Lot 245
  • 245


5,000 - 7,000 GBP
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  • Paul Flato
Designed as an envelope, with enamel wax seal, opening to reveal a rectangular golden dial, with Roman and baton hour indicators and blued steel hands, inscribed to the reverse with a facsimile in Fred Astaire's hand 'By hand, To Feathers, All the best love - Fred', mechanical movement,  dial signed Flato.


By repute gifted from Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers.

Catalogue Note

Fred Astaire's nickname for Ginger Rogers was "Feathers", coined by Astaire after she wore a blue satin gown encircled with $1500 worth of ostrich feathers for their iconic dance routine in "Top Hat". Rogers was the impetus behind the creation of the gown along with head RKO costume designer Bernard Newman. She requested a dress of pure blue, “…like the blue you find in paintings of Monet…with myriads of ostrich feathers", and didn't appear in the gown until right before the scene was to be shot. Astaire was initially not pleased, but agreed to try the dress out for rehearsals. Feathers flew everywhere, sticking to his clothes and face, not to mention covering the floor. Director Mark Sandrich and Astaire tried convincing Rogers to wear a different dress, but she was adamant threatening to walk off the picture if she couldn’t wear the gown. Sandrich and Astaire, later after watching the rushes of the dance number, admitted to the gown’s beauty and perfection in the scene - the gown stayed, and Hollywood history was made.