|Banknotes - Currency|
Archives International Auctions / AIA Sale 56 - U.S., Chinese & Worldwide Banknotes, Coins, Scripophily and Security Printing Ephemera - 21/11/2019 / Coins & Paper Money / Paper Money - World Currency / Lot 224
Max Svabinsky Signed Czech Essay Banknote Engraving. - Czechoslovakia, ND (ca.1930-50's). 1000 (Korun?), P-Unlisted, Portrait of Frantisek Palacky on right with ornate border and title engravings. Signed on bottom and numbered 98/500. Printed on white paper with circle and star watermarks. Signed on bottom. After Alfonse Mucha, Max _vabinsk_ is surely one of the greatest Czech artists of the 20th century. He was born on September 17, 1873 in Krom__’_, a small town in South Moravia. There he attended a German school, and then enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. From 1910 on, he was a professor of arts at various art schools. His art work primarily consists of drawings in pencil, charcoal and pen & ink, but he also produced a great deal of commercial graphic or applied art and book illustrations. From this large body of work, his stamp designs in particular stand out. _vabinsk_ is especially known for his numerous portraits of famous persons, many of which can be seen on his stamps. Of his more than 70 stamp designs, more than two thirds are portraits. A look at a list of subjects depicted on _vabinsk_'s stamps gives you the feeling that you are viewing a "Who's Who" of Czechoslovak history, art and science. Rare signed artists proof.