Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 72

Price Realized: $ 35,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
21 3/8x16 1/2 inches, 54 1/4x42 cm. Bella & de Malherbe, London.
Condition A-: minor tears and slight time-staining at edges; creases in margins and image; hinged to mat at top edge. Paper. Matted and framed.
"One would hardly think that an artist of Toulouse-Lautrec's stature and wealth would normally apply his talents to advertise a product as routine as confetti" (Wine Spectator 53). The explanation is that the British brothers who owned this company were poster collectors themselves, and even "organized poster exhibitions at the Royal Aquarium, London, in 1894 and 1896, to which they invited Lautrec" (Adriani p. 144). Confetti, which was one of five of Lautrec's posters featured in the first exhibition, also appeared as the frontispiece in the catalogue. "The text, which is designed as part of the drawing, forms an integral element of the composition; it fits into the overall character of the design to create an effective advertisement without impinging in the drawing in any way. It is also one of Lautrec's most optimistic and joyful images, an indication of the breadth of his artistic ability" (Adriani p. 144). Delteil 352, Adhemar 9, Adriani 101, Reims 779, Wember 763, DFP-II 834, Wine Spectator 53, Abdy p. 82.