Dudovich Italian (year
Item: R. 41
Title: Mele & Ci
Original lithograph from the "Ricordi
Printed in Italy 1914. View entire
Presented in 16 in x 20 in acid free, archival museum mat, with framing
labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex.
Certificate of Authenticity.
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| Sheet Size:
|| 10 in x 14 in
|| 25.5 cm x 35.5 cm
Several full size versions of Mele (department store) posters have
sold in the $5000 to $10,000 price range during the 1990's. Most images
are not seen in any other version today other than the Ricordi Portfolio,
which itself has become very rare.
Dudovich is considered one of the greatest of Italian poster artists.
Influenced by Penfield, Hohenstein (his friend and teacher) and Mucha.
He developed his own style, very graphic, with rich colours. He become
the official poster artist for Mele, the great fashion department
store. He had a long and prolific career.
Not only did Mele, billed "the great Italian store of Naples"
attract the country's finest posterists, but they have gone out of
their way to provide their client with their very best designs. The
elegant people who inhabit all Mele posters, with their seductive
looks, well matched, delicately coloured outfits, and an overall poise
normally associated with the upper class, became the role models of
a new bourgeois awareness.
This is a selection from the very rare commemorative portfolio published
by the renowned Italian printer Ricordi in 1914. The portfolio consisted
of 70 lithographic plates (smaller versions) of Ricordi's greatest
posters printed between 1895 and 1914. Many of the images in the series
are so rare that they can be found today in no other format. In the
1870s, Ricordi opened an in-house lithography shop to promote its
operas and sheet music business. Ricordi quickly became the leading
lithographer in Italy and by 1895 was creating posters for other clients
such as Campari, the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera, and the
Mele Department store of Naples. Under the tutelage of Adolfo Hohenstein,
a brilliant stable of artists emerged at Ricordi. Artists including
Cappiello, Caldanzano, Cavaleri, Dudovich, Laskoff, Metlicovitz and
Mataloni brought Art Nouveau, known as Stile Liberty in Italy, to
a world class level. Much like the famous Maitre
de L'Affiche series created by Cheret
in Paris, this portfolio celebrated the rise of the poster - which
in Italy was almost single-handedly accomplished by Ricordi.