A French Art Nouveau lithograph entitled "The Seasons" by Alphonse Mucha. One of Mucha's most enduring sets, the popularity of his lively depictions made this one of the most popular decorative panel sets. The seasons are depicted out of order, from left to right: summer as a brunette lazing by a pond, spring as a blond fashioning a lute from her long hair, autumn a blazing redhead sampling the seasons harvest, and winter a brunette draped in a green clock in a snowy landscape. This set was offered for sale by print dealer A. Arnould as a supplement to his 1896 "in ten colors" catalogue for 40 francs. Circa 1896. Pictured in Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, pg. 90-99
|Dimensions: 18" high x 25" wide|
|Item #: ML-12069|
|Price: $17,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A set of four "Les fleurs" French Art Nouveau lithographs by Alphonse Mucha, printed by F. Champenois, Paris. Each lithograph depicts a different flower; carnation, lily, rose & iris. These four separate lithographs are an original series (not one of the later variants).Bibliography: Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984, pp. 194-201.
|Dimensions: 42-1/8'' high x 18-1/4'' wide|
|Item #: ML-18253|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau "Salons des Cent XXeme Exposition" lithograph by Alphonse Mucha. Salon des Cent was the exhibition hall associated with La Plume magazine. This poster was Mucha's introductory gift to La Plume in appreciation for being invited to join the magazine's roster of artists. La Plume eventually sold all of Mucha's posters through their art department and honored him with a one-man show the following year. The languorous woman with long, entwined, curling tresses represents feminine inspiration and ultimately became a symbol for the Art Nouveau movement. The quill and paintbrush she holds in her hand is a direct reference to La Plume-- both the exhibition hall and the magazine.A similar lithograph is described and pictured in: Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984, pp. 72-75.
|Signed: Mucha and numbered (lower right)|
|Dimensions: 24 1/4'' high x 16 3/4'' wide|
|Item #: ML-16859|
|Price: $42,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French lithograph by Alphonse Mucha advertising La Trappistine. La Trappistine was a liqueur made in Paris, allegedly from a recipe handed down by Trappist monks. Here Mucha depicts a slender young lady in a gracefully draped pose, her head encircled by a halo . The embellishment with the Maltese cross serves to remind us of the religious order involved in the preparation of the beverage. Her hair hangs down in a single thick strand, which leads our eye to the tabouret in the foreground, holding the bottle. A similar lithograph is pictured and discussed in: Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984, pp. 134-135.
|Dimensions: 90'' high x 38'' wide|
|Item #: ML-17423|
|Price: $47,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A pair of French 'Byzantine Heads" lithographs by Alphonse Mucha. The mastery evident in creating two archetypes of the female form against a decorative background confirms Mucha's artistic maturity. Both women, portrayed in profile, have their heads decorated with beautiful jewelry, the richness and oriental nature of which suggested the name Byzantine Heads for the series. The subtle differences in details between the paintings are worth noticing. This is the first appearance of the perfect form of Mucha's often-used motif, a circle framing each head interrupted by a strand of hair. With this device, it is as if Mucha's unreachable beauties have broken the magic border between themselves and their admirers and suggest the possibility that they might, perhaps, meet.? (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 192). In this version, Mucha added corners filigreed with curves to the original circular designs in order to create the standard rectangular shape of decorative panels. This is the rarest of all variants.Pictured in "Alphonse Mucha, The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill," page 167, cat. 40, variant 1.
|Dimensions: 20-1/2'' high x 14¼'' wide each|
|Item #: ML-17602|
|Price: $47,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau lithograph by Alphonse Mucha titled Lorenzaccio, from Maitre de L'Affiche. The poster was designed by Mucha for the play "Lorenzaccio", written by Alfred de Musset, about the Medici family in 16th century Florence, in which Sarah Bernhardt played the title role. The poster shows Lorenzaccio considering how to kill Alessandro de' Medici, his cousin, who is besieging the city. The dragon above represents the city of Florence (its emblem appears by the dragon's mouth). The ornate, jeweled sword in the bottom panel, above the theater's name, represents a possible solution to Lorenzaccio's dliemma. Circa 1896.Pictured in Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, G.K. Hall & Co., Publishers, Boston, pages 107-109, cat. 20.
|Dimensions: 16'' high x 11-1/2'' wide|
|Item #: ML-17685|
|Price: $3,750 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French bas-relief glass pâte-de-verre plaque by Henri Cros, depicting a mythical dragon or sea creature in hues of pink, against a crystal-like ground. This is an experimental plaque by the originator of the revival of the ancient pâte-de-verre process.
|Dimensions: 8'' high x 4'' wide x 1/8'' deep|
|Item #: P-1345|
|Price: $1,950 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau wheel-carved cameo footed glass vase by Daum. Deep purple flowers are featured against a plum and blue martelé background.Vases with similar decoration are pictured in: "Daum Frères: Maîtres Verriers", 1892-1935, by Katharina Büttiker-Weber, Zurich: Galerie Katharina Büttiker, 1986, cat. nos. 42-44.
|Signed: Daum Nancy," with Croix de Lorraine|
|Dimensions: 8'' high x 4 ¾'' wide|
|Item #: G-14379|
|Price: $14,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|