Lot 190205 View Catalog
This original portrait on canvas is recognizable as a scene from the movie "My Fair Lady," and also as an image that originally appeared on a well known collector plate produced by the Edwin M. Knowles China Co, and distributed by the Bradford Exchange. This is the very painting from which 65,000 plates were produced, and saved by admiring collectors. Until now, the artist, William Chambers, held this painting in his personal collection, along with all his originals from the collector plates series. This is the first time the original artwork is being offered for sale, and Universal Live is pleased to be the exclusive online seller of this original art.This painting is known by the same title as the plate that bears its beautiful image: * "Wouldn't It Be Lovely" * The plates in this series are widely considered to be items of art, and here is an opportunity to own this one of a kind original. And one of a kind is truly what Audrey Hepburn is, and this painting captures that, along with her lovely look that fits so well with the song. * The medium is oil on linen canvas, stretched. * The canvas size is 30 inches square. * It is signed in paint by the artist. * It is in Mint condition, having come directly to us from the artist. * This original artwork is the ultimate art collectible in the world of William Chambers collector plates. For any collectors, fans of the movie, and of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn, this is a captivating portrait. * Biography * Born in 1940 and raised in the Chicago area, Chambers first began his * studies at the University of Illinois He planned on majoring in * industrial design, but after realizing the field required more * engineering than he had initially thought. and desiring to be an * artist more than an engineer, he transferred to Northeastern Illinois * University earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree. From there he began his * studies and graduated from at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. * * * After graduation from the American Academy , he apprenticed for * several years at Magee Inc. a top illustration studio. He continued * his career as an illustrator working at another Jack O'Grady studios * in Chicago. While working in illustration he became more engrossed in * portrait painting. * * By 1979, he decided to strike out on his own as a portrait painter. Many people * took notice of his painting, and before long, he was approached by a consultant for the Knowles China * Company. * * Chambers had never heard of collector plates at that time, but he * quickly became a design star, appearing * on the cover of Plate World magazine and making appearances across the * country. He is a Master Signature Member in a group of only 25 artists. * * Although well known for his successes in the realm of collector * plates, Chambers is best known for his expertise as a portrait artist. His large commissioned works are * priced from $25,000 to $35,000. * * Note: This painting is shown in an oval matte which is not included *
|Estimate||$10,000 – $17,000|
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