Sybilline Beau Fesse was, by all accounts, the most genteel of young ladies. Extraordinarily well-heeled, she was from one of the finest old French families and was educated at a series of exclusive Swiss finishing schools, making her a most appropriate match for the dignified Prime Minister Bouche of Belgium. Or at least that was the case until the fateful afternoon that a certain French ambassador mischievously pulled a bottle of absinthe out of his diplomatic pouch and mixed her up a little apertif. From that day forward, at precisely 5:00 pm, Sybilline would knock back a few glasses of the stuff in lieu of tea, slip out of her staid frock and belt out several verses of La Marseillaise while strutting around the Prime Minister’s salon in the altogether. While the Prime Minister was decidedly Not Amused, Sybilline’s antics greatly endeared her to the constituency, for rather obvious reasons, although they certainly would have preferred a Belgian anthem.
This 4” x 6” x 3/4” original collage depicts Sybilline disporting herself charmingly on the Prime Minister’s sofa, a cut-crystal decanter of her favorite beverage nearby. Constructed on a stretched canvas with handcut vintage images, the collage is embellished with Dresden trim, a green gem, a small brass fleur de lis and is edged with a moss satin ribbon dripping with beguiling green and gold beading. Invite Sybilline over for a cocktail – you won’t regret it.
This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!