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ERTÉ. [ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF.] "Ma mère l'Oye." Set design for the movement "La Belle et la Bête" ("Beauty and the Beast") from the 1948 production of "La Mère L'Oie." Gouache on paper. 253x235 mm; 10x9 1/4 inches. Signed "Erté" in lower right image, additionally titled and numbered 8571 in his hand on verso. Taped on three sides of matte; framed. Provenance: From the Estate of Mary Kettaneh.
While the title derives from "Contes de ma Mère l'Oye" ("Mother Goose Tales") published by Charles Perrault in the 17th century, Erté created this set design for Maurice Ravel's orchestral adaptation and ballet of five Mother Goose tales, "La Mère l'Oie,"produced for the Opéra-Comique in 1948. The fourth of the five "children's pieces" for piano, his Beauty and the Beast is based upon the version of Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont.