This is a good quality decorative metal tray with one of the most iconic of vintage French images, le Chat Noir (the black cat).
- Tray is made of pressed tin and has a glossy finish.
- Dimensions: H 20cm W 33cm D 2cm (7.9 x 13 x 0.8 inches)
- Imported from France.
The story of the Chat Noir
This iconic image is an advertising poster; it says 'The tour of the Black Cat by Rodolphe Salis'. It advertised the tour of the shadowpuppet theatre "Le Chat Noir" of Rodolphe Salis.
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.
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