Monday, 30 December 2019
Henri Patrice Dillon's lithograph, “Young woman holding a closed fan with butterflies signalling 1900”, c.1900
Henri Patrice Dillon (1850–1909)
“Young woman holding a closed fan with butterflies signalling 1900” (descriptive title only), c.1900, published by J Reullier et Perronne (fl.1890s) (as inscribed on the stone), possibly a proof-state impression before formal lettering with publication details.
Lithograph (crayon and crachis stencil) printed in cool black ink on heavy wove paper and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 54.9 x 38.7 cm; (image borderline) 46.8 x 33.5 cm.
Inscribed on stone: (upper left on butterflies) “1990”; (upper centre) “offert par/ MAISON”; (upper right) “J Reullier/ Perronne”; (lower left) “hp. DilloN”.
Ref: Émmanuel Bénézit 1966, “Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs", vol. 3, Paris, Librairie Grund, p. 272.
See also the marvellous insights about this artist offered by Art of the Print who draw attention to the advice of E Benezit (1966) that “all of Henri Patrice Dillon's original lithographs were printed in very small numbers”
Condition: strong impression with a closed tear in the lower margin otherwise in an excellent condition (i.e. there are no holes, folds, losses, abrasions, significant stains or foxing), laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this large and exceptionally rare lithograph—this print is not in the collection of any of the major museums—for AU$390 in total (currently US$272.71/EUR243.53/GBP208.01 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
If you are interested in acquiring this marvellous original lithograph from the joyous period in Paris—La Belle Époque—where posters like this adorned sidewalk "chocolate kiosques"—indeed this poster may even have been designed as an advertisement for the Menier Chocolate company’s kiosks based on my understanding of the text inscribed at the top—please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold