Erté (Romain de Tirtoff, 1892-1990), The Flowered Cape, Serigraph, Signed & Numbered


A beautiful original serigraph in colors, hand-signed in pencil by Erté and numbered 143/300 in the lower margin, matted and framed in the original frame with felt and chromed material, the back bearing two stickers. One of the stickers with the publishers, Circle Fine Art Corporation with accompanying information regarding the serigraph, the other from Circle Gallery. “The Flowered Cape” serigraph comes from Erte’s series of costume and set designs he did for the Folies Bergere cabaret music hall in Paris, France.

Erté (French, 1892-1990) – Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Romain de Tirtoff (or “Erté” – a nickname based on the French pronunciation of his initials) moved to Paris in 1912 and became a fashion illustrator. He was known for his elaborate costumes and exotic designs, especially at the Folies-Bergère in Paris. Erté also spent a brief period of his life in Hollywood in 1925, working with MGM at the invitation of Louis B. Mayer. Raised as a child of the socially elite, Erté moved to France at the age of 18 to work in the world’s center of art and fashion. Beginning his career under Paul Poiret, the most respected couturier in Paris at the time, Erté went on to work for Harper’s Bazaar for 22 years where he created more than 240 magazine covers.

His reputation earned him the patronage of Mata Hari, Pavlova and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, as he became a major contributor to twentieth-century fashion. Erté began his work with the fine print media in the 1970s, publishing more than 180 of his designs through the Circle Fine Art Corporation and then numerous lithographs and serigraphs commissioned by various publishers.

Erté is often referenced as one of the founders of Art Deco, the style that came into vogue internationally in the 1920s. Erté defined it as the fusion of the curvilinear designs of Art Nouveau of the 19th Century with the Cubist, Constructivist, and geometrical designs of modernity.

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Dimensions: The frame measures 37 1/2″ high by 29 5/8″ wide / long with the visible serigraph measuring 23 1/4″ by 17 1/4″

Condition: Some sheet waviness and light toning in margins; not examined out of frame. The original frame with age-related scuffs and wear to felt, some scratches to plexiglass, separation to corners but structurally sound. See pictures as they are a part of the condition report!

# of pictures: 63 – Scroll down for all the pictures and close-ups.

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