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FRANCIS PLANTÉ – PIANIST

Autographed  6.5” x 9” heavy stock backed Veronés of Madrid presentation photograph inscribed to publisher René Bauschert. September, 1924.

Planté (1839-1934) was eighty-five years old at the time of the signing of this photograph. He was still touring and still nearly four years from making his first recordings (July, 1928).  The Baescharts had been very kind to the pianist over the years, not that Planté did not deserve it, he certainly was the top pianist in France. In 1870 he was included in Ludovic Baeschart’s “Galerie Contemporaine” revue, with a large Woodbury-type photograph and a biographical article.  When Ludovic’s son René (1860-1949) graduated law school, his father put him in charge of the “Galerie Contemporaine”.  René would be assigned Director of “l’Illustration” which Planté mentions in the dedication of this photograph, by his father in 1904.  Baeschart would feature Planté in at least two features after this photograph was signed, in 1928 in a series on “Grande Pianists of France” and the story of the upcoming recordings and also in 1931 with a complete story about the making of the Planté sessions.

An unusual photographer and the most interesting dedication and the scarcity of Planté autographed cabinet photographs.