NEW YORK — Illustration Art at Swann Galleries has celebrated the artistic achievements of illustrators for nearly a decade, offering original artworks intended for publication, including newspapers, books, magazines and more. The auction house’s winter offering is slated for Thursday, December 16, and will feature illustrations for literature, animations from Walt Disney Studios, Sunday comics, cartoons for The New Yorker, and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale is led by Edmund Dulac’s 1911 work, The Snow Queen, a night scene depicting snow-capped roofs and an ethereal snow queen. The watercolor was made for the chapter Second Story: A Little Boy and A Little Girl from The Snow Queen, which was published in Stories from Hans Anderson with Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. It carries an estimate of $50,000-$70,000.
The children’s book illustration portion of the sale includes Maurice Sendak, with a 2004 study for a page in Thanks & Giving All Year Long by Marlo Thomas and Friends, which features one of his Wild Thing monsters, available at $15,000 to $20,000.
A run of works from Walt Disney Studios will include three 1935 storyboard sketches for Mickey’s Garden: Still Growing (Mickey Hears Pluto) and Mickey and Grasshopper by Gilles de Tremaudan and Mickey Mixes Poison by Art Babbitt, available together at $15,000-$25,000. Also of note is an original 1941 sketch and a preliminary drawing for Dumbo, at $3,500-$5,000; and an animation cel of Perdita from the 1961 film One Hundred and One Dalmatians, at $1,000-$1,500.
House favorites Edward Gorey, Al Hirschfeld, Charles Addams and The New Yorker feature throughout. Of note is Gorey’s 1980 t-shirt design for Mystery!, the popular television series produced by WGBH Boston for PBS, offered at $6,000-$9,000; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burton, a 1968 pen-and-ink “caricature” by Hirschfeld, published in the March 3 printing of The New York Times, estimated at $5,000-$7,500; and several New Yorker cartoons by Addams including “Just a minute, you guys – we’re missing one shovel,” from 1955, estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
Original magazine story illustrations are on offer with James Montgomery Flagg’s mixed-media drawing for Gerald Mygatt’s The Million-Dollar Hairpin, published in the December 1931 issue of Good Housekeeping, estimated at $1,500-$2,500; and Howard Chandler Christy’s charcoal work for Scarlet: The Story of a Woman with a Past by Wallace Irwin and published in the May 1926 issue of Liberty magazine, expected at $3,000-$4,000.
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