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Vintage Artworks From The Estate of Charles Martignette (Multitude Of Artists)

Additional pieces from the Charles Martignette collection continue to be auctioned off at Heritage Auctions. If you don’t know Martignette, he amassed the finest collection of American illustration art — including pinups, pulp cover art, and glamour works for publication. (There is an, unfortunately not very illustrated or image-laden, article about him; but it’s very credible and interesting as well as a great introduction to him, his collection and collecting.)

Below are just a few of my favorite offerings for the ongoing auction listings. You’ll note they span decades, if not a century, and represent various styles, artists, mediums and an array of mainly commercial purposes. And here’s the fun part — three of them require verification of adult status to view. Guess which three they are and I’ll let you ask me a personal question which I’ll answer on this blog. (Quite an anomaly, really. But I’m in the midst of doing an interview, so I’m in that mood.)

Before you get lost in the images, you should note the Dean Cornwell auction (first shown below) ends September 27, 2011 (hence it’s the one with auction estimate value); the rest of the works are scheduled to be auctioned off at the end of the month.

Also, you should know that I’ve added links to books, etc. to help collectors; the links were not part of the information provided by Heritage Auctions.

PS Tumblrs et al., please properly credit these images in terms of artists and a “via” link to this post, thank you.

DEAN CORNWELL (American, 1892-1960)
Soulful Woman
Pastel and charcoal on paper
17-1/2 x 13 inches (44.5 x 33.0 cm)
Artist’s estate stamp verso. Estimate: $300 – $500.

ELMER SIMMS CAMPBELL (American, 1906-1971)
“Don’t Put the Cigarette in, My Husband Doesn’t Know I Smoke.”
Watercolor on board
11.75 x 7.75 in.
Signed lower center

XAVIER SAGER (French, 1870-1930)
Look At Us!, possible postcard illustration, circa 1918
Mixed media on board
16.25 x 10.5 in.
Signed lower right

It is speculated that between 1900 to 1925 Xavier Sager created over 3000 caricature drawings, primarily depicting life in Paris, which were reproduced as color postcards. Though his subjects and situations touched on nearly every aspect of life, it is his depictions of contemporary French fashions and the frivolity and decadence of Paris night life that remain the most popular among collectors.

AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century)
The Men She Knew, paperback cover, 1951
Gouache and tempera on board
17.5 x 14 in.
Not signed

This painting was published twice, as two different titles, first as the cover for Venus books #130, The Men She Knew by Norman Bligh, (PBO, 1951)- “They Had Her Number – And They Used It” -and second as Carnival books #954, Man-Hungry by Mitchell Coleman (1953): “The Secret Life of a Woman Who Loved Many Men!” The published image of The Men She Knew was reproduced as figure 48 in The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1996.

LESLIE LANGILLE BENSON (American, 1885-1972)
The Lovers, 1921
Watercolor on board
27.5 x 14.25 in.
Signed upper right

STANLEY BORACK (American, b. 1927)
Through the Binoculars, paperback cover
Watercolor, gouache, and tempera on board
15.5 x 11.5 in.
Not signed

PETER DRIBEN (American, 1902-1968)
Through the Keyhole, Whisper magazine cover, January 1953
Acrylic on board
35 x 27 in.
Signed lower right

GIL ELVGREN (American, 1914-1980)
Reclining Nude
Oil on canvas board
16 x 26.5 in.
Signed lower right

This painting was reproduced as figure 52 in Gil Elvgren – All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1999.

EDWARD EGGLESTON (American, 1882-1941)
Indian Maiden with Tom Tom, calendar illustration, 1937
Oil on canvas
30 x 25 in.
Signed lower right

This painting was published as a calendar in 1937. It was later reproduced (slightly cropped) as an advertising image (with thermometer) circa 1940. The painting was also reproduced as figure 98 in The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1996.

WALTER MARTIN BAUMHOFER (American, 1904-1987)
The Life, His Very Successful Wife, Redbook magazine story illustration, May 1947
Oil on canvas
15 x 16 in.
Signed lower right

OLIVIA DE BERARDINIS (American, b. 1948)
Rear View, 1989
Gouache and watercolor on board
19.5 x 14.5 in.
Signed lower right

GLENN CRAVATH (American, 1897-1964)
Show Girl
Watercolor on board
29 x 22 in.
Not signed

JAMES MEESE (American, 20th Century)
Mark Kilby Solves a Murder, paperback cover, 1959
Gouache on paper
24 x 18 in.
Signed lower right

This is the cover for Mark Kilby Solves a Murder by Robert Caine Frazer (John Creasey), Pocket Books #1261 (1959), the first book in a series of Mark Kilby detective novels. “Introducing Mark Kilby, debonair man about crime, who tangles with the toughest crooks in town.”

HAJIME SORAYAMA (Japanese, b. 1947)
Reclining Semi-Nude
Tempera and gouache on paper
19 x 28 in.
Artist’s stamp lower left

RAEBURN VAN BUREN (American, 1891-1987)
“I Think We’d Better Go, Dear, Before You Do Something You Shouldn’t”, magazine story illustration
Conte crayon and pencil on board
20 x 15.25 in.
Signed lower right

ALBERTO VARGAS (American, 1896-1982)
Legacy Nude, First Playboy Pin-Up, March 1957
Watercolor on board
17.5 x 23 in.
Signed lower right

This painting was reproduced on page 56 of the March 1957 issue of Playboy magazine in an article entitled “The Vargas Girl” and marks the first appearance of any Vargas work in Playboy (the first Playboy Vargas Girl would not appear until September 1960). The five-page article included a biography of the artist and several examples of his work.

J. ANDRÉ CASTAIGNE (French, 1855-1945)
Antony and Cleopatra, 1911
Oil on canvas
31.5 x 20.5 in.
Signed lower left

FRITZ WILLIS (American, 1907-1979)
Tea Time Study
Oil on canvas mounted on board
16 x 22 in.
Initialed lower right

This painting was reproduced as figure 713 in The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1996.

JOHN LA GATTA (American, 1894-1976)
Assisting a Lady
Oil on board
28 x 20.75 in.
Signed lower right

CHARLES GATES SHELDON (American, 1889-1960)
The Glorified American Girl, Brown & Bigelow Calendar Pin-Up, circa 1932
Pastel on board
22.5 x 17 in.
Signed lower right

This was published as a calendar for Brown & Bigelow, as part of their “Vanities Line.” This painting was also reproduced as figure 140 in The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1996.

AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century)
There Goes Shorty Higgins, paperback cover, 1953
Oil on board
21 x 14.5 in.
Not signed

This illustration appeared on the cover of Jack Karney’s novel, There Goes Shorty Higgins, Pyramid Books #99, 1953.

“Brute cravings — kept women — crooked deals.”

KENT (American, 20th Century)
Exposed, 2007
Oil on canvas
20 x 16.5 in.
Signed lower left

ARTHUR SARON SARNOFF (American, 1912-2000)
Putting on Hose, 1993
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 in.
Signed lower right

BILL WARD (American, 1919-1998)
“You’re Mother Was Right, You’re Just a Spoiled Boy Who Needs Plenty of Stern Punishment”
Watercolor and charcoal on paper laid on board
21.5 x 16.5 in.
Signed lower center

Ward, Bill:William “Bill” Ward (American, 1919-1998) was a Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age cartoonist celebrated as one of the most widely published “good girl” artists, and as creator of the comic book ingénue, Torchy. Ward also worked on Blackhawk for Quality Comics, and later, using the pen name of Bill McCartney, he worked for Cracked magazine. His later work for numerous men’s magazines such as Humorama, Leg Show, and others became more and more erotic, and eventually veered into outrageously outré territories.

HOWARD CHANDLER CHRISTY (American, 1872-1952)
Reclining Nude
Oil on canvas
27 x 24 in.
Not signed

GEORGE PETTY (American, 1894-1975)
“He’s Supposed to be an Expert, Yet He’s Missed Every Shot Tonight”
Watercolor and gouache on board
11.5 x 7.75 in.
Signed upper right

PATRICK NAGEL (American, 1945-1984)
Playboy After Hours, original illustration, June 1981
Ink and gouache on board
15.5 x 11 in.
Signed lower left

WALTER BEACH HUMPHREY (American, 1892-1966)
Spring
Oil on canvas
29 x 25 in.
Signed lower right

AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century)
Love Camp, paperback cover
Tempera on board
19.75 x 12 in.
Not signed

HARRY EKMAN (American, 1923-1999)
Seated Pin-Up
Pencil on paper
20.5 x 17.5 in.
Signed upper right

AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century)
Wildroot Cream-Oil advertisement poster
Print on board
27 x 20 in.
Not signed

ENOCH BOLLES (American, 1883-1976)
Film Fun cover study, circa 1940s
Oil on canvas board
12 x 9 in.
Not signed

This painting was reproduced as figure 79 in The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, Taschen, 1996.

HARRY BECKHOFF (American, 1901-1979)
Prize Fighter in the Ring, Collier’s magazine story illustration, circa 1950
Watercolor and ink on board
12 x 15 in.
Signed lower right

EARL MORAN (American, 1893-1984)
Reflection
Pastel on board
36 x 28 in.
Signed center left

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