An original design showing a lady harlequin in Cheret's unforgettable style. Her
stance and facial expression, as well as some contrasting shadowing in the background,
set the mood. Even without colour, the skill of the master, to put forth an atmosphere
of frivolity, exudes forth from this single character.
Subscribers to the Maitre
de l'Affiche series received four special plates annually. These premium original
lithographs, each an original design, were created specifically for this series,
and are not seen in any other format, unlike the regular plates, which are reduced
versions of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion
of the Special Plates (Sp), as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity
and skill. The artist is unencumbered with a product or service to advertise,
and can express himself more freely, demonstrating his drawing ability, the essence
of graphic art, with only one or two colours. For many collectors these unique
Special Plates are more desirable than any of the regular plates.