This is an amazing 1920s French hand-lettered double-sided wooden photo studio sign with wrought iron arms. It is painted in an incredible, classic art deco green hue, somewhere between sage green and jade green or celadon in tone. The lettering reads "Photos d'art" on both sides, indicating this sign was hung outside of an artistic photographer's studio in France in the 1920s. The possibilities of imagery that this sign and its history conjure are endless -- just imagine the fabulous people trailing in and out of the doors of a place with a sign like this!
The sign is double sided, and obviously was repurposed and painted over another original sign, the remnants of which are visible (though hard to discern) on one of the sides of the paneled sign. That side of the sign has more obvious age-appropriate wear and paint loss than the other side does. The shadow lettering and very deco-style typeface is one of the coolest, chicest parts of this sign -- a gorgeous and iconic decorative typeface that transports your directly to Paris in the 20s.
The sign has a hook drilled into the top of the wood frame which may have been added later or used to reinforce and from which to hang the latter end of the sign, as it was also probably affixed to a wall or post at the wrought iron findings on the other end of the piece. This sign would be amazing hung up as originally intended, or mounted on a wall, leaned in a window. or hung with creative directionality. The possibilities are endless, and this piece is a must for any photographer or photo historian, art deco collector, or vintage signmaking enthusiast.
It is in excellent vintage condition with age-appropriate wear as visible in our photo set. There is some paint loss and chipping throughout, more significant on one side of the sign. There is wear and chipping to the paint finish on the wood framing and the metal findings, nothing that detracts from the vintage visual integrity of the piece.
The sign measures 24 inches wide, 40 inches long, and 2 inches deep. There is an extra 10 inches added to the lenght with the inclusion of the iron fasteners.
1920s Classic French Art Deco Sage Green Painted Double-Sided Wood Photo Studio Art Photo Sign "Photos d'Art" Hanging Shop Sign Hand Lettered Wrought Iron Findings