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Disney Studios (c. 1930s)
Ink test cel of Horace and Clarabelle Cow.

This artwork appears on page 100 of Mindy Johnson's "Ink & Paint - The Women of Walt Disney's Animation"
The Clarabelle cel is signed "Decker" in the lower right corner. Comes with a custom hand-painted background.
Ink test cels do not become available very often, and it is very rare that they are signed.
The cel of Horace measures 7.5" x 10" while the cel of Clarabelle measures 6" x 10".
The scene with Horace is from Camping Out (1934), while the scene with Carabelle is from On Ice (1935). Ink test cels were used by Disney Studios in the hiring process for the Ink & Paint Department. A cel such as this may have been shown to the trainees as an example of the level of quality the company expected from its artists, or conversely, it may have been an actual art test done by an applicant. Those applying to be inkers would have closely copied the linework of an example cel. For those applying to be painters, many of the painting tests were done using old production cels from Disney shorts, which were wiped clean (since the paint was applied to the back of a cel, maintaining the linework on the front) and were then re-painted by the applicant.

The cels have been trimmed. There is evidence of pinholes and staple holes in the corners and along the outer edges of the cels, which could be easily matted out. The cels have become very slightly wavy which is common for cels of this age. There is evidence of some tiny hairline tears in the pegholes of Horace's cel, which could be easily matted out. There is a faint approximately 3" inch crease along the upper edge of the Horace cel, which could also be matted out. There is some very slight linewear throughout, namely in Clarabelle's face and left glove. There is a small portion of paint separation in Horace's left glove. There is evidence of some mild mottling throughout, namely in Horace's arm, and Clarabelle's body. The cels are secured to the background along the upper edge with small strips of painter's tape, which could be easily matted out.

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