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Truly unique pieces! Vintage 30s French fashion costume prints from the cover of two of the lunch menus of the transatlantic liner Paris operated by the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, French Line. One was the cover of the August 31, 1936 lunch menu and was called Jeune femme des environ de Dieppe (Young woman near Dieppe). The other is Jeune femme de Cherbourg. (Young woman from Cherbourg) from the August 29, 1937 menu.
The writing on the bottom of each says Pecheux del (left), Chez le Goupy (center), Gatine sculp (right). At first sight, they appear to be done in ink and watercolor and look like etchings but after finding out that they were menu covers, I would assume them to be prints (unless the liner Paris had a full time engraver just to do their daily menus:)) The last photo is of the full menu covers the way they looked originally.

As for the artists, Georges Jacques Gatine was the original engraver/ illustrator. Benoit Pecheux was a French painter. Gatine's illustrations are from a painting by Pecheux. This places the original artwork in a much earlier era, since Pecheux died in 1825 and Gatine in 1824. This is also evident from the dress of the women, a style similar to the Regency era, pre-dating it just a bit as the colors are darker than the more traditional whites and pales seen during that time.

One print was already opened in the back, so I took it out and discovered evidence of the top part of the rest of the writing on the menu cover which read Les Costumes Normands de Jadis (Norman costumes of yore). Also, it was on a harder cardboard rather than regular paper which is consistent with the fact that it came from a menu cover and not a book page. The other print is completely sealed in the back so the menu part may be still intact inside.

The story of the liner Paris is also interesting. Less fortunate than the ship Ile de France which would succeed him as flagship of the company, PARIS had a relatively short commercial career, between its commissioning in 1921, delayed by the First World War, and its loss in a fire at Havre in 1939. She will know the First World War to the state of an unfinished hull and the Second World War in a wreck: a unique case in the history of the French merchant navy. (read more about her here http://www.frenchlines.com/ship_fr_368.php)

A truly fabulous pair of prints, framed in simple brown frames would be a great addition to your home décor.

✂-----Measurements:
Height: 9 ¾"
Width: 7.5"

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Vintage 1930s fashion prints/ set of 2/ lunch menu Liner Paris/ Compagnie Generale Transatlantique French Line/ French Costume Prints/ etch

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  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: paper, glass, wood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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