Friday, September 16, 2011

Sendak's Jumblies in a Sieve at Sea

Offered for sale at $36,000 by Illustration House, this whimsical interpretation of a whimsical poem by Edward Lear is a rare opportunity to own a published original book illustration by Maurice Sendak. The exhibition and sale began on February 27, 2010 and may or may not still be going on.

6.Maurice Sendakb. 1928

Jumblies in sieve at sea.

Book illustration: Sing a Song of Popcorn, Every Child's Book of Poems, by Edward Lear; Publisher: (Scholastic Inc.), 1988, p. 53: “The Jumblies”
Pen & ink, watercolor, 5.25 x 6", signed & dated lr


Condition - Very good to fine overall: paper bright; archivally matted and framed.

Another extreme rarity. Sendak has made a bequest of the finished, published drawings for his children's books to the Rosenbach Foundation in Philadelphia. We know of no exceptions to this rule, however, the present work does not illustrate his own writing, rather that of legendary satirist, Edward Lear. In addition, the book contains other stories not illustrated by Sendak, so this watercolor escaped captivity. The rendering and characters are instantly recognizeable as classic Sendak. This work sold at an Illustration House auction for $30,375 in November 2004.

Note: If you want to see my previous post on Maurice Sendak, you'll have to go all the way back to yesterday.


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