Lot 93: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). LA TRAPPISTINE. 1897. 80x28 inches, 203x72 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.
January 26, 2017
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) LA TRAPPISTINE. 1897.
80 1/8x28 1/2 inches, 203 1/2x72 1/2 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.
Condition A-: tape residue in upper left margin; creases in margins and text; repaired pin holes in corners. Two-sheets. Framed.
A classic Mucha maiden advertising a liqueur, allegedly based on an old Trappist recipe. "Her head encircled by a halo which in this case has circles within it to reinforce the circular motif. Their embellishment with the Maltese cross serves to remind us of the religious order involved in the preparation of the beverage. The same motif is repeated on the girl''s high collar . . . [her] hair hangs down in a single thick strand . . . to lead our eyes to the tabouret in the foreground which holds the bottle; in addition the girl''s outstretched hand also helps to make the bottle the focus of our attention" (Rennert / Weill p. 134). Rennert / Weill 30, Meisterplakate 162, Lendl p. 97, Brno 28, Mucha Grand Palais 45, Darmstadt 56, Mucha / Henderson 66, Mucha / Bridges A17, Reade 15, Triumph des Jugendstils 31, DFP-II 631, Schardt p. 147.