1888 Chromolithograph France 19th Century Costume Auvergne Velay LCH5


This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph which depicts some of the favored fashions of the 19th century in the French regions of Auvergne, Velay and Bourbonnais.

Key Elements in Each Panel

Top - 1,7. Moulinoises in a Bourbonnais hat - 2,3,4,5. Podotes, inhabitants of Puy - 8. Woman from Issoire, lower Auvergne.

Middle - 9. Woman from Issoire - 10. Villager from Langeac, Velay, wearing a tricorn - 11. Woman from Saint-Germain-Lembron, lower Auvergne - 12. Woman from Roim - 13. Peasant from upper Auvergne - 14. Man from Chamalière, lower Auvergne.

Bottom - 15. Peasant from Mont-Dore-les-Bains - 16. Woman from Thiers, lower Auvergne, wearing a traditional wide-brimmed hat - 17. Villager from Saint-Germain, holding her hat in one hand and a jug in the other - 18. Woman from Latour, with her apron tucked into her skirt - 19,20. Inhabitants of Beauregard-Lévêque, lower Auvergne.


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 a myriad of costumes that capture fashions, fads and traditional outfits, as well as the beautiful jewelry work of almost every major European society throughout the last few centuries. Featured in these regions include, Basque, Scotland, Brittany, Moscow, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, England and Holland; there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.

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: dress, bonnet, attire, clothing, historical