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ORIGINAL WWII 35mm Negatives of Nazi-German Occupied France 1942-43
We recently completed an estate sale where the owner was a former paratrooper with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (the "H-Minus regiment" because of their jumping into France prior to the D-Day invasion). They were a highly decorated unit participating in D-Day, Battle of the Bulge and Market Garden engagements.
Within his personal effects was a can of approximately sixty (60) 35mm negatives with a handwritten note inside stating "confiscated German war pictures". I have checked out nearly all the photos and they appear to have been taken by an Axis photographer (probably a German soldier) during World War II. All the images are of Paris in German occupied France circa 1942-1943. They were found as loose images in one, two and three strip negatives. I have NOT cut the negatives myself and are being sold in just as found.
We are currently curating and liquidating the estate of a former Beverly Hills antiques dealer.
From this estate, we are selling an original oil by the French listed artist, Gustave Surand (1860-1937). The painting depicts the portrait of a woman with a tea bowl. It is identified on the right hand side "Madame Percin, Refugee Belge, a Thonon, Habre 1914." This painting is in very good condition and beautifully executed. There are a couple areas with condition issues, including the lower left corner with minor paint flaking, some paint loss on edging under frame, and the center right side that has a surface scratch approximately .5" long (the scratch does not appear to be deep in the paint, but looks to be a surface scuff that may be removed by professional cleaning). Frame appears to be original to the period. Signed by the artist on the right side. Canvas measures approximately 18.15" x 24" (slightly larger with frame)
Many Gustave Surand paintings are in private collections, with some other pieces in respected museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Musée d'Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. the Musée du Luxembourg, and the Musée de Brou Bourg en Bresse.
Gustave Surand was an orientalist painter, who made his apprenticeship with Jean-Paul Laurens, artist representative of the academic art. He first exhibited at the 1881's Salon of French Artists, with sea views of Brittany, Spanish interiors and scenes of genre in which he was very sensitive of the atmosphere's variations and light's contrasts.
In 1884, he obtained a grant and left for Tunisia. During this trip, he executed many paintings. After that he specialized in wild animals' subjects, representing them in different attitudes and in Orientalist scenes too.
During the 1889's World's Fair, he exhibited a painting named " Crucified lions ", very impressive by its size, more than five meters by four meters, and also by its subject bringing to the mind the feline's savagery.
He was awarded with a silver medal at the 1900's World's Fair, with " Holy Georges flooring the dragon " inspired by the Antiquity and Christian history and after, in 1910 he gains the Legion of Honour. He was one of the best animals' painter of his time, painting the big cats according to the nature. He has also executing some sculptures, but was well-known for his paintings.
Until recently, a Parisian restaurant named " Le Bar Romain " on Caumartin Street, there were displayed thirteen original paintings by Gustave Surand concerning the Roman Glory (the paintings were sold and prints of the paintings have replaced the originals).
PRICE: USD $4500
Vintage World War II Japanese
"Rising Sun" Banner
This is an authentic Japanese World War II era banner. This banner is hand painted on linen and dates from the late 1930's. This banner, and others like it, were posted in front of factories, stores and along city thoroughfares to salute individual soldiers going off to war. This particular banner was created by a horse riding club to honor one of its members. The banner is large, approximately 15 feet high x 3 feet across. No staining, rips, tears or holes. In excellent, museum quality condition. A rare find.
Ward Kimball (1914-2002) was an animator for Walt Disney Studios during its Golden Era. He was one of Walt Disney's team of animators known as "Disney's Nine Old Men." Walt called Ward an animating genius due to his work on comical characters rather than realistic human designs. Ward's efforts stood out among the many talented animators at Disney. He created such classic characters as the Crows in "Dumbo", Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland" Mice and Lucifer the Cat from "Cinderella", and of course, the perennial favorite, Jiminy Cricket. Ward received an Academy Award for the animated short, "It's Tough to Be a Bird."
For the more offbeat collectors, Ward is also credited as the key figure in the dissemination of the urban legend that Walt Disney had instruced that his body be preserved by cryonics after his death. Now, doesn't that make this a GREAT autograph??????
Original Disney "Pinocchio" (1940) Jiminy Cricket Drawing
Signed Ward Kimball
This item is a wonderful original vintage production red pencil drawing of Jiminy Cricket from the 1940 Disney feature film, Pinocchio. This is a great drawing and signed in black marker by the creator of the iconic Disney character, Ward Kimball. This framed artwork measures approximately 9" x 12". Total measurement in frame is 15" x 18". In excellent condition!
Original 1950's-60's Acrylic on Board Mid-Century Abstract Painting
This consignment is an original acrylic on board Mid Century still life painting. This painting is fresh from an estate of wealthy antiques and arts collectors in the Encino/Tarzana region of Los Angeles. This painting has been executed with a very competent hand, and is in excellent condition. Dates to early 1960's. I am unable to read the signature. Total size with frame is approximately 16.25" x 14.25".