Concept piece of A Centaurette.
Even though these creatures are half human half mare, they have a lithe beauty that allows the viewer to connect with the character and become invested in their quest for love. Attributed to B. Nerborig.
The frame measures 9.75" x 12.75" while the aperture measures 5" x 7".
The lines on the matte were hand drawn by John Basmajian.
Wonderful World of Animation is honored that the Basmajian family has selected us as the exclusive gallery to represent their collection.
We all have the Basmajian family to thank for introducing the world to the joy of collecting animation art. In 1984, Disney animator John Basmajian teamed up with Christieís to launch the first ever animation art auction. Despite a court case brought by Disney days before the auction, the judge ruled that the art was rightfully Johnís and that he was allowed to sell it.
Thanks to Johnís vision to rescue these treasures and the courage to stand up for what he believed in, a new collectable was born. The auction was a huge success and made national news.
If you would like to watch videos about the news reports on the auction or see John assembling the mats used for the framed pieces available, click here.
If you would like to read more about the court case, please