Fleur de Thé
NamesDraner, 1833-1926 (Artist)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1868 (Questionable)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Dra Fle 1-2
TopicsLecocq, Charles, 1832-1918 -- Fleur de théDésiré, 1823-1873Léonce, M., 1805-1862Entertainers -- France -- 19th century
NotesTitle devised by cataloger.The print labeled "Tien-tien & [?] Ka-o-lin dans 'Fleur de Thé' acte 1e" is signed: Draner. The text "Types [?] dramatiques 46" appear at lower left.Biographical/historical: The opéra-bouffe Fleur de Thé (music, Charles Lecocq; libretto, Alfred Duru and Henri Chivot) was first presented at the Théâtre de l'Athénée, rue Scribe, Paris, in 1868. Its costumes were designed by Draner, who also made these prints. The opera is set in Peking, where Tien-tien (played by Désiré) is the chief of police and father to the titular character Fleur de Thé. Ka-o-lin (played by Léonce), captain of the Tigers, is her betrothed.Biographical/historical: Fleur de Thé is said to be the first successful work of French composer Alexandre Charles Lecocq, who is probably best remembered for his comic opera La fille de Madame Angot (1873).Biographical/historical: Draner was the pseudonym of the artist Jules Renard, a Belgian-born painter, illustrator, and caricaturist who also worked as a stage designer for various European theatres.Statement of responsibility: The print labeled "Désiré, rôle de [text trimmed off]" is initialed: DR.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 2 prints : lithograph, color ; 26 x 19 cm. or smaller.
DescriptionDepictions of the characters Tien-tien and Ka-o-lin in Charles Lecocq's opéra-bouffe Fleur de thé. Both characters appear in one print, which shows them dressed in a westerner's interpretation of Asian garb, probably exaggerated for comic effect. Tien-tien, at left, wields an open fan; Ka-o-lin wears an enormous curved sword. Tien-tien appears alone in a second print, labeled Désiré, the name of the performer. He wears a different costume but his hair is arranged in the same spiraling topknot, and he carries what appears to be a miniature weather vane.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825122583NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759057Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6fdd3e60-ead3-0133-e87d-00505686a51c
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