For over 70 years Erte' has been creating glamorous and dramatic designs for virtually every area of modern artistic and cultural life, including spectacular scenery and costumes for the Folies Bergeres,. Broadway, Hollywood, as well as cover designs for Harper's Bazaar magazine. Erte' was born Russian in 1892, but emigrated to Paris where he began his career as a fashion designer. His real name is Romain de Tirtoff, and the pseudonym Erte' was created from the initials RT. Erte's drawings are exceptional of their kind. They have the true magic of art, whereby a unique personality is transmitted through the alchemy of a perfected technique. This talent has earned him a reputation as the undisputed "Master of Art Deco" Today he adds to his list of credits the design and decoration of the fabulous COURVOISIER "COLLECTION ERTE' ", the world's first cognac for collectors. Erte' was given artistic freedom to create a sculptured bottle and design for a legendary spirit. The result is COURVOISIER "COLLECTION ERTE' ", a masterpiece of Art Deco. His firs design called "Vigne" (Vine) combines his artistic genius with his love and knowledge of cognac. For his first design "Vigne", only 1000 cases were have been produced with each bottle being individually numbered. The cognac in each bottle is a very rare blend using the finest cognacs exclusively from the Grande Champagne area, with the oldest dating back to 1892, the year Erte' was born. Rich and fertile images, capturing the warmth of the Charentes sun as it ripens the grapes for harvest times, are the hallmark of "Vendenges" (Harvest) the second design in the COURVOISIER "COLLECTION ERTE' " series. Distillation, the third exclusive design in the COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' series is inspired by the fire of the Charentais alambic, which releases the essential spirit of the cognac. Vieillissement (aging), the fourth in the COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' series, is inspiried by the protracted ageing process for cognac, which Erte' likens to a mother nurturing her children. Degustation (Tasting), the fifth exclusive design in the COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' series is inspiried by the "swirl" of cognac in the glass, which releases the passion and intensity of the spirit. Espirit du Cognac (The Spiprit of Cognac), the sixth exclusive design in the COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' series captures the soul of cognac through the seductive grace of an exotic dancer, rising from mysterious depths. Subdued yet vibrant colours are used to symbolise the various stages leading to a state of perfect harmony. La Part des Anges (The Angel's Share) the seventh exclusive design in the COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' series is ERTE'S artistic interpretation of a heavenly reception for the glorious essence which escapes from casks of ageing cognac. In releasing ERTE'S previously unseen artistic interpretation of the unique spirit that is cognac, courvoisier has unveiled a masterpiece for the pleasure of Art Deco collectors the world over. Inedit (Unpublished) the number eight and most sought after bottle, was the prologue and inspiration for ERTE'S seven "COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' ' designs, which depict the time-honored cognac making process. ERTE' aficionados will recognise the vine design which he later used in the Courvoisier Collection., whilst his sinuous "goddess of the vine" evokes some of his more audacious and elegant creations from past eras. Inedit provides an uinexpected and most welcome postscript to ERTE'S intimate relationship wiht Cognac Courvoisier. Inedit features an exclusive specially treated decanter which retains the integrity and elegance of the COURVOISIER COLLECTION ERTE' designs. Limited to only 4000 worldwide, these individually numbered decanters have been handcrafted, utilising traditional skills and fine materials such as 24 carat gold and rare colour pigments. The final endorsement is provided by ERTE'S hand written acclamation of cognac, which is inscribed on the back. To compliment the artist's original design, Courvoisier's internationally acclaimed Master Blender has chosen to draw from a precious blend of rare Grande Champagne cognacs, some dating back to 1892.