Chat Noir Enamel Pin

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This pin is based on the poster advertising the sale of the contents of the Chat Noir cabaret. The poster advertises the sale of the collection of Rodolphe Salis, the owner of the Chat Noir, which opened in 1881 as the first cabaret in Paris. The artistic patrons of the Chat Noir and its irreverent performances of songs, plays, readings, and parades set the anything-goes tone for Montmartre. Its shadow theater, which combined colored lights, painted backgrounds, and sound effects with sophisticated cut-outs (emphasizing bold shapes and expressive silhouettes), was especially influential on the development of art in Toulouse-Lautrec’s circle.

• Nickel plate, soft enamel
• Rubber clutch back
• Approx. .75"W x 1.5"H

Collection du Chat Noir (Collection of the Chat Noir), 1898
Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen (French (born in Switzerland), 1859-1923)
Lithograph, printed in black and red