This original Walt Disney cel from the 1937 animated film Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs includes two separate hand-coloured celluloids showing the dwarfs clustered waving goodbye to Snow White as she is led away by Prince Charming on his grey stallion.
The 10 x 13½in (25 x 34cm) sheets, laid on airbrushed and hand-coloured background, come to auction at Andrew Smith & Son in Winchester on September 10 from the estate of the actress Peggy Cummins (1925-2017). They were gifted to her when she was appearing in the London revue Let’s Pretend in 1938, aged 13.
Contents that once adorned one of Britain’s finest privately owned country houses will be sold at Cheffins in Cambridge on September 11-12.
More than 200 lots from the Grade I-listed Mawley Hall will be included in the sale. The Shropshire mansion was built on family lands in the 1730s for industrialist Sir Edward Blount and has changed hands only twice – in 1962 and most recently in September 2018 when the guide price was set at £10m.
The high-quality consignment – described by Luke Macdonald, director at Cheffins, as “one of our flagship sales of the year” – includes paintings, furniture, Chinese ceramics, decorative items and carpets.
This north German mid-18th century padouk and parcel gilt bombe mirrored bureau cabinet is the top-estimated lot at £15,000-25,000. Standing an imposing 9ft (2.71m) high, it is characteristic of the work of Altona cabinet-makers favoured by the north German and Danish aristocracy.