MENU - 1927 Art Deco menu for author Gabriel Chevallier
MENU, 1927An attractive watercolour and ink menu headed “Diner Gaby Chevallier”, tipped onto light card, featuring a background redolent of the jazz age, featuring a lighthouse, shelves of books, glasses, clocks, a hammer and sickle, musical stave, dartboard, washing line and the words “chez vous chez vous”.
In all 35 x 25½ cms, n.p., 29 August 1927.
“Gaby Chevallier” most likely refers to the French novelist Gabriel Chevallier, who achieved fame a few years later with his novel of French provincial manners, and occasionally lack of manners, Clochemerle. Chevallier served in the First World War, was wounded, and later received the Croix de Guerre. His anti-war novel, Fear, was published in 1930.
Chevallier was a native of Lyon and lived most of his life in that city. No location is mentioned on this menu, and the dinner may well have taken place in Lyon, long regarded as the capital of French gastronomy.
A wonderful example of French 1920s design.
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