history

In 1937, Courvoisier Galleries gave Disney animation art the magic touch it needed to be considered fine art. It was no longer seen as pictures for a child's room. With the help of the Courvoisiers and their marketing know-how, Disney art had climbed the fine art ladder to become welcome additions to museums, galleries, and public and private collections worldwide.

What made the artwork Courvoisier sold so unique was the style and manner in which the Disney Studios artists prepared it. The special backgrounds drawn and painted and the unique and interesting materials employed in its preparation showed the character images off to their best advantage. At that time, too, the Art Deco style was new and fresh and its influence can be seen in almost every piece of artwork prepared at Disney for sale through Courvoisier Galleries.



The Original Gallery
Take a visit to the original Courvoisier Gallery of San Francisco.
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The Sources of Courvoisier – Now and Then

Most, if not all, of the specialty papers the Disney artists used to prepare Courvoisier backgrounds were purchased from the well-established specialty paper supplier McManis & Morgan in Los Angeles...

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How it Was Done

Helen and her crew took great care with the art they prepared. "Walt wanted every piece to be reminiscent of the film," she recalled. "I would look at the film and decide how each set-up was to be made, and I’d make the first one. Then everyone would follow my pattern." To meet the challenge, the crew developed their own original and inventive methodologies, and the results were indeed works of art...

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Courvoisier Studio Replicas - The Tradition Continues

The guardian of all things Courvoisier since 1997, S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conservation Center is the proud home of Courvoisier Galleries©. The S/R Labs team has worked tirelessly to preserve and maintain not only the artistic integrity, but all of the original techniques and materials used in the creation of Disney artwork that was sold by Courvoisier 70 years ago.

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Animation Art Pioneer

Guthrie Courvoisier was a leading San Francisco fine art dealer in 1937, the year Walt Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although the Disney brothers were masters of character merchandising by that time, it was Courvoisier who convinced them to market the art used to make their animated films...

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Characteristics to Look For

The set-ups made at the Disney studio were usually identified by two small labels on the rear of the art, a large label with the name of the film either printed or handwritten, a construction paper backing, and the name of the film or character handwritten just below the mat opening...

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The Beginning of a New Animation Art Era

When animation art once again began its stellar climb to fame in 1984, S/R Laboratories Animation Art Conservation Center director Ron Stark was already well familiar with the Courvoisier name. He was quick to recognize that for nearly 40 years the name of the once-famous art distributor had lain quietly in history’s memory and might be reactivated...

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