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A. France, “Clio,” Limited Edition, Paris, 1900

Estimated Price: $300 - $390

Description: Anatole France (1844 – 1924) – French author of satire and fantasyAlphonse Marie Mucha (1860-1939) – Czech poster artist, printmaker, illustrator, painter and significant Art Nouveau representativeParis: Calmann Levy, 1900. Limited edition of 150, of which this is one of 100 done in Japon paperIncludes seven color plates and five head-pieces by Mucha8vo (194 x 136 mm); 8vo, contemp purple polished calf, gilt green morocco spine label, by Morely Bros., with slipcaseGood condition, bright interiorEstimate: $500This edition has a beautifully illustrated interior with plates after Mucha.It is in overall good condition with scuffed and rubbed extremities, head and spine pulling away and chipping. One ex-libris on front paste-down.Anatole France (1844 – 1924) Anatole was the son of a bookseller, born in Paris in 1844. As such, he spent most of his life around books. It was no wonder he grew up to be considered an ideal Frenchman of letters, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921 and elected to join the French Academy in 1896 before that. In his satirical and fantastic works, Anatole France imbues irony and skepticism into beautiful prose.Alphonse Marie Mucha (1860-1939)The Czech artist began his artistic activity as an autodidact. He went to a school for stage decoration in Vienna and took evening classes in drawing. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1885 until 1887. In 1889, he moved to Paris and worked for some time together with Paul Gaugin in a studio. In 1894, he designed the poster for the theatre play ‘Gismonda’, which made him become one of the most popular poster designers of the Belle Époque. Commissions for important poster designs in France and in the Czech Republic followed. In 1900, he decorated the pavilion of Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Fair in Paris. The French Legion of Honor conferred on Mucha a knighthood in 1901 and an officer in 1934. In addition, he was a member of the Czech freemasonry. In 1904, he moved to the USA, where he had received lectureships in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. In 1910, he returned to the Czech Republic and created a cycle of 20 paintings of the history of the Slavic people. The Mucha-Museum in Prague is devoted to his life and work. Shipping costs excl. statutory VAT and plus 2,5% (+VAT) shipping insurance.

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Art Nouveau-Style Frosted and Etched Glass Panels

Estimated Price: $7,000 - $9,000

Description: Set of Four Art Nouveau-Style Frosted and Etched Glass Panels, after the 1899 lithographs "Les Heures du Jour (Time of Day)" by Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939), "Éveil du matin", "Éclat du jour", "Rêverie du soir", and "Repos de la nuit", each etched "Mucha", oak framed with stands, overall h. 82 1/2 in., w. 36 1/2 in

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ALPHONSE MUCHA Job Mucha

Estimated Price: €12,000 - €20,000

Description: Czech painter, poster and graphic artist, illustrator and decorator Alphonse Mucha is universally renowned for his distinct style, which was termed “The Mucha Style” at first, but became known as “Art Nouveau”. Mucha became famous for designing an advertising poster for a play featuring Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress in Paris: the actress was so satisfied with the success of this first poster that she began a six-year contract with Mucha. Mucha designed two posters for Job. The first is this masterpiece of poster art: a charming, small-format piece featuring the bust of a woman with an exquisite arabesque of luxuriant hair: an entirely decorative element that became the artist's trademark over the next few years. The borders and the poster's title are designed to look like a mosaic; against the background, Mucha ingeniously utilizes a stylized version of the company's logo as another decorative element. The poster was used for years in many variants all over the world, sometimes with the marginal text in various languages, to promote Job cigarette rolling papers. Lithograph poster printed by Champenois, linen on Japan paper, linen backed, B+ condition (good condition of the image, reduced side margins; restored abrasions to the verso, restored little creases). Dimensions in inches: 22.4 x 15.3''. El pintor, cartelista, artista gráfico, ilustrador y decorador checo Alphonse Mucha, es universalmente reconocido por su personal estilo, denominado en un principio "Estilo Mucha", pero que pasó más tarde a denominarse Art Nouveau. Mucha se hizo famoso por el diseño de un cartel que promocionaba una obra representada por Sarah Bernhardt, la actriz más famosa de Paris en su tiempo; Sarah quedó tan satisfecha con el éxito del este primer cartel que contrató al artista por seis años. Para Job, Mucha diseñó dos carteles: el primero es esta obra maestra del cartelismo: una encantadora pieza en pequeño formato que muestra el busto de una mujer con un exquisito arabesco de exuberante cabellera, un elemento completamente decorativo que se convirtió en la marca registrada del artista durante algunos años; los bordes y el título están diseñados para parecer un mosaico y sobre el fondo, Mucha utiliza ingeniosamente una estilizada versión del logotipo de la compañía como elemento decorativo. El cartel fue utilizado durante años, con algunas variantes o con el texto en diferentes lenguas, para promocionar el papel de fumar Job. Impreso en litografía por Champenois. Laminado en papel japón, conservación B+ (imagen en buen estado, márgenes laterales disminuidos, pequeña falta de papel restaurada en la imagen, pequeños pliegues restaurados).

Condition Report: B+

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ATTRIBUTED TO ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). [SKETCH OF BOY.] Pencil drawing on paper. 10x7 inches, 27x19 cm.

Estimated Price: $400 - $600

Description: ATTRIBUTED TO ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [SKETCH OF BOY.] Pencil drawing on paper. 10 3/4x7 1/2 inches, 27 1/4x19 cm. Condition B+: minor losses and abrasions at edges; staining in margins. Drawn on thick paper. Matted and framed.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). [L'ESTAMPE MODERNE / SALOME.] 1897. 15x12 inches, 40x30 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris.]

Estimated Price: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [L'ESTAMPE MODERNE / SALOME.] 1897. 15 3/4x12 inches, 40x30 1/2 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris.] Condition A-: minor repaired tears at edges; light time-staining in margins. Matted and framed. One of two plates Mucha designed for this distinguished series, depicting heroines of antiquity. Salome is a sensuous image in which the dancer is shown wearing an ornate belt and diaphanous attire. She is not depicted carrying the head of John the Baptist, but rather in the throes of the dance that gave Herod such great pleasure.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). SALON DES CENT. Maîtres de L'Affiche pl. 94. 1897. 15x11 inches, 38x28 cm. Chaix, Paris.

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) SALON DES CENT. Maîtres de L'Affiche pl. 94. 1897. 15 1/4x11 inches, 38 3/4x28 cm. Chaix, Paris. Condition B+: minor abrasions and time-staining in margins; hinged to mat on verso. Paper. Matted and framed.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). GISMONDA. Maîtres de lAffiche pl. 27. 1896. 15x11 inches, 40x29 cm. Chaix, Paris.

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) GISMONDA. Maîtres de lAffiche pl. 27. 1896. 15 3/4x11 1/2 inches, 40x29 1/2 cm. Chaix, Paris. Condition B+: losses and minor tears at edges. Paper.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939).. BISCUITS LEFÈVRE - UTILE. 1897. 24x17 inches, 61x43 cm. F. Champenois. Paris.

Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). BISCUITS LEFÈVRE - UTILE. 1897. 24x17 1/4 inches, 61x43 3/4 cm. F. Champenois. Paris. Condition B+: loss in upper right corner; minor tear in upper image; minor tears and creases at edges; light time-staining in margins; tape on verso in corners. Paper. Matted and framed. Rennert / Weill 22, DFP-II 632, Gold 59.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). [TIMES OF THE DAY.] Four decorative panels in folding screen. 1899. Each panel 40x14 inches, 101x36 cm. [F.

Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [TIMES OF THE DAY.] Four decorative panels in folding screen. 1899. Each panel 40x14 1/2 inches, 101 1/2x36 3/4 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris.] Condition varies, generally B: abrasions at edges; foxing, staining and rippling in margins and image. Mounted to beechwood screen. An exquisite Art Nouveau quartet representing "Nightly Rest," "Evening Reverie," "Daytime Dash" and "Morning Awakening." "The borders are worked out in such an exquisite pattern that each picture appears to be mounted in an elaborate frame of its own, or else seen through a decorated window" (Rennert / Weill p. 232). Mucha brilliantly adds an additional flourish by presenting different floral patterns behind each border. The fashion of putting Mucha's posters onto screens may have originated with the artist himself, as visitors to his studio noticed "here and there on mobile screens posters by the master taking on the airs of icons" (Abel Fulcran Cesar Fabre, Le Mois Litteraire et Pittoresque, no. 17, May 1900, pps 579-598). Rennert / Weill 62, Wine Spectator 77, Mucha P28-31.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). [THE SEASONS.] Four decorative panels on silk. 1900. Each 26x11 inches, 66x28 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) [THE SEASONS.] Four decorative panels on silk. 1900. Each 26 1/4x11 inches, 66 1/2x28 cm. F. Champenois, Paris. Condition varies, generally B: abrasions in image. Printed on silk. Individually matted and framed. For this, Mucha's third and final allegorical group of the seasons the premise is the same; young women as irresistible allegories of the seasons. But Mucha's approach is different. He has placed these images within decorative borders, and depicted the women with their feet on the ground, rather than seemingly floating in air. Mucha also employs a starker and more realistic color scheme than the pastels of 1896. These are the rare/span variants printed on silk, three with the Champenois overprint in the bottom field of the ornamental border. Rennert / Weill 74 (var 1).

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). JOB. 1896. 20x15 inches, 51x38 cm.

Estimated Price: $20,000 - $30,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) JOB. 1896. 20 1/4x15 1/4 inches, 51 1/2x38 1/2 cm. Condition A-: minor repaired tears at edges. Mounted to period board, which is chipped at edges. Rennert / Weill 15, DFP-II 635, Maitres pl. 202, Lendl 49, Spirit of Art Nouveau 20, Wember 609, Weill 58, Triumph des Jugendstils p. 57, Art Nouveau p. 112, Cappiello / Rennert 228B var.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). JOB. 1898. 61x39 inches, 115x99 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) JOB. 1898. 61 1/4x39 1/4 inches, 115 1/2x99 3/4 cm. F. Champenois, Paris. Condition A- / A: minor losses and abrasions at edges; minor creases in corners. Rennert / Weill 51, DFP-II 634, Modern Poster 9, Wine Spectator 74, Wember 610, Lendl 50, Weill 59, Maitres 1900 p. 18, Meisterplakate 164, Schardt p. 137, Triumph des Jugendstils p. 59, Art Nouveau p. 112.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). L'AUTOMNE. 1900. 29x13 inches, 73x33 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris.]

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $12,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) L'AUTOMNE. 1900. 29x13 1/4 inches, 73 3/4x33 3/4 cm. [F. Champenois, Paris.] Condition A. Paper. From the third series of decorative panels depicting the four seasons designed by the artist. Unlike the earlier versions, these each came with a seasonally appropriate poem imprinted upon them. For autumn it reads in French, "Fall symbolizes the coming of age of the year and gathers the bounty of the grapes, giving the fruit which the summer has turned to gold." this piece is in the finest condition we have seen/span. Rennert / Weill 74 var. 4, Mucha P50.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS. 1896. 81x29 inches, 205x75 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.

Estimated Price: $15,000 - $20,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS. 1896. 81x29 3/4 inches, 205 3/4x75 1/2 cm. F. Champenois, Paris. Condition A- / B+: light water staining in bottom margin; minor losses at top edge; creases in margins and image. Two-sheets. Sarah Bernhardt's favorite play was Alexandre Dumas' masterpiece, La Dame aux Camelias. The poster Mucha designed for the 1896 revival also turned out to be one of Bernhardt's favorites (ten years later she used the same image to advertise her American farewell tour). True to form, Mucha captures the spirit of the production in his graphics, depicting the camelias both at the bottom of the poster and behind the actress's ear. He also includes two hearts in the decorative border to remind viewers that the play is a dramatic love story. And as was his custom, he groups the typography together at both the top and bottom of the image. Here, however, he also adds the genius touch of an artist with the deepest admiration for his subject, depicting Bernhardt in all of her grace and elegance, clothed in a magnificent costume and placed sublimely against a delicate background of silver stars. A masterpiece of Art Nouveau design. This is the rare/span version before text, and before the addition of the final color plate, violet. Rennert / Weill 13 (var 1), Lendl / Paris 4, DFP-II 627, Maitres 144, Weill p. 40, Maitres 1900 p. 24, Art Nouveau p. 10.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). FLIRT. 1899. 25x11 inches, 63x29 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.

Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) FLIRT. 1899. 25x11 1/2 inches, 63 1/2x29 1/4 cm. F. Champenois, Paris. Condition B+ / A-: time-staining in margins; minor abrasions at edges. Printed on card with grommets and ribbon for hanging at top. Matted and framed. Rennert / Weill 72, Lendl 29, Mucha A4, Gold 63.

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ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939). LA TRAPPISTINE. 1897. 80x29 inches, 203x75 cm. F. Champenois, Paris.

Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) LA TRAPPISTINE. 1897. 80x29 1/2 inches, 203x75 cm. F. Champenois, Paris. Condition B+: minor repaired tears at edges; creases, abrasions and time-staining in margins and image; wooden dowels for hanging affixed at top and bottom. Two-sheets. 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, DFP-II 631, Mucha A17, Meisterplakate 162.

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