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Description: 1940 PRAGUE. Life Insurance Policy of 50.000 Kc. brown. No 512958. Designed by Alphonse MUCHA (1860-1939). Mucha was born in the Moravia region of today's Czech Republic, and studied in Munich, Vienna and finally in Paris. His career developed from 1894, when he was commissioned to design a poster for a new play starring Sarah Bernhardt. He became a leader of the sinuous, flowery style, known as Art Nouveau or Jugendstil, using fine and delicate colours. His range included calendars, menus, prospectuses, insurance policies (as here), share-certificates (such as the much-loved Paris-France), postage stamps, banknotes, postcards, posters, book and magazine covers and illustrations, lithographs and much else. His greatest days were in Paris, but he left the city in 1903, working in the U.S.A. and then returning to Bohemia in 1910. This policy was designed in 1907. His influence was immense and his style knew a strong revival in the 1960s.Unusually, the lot also includes 3 further papers re. the policy and the original folder in which everything was kept together.

Condition Report: VF-EF

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