Size: sheet is 9.5 x 7.25 inches; matted to 10 x 8 inches
Artist: Bagge & Huguet
The Gazette du Bon Ton, put out by the retailer of the same name, was considered the trendsetting magazine of the era. Founded by Lucien Vogel and targeting Paris's upper class, it ran from 1912-1925. Only ten colour plates were printed per issue, and artists vied for the prestige of illustrating the latest Parisian fashion and lifestyle trends. As these pochoirs attest, the high style and iconic femininity made the items featured in the pages "must have's".
This pochoir - created when single layers of color are added by hand to a lithograph using a stencil - is from a special supplement of the tenth issue of Gazette du bon ton which featured the furniture of Bagge & Huguet. Titled "Un Boudoir et quelques meubles par Bagge & Huguet," it was a collection of four coloured plates which showed off the latest in stylish furniture (usually made of lacquer with gold accents) that should be found in any trendy modern living room or boudoir.
This depiction of opulent home furnishings exemplifies the height of extravagant living in 1920s Paris. The nesting tables, or "tables gigogne," speak to the luxury of affording something unique in its craftsmanship in an age of increased mechanized mass-production. The cigarette (still smoking) and cup (still steaming) hint at the active rather than passive lifestyle which women adopted with the suffrage movement; She is here, there, and everywhere, moving about between puffs of cigarettes and sips of coffee. This pochoir, matted to 10 x 8 inches, is ready to be framed and decorate any living room, office... even boudoir!