A French Art Nouveau "La Plume - Zodiac" lithograph by Alphonse Mucha. With Zodiac, Mucha reaches the full maturity of his style, with every one of his signature design elements in their most fluid and elaborate incarnations. The image was originally published as a calendar by F. Champenois but was quickly bought by La Plume, who began issuing it as a calendar with their own name at the top. The image was a huge success and was ultimately used for a variety of different advertising purposes.This lithograph is discussed in: Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1984, pp. 100-102 and pictured in the same volume on p. 103 (var 1).
|Dimensions: 25'' high x 18-1/4'' wide|
|Item #: ML-18112|
|Price: $37,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A pair of French Art Nouveau lithographs, "Dawn and Dusk," by Alphonse Mucha.These two panels, both representing reclining female figures, are among the few horizontal formats produced by Mucha. These two ladies represent the terminal points of the sun's daily journey. Dawn is represented by a girl removing the coverlet from her nude torso as she looks towards the rising sun. Dusk is a somnolent beauty settling down in her bed under the last rays of the day. Some of the most delicate pastel shadings are used by Mucha to differentiate one from the other. Pictured in: Alphonse Mucha, The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, G. K. Hall, 1984, page 258-259, plate 70.
|Dimensions: 21-5/8'' high x 37-1/8'' wide|
|Item #: ML-18442|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau lithograph by Alphonse Mucha. An exquisite portrait of Sarah Bernhardt in the role of "La Princess Lointaine" is used here for publicizing "LU" biscuits, with a handwritten testimonial by the actress herself: "Je ne trouve rien de meilleur qu'un petit LU; oh si, deux petits LU." (I haven't found anything better than a little LU--oh yes, two little LU). "La Princess Lointaine" was one of Sarah's great successes, a play written for her by Rostand from an old medieval tale, and shown for the first time in 1895. She played Melisande, daughter of one of the crusader kings from Tripoli who becomes famous far and wide for her beauty. When word of her charm reaches a French knight, Jofroi, he sets out on a long and exhausting journey at the end of which he dies in ecstasy after having accomplished his goal of seeing her and telling her of his love. The Lefèvre-Utile Company also used other artists to produce posters in this series which featured testimonials by prominent personalities; many were also issued as postcards.Pictured in "Alphonse Mucha: The Complete Posters and Panels" by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill", Page 308-309, Plate 86.
|Signed: Signed and dated in plate/Imp. F. Champenois - Paris; Sight:|
|Dimensions: 27-1/4'' high x 19-1/2'' wide|
|Item #: ML-18570|
|Price: $12,500 – 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 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|