This simply stunning Original Antique French Lithograph is not only one of the limited edition (1050) of the renowned L'Estampe Moderne series, but one of only two lithographs especially designed for the series every year as a bonus (Planche du Prime) for the regular collectors of the series.
Executed by French Academic painter and illustrator Luc Olivier Merson (1846-1920), it is entitled 'Salome' and features the Temptress triumphantly holding the severed head of John the Baptist on a silver platter. While the subject is rather gruesome..the actual lithograph is hauntingly beautiful.. and one of the most sought after and hard to find lithographs from the entire series. Hand finished with applied gilding.
Complete with it's original protective tissue cover headed 'Deuxieme Prime Gratuite' (second special issue), it was published in the first half of 1898.
Printed by Champenoise, Paris, it measures 12" x 16", is signed in the plate upper right and bears the official 'Blind' stamp of authenticity lower right picture #3.
With a tiny corner loss upper left and some slight edge discoloration the lithograph is in very good Antique condition.
L'Estampe Moderne series consisted of 4 limited edition (1050) lithographs, issued monthly in a cover by Alphons Mucha, between 1897 and 1899. The original price was 3 francs 50 centimes.
This is one of the most difficult to find lithographs from the series, but with all the major galleries and museums of the world now collecting the L'Estampe series, they are all becoming very rare, especially in good condition.
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