Kestos Vahiné

In this illustrated beach scene from 1951, a slender woman model the lingerie of British company Kestos while another looks on with admiration. The French text means ‘the envied woman chooses Kestos vahine’. Here ‘vahine’ refers to the European ideal of the Polynesian woman, an archetype best known in France from the paintings of Paul Gaugin who took up residence in Tahiti in 1895. This poster brings that sultry exoticism to a European context, and will make any wall dazzle.

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This original print was published in a periodical from 1951.

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

This original print was published in a periodical from 1951.

Your art comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Details

Year

1951

Illustrator

Kestos brand

Type

Framed advert

Size

24.5 × 31.5cm | 9"44 x 12"2

Item #

179

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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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