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

Yvette Guilbert

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
Yvette Guilbert
inscribed with monogram (upper right) and inscribed 'Petit monstre! Mais vous avez fait une horreur!! Yvette Guilbert!' (lower left)
white earthenware ceramic plaque, partially engraved, with colored engobe and glaze
20 ¼ x 11 1/8 in. (51.5 x 28.4 cm.)
Conceived in 1895
Kraushaar Galleries, New York.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr., New York (circa 1925).
Acquired from the estate of the above by the late owners, November 1984.
G. Coquiot, H. de Toulouse-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.L. Fennimore et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Decorative Arts, New York, 1992, vol. IV, p. 117, no. 125 (illustrated in color).
D. Cooper, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, New York, 2004, p. 30 (another version illustrated, fig. 38).
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Lot Essay

Lautrec met the famed singer, Yvette Guilbert, in 1894. She was a favorite subject for the artist in subsequent years, sitting for him for numerous drawings. Guilbert commissioned this plaque from Lautrec as the top for a small tea table. He sent the design to the potter Emile Muller in Ivry 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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