Monday, March 21, 2016

Carlotta Bonnecaze's Float Designs, 1888-97

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Rustem and the Dragon, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894Rustem and the Dragon, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Hisi - The Evil Principle, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893Hisi - The Evil Principle, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Wolfdietrich - the Moorland Lake, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888Wolfdietrich - the Moorland Lake, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Durga (virtue) slaying Mahishasura (vice), float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1889Durga (virtue) slaying Mahishasura (vice), float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1889

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Hagen in the Griffins Nest, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888Hagen in the Griffins Nest, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Siegfried Slays Fafnir, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1888Siegfried Slays Fafnir, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Simurgh, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1894The Simurgh, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1894

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Last Battle, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895The Last Battle, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Banner, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888Banner, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Magician's Den, float design from Krewe of Proteus parade, 1887The Magician's Den, float design from Krewe of Proteus parade, 1887

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Elves of the Metals, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1890Elves of the Metals, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1890

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Enchanter, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891The Enchanter, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Elves of the Ocean, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1890

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Turi Castle of Honeyland, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893 The Turi Castle of Honeyland, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Jemshid the Proud, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894Jemshid the Proud, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Orc, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897The Orc, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Manala-Deathland, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893Manala-Deathland, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Death of Drusian, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888Death of Drusian, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Fountain of Urd - The Norns, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895Fountain of Urd - The Norns, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Gilling and the Black Dwarfs, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895 Gilling and the Black Dwarfs, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Varuna - God of the Ocean , float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1889Varuna - God of the Ocean , float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1889

Carlotta Bonnecaze - In The Surf, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1896 In The Surf, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1896

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Ilmarinen, worker of metals, forging the Sampo, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893Ilmarinen, worker of metals, forging the Sampo, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Magician and the Sultan, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1891The Magician and the Sultan, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1891

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Incantation, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897 The Incantation, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Loki in Chains, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895Loki in Chains, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - In the Net, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897In the Net, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Neptune, float design from Krewe of Proteus parade, 1886Neptune, float design from Krewe of Proteus parade, 1886

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Evil Genii, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891The Evil Genii, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Bayardescapes from Mount Vulcanus, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888Bayard escapes from Mount Vulcanus, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - King Rother's departure, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888King Rother's departure, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1888

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Elves of the Shells, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1890Elves of the Shells, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1890

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Baldur The Bright, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895Baldur The Bright, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Giant Smith, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895The Giant Smith, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Proteus, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891Proteus, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Altar of Fire, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891The Altar of Fire, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Saturn, float design from Krewe of Proteus parade, 1886Saturn, float design from Krewe of Proteus parade, 1886

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Proteus, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894 Proteus, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Hippogriff, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897The Hippogriff, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Ahtola Water Castle - Ahto, God Of Ocean, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893Ahtola Water Castle - Ahto, God Of Ocean, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Tahumers - The Binder Of Demons, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894Tahumers - The Binder Of Demons, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1894

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Groves of Shadaski, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891The Groves of Shadaski, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1891

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Coral Booth, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1896The Coral Booth, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1896

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Fenris Wolf, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895The Fenris Wolf, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - Ogir The Ocean God, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895Ogir The Ocean God, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1895

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Snow Queen's Palace, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1887The Snow Queen's Palace, float design from Krewe of Proteus Parade, 1887

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Magic Barge - Wainamoinen in quest of a bride, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893The Magic Barge - Wainamoinen in quest of a bride, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1893

Carlotta Bonnecaze - The Harpies, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897The Harpies, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1897

"Little is known about the personal life of Carlotta Bonnecaze, who designed some of the most elaborate costumes and spectacular floats during Carnival’s Golden Age, from 1870 to 1930. Daughter of Alexis Bonnecaze, a member of the Krewe of Proteus, she was the first woman and the first Creole parade designer. She created Proteus’ Mardi Gras designs from 1885 to 1897." - quote source

Artworks found at The Louisiana Digital Library.

1 comment:

Patrick Degan said...

Carlotta Boncaze was among a very talented corps of carnival designers from what could be considered the "Golden Age", when there were few parading krewes and no expense was spared in producing a paegent for appreciative crowds. Boncaze, along with Charles Briton, Bror Anders Wilkstrom, Jennie Wilde, and Leda Hincks-Plauche, were responsible for the most spectacular float and matching costume designs ever seen on the streets of New Orleans, in that time when it was no matter to raze a float down to its carriage and resculpt it every year. As can be seen from these samples, she had a particular appreciation for the whimsical and the mythical. Sadly, the Great Depression put an end to such lavish excess, as even the Lords of Carnival ended up having to economise and krewes reused existing float chassis every year, redecorating them to suit each season's particular theme. But the record of that truly fantastic period of rolling artistry lives on in surviving design plates and carnival bulletins published by the local newspapers.