Budd Co. Car Body Artwork
I purchased them at an auction, here in Detroit, about 20 years ago. They were labeled as new body designs for 1933 in the catalog. That's all it said. And I believe that these are original artwork from a design stylist for the Budd company. The Budd company manufactures bodies and body panels for the automotive industry.
They were really at the forefront of modern design in the 1920s and ‘30s. And it's fascinating that they employed this very interesting artist. Russian immigrant Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. You can see his signature on most of these drawings. He's a well-known industrial designer. He did furniture but he's most well-known for a very, very famous and important car. The 1929 cord l-29. It was a car that Sakhnoffsky actually designed for himself. It's made record prices in the auto industry. Just four years later, Budd company employed him to do these designs on speculation for the auto industry. And they are these beautiful, modern, sleek, streamlined, kind of jazz-aged designs. The medium is gouache, which is an opaque, water-based medium. There is some colored pencil. And then some of these hard lines are pen and ink as well. He employed a lot of different media to get his point across. How many drawings do you have in the portfolio?
There are 12. A number of cars, and then some component or partial vehicle designs.
Would you mind telling me what you paid for them?
In the motor city market here in Detroit I would think each one individually would sell for about $250. So,
in total, about $4,000 to $5,000 for the portfolio.
Hmm. Beautiful work.
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