BEMELMANS,LUDWIG. THE GOLDEN BASKET: ORIGINAL ART. Offered here is a wonderful original watercolor by Bemelmans that appears in reduced format on page 81 of the book. Published by Viking in 1936 the story is about the adventures of 2 little girls and their father who move into the Golden Basket Hotel in Bruges, Belgium. The image measures 11" wide by 8" high, done on artist board and is in very good condition. The background to the image is this: On an outing with the hotel owner and his son, the boat that the family was on capsized. They managed to crawl into a museum where their wet clothes were taken. The two little girls settled into a coach but the owner's son was in a sleigh on display. The picture shows two ladies visiting the military exhibit in the museum where the sleigh was displayed. They were shocked at the mysterious noises coming from the sleigh, convinced that a dead person was in there. The colors are rich and the image quite detailed. The Golden Basket is a Newbery Honor title and is notable also for having the first appearance of Madeline, who is pictured and featured on 6 pages. Bemelmans' original art from books is not easily found. This piece comes from the collection of a woman well known in the 40's and 50's as a graphic designer, art director and illustrator who was personal friends of Bemelmans. Sold with a copy of the book.