Lot 1111: Remarkable hand-painted 'Lilly Belle' miniature potbelly stove created by Walt Disney, measuring approximately 2.75 x 5.25 x 2.75, impressed on the bottom with the text, "Walt Disney Miniature Stove Works, Burbank, Calif." Intricately painted by Disney in white, green, and purple, with a lovely, detailed street scene showing several Victorian-era figures dressed to the nines, the woman and child looking into the window of a hat shop. In very good condition, with the stove doors missing and brittle adhesive remnants where the two pieces connect. From the collection of Mrs. James Ward Thorne.Disney loved both miniatures and trains, and the idea to craft a miniature potbelly stove came while he was building the small-scale 'Carolwood Pacific' railroad in his backyard. With their classic design, potbelly stoves were generally used to heat railroad depots and cabooses. Disney crafted and hand-painted a miniature stove for the caboose, and was so pleased with the result that he made several more. In all, he produced about one hundred of these miniature stoves, each painted with a different design. Presenting a combination of ideal qualities—original hand-painted artwork by Disney related to his favorite passion—this is a unique piece of the utmost desirability.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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