Nelly Martyl by Talbot

  • Talbot

  • bought at auction
  • Circa 1908
  • Photograph overpainted with gouache
  • GAL2010.18.5.2
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

A singer at the Opéra Comique in Paris, Nelly Martyl was photographed for all the leading Paris magazines, notably Les Modes. Like many actresses of her time, she was a celebrity much appreciated by couturiers, furriers and milliners. Here she poses in a lavish creation from the furriers Max Fourrures. Founded pre-1900 by T. Max, the store on Place de la Bourse in Paris was frequented by Paris's smart set, and around 1905 a joint venture was launched with Auspitz for the creation of coats, toques, boleros and stoles. These were a great success, especially with actresses, opera and cabaret singers, revue stars and demimondaines. Entirely hand painted, this photograph from the Talbot studio testifies to the no-expense-spared approach to highlighting the beguiling luxuriousness of the coat.

Notice's author : Sylvie Lécallier