This is a hand coloured and plate-signed pochoir from Modes et Manieres d'Aujourd'hui (1914 edition, Plate III), 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. Each image in this famous series is on fine Japan paper, echoing the uncompromising elegance of the period. Note the strong Oriental influences, as wellas the Art Nouveau foliage. All of these elements presented here and throughout this famous album laid the groundwork the official outbreak of Art Deco when it catapulted into prominence in Paris in 1925.
H.10.75in. X W.7.0in.; H.27.3cm. X W.17.8cm.