Hoffman House. Bouquet Cigar.

Chromolithograph, c.1887.
Image size 8 1/8 x 9 9/16" (20.6 x 24.3 cm).
Good condition, some faint foxing. Framed.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 96089
Price: $95.00
Publisher :
Proof impression. The registration marks can be seen on all four sides of the image, which would have assisted the printer in aligning each of the color stones properly (each color would have been printed separately). Color notations have been scribbled in the lower left corner, likely to remind the printer of what color went with the registration marks.

This cigar label, like many, has an interesting history. The imagery was derived from the classical painting "Nymphs and Satyr" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The painting hung in the Hoffman House Hotel in New York City for nearly two decades, where it was the subject of acclaim and controversy. The sheer amount of flesh, and flesh-to-flesh touching in the painting alarmed some of the more conservative members of society, while being enjoyed and advertised as a wonderful piece of art by others. The federal censorship groups of the day attempted to kick back at the Hotel, but ultimately all they could manage was an order decreeing that reproduction of the piece would be illegal because they might sway people into committing ill deed.

The result? Items such as this label were created. This label in particular was used to help sell the Hoffman House's brand of cigars
18th-19th Century Subjects , Ephemera , Tobacco