Courvoisier Brandy of Napoleon

This regal, stately ad was created for the Courvoisier cognac. Their manufacturing process which remains unchanged since 1809 is still a closely guarded secret. Famed as ‘Napoleon’s Cognac’, a possibly apocryphal tale tells how he desired his artillery companies to be rationed with it. In 1909 the company was sold to the Simon family in England, but it continues to be manufactured in Jarnac in the Charente region of France. The iconography in the ad attests to its transnational reach.

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This original print was published in a periodical from 1950.

We do not sell reproductions. Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This original print was published in a periodical from 1950.

Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Details

Year

1950

Illustrator

Charles Lemmel

Type

Framed advert

Size

24.5 × 31.5cm | 9"44 x 12"2

Item #

216

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Frame Specifications

Size: 32.7 × 42.7cm or 12.87″ x 16.81″

Frame material: anodised aluminium

Color: black

Glass: “float”

At VAA we deploy modern technology to preserve these antique illustrations. The uniquely hard-wearing frames we use are designed in Switzerland; their durability results from the process of anodising. Anodising is a surface treatment which protects and decorates aluminium using an anodic oxidation process. As a result of this, these frames are especially resistant to corrosion and heat, protecting this vintage art from wear and tear.
We frame each illustration ourselves in our workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland. The float glass we use is crystal clear with a very flat surface and carefully polished edges. The frames are 32.7 × 42.7cm (12.87″ x 16.81″). The result? We present you with a period illustration- a genuine antique- enclosed by a frame of the highest quality. In this way, we like to think we’re bringing modern technology and antique artistry together.

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