Polychrome painted sheet metal, rectangular in shape, depicting a transvestite ox contemplated by a couple of Incroyables and an elderly woman.
Supported by a chain.
58 x 77 cm.
The restaurant "Le Boeuf à la Mode", founded in Paris, 8, rue de Valois, in 1792, under the Directoire, was the first restaurant to have imagined
fixed price menus.
End of the 18th century.
Founded in 1792, the restaurant "Le Boeuf à la mode" was originally called Meot, after its creators, the brothers from Marseille Meot.
Considered the first "à la carte" restaurant in the capital, it enjoyed several decades of glory and stood out, even disturbed
by its colorful Provençal cuisine as well as by its sign depicting an ox dressed in a dress, a shawl and a feathered hat.
The Revue de Paris, a French literary magazine of excellence, which welcomed great writers including Balzac, said in 1835: "The Boeuf à la Mode (...) justifies its vulgar and tasteless name by a painting which serves as its sign (...). The southerners (...) who, moreover, are highly infatuated
by their fragrant cuisine come in droves to the "Boeuf à la Mode", which has made a fortune since Paris was invaded by the Bouches-du-Rhône department.
The name "Le Boeuf à la Mode" came from its sign but also from a statuette visible in the dining room which changed its clothes
according to the wardrobe of the Parisian women. The Boeuf à la Mode closed for good in 1936, after a slow descent into the abyss
to the abyss and despite the visit of the famous chef Prosper Montagné, owner of the establishment.