Baxter Prints by Kronheim, Sheet 5 1850

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

The Kill BXC69 $95
Each print measures approximately 4 1/2 x 2 7/8 inches.

Some of the most beautiful Victorian prints to come to Panteek are these vibrant images by Joseph Kronheim using the celebrated Baxter process. These vivid prints are original designs showcasing the fashions, landscapes and popular sports of Victorian England and Europe.

The detail and depth of color is created by the Baxter method, a complex process which made the first truly commercial color prints. The Englishman George Baxter developed a special type of oil paint to apply one color at a time via an engraved steel plate and cut-away wood blocks which he patented in 1835. Due to financial difficulties, Baxter granted licenses to a few other printers. One of them, Joseph Kronheim, was an expert engraver and artist who produced richly-colored prints on more than a thousand different subjects. With the advent of chromolithography, this process became too expensive and laborious to continue, and Kronheim & Co discontinued the Baxter method of printing.

Our prints originate from the collection of Alfred Ernest Owen, a prominent Englishman, and engineer who was involved in the development of the bicycle, automobile and airplane. An avid collector of art, he was the elected President of the Baxter society in 1926 and bought the entire stock of Kronheim prints remaindered when the company discontinued the Baxter printing process.

These prints were secured for over half a century in a vault under Owen’s moated mansion New Hall, Sutton Coldfield, dating from the year 1200. When Owen died at the age 60, the prints remained undiscovered in this vault until 1982, when they were consigned to Christies of London, who spent five years cataloguing the prints for the eventual sale in 1987.

More information on this fascinating printing process is available from the New Baxter Society, which promotes interest in the work of Baxter and his licensees.

Each series of prints was printed in block form on a single sheet & then cut apart. Thus there is little margin, if any. The measurements of each series are noted on the thumbnail page, as they vary considerably. A four page copy of the story of New Hall vault will be included with each print along with an authentic New Hall vault sticker for each print issued by Christies at the time of the sale.

It is an amazing story indeed, and these prints are a rare collector’s item and a testament to the men and women who advanced the printing process while being enthusiastically supported by collectors all over the world who found these print to be a marvel of colour, beauty and technology. So little has changed in the print lover’s world!

We accept credit cards & PayPal. Washington state residents pay Washington state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $8.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 7 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, fax or email.


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