Jean Cocteau (French, 1892-1963) Double portrait (check sitters); Chaplin and P Goddard (?) each 27 x 20cm (10 3/4 x 8in)
Lot 37
Jean Cocteau (French, 1892-1963) Double portrait: Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, circa 1936 each 27 x 20cm (10 3/4 x 8in)
Sold for £6,600 (US$ 11,093) inc. premium
Lot Details
Jean Cocteau (French, 1889-1963)
Double portrait: Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard, circa 1936
two works framed as one; one inscribed 'A Charlie, son ami Jean, Paulette Godard Mer de Chine' the other inscribed 'Charlie', pencil
each 27 x 20cm (10 3/4 x 8in)


  • Paulette Goddard (1910-1990) and Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) had both a romantic and professional relationship between the early 1930s and 1942. Chaplin, whose career started in the music halls of London, had enjoyed huge success as a star of the silent film era playing The Tramp from 1914, instantly recognizable by his Derby hat, small moustache and over-sized trousers. As a co-founder of United Artists in 1919, Chaplin moved reluctantly from silent films to 'talkies', his first major work being The Great Dictator (1940), a satire on the Nazi regime. Co-starring Paulette Goddard, the film was to be Chaplin's highest grossing work. Goddard and Chaplin lived together in Beverly Hills, although their marital status was vague, cited to be a reason why Goddard failed to be nominated for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. Following their split, Goddard went on to act in So Proudly We Hail!, (1943) which earnt her an Oscar nomination and Kitty (1945). She married twice more, and although her film roles faded away, she remained socially active, cultivating a close friendship with Andy Warhol before his death in 1987. It was whilst travelling across the China Sea and Pacific in the summer of 1936 with Goddard that Chaplin met Cocteau. Although communication was difficult, the two men exhausted all they had to say to each other in one evening, thus spending the rest of their journey trying to avoid each other, although by the time they arrived in San Francisco a friendship had been established.
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