Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves

Artist:Frank Godwin
Date:1920
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 16" X 22 1/2" Framed 26 1/4" X 32 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Interior Book Plate for Stories The Sandman Told - Murray Publications
Price:$18,500.00
Full view

Full view

The artist's signature lower right corner

The artist's signature lower right corner

The artwork as it appeared in publication, (Included in sale)

The artwork as it appeared in publication, (Included in sale)

This remarkable art deco Orientalist scene by the American illustrator and cartoonist Frank Godwin, depicts the interior story "Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves", from the 1920 children's book Stories The Sandman Told, a complete copy of which is included in the sale. Pictured in this gouache on board painting, is Morgiana, a slave girl who is pouring hot oil into a jar containing one of the forty thieves, killing the robber within. Employing a mythical fantasy style, Godwin was clearly influenced by the Golden Age artist Maxfield Parrish in his execution of the illustrations for this volume, making for a compelling and really strong example by this prolific American illustrator. Painting is handsomely silk matted and framed in a period art deco aesthetic wide profile gold frame.

Framed and silk matted under glass

Framed and silk matted under glass

Stories The Sandman Told, (included in sale)

Stories The Sandman Told

Detail

Detail

Detail

Detail

Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

Frame corner profile

Frame corner profile



 

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