In honor of the coronation of Elizabeth II, artist Henry Stahlhut created poires à l'impératrice for the June 1953 cover of Gourmet. A molded crown of velvety cream, ringed with cherry-studded poached pear halves and wedges of aspic and served with a perfect red rosé next to it.
The archive of Condé Nast, which was founded in 1909, is a treasure trove. As publisher of the most renowned magazines, from Vogue to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, the company has long defined what is beautiful, relevant, and new in contemporary life. What’s more, these magazines have been the breeding ground for the most legendary photographers and illustrators, from Cecil Beaton to Richard Avedon. Condé Nast has created museum-quality reproductions of these illustrations, photographs, and cover art -- spanning the early 1900s through the 1950s and beyond -- to provide a lasting way to enjoy all of the wit, elegance, and beauty contained in the archive.