Original Painted Glass Title Art from Classic American Television Shows

Pacific Title & Art Studio was founded in Hollywood in 1919 by Warner Bros. animation artist, Leon Schlesinger, primarily to produce title cards for silent films. When silent movies gave way to talkies, Schlesinger’s company adapted along with the industry, and would remain the leading title art company in Hollywood for over 50 years. For many decades, title art was hand-painted on glass panels, and then superimposed or otherwise blended over still frames or moving images for credit sequences. The effect of the glass over the still or moving image created a depth and three-dimensionality that could not be achieved when the text was printed directly on the image. The affect was dramatic and impressive, worthy of the drama of the coming film or television program. 

The panels would be stored until filming was complete (in case errors were found or changes were made), but upon completion of filming, the glass would be washed clean and then reused. As a result of this recycling, (and because they are fragile), very few remaining glass title panels are known to exist. All are considered rare and one-of-a-kind. Of the tens-of-thousands that would have been painted over the decades, only a few dozen originals are known to remain. 

 Original Painted Glass Title Art for The Lone Ranger.  Hand painted, production-used, original glass television title art for “The Lone Ranger.” The only known surviving title artwork from the legendary television series. Hand painted glass pane, framed in front of a black and white screen image of Clayton Moore. This framed piece is in turn itself framed behind glass, creating a protective exterior and a great visual display. Overall framed size: 21 ¾” x 28 ¼". A one of a kind artifact of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy. Provenance: From Pacific Title Company, Hollywood, CA to current owner.   Lot 215, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM. Estimate $30,000-40,000.

Original Painted Glass Title Art for The Lone Ranger. 
Hand painted, production-used, original glass television title art for “The Lone Ranger.” The only known surviving title artwork from the legendary television series. Hand painted glass pane, framed in front of a black and white screen image of Clayton Moore. This framed piece is in turn itself framed behind glass, creating a protective exterior and a great visual display. Overall framed size: 21 ¾” x 28 ¼". A one of a kind artifact of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy.
Provenance: From Pacific Title Company, Hollywood, CA to current owner.
Lot 215, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.
Estimate $30,000-40,000.

 Original Painted Glass Title Art for Have Gun - Will Travel Lot of 2 framed original, production-used, glass television title art plates for “Have Gun - Will Travel.” Consisting of two hand-painted panels, which were overlaid during the television main title sequence: “Have Gun -” and then fading in, “Will Travel.” A single panel with all four words was never used. Framed in front of a screen image of Paladin’s iconic gun belt and holster, just as it would have appeared in the opening credits. The framed panels are then framed again, creating an interesting display and a protective outer glass layer. Both are framed to 21 ½” x 28” overall. Extremely rare and beautifully preserved. Provenance: From Pacific Title Company, Hollywood, CA to current owner.   Lot 215, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM. Estimate $30,000-40,000.

Original Painted Glass Title Art for Have Gun - Will Travel
Lot of 2 framed original, production-used, glass television title art plates for “Have Gun - Will Travel.” Consisting of two hand-painted panels, which were overlaid during the television main title sequence: “Have Gun -” and then fading in, “Will Travel.” A single panel with all four words was never used. Framed in front of a screen image of Paladin’s iconic gun belt and holster, just as it would have appeared in the opening credits. The framed panels are then framed again, creating an interesting display and a protective outer glass layer. Both are framed to 21 ½” x 28” overall. Extremely rare and beautifully preserved.
Provenance: From Pacific Title Company, Hollywood, CA to current owner.
Lot 215, Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 23rd, 2018, Santa Fe, NM.
Estimate $30,000-40,000.