Exceptional in quality, this rare larger format hand colored French Fashion Lithograph is precious, the colors lush and deep. From disbound copies of La Gazette Rose Illustree, Paris, 1882, a celebrated Parisian fashion publication used by seamstresses to copy the latest in dress trends for their luxury clientele around the world. Bought in Paris.
Signed by Jules David, a prominent French painter and lithographer, who introduced naturalistic situations to fashion illustration. Colored with bright water colors, this print shows a group of young girls, each wearing beautiful period clothing visiting a friend at home. The scene is delightful, with the little "hostess" offering cakes to her guests. The dresses: pink red velvet and plaid sash, a darling Scottish Plaid ensemble with a black velvet coat and trim, a blue dress with bright red sash, ribbon bow and hat ribbons, a camel color dress with teal velvet accents, the little sister wears a frothy lace dress with blue. The detail is gorgeous, their elegant mother looks fetching in her lavender purple with velvet accents bustled gown, she is holding up the little one with great affection.
Each is an original work of art. To be expected in prints of this age, there may be a few characteristic areas of foxing etc., this print is in beautiful antique condition. Perfect to frame, loves the company of others. Display in a grouping, these rare larger size feminine prints make a stunning statement! Measures 14-1/4" x 10-1/2".