Full size sold for $ 23,000 US
Poster Auctions International, N.Y. Nov 2004.
"Some of the most heart-warming poster images ever created are those in
which Steinlen gives us an intimate peek into his family life. You can virtually
feel his adoring love for his wife Emilie and daughter Colette, and he never fails
to let us know that cats were regarded as full-fledged family members in his house"
"The cozy breakfast
time was a favourite theme of the great painters, and the Impressionists loved
portraying the humble joys of the table. Steinlen also serves up a breakfast drink
in appropriate style. Mother (Emilie) and child (Colette) sit side by side, the
blonde daughter drinking her chocolate, while mamma enjoys a cup of aromatic Chinese
tea made by the 'Compagnie Française des Chocolats et des Thes' (French
Chocolate and Tea Company) The purring cat in the foreground signifies contentment.
Steinlen's lines are smooth and sensitive, and he confines himself to a few well-synchronized
colours"(Paris 1900, p.170)