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Fleur de Thé
Draner, 1833-1926 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1868 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Dra Fle 1-2
Lecocq, Charles, 1832-1918 -- Fleur de thé
Désiré, 1823-1873
Léonce, M., 1805-1862
Entertainers -- France -- 19th century
Title 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 Description
Extent: 2 prints : lithograph, color ; 26 x 19 cm. or smaller.
Depictions 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 Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825122583
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759057
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6fdd3e60-ead3-0133-e87d-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1833: Creator Born
  • 1868: Issued
  • 1926: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Fleur de Thé" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1868.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Fleur de Thé" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 2, 2021.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1868). Fleur de Thé Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Fleur de Thé