Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
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August 25, 2023: Summer Americana - Day Two

Fri, Aug 25, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 1172


Estimate: $300 - $500
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JOHN ORFE (AMERICAN, 20TH CENTURY) ORIGINAL AUTOMOTIVE ILLUSTRATION, watercolor on paper, stylized depiction of a sleek racing vehicle on a time trial at the Bonneville Salt Flats, signed lower left. Unframed. Circa 1939. 11 1/2" x 20 1/2" sight, 13 1/4" x 22" object.
Catalogue Note: John Orfe was an influential American automotive and airline designer and concept artist who worked with several of the top manufacturers in the middle of the 20th century, including Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen, and Boeing. Orfe also worked as an illustrator for many of the top automotive publications during the period, often creating covers and centerfolds. From 1959 to 1961, Orfe worked with the team charged with the task of re-designing the Lincoln Continental, which was on the brink of being discontinued. Ultimately, Orfe and the team were able to convince management of the need for a radical revision of the old model, which resulted in the iconic 1961 offering. The present drawing is an unusual pre-war illustration by the artist, likely depicting a fictional event, in which Orfe clearly demonstrates his unique aesthetic. The appearance on the open market of the present work represents a rare opportunity to own original art by a noted mid-century automotive design artist.


Very good overall condition with minor discoloration. Old tape residue to margins from previous mat.

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