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Print, Design for a box of Lefèvre-Utile biscuits, ca. 1897

This is a print. It was designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha and made for (as the client) Lefevre-Utile. It is dated ca. 1897 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is lithograph on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This set of three lithographed panels was one of Alphonse Maria Mucha’s designs for Lefèvre-Utile biscuit packaging. Mucha had a long relationship with Lefèvre-Utile, a French biscuit company founded in Nantes in 1846. Beginning in the 1880s, Lefèvre-Utile commissioned well-known artists to design their packaging and advertising. In 1896, Mucha was commissioned to create posters for the company. He was the first designer to use the company’s initials, LU, as a decorative motif, which he did in his design for the company’s 1897 calendar. The abbreviation proved so popular that the company subsequently formally took up the moniker. Around the turn of the century, Mucha was tasked with designing LU’s packaging designs and a brand identity. Mucha’s designs reflect a particular sensitivity to the shape of the packaging and the pleasant natures of its contents—Mucha’s signature languorous women, along with the use of a consistent font and logo, reinforced LU’s brand identity and transformed the package into its own publicity.

It is credited Gift of Harry C. Sigman.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 8.2 x 21 cm (3 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)

It is signed

Signed in plate, lower right: Mucha

Cite this object as

Print, Design for a box of Lefèvre-Utile biscuits, ca. 1897; Designed by Alphonse Maria Mucha (Czech, 1860–1939); France; lithograph on paper; H x W: 8.2 x 21 cm (3 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.); Gift of Harry C. Sigman; 2013-21-44

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