This is a hand coloured and plate-signed pochoir from Modes et Manieres d'Aujourd'hui (1914 edition, Plate VI), 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. The scan doesn't capture the wonderful gold foiling on each leaf, but it does capture the idyllic romantic mood that Barbier was a master at portraying.
H.10.75in. X W.7.0in.; H.27.3cm. X W.17.8cm.