A fantastic stickpin called "Appel aux Armes" exhorting people to go to war. Circa 1914.
The pin features a beautiful Art Nouveau lady singing a war song with a passionate face.
She is carrying a gun and has a huge rooster (symbol of France) resting on her shoulder. The rooster is also singing (yes!)
The piece is signed "Willette" to the left. And bears the name of the engraver to the right.
The stick is brass, and the head a thick silver overlay on brass.
Though the subject was engraved on medals, to find a stickpin with Willette's work is quite rare and will delight all the collectors of WWI as well as all the stickpin collectors, as it is unlikely there are many in the US.
(Please see a short biography of Willette below, who is also on AskArt and Wikipedia)
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 2 1/4". DIameter:5/8 " (5.8 cm) by (1.7cm)
CONDITION: In very good condition. No damage.
Will be shipped "Registered" from Paris including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Adolphe Leon Willette (1857-1926) "was a French painter, illustrator, caricaturist, and lithographer, as well as an architect of the famous Moulin Rouge." He decorated many famous Parisian cabarets of the time, like "Le Chat Noir" "La Cigalle". and the "Tabarin".
Though he did not always illustrate himself as well in politics in my opinion, and some of his activities are better forgotten today.
Willette was a major artistic presence in the early 20th Century, loud and prolific, having participated to various satirist magazines, and even creating a few.
Because of his architectural work for the Chat Noir, he seems to have known most of the glories of his time: Toulouse Lautrec, Pissaro, Seurat, Van Gogh.
Willette lived in Montmartre and even became the first President of the Montmartre Republic.
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