Lot 178: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). THEATRE DE LA RENAISSANCE / SARAH BERNHARDT / PHÈDRE. 1897. 12x4 inches, 30x10 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.

Swann Auction Galleries

January 26, 2017
New York, NY, US

More About this Item


Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) THEATRE DE LA RENAISSANCE / SARAH BERNHARDT / PHÈDRE. 1897.
12x4 1/8 inches, 30 1/2x10 1/2 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.
Condition A-: minor foxing and creases in image. Paper. Matted and framed.
Phèdre was Sarah Bernhardt''s favorite role; she played it as early as 1874, then in 1879 and in 1893 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance. Toulouse-Lautrec designed a lithograph of the actress on stage in this role at this time. Mucha did not start working with her for another two years. Bernhardt kept all the costumes and sets from this play available, so when she needed to perform it quickly for a charity event, she was able to stage the production easily. This came in handy on March 11, 1897, in response to the Greek-Turkish War largely fought over the Island of Crete. Raising money for the "Christian victims of Crete," she staged a one-night performance of this production. She didn''t have time to commission Mucha to design a full poster for the event; instead he produced this monochrome program, replete with his trademark halo, mosaics, flowing gown and hair. rare. We have not found another copy for sale at auction. Although reproduced in Leon Maillard''s Menus & Programmes Illustrés, we have been unable to locate any other copy of this actual program for the performance. Menus et Programmes Illustres p. 368.
Request more information
Accepted forms of payment: Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Shipping: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.
Buyer's Premium
$0 - 100,000: 30.0%
$100,001 - 1,000,000: 25.0%
$1,000,001+: 17.0%
From: To: Increment:
$0 $149 $10
$150 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $5,999 $200
$6,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000 $499,999 $20,000
$500,000+ $50,000
Payment Information: Payment must be made by cash, check, certified check or money order. Purchases paid using personal checks may be held until payment has cleared. Swann does not accept credit cards or PayPal for purchases. Non-US purchasers must pay using a US-dollar denominated check drawn on a US bank, or by international money order or bank transfer.
Shipping Information: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.
Buyer's Premium: Buyer's Premium is 25% of the hammer price up to and including $100,000; 20% of the portion of the hammer price above $100,000 up to and including $1,000,000; and 12% of the portion of the hammer price above $1,000,000.
Taxes on your purchase: SALES TAX. All items purchased are subject to payment of the New York City and State sales tax of 8.875% on the total purchase price (final bid plus the Buyer's Premium as defined in paragraph 7 of the Conditions of Sale) unless the purchaser presents proof of exemption therefrom. An exempt purchaser must provide a properly completed New York State Resale Certificate (Form ST-120) evidencing possession of a valid New York State Resale or, for non-New York State businesses, the equivalent resale authorization from another locale. Purchases will not be released unless all sales tax requirements are satisfied. Purchases shipped outside of New York State are not subject to sales tax.
Condition Statement: Available upon request.
View full terms and conditions