Théâtrophone (Theatrophone) Maitres de L'Affiche Advertising Poster

$550.00

Genre: Maitres de L'Affiche
Artist: Jules Cheret
Year Printed: 1896
Size: 11.25" x 15.75"
Country of Poster: Unknown
Restoration Detail: Unrestored
Grade: Very Fine
Additional Information: Original Théâtrophone, Maitre d'Affiche plate #33. Presented in a 16" x 20" acid free museum mat. An early example of live transmission, the theatrophone allowed a person to pay a small fee to hear an opera or recital over telephone wire. One of the most popular of Cheret's in the Maitre series, owing mainly to the 1896 use of a "telephone" style device. The theatrophone was a distant ancestor of the jukebox. An early telephonic device, it was originally used to "broadcast" music from the Paris Opera. Anyone who inserted a coin could listen to the music through earphones. Although the beautiful subject is a picture-perfect Cherette, she is uncharacteristically wearing black gloves, which Cheret probably provided so that he could more precisely render the use of the actual machine. The gentleman in the background is suggestively waiting, either for the woman — or to use the phone! (Swann)

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