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French Art Nouveau LIthograph, "Reverie" ("Dream"), by Alphonse Mucha.

A French Art Nouveau lithograph, titled "Reverie" ("Dream"), by Alphonse Mucha. This is one of Mucha's most frequently printed designs. "La Plume" sold this edition without the lettering. However, the original use of the design was as an in-house poster for the printer Champenois, used to usher in the new year of 1898. The design shows a woman leafing through what may be a sample book of printer's designs. The circular halo decorated with floral motifs behind her is one of the most elaborate ones Mucha ever used, as well as one of the largest in terms of its relation to the size of the picture. Further distinguishing this example is the presence of Mucha's original wax seal on the ribbon used to wrap the lithograph as a gift given by the artist. In our 50 years specializing in his artwork, this is the first time we have seen Mucha's wax seal. Pictured in: Alphonse Mucha, The Complete Posters and Panels, by Jack Rennert and Alain Weill, Abage Publishers, Chicago, p. 163, figure 39, variant 2.

French Art Nouveau LIthograph, 'Reverie' ('Dream'), by Alphonse Mucha.