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Auction History Result

9j047 SALLE DE L'ETOILE linen French 1p 1902 Coulet art of audience, girl & early movie projector!

Date Sold 9/5/2017
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked French One-Panel "Grande" Poster (1p; measures 46 1/2" x 62 1/2" [118 x 159 cm]) (Learn More)

Salle de L'Etoile, the circa 1902 French stock poster used to promote attractions, concerts and movies shown at the theater at Place Badouilliere in St. Etienne, France, and featuring Leon Gabriel Louis Coulet art of a gorgeous angelic showgirl holding a staff with a star on top of it next to a running vintage film projector while a smiling audience sits below (most surviving posters from this very beginning of motion pictures merely advertised that they are showing motion pictures, and not WHAT they were showing, because movies were so new that simply going to one was an event in itself!). Certainly, in the case of this poster, the theater would either overprint the large right area with a list of what the current attractions were, or possibly attach a paper snipe to that area if they wanted to use it again for different movies. This poster is especially fascinating because it likely contains one of the first artwork depictions of a very early movie projector! If anyone knows more about this poster, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
Artist: Leon Gabriel Louis Coulet
Important Added Info: Note that we have only once before auctioned an example of this poster. We have seen where an auction house reported selling an example of this poster in 2012 for $15,535, but we have no way of verifying that transaction. However, it certainly is a really cool poster from the birth of movies, and it is 115 years old!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster was never folded. It had a 15" diagonal crease starting near the middle of the right border and extending up through the right of the second "N" of "ETIENNE" and extending into the green area above it, with a second 4" crease next to it. There was a 3" tear in the right border extending into the middle of the final "E" of "ETIENNE". There was a 2" tear near the middle of the blank right area, with a light vertical mark to the left of it. There were just a few tiny dot stains scattered in the solid white area. Other than the basically very minor defects described above, the poster was in really nice condition prior to linenbacking, especially considering it is 115 years old. The restorer backed the poster "in the European style", meaning that they did not do restoration to the defects described above. This rare and historic poster will display wonderfully on the new owner's wall.
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