic of all nineteenth-century display pieces. This print was issued in several different styles, with and without portraits of players, and was often hand-colored by professional artists of the day who specialized in preparing such prints for prominent home display. The offered example is the classic full-color primary game-in-progress scene, which, though it may represent a specific and historically very significant baseball series, presents as an extraordinary and beautiful generic nineteenth-century baseball scene as well, making it especially ideal for display in many venues. Sandham is a highly regarded listed artist and his original painting of this scene is in the collection of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The print (44 x 26.75 inches; visible dimensions) is in apparent Near Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 53 x 36 inches. This is an outstanding example of one of the most beautiful nineteenth-century baseball display pieces ever published. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice
. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).
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