Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

Yvette Guilbert

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Yvette Guilbert
signed with monogram (upper right) and inscribed 'Petit monstre!! Mais vous avez fait une horreur!! Yvette Guilbert' (lower left); stamped 'EMILE MULLER IVRY PARIS REPRODUCTION INTERDITE' (on the reverse)
hand-painted, engraved and partially glazed ceramic plaque
20 ¼ x 11 1/8 in. (51.5 x 28.4 cm.)
Executed in 1895
Anon. sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 12 June 1992, lot 23.
Soufer Gallery, New York (acquired at the above sale).
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1993.
G. Coquiot, Lautrec, Paris, 1913, p. 131 (another version illustrated).
T. Duret, Lautrec, Paris, 1920, p. 113.
M. Joyant, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, 1927, pp. 44 and 208 (another version illustrated, p. 47).
Art Digest, vol. 9, July 1935, p. 10 (another version illustrated).
G. Mack, Toulouse-Lautrec, New York, 1938, pp. 200-201.
M.G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, 1952, p. 7, no. 34 (another version illustrated).
H. Perruchot, La vie de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris, 1958, p. 244.
M.G. Dortu, Toulouse-Lautrec et son oeuvre, New York, 1971, vol. III, p. 534, no. C. 1 (another version illustrated, p. 535).
D. Cooper, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, New York, 2004, p. 30 (another version illustrated, fig. 38).

Lot Essay

Yvette Guilbert commissioned this plaque from Toulouse-Lautrec as the top for a small tea table. Lautrec sent the design to the potter Emile Muller in Ivry for him to produce a ceramic tile. Lautrec hand-colored each plaque himself before it was fired and no two examples are identical. When he submitted the design to Yvette Guilbert, she added the humourous inscription which appears in the lower left corner.

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