This eye-catching trivet which includes one of the most iconic of French vintage images, le Chat Noir (the black cat), looks good anywhere. Use as a trivet to protect your table from a hot pot, saucepan or kettle, or purely as decoration.
- Trivet is made of heat resistant glass.
- Slip resistant with 4 small silicone feet.
- Do not use as a cutting board.
- Dimensions: H 20cm W 20cm D 0.5cm (7.9 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches)
- Imported from France.
The story of the Chat Noir
Le Chat Noir was a famous and extremely popular Paris nightclub (1881-1897). The owner, Rodolphe Salis, was an acid-tongued, sarcastic and rude master of ceromonies, who avoided paying his staff, suppliers and artists. However he was a great showman and innovative. He is credited with being the creator of the modern cabaret, was the first to play music in a tavern and attracted exceptional artists of all kinds, and a large crowd.
In the 1890's, Rodolphe took Chat Noir on tour around France, hiring theatres and venues - another innovation at the time.
A clever move by Rodolphe was to commission the Art Nouveau artist Théophile Steinlen to design signs and posters for his cabaret and tours. It is these wonderful artworks which are Rodolphe's lasting legacy of the long gone Le Chat Noir.
This poster is about the exhibition and subsequent sale in May 1898 by the auction house, Hotel Drouot, of Rodolphe Salis's art collection from his nightclub. The nightclub was closed in 1897 after Salis's death.
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