The original lithograph,by Jules Cheret, 1896, depicts an elegantly attired woman using a Theatrophone. The innovative device enabled the user to listen to a live operatic or theatrical performance. Sound was transmitted from the stage to to a central station where audio was received for the pleasure of high society patrons who listened in. Carved frame with UV-Plexi, 19 1/2" W., 23 1/4" H.
Les Maitres de l'Affiche
In the 1890's streets in major cities were enriched with large and colorful advertising posters created by leading artists of the era. The prominent artist, Jules Cheret had his own print workshop in Paris which offered works from the Imprimierie Chaix print workshop. As artistic director of Chaix, Cheret had the vision to create Les Maitres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster). The series of 11 3/8" x 15 5/8" posters designed by the most prestigious poster artists of the day were chromolithographic reductions of the same large format examples be these artists. Prints were sold in packages of four and offered from December 1895 to 1900. Ninety seven artists were represented in the series which on occasion included a bonus plate. 256 total plates or images were produced in the five years Les Maitres de l'Affiche was offered. Each print has an embossed seal confirming it's authenticity.