Glass half dome paperweight with image a woman originally created by Alphonse Mucha
for his advertising poster of 1897. In that color lithograph, a woman
with a beautiful floral headpiece and long hair stands next to
advertising a bottle of the liqueur La Trappistine
placed on a table. Here in this paperweight, the elaborate patterning
around the woman's head and her beauty is detailed as the focal point.
Glass paperweight comes in an elegant presentation box with sateen lining suitable as a corporate or graduation gift.
Part of the Parastone Museum Gift Collection.
Measures: 3 in W x 3 in L x 1.5 in H.
Young Alphonse Mucha left for
Vienna when he worked as an apprentice draughtsman for a studio which
designed and decorated theater scenery. Upon his return to Moravia his
talent was spotted by the wealthy Count Karl Khuen-Belasi, who enabled
him to study at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich. Mucha
continued his studies in Paris. He made extra money drawing
illustrations for magazines and advertisements. Quite unexpectedly this
proved to be his big break. Mucha became the most in demand illustrator of the Belle Epoque.