This antique French nude photo measures about 6x3 inches. Circa early 1900s, it is in overall fine condition for its age. No creases. There are some ink specks at her neck on the right side version. Note the difference in tinting between the two photos. This leads me to believe that this was the photographer's proof prints. Note the number 84 at the bottom right corner. I am not 100 percent sure, but I think this is the famous nude model Fernande Berry, who often posed for Jean Agélou in Paris. Ergo, this would be a Jean Agelou print. There are web sites, authors and photographers who have studied Agélou's work meticulously who could possibly give you a more certain assessment. What I do know, in my opinion, is that this is a tasteful nude, delightfully risque and a little more than quirky. Note that the fishnet lace lingerie has a couple of holes in it, visible on her right thigh. Don't you just love those ruffles on her stockings? I like the fact that this woman, Fernande or not, is a real woman with a full figure. See her bit of belly? (Fernande was known for that, too.) One more detail which might or might not be worth noting, but if you look at the photos taken at the window by natural daylight, can you see that the photo strip has a curl to it? Perhaps I'm easily amused but I think a photostrip that is about a hundred years old and still has that curl? Where has it been in the intervening decades? The joy of the mysterious.
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