Antique Fashion & Costume Plates
1820+ Le Petit Courrier des Dames
As so often happened in American, English and other European
publications, many early plates
were crude copies from French magazines. Only when publishers paid
to use the imported quality engraved plates from French magazines did
the magazines really win the hearts of subscribers.
Le Petit Courrier
des Dames (French)
Many new C19th long-lived fashion magazines began life in the 1820s and old favourites died
too. For one year the now very collectible Le Petit Courrier des
Dames had begun life as Nouveau Journal des Dames in 1821. This
was an important French fashion magazine and it produced a weekly issue
uninterrupted until 1865. Each issue had one or two fashion plates and
many are considered the finest in the C19th. Artists who made some
of the finest plates were Madame Florensa de Closmenil, A. Pauquet,
Hervy, Laure Noel, A. de Taverne and E. Preval.
French Fashion Plate magazine was Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes -
You can see 2 of my favourite plates from this
Le Petit Courrier des Dames
1850 dresses below. Day dress and evening dress in tulle and
grenadine, trimmed with ribbons.
Shawl of white lace
Above - The artist signature of A.Pauquet .
Townsend's Selection of Parisian Costumes
In 1823 Townsend's Selection of Parisian Costumes an English
publication, used imported plates from both Le Petit Courrier des
Dames and Le Journal des Dames et Des Modes Costumes Parisiens.
The latter word is often spelt many ways on various plates.
Both these last two publications produced very fine engravings and Townsend
found that when it economised and used badly made plates, sales went
down. Fortunes were regained once they used French plates again.
This is a hand-coloured fashion engraving from an 1826 Le Journal
des Dames et Des Modes Costumes Parisiens.
colours and extraordinary detail it is an exquisite work of art in
its own right. The Apollo knot hairstyle details are
Below is another of my fashion plates from the Le Journal des Dames
et des Modes magazine of the year 1826. These engravings are
particularly good with fine and pretty detail. The headings usually
state Costumes Parisians, sometimes I even think it reads Parisions.
Le Journal des Dames et des Modes Costumes Parisians - 1826.
This hand tinted image was bought from EBay fashion plate and
engraving seller known as
Cabrio4. What a wonderful pelerine mantle so perfectly accommodating for
the newly developing fuller sleeves.
Yes eBay can become an expensive habit............ and can you
tell I like this era?
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