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“Le vin de la comet”: Wine of the comet

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Printed 7 or 8 years after the Great Comet of 1811, this image showing a happy cobbler holding up a jug of wine. Above the doorframe appears the image of a comet with the letters “LA COM” underneath it.  Perhaps the cobbler is smiling because he is drinking wine from the 1811 harvest.  A vintage which Michael Broadbent once rated five stars for the wines of Sauternes.

Le vin de la comet. Nicolas Toussaint Charlet. 1818-1819. [1]

Le vin de la comet. Nicolas Toussaint Charlet. 1818-1819. [1]


[1] Le vin de la comet. Print by Nicolas Toussaint Charlet. Printd by Delpech. 1818-1819. #1875,0612.116. The British Museum.

The Great Comet of 1811 was full of wine

October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

In maintaining focus on the vintage of 1811, the year of the Great Comet,  I have decided to post this great satire illustration.  It depicts the head of the comet as containing a “comet cake” with decanters of wine and glasses on top, followed by a tail of wine decanters, wine glasses, a bottle screw, fruit, and perhaps a punch bowl.  Even the colors are fantastic!

A comet showering decanters, wine glasses, and punch. [1]

A comet showering decanters, wine glasses, and punch. [1]


[1] Fairburn’s Characters. c 1811.  Published by John Fairburn.  #1991,0126.6. The British Museum.