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    Cinderella or The Glass Slipper by George Méliès (Pathé Frères, 1912). Fine/Very Fine. Original Graphite Concept Sketch on Paper (12" X 9").
    This beautifully ornate rendering depicts a near exact sketch of a set piece found in George Méliès' second adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, Cinderella. Graphite sketches on paper become more and more difficult to find the longer they age, and the scarcity of such a find from one of Méliès' creations cannot be understated. Throughout his career, Méliès' became well known for his numerous advancements in the field of special effects and filming techniques like splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, and glass painted backgrounds. In fact, this film has the unusual feature of being filmed mostly outside for lighting purposes, despite having numerous indoor scenes. This penciled sketch shows off the director's predilection for the elaborate and the surreal, and the massive set piece did in fact have holes behind the numbers through which actors would place their faces and arms, lending a near accusatory feel to the scene. Extremely similar in style to artworks found within the AMPAS official production art collection credited to the director, we at Heritage believe the sketch to be by Méliès himself, however the notations on the sides may have been added at a later date by another person. This lovely piece also has a fainter drawing for the film's village set on the verso, as well as a collector's stamp for the French politician and film historian, Georges Maurice Huisman. Among his notable accomplishments were his tenure as the France's Secretary General, the mayor of Valmondois, and the Cannes Film Festival's first president. Signs of age found in this excellent piece include light edge wear, soft creases, and small paper lifts. There is some mild staining and faint smudging on both sides of the paper. The verso has an numerical ink stamp with slight bleedthrough, a well as some spots of paint that do not show through. Created with a wonderful attention to detail, this piece of artwork is a great find for fans of early cinema and classic fairy tales.


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