From the renowned French Book by Ernest Mandron of the most famous and beautiful Menus and Invitations of La Belle Epoque..'Les Programmes Illustres' of 1897 comes this unique, clever and humorous Party Invitation Lithograph.
It is by the French watercolorist Augustus Hanicotte (1870-1957), and in just red and black on a white ground is heavily influenced by the Japanese prints that were so popular in Paris at the time.
It features a naked bearded man hanging in a cooking pot upper right and it is to be presumed he is Mr Hanicotte watching his guests arrive. Below him a cavalcade of musicians, artists and entertainers are arriving..all dressed in their craziest party attire...from completely naked to Top hat and Tails.
The Invitation reads..'Je vous invite a venir pendre La Cremaillere, chez moi..33 rue Victor Mafse, le samedi, Decembre.'..'I invite you to come and hang in a pot with me'. And then demands 'Une tenue quelconque est de rigueur'...'Any attire is obligatory'.
Printed by Librairie Nilsson Per Lamm, Paris..Les Programmes Illistres is a hard cover compendium of all the best Theatre Programmes, Invitations and Menus of the Art Nouveau era.
The Lithograph measures 9 1/4" x 12 1/2" and has the artist's signature lower left.
The Antique condition is very good.
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