Full size (printed in 1895) sold for $ 9,200 US, Poster Auctions International,
N.Y. Lot 572, May 1999.
"Arthur Huc, art collector and editor of 'La Depeche' had already
used one of Lautrec's earlier posters successfully (Le
Pendu) This time he is advertising a serialization of the novel,'The
Warning bell' (Le Tocsin)by Jules de Gastyne in his publication,
seen here is the rare version before the addition of letters. Toulouse-Lautrec
strikes the perfect note for the gothic romance, with the pale heroine
followed by a dejected dog strolling through the gloom of the night,
with the forbiddingly austere walls of a castle behind her" (Rennert,
"Sometimes called 'La Chatelane' (the Lady of the Manor),
it evokes an eerie moonlit atmosphere through which a woman walks
as if in a trance. A bell just beneath the moon, the deep forest,
and ghostly dog complete a scene of mystery" (San Diego Museum
During the 1960s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed
this superb series "Les Affiches de Toulouse-Lautrec"
for collectors. They are reduced lithographic versions of Lautrec's
most famous works. They are truly the most beautiful printing we
have been able to find in this size format.
As vintage printings of Lautrec's work, in all formats, reach high
prices, this mid-century printing offers a superb alternative at
a reasonable price that will only appreciate in value.