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Fap'Anis, 1930 ca.
Inventory #FRL00457



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Fap'Anis, 1930 ca.

62 x 46 inches (157 x 117 cm)

Lithograph | Backed on linen

Inventory #FRL00457

Price Range: $1001 to $2000    


This colorful image of a flapper enjoying a panoramic vista of the French Riviera has an equally colorful story. The woman is Gaby Deslys (an abbreviation of "Gabrielle of the Lillies"), a dancer, singer, and actress who achieved fame on two continents. She performed frequently in Marseilles, Paris, and London, wowed crowds at the Liverpool Olympia, and sparked a riot during an appearance at Yale.

The most famous of her romantic entanglements was with King Manuel of Portugal, who was said to have given her a pearl necklace worth $70,000 (valued at more than 10 times that amount today). Gaby loved pearls and claimed before she died in 1920 that she owned a collection of them equal to her own weight.

Marseille was Gaby's adopted home, and was close in proximity to where Fap Anis was produced, making her a natural fit for the brand: she was a local girl made good.

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