Absinthe Mugnier by Lucien Lefevre (1895). Fine/Very Fine....Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionAbsinthe Mugnier by Lucien Lefevre (1895). Fine/Very Fine. Advertising Poster (11.25" X 15.5").
Before becoming one of the most popular and infamous beverages of the Belle Epoch, absinthe had a history of being used as a panacea for whole slew of illnesses. Particularly, French legionnaires stationed in Algiers would receive the tonic as a preventative measure against malaria, and they would then popularize the drink when they returned to their home country during the mid 1800s. Lucien Lefevre, a popular French poster artist of the 1890s, pays homage to absinthe's history with this vibrant illustration in lovely stone litho printing. Never before offered at Heritage, this rare piece has slight edge wear, faint creases, and a light dust shadow at the left edge. There are a couple of thin strips of paper tape along the sides of the verso. The left side of the poster is slightly trimmed and there is a small amount of penciled writing in the lower border, but this does not appear to be the artist's signature. Fine/Very Fine.
Estimate: $300 - $600.
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