Black Magic: A large hand painted canvas hanging made for the set of Black Magic, United Artist, 1949,
Lot 18
Black Magic: A large hand painted canvas hanging made for the set of Black Magic, United Artists, 1949,
£1,500 - 2,000
US$ 2,500 - 3,400
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Lot Details
Vintage Film Posters & Film Memorabilia 1920s to 1960s
Black Magic: A large hand painted canvas hanging made for the set of Black Magic,
United Artists, 1949,
designed by Academy Award® winning designer Vittorio Nino Novarese, depicting the life of Joseph Balsamo also known as 'Count Cagliostro', the film starred and was co-directed by Orson Welles, 78¾ x 86½ inches (200x220cm)

Footnotes

  • The film is based on the true life of Giuseppe [Joseph] Balsamo, his alias 'Count Alessandro di Cagliostro', played by Orson Welles. The set design portrays scenes from Cagliostro's illustrious and mysterious life in eighteen century France.

    Provenance: From the collection of Principessa Ama Tasca di Cutò, daughter of Prince Tasca di Cutò.

    Literature: PES, Aurelio and Angeria Rigamonti di Cuto, Exhibition Catalogue - Fondazione Famiglia Piccolo di Calanovella (The Piccolo Family of Calanovella Museum Foundation), Cagliostro Rebis - arazzo per il film Black Magic e i disegni inediti di Orson Welles, a cura di Aurelio Pes e Angeria Rigamonti di Cuto (Tapestry from the film Black Magic and unpublished drawings by Orson Welles), Palermo: Regione siciliana, Assessorato ai beni culturali, 2004. (Palermo, Sicily, Department of Cultural Heritage).
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