Les Maîtres de l’Affiche

February 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

In the heyday of the poster, the French public clamored to get their hands on posters. They peeled them from the walls of buildings, they bribed printers to save them an extra and they joined clubs where they could compare and trade with other collectors.
A photograph of Pall Mall Budget Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche plate#24

Original "Pall Mall Budget" Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche plate#24. By Greiffenhagen, 1896

A photograph of A Trip to Chinatown Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche plate#184

Original "A Trip to Chinatown Poster", Maitres de l'Affiche plate#184. By the Beggarstaffs, 1899

A photograph of Amour & Co. Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche plate#163

Original "Amour & Co." Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche plate#163. By Albert Guillaume, 1899.

For those who couldn’t go through the trouble but still wanted to join the poster collecting craze, Jules Cheret created “Les Maîtres de l’Affiche” or “The Masters of the Poster.” These miniatures of famous posters presented images of the finest poster designs from around the world and were offered by subscription to collectors. Once signed up, the collector would receive 4 miniatures every month in a paper folio in which to bind the collection.

A photograph of Camille Stefani Poster, MAitres de l'Affiche Plate b#12702

Original "Camille Stefani" Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche Plate #12702. By Jules Cheret, 1897

A photograph of Les Coulisses de L'opera Poster, Les Maitres de l'Affiche plate #37

Original "Les Coulisses de l'Opera" Poster, Les Maitres de l'Affiche plate #37. By Jules Cheret, 1896

We are delighted to present our delightful collection of Les Maitres de l’Affiche. It includes works by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Jules Cheret, Edward Penfield, Louis J Rhead and many others. There are more than 200 of the 256 plates produced now available.

A photograph of Pantomimes Lumineuses Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche #41

Original "Pantomimes Lumineuses" Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche #41. By Jules Cheret, 1896

A photograph of Saxoleine Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche Plate #145

Original "Saxoleine" Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche Plate #145. By Jules Cheret, 1898

We recommend the comprehensive book The Complete Masters of the Poster by Stanley Appelbaum, to help explain the collection. This book is available to purchase at our shop for $39.95.

A photograph of Read the Sun Poster, Maitres de l'Affiche Plate #200

Original "Read the Sun Poster", Maitres de l'Affiche Plate #200. By Louis J. Rhead, 1900

Be careful though, you can’t buy just one!

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