Lot 490: Sarah Bernhardt / La Plume. 1896
October 30, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 19 3/8 x 27 5/8 in./49.2 x 70.2 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) "Sarah Bernhardt is portrayed as Mélissande in Edmond Rostand's drama La Princesse Lointaine ... The main character decorates her tiara (designed by Mucha) with lilies in the third act. Sarah often wore this costume in photographs and paintings. With its decorative quality and symbolism of white decorative flowers, it was suitable for the evocation of a mysterious princess and, moreover, made Sarah's face more delicate. The poster was originally produced for the banquet organized for Sarah by her friends and admirers in the Grand Hotel in Paris on December 9, 1896 ... Its success can be gauged by the fact that it was published without text for collectors in Edition d'Art and as a postcard for the department store La Belle Jardinière (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 147). This is a two-color proof with text.
Condition Report: A-/ Slight stains in lower left corner. Framed.
Dimensions: 19 3/8 x 27 5/8 in./49.2 x 70.2 cm
Artist or Maker: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939)