#FFFind: Pyewacket cat painting in Bell Book and Candle

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Our latest #FFFind (Film and Furniture Find) is on behalf of a reader who asked if we could trace the painting of the cat that hangs on the wall in Gillian Holroyd’s apartment in the 1958 movie Bell Book and Candle starring Kim Novak, James Stewart and Jack Lemmon.

The film set design in this romantic comedy (directed by Richard Quine based on the hit Broadway play by John Van Druten) is brimming with 1950s style and the cat painting is seen when Shep (Jimmy Stewart) makes a phone call in Gillian’s (Kim Novak) apartment.

The cat painting can be seen behind James Stewert as he makes a call in Gillian's (Kim Novak) apartment

The cat painting can be seen behind Shep (James Stewart) as he makes a call in the office area of Gillian’s (Kim Novak) apartment. The light is very stylish too.

Pyewacket cat painting by John Lyes as seen in Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Pyewacket cat painting by John Lyes as seen in Bell Book and Candle (1958). Available from Fine Art America >

We’re not entirely sure who painted the original Pyewacket (let us know if you have any information to share in the comments box below) but Fine Art America artist John Lyes has faithfully recreated this artwork and is available as a canvas or print. Buy here >

You can also buy reproductions of the original film poster at Art.com >

Bell Book and Candle poster. Print available from Art.com

Bell Book and Candle poster. Print available from Art.com

Bell Book and Candle poster. Print available from Art.com

Bell Book and Candle poster. Print available from Art.com

Bell Book and Candle centers around a beautiful witch Gillian who owns a small boutique selling African masks. The handsome book publisher Shep (who she takes a shine to) lives upstairs. Let’s take a look at some of that 1950s style with some African influence thrown in here and there.

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Paula Benson

Film and Furniture founder / Co-Creative Director at Form. Passionate about interiors, design, art, film, music and mind over matter.

Posted in: Feature on July 27, 2017
Film Title: Bell Book and Candle
Film Year: 1958
Director: Richard Quine
Genre: Comedy Romance
Set Designer: Louis Diage
Object Type: painting art lamp light
Object Sub-type: cat painting
Object Colour: blue red white
Object Shop: Fine Art Amercia Art.com
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