Eyes That Invite

"Eyes That Invite" is a colorful and classic 1950 original glamour girl pin-up pastel by Pearl Frush and published by the Gerlach-Barklow Calendar Company of Joliet Illinois. This was gifted by a salesman at Gerlach-Barklow to the Robberson Steel Company of Oklahoma City in appreciation for their lucrative advertising account.

Artist: Pearl Frush
Price: $3,500.00

Here We Are!

A bright, crisp, art deco oil on canvas, featuring a stylish flapper mother in cloche hat and her children marveling at Rastus, the iconic Cream of Wheat chef, who is winking at modernism by pointing to the picture within the picture. A very rare surviving work which is attributed to Enoch Bolles, who worked for many years creating similar streetcar advertisements for Vicks Vaporub, Squibb's Dental Cream and Uneeda Biscuits.

Artist: Enoch Bolles (attributed)
Price: $6500.00

Sultana

Grapefruit Moon Gallery is ecstatic to offer Sultana, the original Louis F. Dow commissioned calendar pin-up painting by Henry Clive. Created in 1925, Sultana is in all regards the artist's signature and defining creation, featuring an exotic nearly nude dreamy enchantress in an Art Deco Egyptian fantasy dreamscape. This enchanting artwork is littered with sophisticated touches such as the Moorish architecture which glimmers behind Sultana as she releases a white dove. This timeless image was again issued in 1941 as a mutoscope card with the title Lucky Dove--a vintage calendar print and mutoscope card are included in the sale.

Artist: Henry Clive
Price: $45,000.00

Portrait of Anna May Wong

An original early 1930's oil on canvas illustration, presumably of exotic silent movie film star, Anna May Wong. Henry Clive did a series of oil paintings titled Enchantresses of the Ages for Randolph Hearst's American Weekly Magazine of ethnic glamour portrait studies.

Artist: Henry Clive
Price: Sold

Spicy Pulp Beer Hall Girl

A rare surviving oil on canvas pulp magazine cover painting by Earle K. Bergey for the August 1933 edition of Pep Stories; a spicy pulp title celebrating the lawless art deco era of Prohibition. An erotically envisioned German Beer Hall girl wearing a pretty smile and little else in this classic pin-up girl news stand copy selling erotic masterpiece. Painting is unsigned and framed in a fabulous Larson-Juhl carved wood art deco aesthetic frame.

Artist: Earle K. Bergey
Price: $12,850.00 -- on hold --

Mary Astor Hollywood Portrait

This refined pastel portrait of film legend Mary Astor by the American illustrator Rolf Armstrong dates to 1933, during the artist's brief tenure as a Hollywood portraitist. The elegant and understated large format artwork reflects Armstrong's desire to move away from the rigid demands and deadline driven style of his in demand career as America's leading calendar artist. In 1931, Armstrong moved from New York to the West coast and started an independent fine art company "Armstrong Art Services."

Artist: Rolf Armstrong
Price: $8,500.00

Remember Me?

This 1949 Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company commissioned pin-up pastel is one of the finest examples by Earl Moran we have encountered. A redheaded heart-breaker on a then state of the art mid-century modern phone asks the viewer and the caller to "Remember Me?" in a classic pin-up entanglement loaded with double entendre. Earl Moran was a master of light and shadow and this large and commanding artwork is a monument to his talent.

Artist: Earl Moran
Price: Sold

Call Again

This 1948 Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company commissioned pastel by Earl Moran is a large and defining example of American pin up. A pretty blonde pin-up girl is posed on a mid-century modern Heywood Wakefield office desk with a phone in one hand. The title "Call Again" is a witty take on an office secretary and her private hours. Condition is pristine in a custom made lined gallery frame with fitted corners behind ultraviolet glass. A 1948 Brown & Bigelow advertising calendar of the image is included with sale.

Artist: Earl Moran
Price: Sold

The Girl from the Mimosa Club

A delicately rendered mixed media work by Edwin Georgi which illustrated an interior story in The Saturday Evening Post. A tense dramatic courtroom portrayal from 1959 which captures the Perry Mason/Earle Stanley Gardner American Pop Culture sensation which was resonating at the time this commissioned work appeared in the Post. The lovely Georgi girl is "Policewoman O'Keefe," and this work confirms our suspicion that illustrators frequently created their finest works for this highly circulated and revered Curtis Publications slick mainstream magazine institution.

Artist: Edwin Georgi
Price: Sold

Lenore

An exceedingly rare surviving Henry Clive cover illustration from his 20+ years creating for The American Weekly. This painting was from a series done in 1934 titled, Darlings of the Poets. In this series, Clive illustrated the inspirations for leading poets and writers. This particular oil on canvas depicts "Lenore" as the lost and sorrowful inspiration behind The Raven as written by Edgar Allan Poe.

Artist: Henry Clive
Price: $11,500.00

The Toast Of The Town

A captivating, sexy, toasting blonde pastel by noted illustrator and occasional pin-up artist Victor Tchetchet. This pin-up is unusual as it mimics the Coles Phillip's "Fadeaway Girls" technique where the subject fades into the background. Tchetchet is best known for his pin-up, The Favorite Model, and countless movie magazine covers throughout the 1930's. I have never come across the published version of this pastel, presumably it was done as a pin-up calendar illustration. Beautifully double matted in a $700 gallery frame.

Artist: Victor Tchetchet
Price: $8500.00

Portrait of Peggy Hoyt in Art Nouveau hat

A wonderful and very detailed full page art supplement for the September 1922 issue of The Woman's Home Companion. Very stylized Art Nouveau illustration includes many photographs taken by Sheldon himself of the model.

Artist: Charles Sheldon
Price: $2800.00
 

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