Important King Kamehameha Sculpture Signed Ethel Chun 1938 - Hawaii Estate Find For Sale
IMPORTANT King Kamehameha Sculpture signed Ethel Chun 1938 - Hawaii 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 magnificent King Kamehameha bust sculpture was done in 1938 and is signed by her on the inside.
This sculpture comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Mauna Kea Galleries, signed by an ISA Certified Appraiser.
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."
7 3/4" x 7 1/2" x 4 1/2" inches
4 pounds, 3 ounces.
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