1990 Wayne Thiebaud Pen & Ink Drawing

Value (2012) | $40,000 Insurance

I brought a Wayne Thiebaud drawing, which was a wedding present to me and my husband. And it's from Wayne and his family. My ex-father-in-law was very good friends with Wayne.

He's a California artist who's often associated with the Pop Art movement, whose better-known artists are New York artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Indiana, Dine. And he's not exactly a Pop artist even though he's often grouped with them. He was born in 1920 in Arizona and grew up in California. Early on, he apprenticed and then worked as an illustrator and a cartoonist at Walt Disney Studios.


He later taught at Sacramento City College and also at University of California-Davis, and then started doing exhibitions and becoming more and more famous as an artist in his own right. And one reason why he is typically grouped with the Pop artists is because he mainly did paintings, prints and drawings of everyday objects and made these objects, in a way, larger than life into fine art. Now you can see down here the drawing, which is done in pen and ink, is dedicated to you on May 5, 1990. This is all in pencil by the artist. And then with a nice wedding wish here from Thiebaud and his family. And dated, again, 1990. So you have the artist's signature down here as well. Now, within this picture are lots of little pictures. And that is wonderful because they are all very, very evocative of Thiebaud's style. If you look at any Thiebaud book, you're going to find images of larger-than-life pastries, candies, lollipops, this sort of thing, in very, very bright colors. And then down here is a beautiful young woman.

That's a picture of me.

That's what I thought it was, with a flower in your hair. So that's just wonderful that he did that. It has so many of his iconic motifs within it. And it dates from 1990, which is really at the high point of his career.


By this time he's a very, very well-known artist. All in all, it looks to me to be in great shape. There's one little area right here where the ink seems to have smudged. If I had to put a replacement value on this, I would say you're looking at about $30,000.

Oh, my goodness. Wow, I didn't think... I better get it insured. Wow, that's incredible.

Appraisal Details

Swann Auction Galleries
New York, NY
Update (2012)
$40,000 Insurance
Appraised value (2009)
$30,000 Insurance
San Jose, CA (August 15, 2009)
Ink , Paper
December 17, 2012: We contacted appraiser Todd Weyman for an updated appraisal in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $40,000 (Increaased)

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