Maitres de L'Affiche - Year 1899

Size: 11 3/8 x 15 3/4 inches - Original Lithographs
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Jules Cheret
Plate No.145
Price: $500
Print Code: Pomai145

De Feure
Journal des Ventes
Plate No.146
Price: $950
Print Code: Pomai146

Georges Meunier
Bal Bullier
Plate No.147
Price: $225
Print Code: Pomai147

Dudley Hardy
The J.P. Strand Theatre
Plate No.148
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai148

Jules Cheret
Bal de l'Opera
Plate No.149
Price: $800
Print Code: Pomai149

Leopold Stevens
Eugenie Buffet
Plate No.151
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai151

Jules Cheret
Eau de Sirenes
Plate No.153
Price: $325
Print Code: Pomai153

Fernard Fernel
Chicoree Bonne Cafetiere
Plate No.154
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai154

Charles Lucas
Plate No.155
Price: $150
Print Code: Pomai155

Jules Cheret
Le Miroir
Plate No.157
Price: $450
Print Code: Pomai157

Eugene Grasset
Encre Marquet
Plate No.158
Price: $650
Print Code: Pomai158

Jules A. Grun
Chauffons! Chauffons!
Plate No.159
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai159

Decouverte Pile Voltaique
Plate No.160
Price: $375
Print Code: Pomai160

Jules Cheret
Fete de Charite
Plate No.161
Price: $100
Print Code: Pomai161

Expo de la Ceramique
Plate No.162
Price: $125
Print Code: Pomai162

A. Guillaume
Extrait de viande Armour
Plate No.163
Price: $175
Print Code: Pomai163

Jules Cheret
Concert Ambassadeurs
Plate No.165
Price: $250
Print Code: Pomai165

Alphonse Mucha
La Samaritaine
Plate No.166
Price: $4500
Print Code: Pomai166

Georges Meunier
Papier a Cigarettes Job
Plate No.167
Price: $375
Print Code: Pomai167

Rowntree's Elect Cocoa
Plate No.168
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai168

Jules Cheret
Aux Buttes Chaumont
Plate No.169
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai169

Chocolat Co. Francaise
Plate No.170
Price: $2200
Print Code: Pomai170

Hugo D'Alesi
Plate No.171
Price: $325
Print Code: Pomai171

William Bradley
The Inland Printer
Plate No.172
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai172

Jules Cheret
Plate No.173
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai173

Eugene Grasset
Jeanne d'Arc
Plate No.174
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai174

V. Oliva
Zlata Praha
Plate No.176
Price: $900
Print Code: Pomai176

Jules Cheret
Arabs Sahara Desert
Plate No.177
Price: $325
Print Code: Pomai177

Saint Jean du Doigt
Plate No.178
Price: $100
Print Code: Pomai178

Vache Enragee
Plate No.179
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai179

Plate No.180
Price: $1200
Print Code: Pomai180

Jules Cheret
Le Pays des Fees
Plate No.181
Price: $350
Print Code: Pomai181

Alphonse Mucha
Bieres de la Meuse
Plate No.182
Price: $5500
Print Code: Pomai182

A trip to Chinatown
Plate No.184
Price: $350
Print Code: Pomai184

Jules Cheret
Magasin Chaumont
Plate No.185
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai185

J.L. Forain
La Parisienne du Siecle
Plate No.186
Price: $125
Print Code: Pomai186

Guillet & Heilbronn
Plate No.187
Price: $800
Print Code: Pomai187

Rudolph Koller
Jubilaums Ausstellung
Plate No.188
Price: $200
Print Code: Pomai188

Jules Cheret
Magasins du Louvre
Plate No.189
Price: $400
Print Code: Pomai189

Motocycles Comiot
Plate No.190
Price: $1500
Print Code: Pomai190

Rene Pean
A la Place Clichy
Plate No.191
Price: $300
Print Code: Pomai191

Theatre Royal de Turin
Plate No.192
Price: $450
Print Code: Pomai192

The "Les Maitres de l'Affiche" series was offered as a subscription series to collectors.
Every month for 60 months, from December 1895 through November 1900, subscribers received by mail, 4 loose sheets (Maitres) with a cover sheet. It was sold in Paris for 2.50 francs for one month's subscription, (4 Maitres) and for 27 francs for 12 months (48 maitres), plus special (bonus) plates. Maitre's were never issued in a book form, but a binding of the 12 months Maitres was offered to subscribers, at the end of the year, with a beautiful hardcover design by Paul Berthon for 8 Francs.

The "Maitres de l'Affiche," were issued as separate numbered sheets, referred to as "plates" (PL). They were numbered, with the printers name "Imprimerie Chaix," in the margin at the bottom left hand corner, "PL.1" to "PL.240." In the margin at the bottom right hand corner of each, is a blind embossed stamp from a design of Cheret's.
Each overall plate measures approximately 11 3/8 in. x 15 3/4 inches. (29 cm x 40 cm).

In addition to the 240 posters, Special plates (or bonus plates) were issued to subscribers.
There were a total of 16 Special plates, which were sent over the five years, each December, each June, and March and September of the final three years.
These were not posters, but unique original lithographs done exclusively for the "Maitres de l'Affiche" series.
Jules Cheret was the artistic director of the "Imprimerie Chaix. "He dominated the series, with one in every four Maitres by him, the first in each monthly instalment, and 7 of the Special plates, a total of 67. With over 1000 poster designs to his credit, his large representation in the series is justified, although some critics have pointed out that, as the artistic director, he may have been biased towards selecting his own work.
"Of the other 96 artists represented in "Les Maitres de l'Affiche, some were pre-eminent painters and printmakers at various stages of their careers: Toulouse-Lautrec, Denis, Bonnard. Others were famous illustrators and cartoonists of the period, still well known to art collectors, including Forain, Caran d'Ache, Ibels, Boutet de Monvel, Leandre.
But there were also all those whose names say 'poster,' the conquering pioneers of the new medium including, Cheret himself, Mucha, Steinlen, Beggarstaffs, Grasset, Penfield, Parrish, Bradley, hardy… the list could go on and on." (Appelbaum p.iii)