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4z0036 POUR METZ linen INCOMPLETE 39x55 French stage poster 1916 Louis Edouard-Fournier art!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An INCOMPLETE Original Vintage Linenbacked French Stage Play Poster (measures 39 1/4" x 55" [100 x 140 cm]) (Learn More)

Pour Metz (literally translates to "For Metz"), the 1916 French stage play production (to benefit the people of Metz and Lorraine) which was held at the Comedie-Francaise in Paris, France. This poster features Louis Edouard-Fournier art of the personification of the city of Metz, which has been crucified to a wall in the middle of a desolate landscape. Metz was the capital of Lorraine, which France was forced to cede to Germany (along with Alsace) at the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). Once World War I (WWI) broke out, recovery of the two lost provinces became the top French war goal, and both the French and German authorities used the inhabitants of Alsace-Lorraine for propaganda purposes. Also, note that Comedie-Francaise was founded in 1680 and is the oldest active theatre company in the world.
Artist: Louis Edouard-Fournier
Important Added Info: Note that this French poster is incomplete. It is the left panel of a two-panel poster. The right panel has entirely text, but someone either chose to only linenback the panel with the art, or they were missing the other panel. Please do not bid on this poster unless you can accept that only half of it is present (but that it does have the complete artwork).

Note that this poster ships in a very long tube (at least 33" long, but possibly 50" long or more). Therefore the shipping for this poster will be more than that for a poster that ships in a tube 32" or shorter, and possibly much more. Please bear this added shipping expense in mind before bidding on this poster. You can tell how long of a tube this poster needs to ship in by looking at the shorter dimension of its length and width and then adding 4" to that (so a 47" x 63" poster will need to ship in a 51" long tube).
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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: poor to fair. As noted above, only half the poster is present. The portion that is present had small tears and areas of paper loss along parts of several folds, with creases, smudges, and scuffs around the edges, and some scattered in the image. Overall, the poster was in poor to fair condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was mounted onto a fairly thin linen with no excess, and no restoration was performed, and the poster is "lifting" from the linen in a number of areas. Please bear all of the above in mind before bidding on this poster.
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