Lot n° 114
30 - 50
Anthropomorphic ashtray representing a caricatured... - Lot 114 - Herbette
Anthropomorphic ashtray representing a caricatured singer's head of "BARBER SHOP QUARTET" with monocle. Polychrome porcelain bearing the title of a song "Down by the old Mill Steam". Japanese production of the years 1945/50. Part of a set of 4, with variations. The BARBER SHOP QUARTET was born at the beginning of 1900 in American hairdressing salons, where customers used to sing "a capella" while waiting for their turn. This genre gave rise to contests and festivals, and is still in vogue today in the United States. In France the genre was represented by the "Frères Jacques" H.13,5cm. Under the base is a MADE IN JAPAN WALES label (WALES is the name of the American importer).
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