The lithograph is printed on ‘BK Rives France’ paper. There are small green ink spots along the left margin due to printing. The sheet has a light diagonal crease in the lower right margin and a couple of soft handling folds, else good.
Image size 340 x 480mm, sheet Size 500 x 600mm.
The lithograph originally formed as part of a set titled ‘The Chateaux of Bordeaux’. The set consisted of twenty-one lithographs, all hand printed, published in 1975 by Christie’s Wine Publications in association with Hedges & Butler. There was an edition of 50 copies which were ‘ numbered and a Deluxe bound edition; a solander box edition limited to one hundred and fifty numbered sets. The total published were 200.
These charming and colourful lithographs of the great wine estates of Bordeaux were painted by Charles Mozley (1914-1991), a prolific British commercial artist who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1937 and achieved modest renown as one of the leading poster book jacket designers from the 1950s through to the 1970s. Among his miscellaneous commissions, Mozley’s work for the wine trade forms a distinct group, and includes some of his most delightful images. It appeared in books, in journals like Wine magazine, in house journals like Hedges and Butler’s Grape and grain, on menus as for the Vintage Dinners, and in prints. A love of the wine-producing regions of France and Italy and their products is very strongly evident in them, and they convey a feeling of joie de vivre and generally seductive hedonism centred on a love of wine, women, and the southern landscape, which Mozley regularly but skilfully recycled for his satisfied clients. The châteaux of Bordeaux lithographs were the major work in this area.