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Price: sold

FINE CONDITION

Holographed late example of the composers imprinted carte de visite to the novelist and playwright Paul Hervieu.  We offer with a superb sepia postcard photograph which would have been contemporary to the carte.

Faure’s cartes late in his life were more austere than his earlier ones, this one would be 1915, or prior.  The composer writes:

With thanks, congratulations and my expression of complete devotion

Fauré (1845-1924) is best known as a composer and Professeur at the Conservatoire.  In 1905 there was a massive scandal at the Conservatoire when Fauré’s pupil Maurice Ravel was eliminated in an early round in the Prix de Rome contest.  The head of the Conservatoire, organist and composer Theodore Dubois, was fired in reaction to the scandal and Fauré was installed as the new Director.  Hervieu (1857-1915) a well known playwright was part of the old guard of Professors of Drama at the Conservatoire and a friend of Fauré.  While Hervieu did not write any poetry for Fauré, but he was in his social circle as evidenced by a painting by Pierre-Georges Jeaniott finished in 1891 entitled “La Chanson” which shows the composer and playwright at a white tie musical soiree.  The composer ran the Conservatoire admirably until 1920 when his hearing began to fail him and he retired.

Visiting cards are an interesting part of the hobby, they are unique and reflect the person’s taste.  Many evolve over time, some more fancy than others.  We have seen them in a wide variety of sizes, colors, motifs and stock thickness.  Some are signed, others are not figuring the printed name spoke for them.  We see blank ones and ones with full letters carefully written on them.  They are eminently “frameable” and in this particular case, would be excellent as a displayed piece as the verso of the carte is blank.

GABRIEL FAURÉ - COMPOSER
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