This is a hand coloured and plate-signed pochoir from Modes et Manieres d'Aujourd'hui (1914 edition, Plate XI), which was one of the most exclusive "lifestyle" publications to emerge from Paris (1912 to 1922). Its audience was the very wealthy. Existing copies are quite rare and highly collectible because of an annual edition size of only 300. This edition was entirely illustrated by Barbier, who shows here a preview of his art deco masterworks in chronicling the 1920's Parisian creed of "good times, beautiful people, erotic dalliance and the exotic lifestyle". Each image in this famous series is on fine Japan paper, echoing the uncompromising elegance of the period. Rich colours and incredible gold foiling on the Chinese laquered panel perfectly capture the flow and glow of the times.
H.10.75in. X W.7.0in.; H.27.3cm. X W.17.8cm.