Full size sold for $ 25,550 US
Christies, London, Lot # 119.
does Steinlen's humanity shine with a greater glow than in 'Lait pur Sterilise'
a poster for a milk distributor. His daughter Colette is shown here, as she carefully
tastes the milk she's giving the family cats, to make sure it isn't too hot for
them. The cats show up in many of Steinlen's drawings and in several posters (see
PL. 170). Apparently they were very important members of the household. This
was his first poster for (the printer) Verneau, who later became his principle
printer, and it remains, justly, his most successful one. Its simple domesticity,
expressed in warm colours, has never been surpassed, with it, Steinlen assured
himself of a place among the front rank of all-time great poster artists"(Wine
by Pieter Dupont
"The humble dairy of Quillot Brothers in the village of Montigny
sur Vingeanne could not have had the slightest notion that, to advertise
their sterilized milk, they caused Steinlen to produce one of the
all-time most endearing poster images ever created"(Rennert-XXX