Cinderella: Original Art Deco Painting

Cinderella and the Magical Wishing Tree


Shiver and quiver, my little tree, silver and gold throw down over me.

BALFOUR, Ronald Cinderella: Original Art Deco Painting Cinderella and the Magical Wishing Tree

An original ink and watercolour drawing, heightened with white. Artist's monogram to the lower right hand corner. 23 x 29cm. A stylish Art Deco style drawing with a central female figure The image depicts Cinderella (or Aschenputtel as she was known in the original version of Grimm's fairy story) in her magnificent gown and slippers. The painting's colours are a typically Deco combination of black, gold and green. Cinderella's dress features Balfour's distinctive intricate line drawing with touches of colour and a colourful bodice in peacock feather design. Mounted and framed. The painting is in excellent condition with just a hint of wear to the white heightening in the lower left hand corner.

Depicting the original Brother Grimm's version of Cinderella in which Aschenputtel places a hazel branch on her mother's grave, the branch when watered with her tears grows into a magic wishing tree and furnishes Aschenputtel with increasingly elaborate gowns and jewels for the three festivals held by the Prince in his search for a wife.
Ronald Balfour is best known for his magnificent illustrations to Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, but little is known of his other works and there is no recorded publication of this painting.

Stock ID: 39203


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