WALTER COHICK PLUNKETT (Listed California, New York 1902-1982). Blue Bird Bouquet, 1964, 30" x 34" oil on masonite (framed size: 35" x 39") signed/dated lower right: Plunkett/64. WALTER PLUNKETT was a famous costume designer and his auction records go to $18,750 for his costume designs. He is most famous for his work on "Gone with the Wind". This is an oil painting of a very happy scene by the artist with a colorful bouquet and blue bird sitting in a windsill with columns and a landscape in the background and a gallery had it priced at $4200 per their label on the back. They had it measured at 30" x 36". I get 34" x 30". Ships with frame for $85.00. If you don't want the frame we can discard it and ship the painting only for $45.00. Condition: Frame nicks and frame wear; a little slight haze at the very top of the painting that blends in.
Biography from Askart: Walter Plunkett (June 5, 1902 in Oakland, California – March 8, 1982) was a prolific costume designer who worked on more than 150 projects throughout his career in the Hollywood film industry.
Born in Oakland, California, Plunkett studied law at the University of California, where he was a member of the California-Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, but showed greater interest in the school's theatrical group. He moved to New York City in 1923 and began work as a stage actor as well as a costume and set designer. After some time in Greenwich Village, he moved back to California, this time to Hollywood, and found work as a movie extra. (He can be seen dancing with Irene, another future top designer, in Erich von Stroheim's 1925 film The Merry Widow.) He soon made a career change to costume and wardrobe.
Plunkett's first credited work as a costume designer was the 1927 film Hard-Boiled Haggerty. At RKO, he developed a huge costume and wardrobe department that became a major studio asset. Given free rein, he set about creating costumes that rivaled the work of his contemporaries, such as Travis Banton and Adrian.
Plunkett's best-known work is featured in two films, Gone with the Wind and Singin' in the Rain, in which he lampooned his initial style of the Roaring Twenties.
In 1951, Plunkett shared an Oscar with Orry-Kelly and Irene for An American in Paris. Plunkett retired in 1966, after having worked in films, on Broadway, and for the Metropolitan Opera.
He died at age 79 in Santa Monica, California.
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