Full size (printed in 1894) sold for $ 32,200 US, Poster Auctions
International, N.Y. Lot 567, May 1999.
"Confetti made from paper was a novelty at this time, having
originally been composed of rather dangerous plaster chips. The
plaster variety had been outlawed in Paris since Mardis Gras in
1892, when a rage of confetti throwing from balconies had injured
passersby" (San Diego Museum of Art)
"One would hardly think that an artist of Toulouse-Lautrec's
stature and wealth would normally apply his talents to advertise
a product as routine as confetti. As luck would have it, though,
Edward Bella, one of the owners of the paper manufacturing plant
of J. & E. Bella of London, was also an enthusiastic poster
collector who made frequent trips to Paris and counted Lautrec among
his acquaintances there. Bella, in fact, organized the first British
Poster show of any consequence, with more than 250 posters, in the
winter of 1894-95. Five of Lautrec's posters were featured in the
collection, and 'Confetti' finished earlier that fall, was reproduced
as a frontispiece in the catalogue of the exhibition. It is an altogether
happy picture, with the girl ostensibly fending off the shower of
confetti but secretly basking in the attention lavished on her by
the unseen admirers. "(Wine
During the 1960s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
this superb series "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of Lautrec's
most famous works. They are truly the most beautiful printing we
have been able to find in this size format.
As vintage printings of Lautrec's work, in all formats, reach high
prices, this mid-century printing offers a superb alternative at
a reasonable price that will only appreciate in value.