Hand Blocked Colored Prints of the Gay 90’s. [box cover title of linen cocktail napkin set illustrated in the manner of Jazz Age artist John Held]
Boxed set of eight cocktail napkins each imprinted with a humorous illustration in the manner of Jazz Age cartoonist, John Held, Jr. (1889–1958). The set of French linen napkins are mounted on leaves and here presented for sale as though they were book illustration plates. The napkins are stitched to the leaves so as to be easily removed for use.
Four distinct illustrations are seen within, printed on the napkins in red, blue, yellow, green, and pink. Each illustration is reproduced in two color ways for a total of eight cocktail napkins.
The four illustrations depict “old-fashioned,” comic scenes from the 1890s drawn in a mock-archaic style, three of the four explicitly show beer drinking. They are entitled: “Beat it, here comes the Sergeant”; “Pals”; and “Close Harmony.” These cartoon-like illustrations evoke the illustrations for Held’s 1930s Prohibition-era cocktail recipe chart, Forty Famous Cocktails: Being a Compendium of Reliable Recipes Carefully Compiled for Use in this Arid Era.
Description: Hand Blocked Colored Prints of the Gay 90’s. [box cover title of linen cocktail napkin set illustrated in the manner of Jazz Age artist John Held]
[“Made in France”, c.1930s–1940s]. ff. Book-form, clamshell, paper-covered box with bound in leaves upon which 8 linen cocktail napkins have been stitched. Approx. 8 x 6 inches. With contents leaf and leaf with “List of Illustrations” (i.e. napkins). Fringed and hand-rolled napkins with printed illustrations, each with a small red and blue printed label reading “France.” Additional six, sailboat-themed cocktail napkin set laid in. Some rubbing to box; very good.