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Chicorée Extra "A la belle Jardinière"

Chicorée Extra "A la belle Jardinière"

1890? 26 thin loose sheets, 8¼" x 6¼", advertising Chicorée Extra "A la belle Jardinière" with colored images on the front side, largely or entirely from Pelerin of Epinal, and with texts of fables from La Fontaine and Florian.  Gift of Bertrand Cocq, Calonne-Ricouart, France, August, '15.

These sheets are very slight and fragile.  Only DW is landscape; all others are in portrait format.  I believe strong Pelerin images here are alongside weaker but traditional images.  "Le Coq et le Renard" has the familiar pose of the deceiving fox and much of the zest of Pelerin color.  Other famous Pelerin designs include TH and FC.  Are GA and GGE as strong?  I should not be surprised that I have not run into them before: they are so fragile!  This set is in very good condition.  Some sheets have two fables.  Others have several scenes from one fable.