This is an original 1960s book plate by Erte. showing a delightful Art Deco lady at her desk, writing a love letter.
(please see my other Erte piece from the same provenance, Rubylane # 3009pnt as they perfectly mirror each other and make a wonderful pair)
This piece, and its mirror piece, very rarely surfaces and has the artist's qualities we all love: style, elegance, femininity and wit.
But it also has a "je ne sais quoi", different from the 1910s or 1920s Erte pieces which makes it really stand out in his work.
The piece is signed "Erte" visibly in the plate, and has text at the back.
The lady is in London, as we can see Big Ben by the window, and the lamp is a traditional oil lamp from the beginning of the XXth Century.
She also writes with a goose feather and ink in an inkwell, like in the old days.
So we do not mistake the content of her writing, Erte has drawn a little Cupid with his bow and arrows on the lamp glass..
The scene is of course extremely decorative, but also fresh as a surprise in Erte's production.
Rare and precious!
CONDITION: In very good condition. No damage.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 9". Width: 7 1/2".
(23 cm) by (19 cm)
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris, including online tracking (US, Canada, Europe) insurance and signature at delivery.
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