Maurits Cornelis ("MC") Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972), "Modderplas (Puddle)," 1952, color woodcut, signed "M.C. Escher" in pencil lower left, inscribed "Eigendruk" in pencil lower right, impression: 9.4"h x 12.6"w (23.8cm x 32cm), paper (overall unframed): 11.2"h x 14.5"w, Ref: Bool, 378. Provenance: Napa, California collection, Property of Dr. Giles W. Mead Jr. (Director, Los Angeles County Nautical History Museum).
This rather brilliant woodcut was for sale at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, CA and was estimated at USD20-40,000 and achieved USD15,000. Despite the rather heady estimate and price achieved, it is a fine piece.