Posted by: Alma Gilbert | April 24, 2012

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Alma Gilbert-Smith is considered this country’s premiere authority and consultant on the works of American artist Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). She also consults, identifies, authenticates originals, and coordinates museum and gallery exhibits of Parrish artworks. Go to the “Art for Sale” page on the menu bar above for more information.


With a Champagne toast and a deep bow to more than a century of tradition, the famous Maxfield Parrish painting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” returned to the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Pied-Piper-reinstalledAn installation crew hangs the Pied Piper of Hamelin mural in its original location behind the bar at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. The historic work by Maxfield Parrish was removed in April with plans to auction it off, but hotel management quickly reversed its decision after a huge public uproar. Photo above by Paul Chinn, The San Francisco Chronicle

The painting, which is 16 feet long, 6 feet tall and weighs more than 250 pounds, was reinstalled over the bar at the hotel’s Pied Piper Bar and Grill, where it had hung for years. It was a magnificent comeback for the Pied Piper. Only five months ago, the Palace Hotel’s ownership had removed the painting and planned to sell it at auction. They said the Pied Piper was too valuable and too important a cultural image to be displayed in public – particularly in a bar, no matter how fancy.

But the announcement produced a huge public outcry and Honolulu’s Kyo-Ya Hotels and Resorts changed its mind. Instead, the Pied Piper, valued at between $3 million and $5 million, or perhaps more, was cleaned and refurbished and returned to its place of honor.

This reminds me of the time I spent 12 years ago with the City of Philadelphia, supporting their efforts to prevent the removal and sale of another famous Maxfield Parrish work: the The Dream Garden mosaic located in the lobby of the former Curtis Publishing building. That collaboration between Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maxfield Parrish was successfully designated by the City of Philadelphia as “Heritage Property”, following the suggestions which I made originally to the Pew Charitable Trust. I am proud of the role which my research and testimony before the Philadelphia Historical Commission played in preserving for them the display of The Dream Garden mural.

Alma Gilbert’s book publishing site has been extraordinarily active lately.

This is the cover of Alma Gilbert’s new book, “MAXFIELD PARRISH: THE SECRET LETTERS” which was released for publication early in 2013.


This fascinating story is based on the discovery of a cache of 323 previously unknown hand-written love letters by Maxfield Parish to a  young lady, who has never before been mentioned in the archives of the artist’s papers. Christie’s auction house sold this famous collection for the owners in October 2013  for over a quarter of a million dollars.  Much of the information in their catalog was derived from Alma Gilbert’s book on the letters.

Please go to the “Publications” section from the menu bar above for further description and ordering information on this and other Alma Gilbert books.



Alma Gilbert is now (mostly)  retired and lives in Southern California, enjoying lovely coastal vistas such as the one above. She actively continues writing, authenticating and consulting in all aspects of the career and paintings of Maxfield Parrish. She also handles private sales of major Parrish originals for her clients.

Her contact information remains the e-mail address:



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