Almanach du Masque d'Or - Edouard Halouze (illustrator) 1920 - chez Devambez, 23 - Premiere Année A lovely copy of this delightful Almanach. A stunning example of beauty, finesse and luxury from the Art-Deco period. Only 1000 copies were printed and this is numbered 68. The hand-coloured illustrations are by Edouard Halouze and include four plates of the seasons as well as 17 full page plates which decorate the ‘Petit Guide de la Vie Elégante’ presented in the form of a collection of advertisements for the Moulin Bleu, Cartier, Prunier, Gaveau, les couturiers Raimon et Martial & Armand, etc. Suitably housed in a one of a kind, hand-tooled case by Bayntun-Riviere.   Four pochoir plates representing the seasons, a 12 page calendar with decorative surrounds, 17 full-page illustrations representing "La Journée D'Un Vrai Parisien", vignettes throughout the text all in colour.

Traditionally, pochoir is employed by an artist who draws the pen line of the subject, then uses a series of carefully cut-out stencils as guides in adding color, Picasso, Miró and Matisse used this technique for book illustrations. It was especially popular in the art-deco period in Paris to produce plates for fashion.

Halouze was a well-known book illustrator and a graphics artist for the Music Halls as well as a frequent contributor to the Gazette du Bon, known for inserting cubistic forms. He participated at the exhibition organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1920. [Art Deco Fashion - Battersby]

There are 56 illustrations by Edoard Halouze, consisting of the title vignette printed, 47 colour compositions (21 full page including one for each season, 13 in-text, 12 framings for the calendar months and a ‘cul-de-lampe’ illustrating ‘La journée du Parisien’), 8 in black 2 for the “cartonnage” plates and 6 in-text). 17 of the full page plates decorate the ‘Petit Guide de la Vie Elégante’ which is presented in the form of a collection of advertisements for the Moulin Bleu, Prunier, Gaveau, le libraire Fast, Cartier, les couturiers Raimon et Martial & Armand, etc.

With chronicles of the cultural and fashionable life in Paris written by A. de Fouquières ; Jean-José Frappa ; René Boylesve ; Robert de Flers ; Raymond Benard ; Henri de Régnier ; Van Dongen et René Kerdyk ; Henry Prunières ; Gabriel Fauré ; Duc de Montpensier ; Marcel Prévost ; Jacques Boulenger ; G. de Givry ; A. Arnyvelde ; Léon Deutsch ; E. Nignon ; and Raymond Zahm.

Duodecimo (binding size 13.7x9.8x1.4cm), pp [9] ff 17-223 [1].
  Bound in the original white glazed paper covered boards, the front cover with a green figure of a ballerina with a lighter green stripe in each corner, and the rear with her male counterpart. Smooth spine blocked with a mask and the date in blind, decorative white endpapers, top edges gilt, the others uncut. Contained within a new white goatskin drop-over box, the front cover with a green goatskin onlay reproducing the ballerina with green stripes in the corners, smooth spine lettered on a green goatskin label, the interior lined with green suede, green cloth sides.   Condition: Near fine, some toning and minor soiling to white boards, in fine clamshell case   Ref: 102656   Price: HK$ 22,000