These Tahiti dancers of the early to mid 19th Century have such extraordinary costumes!
Since there are no photographs or videos of them, the only documents available are prints of the time, usually French, like this excellent piece.
Though Tahiti is reputed for its dances, costumes are generally typical of the Pacific islands: grass skirts and flower wreaths.
Therefore these elaborate 19th Century dance outfits, which also integrate flowers, like the dancer's bra, but also fabrics and what looks like curtain passementerie. are totally mysterious!
Could these women dancers have been the daughters of Europeans living on the island since the late 18th Century and Tahitians, and who had developed their own school?
The print, circa 1850, is signed "Vermorchen" and is a lithograph with hand watercolor, that has been well preserved, and has kept all its vibrant colors:
a cobalt blue, a very light blue, and a carmine red.
A rare piece which will bring exotic poetry to any room.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 16 1/4". Width: 6 3/4" (25 cm) by (16 cm)
CONDITION: In particularly good condition with very little foxing.
Will be shipped Registered Airmail (very safe) from Paris under thick layers of cardboard, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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