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Description: 12 FDCs Signed by Noted 20th C. Artists, Including Peter Berg

A small collection of 12 first day covers signed by well-known twentieth-century artists who experimented with all styles and media, including Peter Berg. About half of the examples feature cachets. The postal covers are lightly inscribed by a former collector verso, else near fine. All measuring approximately 6.5" x 3.625." Provenance: Ex-Noel Goldblatt (ca. 1926-2003) of the famous Goldblatt's Department Store, to a prominent Los Angeles, California collector.

The lot is comprised of, in no particular order:

- A Valley Forge Christmas 1977 First Day of Issue cover signed by Peter Berg (1948-1997), the contemporary abstract painter, print maker, and photographer, as "Peter Berg" at lower right. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. "Valley Forge Christmas" stamp, postmarked at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on October 21, 1977.

- A first day cover signed by Joseph Raffael (1933- 2021), an artist celebrated for his large-scale watercolors, as "Joseph Raffael" at lower right. Bearing a 5-cent U.S. "to the fine arts" stamp, postmarked at Washington, D.C. on December 2, 1964.

- A first day cover signed by Gilroy Roberts (1905-1992), a sculptor who served as Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint between 1948-1964 and designed the obverse of the Kennedy half dollar, as "Gilroy Roberts" near center. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. Christmas stamp, postmarked at Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1976.

- A first day cover signed by William Taggart (1936-2007), a contemporary abstract artist known for his vividly colored paintings and serigraphs, as "Bill Taggart" at lower right. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. Christmas stamp, postmarked at Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1976.

- A first day cover signed by Gene Davis (1920-1985), a contemporary abstract artist known for his color field paintings, as "Gene Davis" at lower right. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. Christmas stamp, postmarked at Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1976.

- A first day cover signed by Robert Thom (1915-1979), an illustrator known for depicting historical scenes, as "Robert A. Thom" at lower right. Bearing a 5-cent U.S. "to the fine arts" stamp, postmarked at Washington, D.C. on December 2, 1964.

- A Valley Forge Christmas 1977 First Day of Issue cover signed by William Kienbusch (1914-1980), a contemporary artist who experimented with craypas and casein during his later career, as "William Kienbusch" at lower right. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. "Valley Forge Christmas" stamp, postmarked at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on October 21, 1977.

- A first day cover signed by Alice Aycock (born 1946), a sculptor who has experimented with land art, as "Alice Aycock" at lower right. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. Christmas stamp, postmarked at Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1976.

- A first day cover signed by John McClelland (born 1919), an illustrator whose artwork is reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, as "J.McClelland" near center. Bearing a 13-cent U.S. Christmas stamp, postmarked at Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1976.

- A first day cover signed by Bob Timberlake (born 1937), a watercolorist influenced by Andrew Wyeth, as "Bob Timberlake" at right. Bearing a 10-cent U.S. John Donne stamp after Peto, postmarked at Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1974.

- A first day cover signed by Amy Katherine Browning (1881-1978), a British Impressionist painter, as "AK Browning" at right. Bearing a 10-cent U.S. Universal Postal Union stamp after Hokusai, postmarked at Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1974.

- A Charles M. Russell first day cover boldly signed by Howard Suttle (1924-2012), the Western artist, as "Howard Suttle" near center. Bearing a Sarzin metallic cachet as well as a 5-cent U.S. C.M. Russell stamp. Postmarked at Great Falls, Montana on March 19, 1964.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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