It is the actual pastel and ink on art paper -- an original piece of artwork, not a print -- AND the original frame that was used as a prop on the set of the original I LOVE LUCY show starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
It was purchased by my mother at a Studio City church bazaar in 1961. This church has a history of celebrity parishioners, from people like Stacy Keach to Denver Pyle to Tom Hanks more recently. Also, many studio employees and art directors made the church's annual plays stand out over the years.
This is the onset prop artwork of a male dancer that hung over Ricky Ricardo's bed on the original I LOVE LUCY set. As far as mom recalls, t was never a mate to this piece -- as in the original LUCY episodes, Lucy Ricardo had a female counterpart to this over her twin bed.
The piece itself is a pastel and ink depiction of the male dancer on thick, old fashioned art paper. When I first asked, mom believed that she had created this dancer herself in a long forgotten art class, and indeed, some of the white pastel on the legs appears to have been worked over with fingertips, probably by her.
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