During the years 1981 to 2000, Carl Barks was involved in the creation and release of numerous different limited edition collectibles in addition to bronzes, porcelain figurines and lithographic works. This category will feature any such limited editions that do not belong to any of the other categories on this website.
Carl Barks Lavender and Old Lace: A Set of Progressive Proofs
This lovely portrait of the Duck Family by Carl Barks was inspired by the cover of Four Color #450, published in 1953. This was the 11th mini-litho in the series. This progressive proof set includes the 23 layers of color used to create this amazing image of the Duck family. The final print has a gold foil edging and “Gold Plate Edition” embossed seal. It is signed by Carl Barks in the lower right and numbered 1 of 5. These prints – each measuring approx. 27.5 x 33.5 cm – are each in their own mylar sleeve, and then housed in a blue clamshell box. Accompanied by a detailed certificate of authenticity, which states: “The process colors represent multiple exotic combinations of inks that were used with each mixture or laboratory blend and are individually identified. In some cases, a plate or ‘color’ may have been run through the press a second or third time with different intensities of ink to achieve a desired effect. As an artist’s painting is incomplete until the last brush of color is added, the history of the making of the lithograph is built, step-by-step, by the addition of colors until the last progressive is printed. These proof sets show, layer upon layer, how the print looked at various stages of its production.”
Although this is item technically are set of Carl Barks lithographs, we have opted to showcase it here as this set is so much more than that. These progressive sets are few and far between in that only 5 sets plus a few proofs were ever put into production making this an extremely rare collectible for the discerning collector.