Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Old Hag and Evil Queen Production Cel and Courvoisier Background Setup (Walt Disney, 1937)0

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Evil Queen/Old Hag Courvoisier Setup (Walt Disney, 1937). "The Heart of a pig... blundering fool. I'll go myself to the dwarfs' cottage, in a disguise so complete, no one will ever suspect." The Evil Queen then takes her disguise potion book from her shelf and mixes a potion of mummy dust, black of the night, an old hag's cackle, and the scream of freight to transform herself into the Old Hag in order to plot and kill Snow White. This elaborate original hand-inked and hand-painted production cel is a 2-cel Courvoisier setup. Level one is the Evil Queen making her disguise potion, and level two is the Old Hag making the poison apple potion. This is one of the single most elaborate Courvoisier Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs setups brought to market! Most people separated these two cels and made two pieces out of them. This is a rare one that has been left intact with BOTH images and cels. Large images of 6" and 9". Magnificent piece in a frame of 22.5" x 23". Mat opening is 10" x 11". Small Courvoisier COA is on back of frame. Frame is sold as-is. The cels have minor paint separation. Overall artwork is in Very Good condition. Certificate of Authenticity from The Cricket Gallery


Snow White is a princess living with her stepmother, a vain Queen. Worrying the young girl will be more beautiful than her, the Queen forces Snow White to work as a scullery maid and asks her Magic Mirror daily "who is the fairest one of all." For years the mirror always answers that the Queen is, pleasing her.

One day, the Magic Mirror informs the Queen that Snow White is now "the fairest." On that same day, Snow White meets and falls in love with a prince who overhears her singing. The jealous Queen orders her Huntsman to take Snow White into the forest, kill her, and bring back her heart in a jeweled box. However, the Huntsman cannot bring himself to kill Snow White. He begs for her forgiveness and reveals the Queen wants her dead. He then urges her to flee into the woods and never return.

Lost and frightened, the princess is befriended by woodland creatures who lead her to a cottage deep in the woods. Finding seven small chairs in the cottage's dining room, Snow White assumes the cottage is the untidy home of seven orphaned children. With the animals' help, she proceeds to clean the place and cook a meal.

The cottage belongs to seven adult dwarfs named Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, who work in a nearby mine. Returning home, they are alarmed to find their cottage clean, and suspect that an intruder has invaded their home. The dwarfs find Snow White upstairs, asleep across three of their beds. Snow White awakes to find the dwarfs at her bedside and introduces herself, and all of the dwarfs eventually welcome her into their home after she offers to clean and cook for them. Snow White keeps house for the dwarfs while they mine for jewels during the day, and at night they all sing, play music, and dance.

Meanwhile, the mirror again answers that Snow White is the fairest in the land. The Queen creates a poisoned apple that will put whoever eats it into the "Sleeping Death". She learns the curse can be broken by "love's first kiss," but is certain Snow White will be buried alive before this can happen. Using a potion to disguise herself as an old hag, the Queen goes to the cottage while the dwarfs are away. The animals attack her, but Snow White defended her. Unable to warn Snow White, the animals rush off to find the dwarfs. Claiming the apple is a magical, wish-granting one, The Queen fools Snow White into biting into it. As Snow White falls asleep, the Queen proclaims that she is now the fairest of the land.

The dwarfs return with the animals as the Queen leaves the cottage, and give chase, trapping her on a cliff. She tries to roll a boulder onto them, but lightning strikes the cliff before she can do so, causing her to fall to her death.

In their cottage, the dwarfs find Snow White being kept in a deathlike slumber by the poison. Unwilling to bury her out of sight in the ground, they instead place her in a glass coffin trimmed with gold in a clearing in the forest. Together with the woodland creatures, they keep watch over her.

A year later, the prince learns of her eternal sleep and visits her coffin. Saddened by her apparent death, he kisses her, which breaks the spell and awakens her. The dwarfs and animals all rejoice as the Prince takes Snow White to his castle.


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