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1888 Chromolithograph France 18th Century Bourgeois Children Costume LCH4
1888 Chromolithograph France 18th Century Bourgeois Children Costume LCH4
1888 Chromolithograph France 18th Century Bourgeois Children Costume LCH4

1888 Chromolithograph France 18th Century Bourgeois Children Costume LCH4

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This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which depicts some scenes from the daily lives of the bourgeoisie and their children, during 18th century France. Born in the midst of opulence and poverty, they were a capitalistic offshoot of the Third Estate who made a small name for themselves through hard work and determination.

Key Elements in Each Panel

Top - A mother gets her daughter ready for mass on a cold winter's morning - A young lady in a fourreau ("false dress") respectfully listens as her mother recites the Gospel to her.

Bottom - A woman sits, haphazardly, while she reads her billet doux, or love letter. Unfortunately, its unclear whether the admirer brought it himself, or just cowardly sent a messenger - A governess mends this young man's tricorn hat, his toys lay scattered on the floor beside him.


This 123+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 13.5 inches; 25 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original color and chromolithographs, which capture a myriad of ancient cultures and costumes from around the world. Virtually unseen individually, and from perhaps the most coveted portfolio of costumes from the 19th century, these historically important elephant folio-sized chromolithographs depict scenes and images venturing from ancient Egypt to classical Rome and Greece. Each illustration was adapted from actual artifacts and archaeological sites to define accurate representations of life during each time period; from the dainty Orient to the tribes of Oceania, there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.

Please note that the full original supporting documents for this original piece, shown in the additional pictures attached to the listing, are included and will be shipped with this original.

The originals offered are from the first edition of RacinetÕs masterwork on costumes of the world. Many have been heightened in gold and silver. The full color chromolithographs are some of the most spectacular we have procured. The duotone chromolithographs are stunning and impeccably preserved. Each piece from the collection is in museum-quality condition.

Keywords specific to this image: interior design, middle class, dress, son, kid, racket, shuttlecock, furniture