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Bistrot du Sommelier is located at 97 Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. It is a unique restaurant, as its name implies. The owner, Philippe Faure-Brac, was named best sommelier of the world in 1992 and he is the first sommelier to open his own restaurant. His specialty is wine tastings and pairing the perfect food with the perfect wine. Check out the reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp. You'll be on the next flight to Paris!
The bistrot opened in 1984 and French painter André Renoux, "father" of the Paris School of Urban Realism, immortalized it in his oil painting series of Paris shop scenes, reproduced here in postcard form. I got this card along with 2 other rare ones (listed separately: Au Caid and Coiffeur) from a French man in Paris who was selling his personal collection. One of the things most notable about these cards is how realistic they are: the nitty gritty of the canvas and paint comes through clearly. Notice in particular the red-orange awning. The collector told me his cards date from the 1980s. I've seen a few franked with 1990 dates. I'm just guessing and thinking out loud, but I get the definite feeling this card and the other two were among some of the very first postcard printings. Later editions seem "smoother" and more photo-like in comparison.
The postcard measures about 5.75 by 4-1/8 inches. There is a paper patch verso, as if a price tag was ripped away, but overall, this card is in near mint unused condition.
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Bistrot du Sommelier Paris Restaurant by French Painter André Renoux Unused Vintage Postcard
$16 USD SOLD
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