Glass dome paperweight with Steinlen's Le Chat Noir Black Cat illustration on the front. The black cat looks out at us with a fearful stare as the text welcomes visitors to visit the French cafe from turn of the century Paris.
Glass paperweight comes in an elegant presentation box with sateen lining suitable as a mother's day gift or birthday gift for cat lovers and turn of the century victorian collectors.
Steinlen stopped taking philosophy at the university in his home town of Lausanne prematurely to start working in Mulhouse as a textile designer. The socially committed, kind-hearted artist left for Paris in 1881, where they moved to the hill Montmartre. In the early nineties, Steinlen still painted traditional subjects such as landscapes, flower still lives and nudes. Later work increasingly displayed social realist tendencies. Steinlen became a sought after illustrator for legendary magazines such as Le Rire and Gil bas.