Dec 16, 2021 - Sale 2592

Sale 2592 - Lot 168

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
CHARLES ADDAMS (1912-1988)
"Iron Maiden." Frontispiece for the Addams cartoon compilation Drawn and Quartered (New York: Random House, 1942). Pen and ink wash, heightened in white, on board. 140x185 mm; 5 1/2x7 1/4 inches, on 11 3/4x11 1/2-inch board. Signed "Chas Addams" in lower right image; inscribed and signed again on matte at lower right: "For Melisande who casts / the nicest shadows/ Chas Addams." Taped to matte and framed with museum glass. Accompanied by a copy of the 1962 Simon & Schuster edition of the book, where the illustration appears on page 5.

Melisande was Addams' love interest when the book was in production and the artist gifted her this original. Assumed to have been lost ever since, it recently appeared as part of her estate.

Provenance: Estate of Melisande Congdon-Doyle.