Cadeau du Mandarin (The Chinese mandarin gift)
By Umberto Brunelleschi (Italian 1879-1949)
Art Deco hand-coloured pochoir and gouache over etching heightened with gold on paper mounted to paper-board
Signed and inscribed in graphite along the lower margin 'Cadeau du Mandarin', embossed seal of l'Estampe Moderne
Inscribed along the upper margin:
'Publié par l'Estampe Moderne, 14, rue Richelieu, Paris - 1928'
'Copyright 1928 by Sté Ame l'Estampe Moderne - Paris'
Plate 44 cm x 31.5 cm (17" 5/16 x 12” 3/8)
Cardboard 61 cm x 45.5 cm (24" x 17" 15/16)
Brunelleschi's evocative work seems to capture the spirit of early 20th-century Paris
He was born in Montemurlo, Italy, studied at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence and moved to Paris in 1900.
He worked for Le Rire as a caricaturist under the pseudonym Aroun-al-Raxid or Aron-al-Rascid.
He contributed illustrations to many French publications including Journal des Dames et Des Modes, La Vie Parisienne, Gazette du Bon Ton and Les Feuillets d'Art