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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Two postcards

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: Two framed postcards by Alphonse Mucha. "Cherry Blossom" #512 & "Water Lily" #511. Signed Mucha (lower left). Measures: postcards 3 x 5 inches each, 14 x 10 inches overall. Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Two postcards

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

Description: Two framed postcards by Alphonse Mucha. "The Fruit" and "The Flower." These are the last cards made of the 7th series. Signed Mucha (lower right). Measures: postcards 5 x 3 inches each, 11 x 13 inches overall. Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Menu Cards

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: A group of 4 framed Menu cards by Alphonse Mucha. Published by F. Champenois in 1900. These cards were distributed by the famous French champagne and wine makers Moet et Chandon. Measures: 8.5 x 6 inches each (15.5 x 19 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Print

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: A framed print in textured matting by Alphonse Mucha titled "Le Mois Litteraire et Pittoresque" dated 1899. Signed and dated Mucha '98 (lower right). Measures: postcards 9.75 x 6.25 inches each, 15.75 x 12 inches framed. Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Menu Card

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: A circa 1900 Alphonse Mucha menu card embroidered with silk on silk. Originally for use in the restaurant 'La Reserve' in Nice, France. Measures: 10 x 5 inches (15.5 x 12 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $30

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: A framed litograph by Alphonse Mucha dated 1902 of the title page from "Dictionnaire Des Arts Decoraties" by Paul Rouaix. Measures: 9.75 x 6.25 inches (16 x 12.5 inches framed). Domestic Shipping: $30

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: A matted and framed lithograph of a biscuit label by Alphonse Mucha. Labels of "Lefevre-Utile Pralinees Gaufrettes." Measures: 10 x 7.5 inches (16.5 x 13.75 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $30

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,500

Description: A colored lithograph by Alphonse Mucha, framed. Titled "Le Gaulois-Noel" dated 1896. Measures: 12.75 x 10 inches (19.5 x 16.5 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: A colored lithograph by Alphonse Mucha, framed. Titled "Soleil du dimanche" dated 1897. Printed by Rougeron Bignerot. Measures: 15 x 11 inches (22 x 17.75 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: A framed lithograph titled "L'Habitation Pratique" by Alphonse Mucha, dated 1909. Measures: 15 x 12 inches (23.75 x 20 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $200 - $300

Description: The Literary Digest Magazine cover by Alphonse Mucha, dated 1908. Measures: 10 x 7.5 inches (16.5 x 13.75 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: A framed colored lithograph by Alphonse Mucha. Titled "Russia Restituenda," dated 1922. Signed Mucha (lower right) Measures: 30.75 x 17.75 inches (38.5x 25 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $55

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Poster

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: A framed advertising poster print of "Casino de Monte Carlo" by Alphonse Mucha. This was included with the weekly music and dance entertainment program of the Monte Carlo Casino from December 4-10, 1922. Measures: 29.75 x 19 inches (37 x 27 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $55

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Book Cover

Estimate: $300 - $500

Description: A booked titled "Letem Ceskym Svetem" (Flying Through The Czech World) with cover created by Alphonse Mucha. This Czechoslovakian book depicts photographs of national landmarks. Published in 1898. Framed in an acrylic casing. Measures: 14.25 x 11.25 (15.75 x 21 x 4 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $50

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Program Cover

Estimate: $150 - $200

Description: A program cover from a French Comedy, June 11, 1902 illustrated by Alphonse Mucha framed in wood. Measures: 7 x 4 inches (16 x 13 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $35

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Three Postcards

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Three postcards by Alphonse Mucha framed together. Collection Des Cent, 1901, Martin #601. Byzantine Head. "Reverie" calendar design from the 2nd series, Martin #431. Measures: Collection Des Cent 4.25 x 3 inches, Byzantine head 2.75 x 2.25 inches, Reverie 3.5 x 2.5 inches (11.25 x 11 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $30

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: An Alphonse Mucha framed lithograph print of a maiden draped with a flowing head dress and holding flowers. Measures: 25 x 9.5 inches (35.5 x 17.5 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: Please inquire

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Postcard

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: An Alphonse Mucha framed colored postcard. Measures: 7.75 x 4.75 inches (12 x 9 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $30

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Magazine Covers

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Three framed magazine covers by Alphonse Mucha. English Magazine, Maj & La Pluma. Measures: 19 x 33 .5 inches framed Domestic Shipping: $40

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: A lithograph print by Alphonse Mucha. "Skaut-Juna'k" (Scout Hero). Measures: 11 x 8 inches (17 x 13.75 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $30

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Lithograph

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: A lithograph print illustration art for May 1922 cover of Hearst's International Magazine by Alphonse Mucha. Framed with textured matting. Measures: 13.75 x 9.75 inches (21 x17 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $50

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Print

Estimate: $125 - $175

Description: A print framed from the Journal, "La Vie Bordelaise" with the header created by Alphonse Mucha. Measures: 7.5 x 11.5 inches (14 x 18 inches framed) Domestic Shipping: $40

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Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939) Print

Estimate: $300 - $500

Description: A print of Obligation 500 Francs for a Paris Store in 1907 illustrated by Alphonse Mucha. Measures: 18 x 20 inches framed Domestic Shipping: $40

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Original 1902 Alphonse Mucha Documents Decoratifs Plate

Estimate: $240 - $400

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Documents Decoratifs (Cover). Technique: Lithograph 1902. Size: 18.1 x 12.9 in. (46 x 33 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: minimal staining in the margins, corner needle holes, text sticker -Librairie Centrale- at the bottom (A/A-)

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Original 1896 MUCHA Affiches Illustrees Poster GISMONDA

Estimate: $700 - $1,200

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Gismonda - Sarah Bernhardt (Les Affiches Illustrées). Technique: Lithograph 1896. Size: 12.2 x 8.6 in. (31 x 22 cm). Printer: Chaix, Paris.

Condition Report: (A-) minor staining in the margins, from Les Affiches Illustrées, limited edition of 1050 copies

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RARE 1890s/1900s MUCHA Lefevre-Utile Biscuit Print

Estimate: $600 - $1,000

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Lefevre-Utile - Biscuits. Technique: Letterpress Print ca. 1898. Size: 11.4 x 09 in. (29 x 23 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: (A-) small tear at the lower right edge

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Original 1902 Alphonse Mucha Documents Decoratifs Plate

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Documents Decoratifs (Plate 47). Technique: Lithograph 1902. Size: 16.9 x 11.4 in. (43 x 29 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: (A-/B+) margins slightly trimmed

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Original 1900s Alphonse Mucha Documents Decoratifs BEBES

Estimate: $600 - $1,000

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Documents Decoratifs - Au Paradis des Bebes (Plate 56). Technique: Lithograph 1902. Size: 18.1 x 12.9 in. (46 x 33 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: minimal browning in the outer margins (A/A-)

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Original 1902 Alphonse Mucha Documents Decoratifs Plate

Estimate: $900 - $1,600

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Documents Decoratifs (Plate 57). Technique: Lithograph 1902. Size: 18.1 x 12.9 in. (46 x 33 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: minimal creasing and staining and one tiny tear in the margins (A/A-)

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Original 1902 Alphonse Mucha Documents Decoratifs Plate

Estimate: $360 - $600

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Documents Decoratifs (Plate 5). Technique: Lithograph 1902. Size: 18.1 x 12.9 in. (46 x 33 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: (A-) tiny losses in two corners, minimal staining in the margins

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Original 1902 Alphonse Mucha Documents Decoratifs Plate

Estimate: $360 - $600

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. Documents Decoratifs (Plate 7). Technique: Lithograph 1902. Size: 18.1 x 12.9 in. (46 x 33 cm). Printer: no information.

Condition Report: (A-/B+) minimal tear, 2 tiny losses and minor staining in the margins

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Original Vintage 1890s MUCHA Poster SAMARITAINE Sarah Bernhart

Estimate: $8,000 - $14,000

Description: Artist: Mucha, Alphonse Maria 1860 - 1939. La Samaritaine. Technique: Lithograph 1897. Size: 69.2 x 23.6 in. (176 x 60 cm). Printer: F. Champenois, Paris.

Condition Report: (B+/B) on linen, was in 2 sheets, professionally restored tears at the top and bottom and in dress, affecting text and part of the image, small restored tears and losses in the margins, minimal mat burn, excellent restoration

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Estimate: $100 - $200

Description: Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) "Bieres de la Meuse" on Leaded Glass Window Hanger: A rendition of the famous poster applied to a small glass hanging window. Image is transposed to a piece of slag glass measuring 11 x 15

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Job. 1898

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 38 1/2 x 58 1/4 in./97.7 x 148.2 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris "In both of Mucha's posters for Job cigarette papers ... he gives us women sensually involved in the act of smoking. Here, the figure is full-length, her abandoned hair an echo of the pale fabric volumes of her gown. As she watches the lazy waft of smoke, even her toes curl deliciously in pleasure. The artist's meticulous craftsmanship can be seen in such details as the gown's clasp (of Mucha's own design), and in the way he worked the product name into the background pattern” (Gold, p. 2). (great art nouveau)

Condition Report: B+/ Partially recreated upper left margin. Framed.

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Job. 1896

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 17 1/8 x 22 in./43.6 x 56 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris More than any other work by Mucha, this languid beauty established him as the master of wild hair and the creator of unforgettable popular images. 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. A classic by any standard.

Condition Report: B-/ Recreated margins; restored tears at edges. Framed.

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Monaco-Monte-Carlo. 1897

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 28 x 42 3/8 in./71.2 x 107.6 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris "Mucha went all out with a most opulent design. The shy maiden, kneeling, enraptured with the tranquility of the bay of Monte Carlo, is completely encircled by the curving stalks of lilacs and hydrangeas, featuring some of the most intricate conflorescences ever painted by Mucha. Since the client was a railroad – Chemin de Fer P.L.M. – it is probable that the design is meant to suggest the tracks and wheels that convey the public to Monte Carlo. The maiden is probably Spring herself, enraptured with the beauty of the seascape” (Rennert/Weill, p. 136). (great art nouveau)

Condition Report: B/ Slight tears at folds. Framed.

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The Seasons / Spring. 1896

Estimate: $9,000 - $10,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 21 x 40 in./53.2 x 101.5 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) This is the larger format, Spring panel from the following series. "Spring is a blonde sylph who seems to be fashioning a makeshift lyre out of a bent green branch and her own hair, with some birds as the interested spectators." (Rennert/Weill, p. 90)

Condition Report: B/ Restored tears in margins; 13" tear at bottom edge; 6" tear at top edge.

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The Seasons. 1896

Estimate: $14,000 - $17,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 24 3/8 x 17 1/8 in./61.8 x 43.6 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) This is the small format version of the decorative panel series, with the names of the seasons printed in decorative borders below.

Condition Report: B+/ Restored margins. Framed.

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The Seasons. 1897

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: Each: 5 7/8 x 16 3/4 in./14.8 x 42.4 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) This is Mucha's second take on feminine representations of the four seasons, each mythic woman languid and alluring in her own way. This is the smaller format version of the design, including the seldom-seen decorative upper border and lower panel indicating each season's name.

Condition Report: A-/ Very slight tears at edges. Framed.

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Times of the Day. ca. 1901

Estimate: $14,000 - $17,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: Each: 7 1/2 x 24 5/8 in./19 x 62.5 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) In subdued pastels, this "quartet of barefoot young ladies represents the different times of the day. The borders are decorated in identical patterns ... and the crisscross areas at the top have different floral panels. Each girl appears in an outdoor setting, with slender trees or tall flowers emphasizing her slim figure ... 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. Quite possibly Mucha's whole concept for the series was that of gothic stained-glass windows” (Rennert/Weill, p. 232). This is the smaller format version of the set with the names of each time featured in decorative boxes.

Condition Report: A.

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Times of the Day. 1899

Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: Each: 14 1/2 x 40 1/2 in./36.7 x 103 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris This larger-format variant does not include the bottom text indicating the individual time of day. (great art nouveau)

Condition Report: A. Framed.

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The Arts. 1898

Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 14 1/4 x 23 in./362. x 58.5 cm (each) Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) "When it comes to personifying abstract concepts through beautiful women, Mucha's inventiveness never flags. Here is abundant proof in the four strikingly posed muses representing Poetry, Dance, Painting and Music. The Mucha hair is in its glory, especially in the brunette representing the uninhibited movement of the dance. Mucha's other habitual indulgence, the circular halo, assumes in this case the shape of a crescent filled with secondary circles, and the goddess of Painting adds yet another set of rainbow-like bands." (Rennert/Weill, p. 211). (great art nouveau)

Condition Report: A. Framed.

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The Arts / Painting / O. Siebert. 1898

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 14 3/8 x 22 7/8 in./36.5 x 58.2 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris (not shown) Typically accompanied by Music, Poetry, and Dance, this is one of four panels in "The Arts” series. In this painting panel, "Mucha's . . . circular halo [is] filled with secondary circles, and the goddess of Painting adds yet another set of rainbow-like bands” (Rennert/Weill, p. 211). And what an inspired choice to call into play to promote O. Seibert, purveyor of lush artistic objects.

Condition Report: A-/ Slight tears at top & bottom edges. Framed.

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Salon des Cent / XXme Exposition. 1896

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 17 1/8 x 25 1/4 in./43.5 x 64 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris "This poster is one of the artist's first works to follow his standard archetype. It advertises the twentieth exhibition of the group of artists who exhibited at the premises of the art journal La Plume. The members were famous Parisian artists: Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Steinlen, Ensor, Grasset, Rassenfosse, and the American Louis Rhead. Mucha's ambition was to become a member of the group, and he succeeded with this poster, which attracted the attention of the gallery owner, Léon Deschamps. [He] visited Mucha in his studio while he was designing the poster. Fascinated by what he saw, he persuaded Mucha to print it in this unfinished version, according to the artist. Mucha agreed, and the publisher's feeling, that this lightly outlined, impressive poster would make Mucha famous, proved to be correct” (Mucha/Art Nouveau, p. 156).

Condition Report: A-/ Minor tears in margins.

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Reverie. 1897

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 19 1/2 x 26 in./49.5 x 66 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris For many years, this design was simply known as "Reverie,” the name under which the decorative panel version of the design was widely sold by La Plume without lettering. However, further research appears to establish that its original use was as an in-house poster for a variety of establishments, from printing firms to chocolate manufacturers. Here, however, is the first incarnation of the design, used by F. Champenois to usher in the New Year of 1898. (great art nouveau)

Condition Report: A.

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La Trappistine. 1897

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 29 7/8 x 81 1/2 in./75.8 x 207 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris "Once again we have a slender young lady in a gracefully draped pose, her head encircled by a halo which in this case has circles within it to reinforce the circular motif. This time, the hair is entirely orderly and hangs down in a single thick strand, but that is because it has the function to lead our eyes to the tabouret in the foreground which holds the bottle” (Rennert/Weill, p. 134). (alcohol)

Condition Report: A-/ Restored margins.

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Gismonda / Théâtre de la Renaissance. 1894

Estimate: $14,000 - $17,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 29 1/4 x 85 7/8 in./74.2 x 218.2 cm Imp. Lemercier, Paris "This is the poster that launched Mucha's career and introduced a new artistic style into commercial lithography. Prepared by Mucha as a rush order for Sarah Bernhardt's theatre during the Christmas period of 1894, when the printer could not find any other artist available, it is a sensitive portrayal of the actress in an ornate costume for a deeply religious play that has her, in the third act, carry a frond in a Palm Sunday procession. The full size of the poster gives the viewer an opportunity to get the full effect of the lengthy robe; the Byzantine mosaic decoration emphasizes the biblical background; Sarah's pious expression faith; and the gentle pastel hues whisper the commercial message instead of shouting it. It was a radical departure from prevalent poster styles, and Paris took notice of the fact. Sarah Bernhardt was so grateful she made Mucha one of her protégés, and for the next few years he was the darling of Parisian high society. During this period, art nouveau and style Mucha were synonymous, and his ideas on composition and decoration were taught in every art school. It is doubtful that any other single poster has ever had such far-reaching consequences for its creator and his whole epoch" (Lenl/Prague, p. 41). (great art nouveau)

Condition Report: B+/ Partially recreated margins; slight tears at seam.

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Sarah Bernhardt / American Tour. 1896

Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 28 1/2 x 77 1/2 in./72.4 x 196.8 cm The Strobridge Litho., Cincinnati & New York Sarah Bernhardt made one of her periodical tours of the United States from January through June of 1896. In the process, not only did she introduce American audiences to her luminescent acting style, but also to her personal posterist, Alphonse Mucha. She had the two-sheet "Gismonda” design (see previous Lot) recreated at Strobridge and used it throughout her American tour.

Condition Report: A.

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Lygie. 1901

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 23 1/4 x 68 5/8 in./59 x 174.2 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris "Lygie is the heroine of Henrick Sinkiewicz's epic novel Quo Vadis. A young Paris dancer, using the stage name of Lygie, made her reputation at the Folies-Bergere staging most of Mucha's posters and decorative panels as tableaux vivants ... Who this Lygie was is not quite clear, but the fact that Mucha designed a poster for her gives us reason to assume that he might have been involved in the venture more than just as a poster artist ... Whatever the relation between Mucha and Lygie, her show, opening March 7, 1901, at the Folies-Beregere under the direction of M. Marchand, was a great success ... It is one of Mucha's finest creations in his favorite vertical format, incorporating the usual circular elements and decorative borders, with stylized irises as the dominant motif for the girl's hair and for the background hues" (Rennert/Weill, p. 284).

Condition Report: B+/ Slight tears at seam and edges.

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Medée. 1898

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Description: Artist: ALPHONSE MUCHA (1860-1939) Size: 28 7/8 x 81 1/8 in./73.2 x 206.1 cm Imp. F. Champenois, Paris In this 2-sheet poster, "Mucha's exquisite design used Medea's arm and the dagger as a giant exclamation point, emphasized by the look of stark horror in her face as she extracts gothic vengeance. It is one of his most powerful posters and an unusual departure from his normal choice of tranquil, sunny scenes” (Lendl/Prague, p. 53 ).

Condition Report: B-/ Restored tears, largely near edges. Framed.

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Starting bid: $8,000 (0 bids)

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