Thursday, December 8, 2011

Addams Family Tree

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Illustration House will offer 76 lots of illustration art, the penultimate one being this design for a dinner invitation.  Charles Addams has decorated the Christmas tree with bizarre ornaments in the shape of Addams Family heads. The illustration is signed and dated 1979. The festive dinner was held on Friday, December 21. The lot is accompanied by a printed dinner invitation with signatures of the attendees including illustrator Constantin Alajálov.
It's hard to say whether this simple Addams drawing will reach the $5,000 to $7,000 estimate. Certainly many collectors seek out original artwork with the Addams Family characters and this has them in abundance, at least above the neck.

Lot 75Charles Addams1912-1988x
xChristmas tree with Addams Family characters as ornaments.x
xIllustration for dinner invitation;
Ink on paper, 7 x 5", initialed lower right and signed along left edge
xEstimate: $5,000 - 7,000x
xThe work is accompanied by the dinner invitation on which the drawing was reproduced.x
xCondition - Good overall: three creases in paper; tape residue; light foxing throughout printed menu; paper is not archival; framed.x
xAmong the signatures is that of Constantine Alajalov, a major contributor of covers to the Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker.

January 25, 2015 Update:  This piece was sold at Swann Galleries on January 22, 2015 with a much lower estimate.

Hammer price $2000

Note:  My previous post on Charles Addams was published on Halloween.  You could have guessed that, right?


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