RARE LARGE 1937 ETHEL CHUN LUM Hawaii Watercolor Painting "Downtown Honolulu" - Direct Estate Find!
Purchased directly from the estate of important and famous Hawaii artist, Ethel Chun Lum. She created the earliest known "Aloha Shirt" in 1936, of which her family owns the patent. Her original work is currently on display at the Smithsonian.
This incredible watercolor painting depicts a gorgeous early view of Honolulu, complete with palms and 1930's vehicles. The painting is in such great condition in archival matting that's ready to be framed!
Her happened to sign and dated the matting this piece, thus uponrematting - the original signature had been saved and placed on the reverse side.All these pieces came directly from her estate and we guarantee this item to be authentic. Included with this sale will be a Certificate of Authenticity.
Be sure to view the other painting by Ethel Chun of Honolulu Harbor!
- About Ethel Chun Lum (Smithsonian Website):"The exhibitionCreating Hawai‘iopened on August 21, 2009, and features aloha shirts. The precise origins of the aloha shirts are unclear, but Ellery Chun, owner of King-Smith Clothiers and Dry Goods, is believed to be the originator. Using leftover kimono fabric, Chun and his seamstress sister, Ethel Chun Lum, manufactured the first of the vibrantly-colored, floral, short-sleeved shirts. In 1936, Ellery Chun patented the name “aloha shirt.” His sister’s designs influenced and promoted the “Hawaiian” look. Ethel Chun donated the original aloha shirt designs, sketches, sample fabric, and printing blocks to the Smithsonian in 1998."
- Painting 21 1/2" x 14 1/4" inches
- Matting 29" x 22 1/4" inches
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