104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2133 | Lot 29
    Price Realized: $2,640With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

    • Sale 2133 Lot 29

      37 1/2 x 51 inches. Chaix. Paris.
      Condition B+: repaired tear through right margin into image.
      From the 1850s, in the earliest days of the French Music Halls, black musicians and minstrel shows were popular attractions in Paris. In "the plantation south, the Cakewalk was the sole organized and even condoned forum for servants to mock their masters. A send-up of the rich folks in the 'Big House,' the cakewalk mocked the aristocratic and grandiose mannerisms of southern high-society. Much bowing and bending were characteristic of the dance. Couples lined up to form an aisle, down which each pair would take a turn at a high-stepping promenade. In many instances the Cakewalk was performance, and even competition. The dance would be held at the master's house . . . and he would serve as judge. The dance's name comes from the cake . . . awarded to the winning couple." (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~UG03/lucas/cake.html). The dance was introduced in Paris at the turn of the century at the Nouveau Cirque. Franz Laskoff designed one poster for the show, and Mahul, a completely unknown artist, designed this second one. A rare document.
      Estimate $1,500-2,000

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $2,640