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    Kem Weber Designed Disney Animation Desk and Eric Larson Pencil Tray (Walt Disney, 1939-40). After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney set his sights on a new studio location in Burbank California where he could expand his operations. He looked to Kem Weber, along with his brother Roy, to design this studio in the popular Art Deco style of the day. Kem Weber established an independent design studio in Hollywood where he also designed modern sets for films and private residences. His work in 1928 at the "International Exposition of Art in Industry" show held in New York by Macy's established his reputation and his career took off. He was the main architect of Walt Disney Studios in 1940, located at that time at 2400 Alameda Street in Burbank, California and later re-zoned to the studio's current address of 500 South Buena Vista in Burbank. This is a rare original 1940 Walt Disney Studio Kem Weber designed animation desk. It has the original studio sticker underneath with the original Alameda Street address and metal ID #801. This desk was one used in the original studio animation building when it opened in 1940. The desk is 72" x 31" x 50.5". It has the original bulletin board for model sheets and mirrors and the rare metal stripping that was installed on the lower shelf as a place for an animator to place their cigarettes while flipping their animation. The desk has an original Disney Disc with Disney pegs on one side and retooled acme pegs on the other side. This magnificent piece of furniture and Disney Studio history piece also has an original, and extremely rare, wooden pencil tray in the drawer that was originally owned and used by Disney Legend Mr. Eric Larson (1905-1988). Mr. Larson was one of Walt's Nine Old Men as well as a Disney Legend Inductee in 1989. Mr. Larson was chosen to teach the new breed of young Disney animators who were coming into the studio in the 1970s and '80s. This team would go on to lead the "Disney Renaissance of Animated Films" to unparalleled success. Eric Larson was a mentor to many of these talented young men and women at the the beginning of this resurgence of talent at Disney. It is fitting that this monumentally important Kem Weber Desk is graced with such an important piece of history. The desk is currently decorated as it would look today if in use at the studio. This desk is from the private collection of noted former longtime Disney Studio Supervising Animator, Mr. David Pruiksma (animator of Flounder, Mrs Potts and Chip, Flit, The Sultan, Victor and Hugo, and many more), who used the desk in his home studio for over 25 years to work on all his characters as well as animated commercials and other projects. Third party shipping will be required. It is being sold as is with no implied warranty. It will be shipped from Beverly Hills California. Please Note: only the desk and pencil tray and bulletin board are in this lot, not all the fun decorations. Minor wear and tear from over 75 years of use. Good condition. A very unique piece of Disney history! .

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