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Wine Cabinet with La Dame Aux Camelias by Alphonse Mucha


Wine Cabinet stores fifteewine bottles and glassware with famous artwork by Alphonse Mucha giclee-printed on canvas side panels. Solid pine with a oaxacan mole umber hue finish, which is then protected with a lacquer coat and top coat. The art is giclee printed on canvas with three coats of UV inhibitor to protect against sunlight, extending the life of the art. The canvas is then glued onto panels and inserted into the frames. The overall dimensions are 34” by 22” by 11.5” Net weight: 25 lbs.Three racks; each holds five bottles.  Shelf, and stemware holder. Estimated assembly time: 20 minutes. Artist - Mucha 

Notes on  - La Dame Aux Camelias 

Kelseys Collection is where "Great Art & Function Meet"

Mucha was "discovered" by Sarah Bernhardt in 1894 when she need a poster, on short notice, for a performance she was starring in. She was so impressed with hls style and excellence, that she signed him up for a 6 year contract. Mucha saw a resurgence in interest in his art during the late 60's wherein his art was used to advertise love ins, be-ins, acid rock festivals, light show concerts, and other assorted goings on during the hippy phase of the late 60's and early 70's. His art actually has never lost favor and is still sought after for his posters and designs for jewelry, vases, cookware, and housing decor.

subject matter - French poster art circa 1900.

Sarah Bernhardt considered La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas to be the key drama in her repertoire. Bernhardt played the title role, the courtesan Camille who is dying of consumption and releases her lover from his promise to marry her.

Mucha captures the tradgedy of the tale with shocking impact. The grief-stricken heroine leans wearily against a balustrade and is flanked by a background of silver stars. In her hair is a white camelia. Another camelia, this time symbolising death, is held up by a hand at the bottom of the poster. This smooth-stemmed plant contrasts with the thorny roses piercing the hearts at the top of the design, evoking the play's principal theme - love's ultimate sacrifice.


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