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Regarded as a French national icon and often referred to as “the Billie Holiday of France,” legend has it that she was born in 1915 on the streets of Paris - literally - then abandoned by her parents to be raised by prostitutes in a brothel owned by her paternal grandmother. Although her life was filled with personal tragedy, her passionate singing earned her an international following from the WWII era until her 1963 death.
This is a tribute to Piaf and the transitioning art movement in early 20th century Paris. The wood framed mirror came with two silver nouveau ladies at bottom and was freshly painted as the backdrop for two 45’s – red vinyl first, then Piaf’s 45 is installed ½ inch above the surface for added dimension. Stamped bronze belt pieces, heavy gold vintage earrings, black and crystal buttons, faux ivory tusks, a stunning ruby costume brooch, and a gold necklace surround the centerpiece - the face that seems so … cabaret. At the very top, an antique scalloped silver spoon (somewhat discolored but polyurethaned) with a fleur di lis cutout, is accented by a petite black mesh metal ring. And, of course, the Eiffel Tower. Built in stand for tabletop or has hanger for wall. Note some wear on the record label in pic 4. Measures approx. 8x14."
Many of Piaf’s recordings were banned from radio because of frank references to sex and drugs. At the age of 47, her dying words were "Every damn fool thing you do in this life, you pay for.”
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