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Cléo de Mérode. 1898. Crayon lithograph with scraper. Delteil 152; Adhémar 174; Adriani 268; Wittrock 258. 11 x 9 1/2 (sheet 15 3/8 x 12). Series: Portraits d'Acteurs & d'Actrices: Treize Lithographies. A fine impression printed on china paper (chine volant). From the first edition of about 400, printed before 1906 (40 impressions were printed for Les XX in 1913. Monogrammed in the stone. Housed in an elegant French mat and a 20 x 17-inch black and gold leaf wood frame. $4,500.
Jane Avril. 1899. Brush lithograph printed in four colours from three stones. Delteil 367, Adhémar 323, Adriani 354.iii, Wittrock P29 B. 22 x 14 7/8 (image and sheet). Provenance: Far Gallery, New York; estate of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (née Braman) Grasso, Essex, Connecticut. Mounted on Green's Lens Tissue Japanese paper. The red is attenuated; the other colors are bright. A three-inch professionally-repaired diagonal tear just to the left of the skirt; the lower right-hand corner repaired. With name of the printer, 'H. Stern, Paris'. Titled, dated and monogrammed in the stone. Housed in a silk mat with a gold liner and a 34 x 27-inch art nouveau style gold leaf frame.
Jane Avril traveled in a circle of artists and writers. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was captivated by her, and created several images of the young dancer, who commissioned this lithograph. It was never published in a large edition; hence it is described as 'uncommon'
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