Les Cycles "Michaux" Seulement (after Georges Blott) by Regley de Koenigsegg

Les Cycles Michaux Seulement (after Georges Blott) by Regley de Koenigsegg

Les Cycles "Michaux" Seulement (after Georges Blott)

Regley de Koenigsegg

Title

Les Cycles "Michaux" Seulement (after Georges Blott)

 
Artist
Year
1897  
Technique
ink with watercolor 
Image Size
6 1/4 x 4 1/2" image and paper size 
Signature
not signed, as usual 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
Annotations
"d'apres Theo Bloth" on backing sheet 
Reference
 
Paper
buff wove, adhered to a cream wove. 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
13205 
Price
$400.00 
Description

This small watercolor and ink by Regely de Koenigsegg was painted by Koenigsegg in 1897 after a 1896 poster by Georges Blott (active 19th-20th centuries) titled "Les Cycles Michaux." The original color lithographic poster measured 45 x 31".

In 1865 the Olivier brothers, after pedaling 500 miles from Paris to Marsailles, bought into the Michaux & Cie company which was producing velocipedes. They bought the company fully in 1869, and began mass production of the velocipede, manufacturing some 200 bikes per month. The company existed between 1861 and 1897.

The velocipedes were originally called "bone crushers" they added ball bearings, metal wheels with spokes and helped change the physical structure of the bicycle.

This image is of a group of cyclists, "Cycles Michaux Only" about to begin peddling when the paddle drops. An advertising for Michaux Cycles, this poster was created a year before they closed.