Maurice Bernard Sendak on Sale Now at Auction
Lot 1277: SENDAK, MAURICE. 1928-2012.- "Oz the Hundredth Anniversary Celebration," pencil on tracing paper, 300 x 205 mm, signed "Maurice Sendak" lower right, some faint smudging, else fine. Matted and framed.
Description: "Oz the Hundredth Anniversary Celebration," pencil on tracing paper, 300 x 205 mm, signed "Maurice Sendak" lower right, some faint smudging, else fine. Matted and framed. Published : Oz: the Hundredth Anniversary Celebration (New York: Harper Collins, 2000), cover art. Here Maurice Sendak pays loving tribute to William Wallace Denslow, the original illustrator of The Wizard of Oz , in this amusing jacket/title page design.View additional info »
Lot 1278: SENDAK, MAURICE. 1928-2012.- A baby, a cross older woman, and several fairy tale characters,
Description: A baby, a cross older woman, and several fairy tale characters, pencil on tracing paper, 215 x 280 mm (sheet), signed in pencil "Maurice Sendak" central left. Framed. For the animated television series Seven Little Monsters , . Goldilocks, Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel all appear in this concept sketch for an episode of the short-lived Seven Little Monsters . Sendak was personally involved in only the earliest episodes. Snow White looks like the heroine from Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), one of Sendak's favorite movies from childhood.View additional info »
Lot 1279: SENDAK, MAURICE. 1928-2012.- Wild Thing peering over a fence, pencil drawing on tracing paper,
Description: Wild Thing peering over a fence, pencil drawing on tracing paper, 489 x 362 mm (sheet), signed "Maurice Sendak", and dated October 1988, [New York], unevenly trimmed, a few short tears to edges, creases, else fine. A sketch done for a Japanese American Express campaign.View additional info »
Description: Wild Things title sketch, pencil drawing on tracing paper, 217 x 305 mm (sheet), signed at lower right ("Maurice Sendak"), depicting five children and a dog playing between block letters which spell out "Wild Things," fine.View additional info »
Description: Annoyed cow, pencil sketch on tracing paper, 228 x 305 mm (sheet), signed "Maurice Sendak" lower right. Depicting an disgruntled-looking cow in profile.View additional info »
Lot 1282: SENDAK, MAURICE. 1928-2012.- 9 letters, notes and cards written to James Marshall (most with envelopes), March 24, 1976-August 1, 1989.
Description: 9 letters, notes and cards written to James Marshall (most with envelopes), March 24, 1976-August 1, 1989. A unique glimpse into the warm friendship between two of the most important modern American picture book artists. Although the two illustrators corresponded only intermittently as they often spoke on the phone and visited each others homes in Connecticut, these letters demonstrate how fond Sendak was of Marshall. " George and Martha are charming as usual ," he writes the artist on November 3, 1976. "I like your tone throughout. You catch and keep it and that, my man, is style. You are indeed good." Sendak often bought from Marshall the original art for his children's books. He writes in November 2, 1988: "I want more, more, more! And I love you more, more, more!... So don't give nuttin' away–please! Maurice." The group includes one empty envelope postmarked January 7, 1991.View additional info »
Description: "Reading Is Fun!" color lithograph, 1989, 910 x 598 mm. Framed. SIGNED Reading Is Fundamental poster, inscribed "with love" to James Marshall, November 1979.View additional info »
Description: 4 prints depicting scenes from Where the Wild Things Are : 1. Max is Made King, 510 x 232 mm. 2. Max and Wild Things Howling at the Moon, 512 x 235 mm. 3. Max Sits in the Tent, 512 x 233 mm. 4. Max and the Wild Things Hang from the Trees, 510 x 163 mm. Prints on paper. Corners very slightly bumped, else fine. ALL FOUR SIGNED " "Maurice Sendak" lower right.View additional info »
Lot 1286: [SENDAK, MAURICE BERNARD. 1928-2011.]- Fata Morgana screens designed for Serge Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges."
Description: Fata Morgana screens designed for Serge Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges." Two double canvas panels on wood stretchers and painted on both sides, 1980 x 815 mm, 1982. Somewhat scuffed. When he began designing for the stage, Maurice Sendak welcomed this sabbatical from "kiddie book land." And yet his set and costume designs contain all the same wit, verve and imagination so characteristic of his famous picture books. These panels were prepared under the personal supervision of Sendak for the Frank Corsaro production of the famous modern opera at the 1982 Glyndebourne Festival Opera in England. Since his audience was now primarily an adult one, he inserted all sorts of naughty bits that would have been inappropriate in his work for children. Corsaro The Love For Three Oranges, The Glyndebourne Version (NY: Farrar, Strauz & Giroux, 1984) p 58.View additional info »
Description: Clock for Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure espagnol." Painted canvas on card, 1900 x 760 mm, 1987. Somewhat scuffed. Exhibited : "Maurice Sendak: a Celebration of the Artist and his Work," The Society of Illustrators, June 11-August 17, 2013. This splendid prop was prepared under the artist's personal supervision for the Frank Corsaro production of Ravel's "lyric fantasy" at the 1987 Glyndebourne Opera Festival in England. Sendak often painted the props himself because it was easier to do himself rather than to tell someone else what needed to be done.View additional info »
Lot 1288: [SENDAK, MAURICE BERNARD. 1928-2011.]- Commedia dell'arte hat and mask worn in Serge Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges."
Description: Commedia dell'arte hat and mask worn in Serge Prokofiev's "The Love for Three Oranges." Pink silk marked "LUKE" in the inside of hat and painted molded rubber, 1982. Height of hat 350mm. Some chipping and cracking of the rubber. One of the most delightful theatrical productions that the creator of Where the Wild Things Are ever designed was 1982 Glyndebourne version of Prokofiev's modern comic opera The Love for Three Orange s and arguably the most magical interpretation of the famous work ever staged. All the sets and costumes were Sendak's concepts and prepared under his personal supervision. The phallic nose is typical Sendak.View additional info »