Antique Fashion & Costume Plates - Part 9
La Mode Illustrée Reprints
You will have seen a genuine antique La Mode Illustrée fashion plate on the
These eight La Mode Illustrée late Victorian fashion plates
below are reproduction
prints and belong to me by choice. They were bought some time ago from an
eBay seller. The seller who sold these to me stated honestly in her sales
spiel that they were early 1950s reproductions of La Mode Illustrée, possibly
long stored overruns/seconds. In no way did she ever suggest they were
antique fashion plates.
I cannot recall the exact price, but I know I paid £12.50 for the eight and
was very happy with my purchase. The fact that they were not originals in
this case did not matter to me, as I deliberately bought them to add colour to
the website. So these are not antiques and I will
point out the little differences below using these prints as examples.
All thumbnails enlarge to A4 size.
Left - 2 La Mode Illustrée 1950's
Reprints of 1860's Plates
Right - 2 La Mode Illustrée 1950's
Reprints of 1870's
Above Reprinted Fashion Plates of La Mode Illustrée - Artist Anaïs
The two fashion reprints from the 1860s era directly left, are the most charming
from this set. Then the two early tabard polonaise bustle styles on the
right of 1870s designs are the pair of fashion prints that a lot of people seem
to wish to sell! For some reason I have seen these two fashion plates to
the right traded most frequently and of the set of 8 I think they are the least
attractive. So must other sellers by the number of times they appear in sales.
The one on the left has very crude floral fabric colouration and the blue
of the dress is super intense and garish and this may well fit in with the
introduction of aniline dyes, but the execution lacks something. The last is
just a dull combination of colours compared to more pretty pretty fashion
plates. These 4 images crop up on the internet time and again. The
problem is many of their owners or their parents have had them 40 years or more,
so convince themselves the reprints are old enough to be antiques.
Tell tale signs are the perfectly symmetrical sheets of paper they are
printed on. Authentic fashion plates are often on comparatively fragile
paper not much thicker that the sort of quality paper you might use in a laser
printer. One spine edge is likely to be rough. These
reproduction prints are printed on heavier evenly ecru toned watercolour
type paper. But the other antique Mode Illustrée plates I own are on
smooth paper, delicate colour application and they have real age marks or foxing!
According to one art and antique forum these 1950s reprints have a low resale commercial value
of between £5 and $35 dependant on condition. I can tell you from my
research there are a lot of these particular prints about - far more than would
have realistically survived 100 years in my opinion.
To many these prints look authentic, but bear in my mind though that
if this particular clutch of reproductions was printed in the 1950s then
at 50+ years these really are vintage
prints. Just be aware this particular 8 are not the original
version of the prints.
But they still make a pretty picture! So you pay your money and make your
Reproduced Fashion Plates for La Mode Illustrée - Artist Anaïs
The original colour in these fashion plates is far cruder and I have
lightened them for my purposes on the site. But the overall images
are very chocolate box pretty and I like them as they are ultra feminine
even though they are totally impractical fashion wear.
There were many printing marks that I have cleaned up too and each print
bears a tiny printers trademark logo. I say buyer beware. If
you like a fashion plate print and it is a 50 year old reproduction or a
modern reproduction that is perfectly fine. But please do not try
to sell them as antiques or buy them believing they are true antiques.
The printing on these 1950s
reprints is very crude compared to
the image of the same era on the
previous page. Look at the printing
overlap on this hand above here - the colour has really flooded far more than it should have.
Good overprinting avoids this.
The prints have this impression information on them plus
a number below 10. Above this is a circular logo
stamp with SZL printed in blue. This is the second printer signature and circular logo trademark.
Although I was personally pleased with this low cost purchase I do feel
annoyed that some sellers are passing these same images off as antiques.
Buy them for what they are - reproduction prints. But please DO NOT write to
me asking for valuation advice on them as none will be given - I will be unable
to help you.
There are many Dover fashion Plate books covering various eras.
The plates in the Dover books are printed on good quality opaque paper that
Dover state does not become Brittle or discolour with age and show
through is minimal. Be aware the colours are not as soft as
on original antique plates and the paper surface is glossy. They are though perfect for all sorts of
projects including framing and decoupage and are a boon to students of
costume, dramatic productions and re-enactors.
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This Fashion Plates Page Added 8 Oct 2005
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