Chantal 1

Chantal à Saphir (France) / c. 1922

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Design: The decoration in the upper segment is carefully arranged, the label name lettering also receiving decorative treatment.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Georg Richter of Germany. Thanks to Klaas Vonk (and Willy) of Belgium for the following updated info: "The Chantal label was founded in 1919 by Léon Moeremans in the Belgian town of Ghent, the records being marketed wherever pianos and gramophones were being sold. Moeremans was also a music composer, authoring a fairly large body of original work, of which he made masters in his own studio. In 1920 his two sons, Julien and Albert, joined him in the business and started a sideline manufacturing gramophones (which, incidentally, were of very good quality). In amassing a catalogue of about 4,000 titles, they also bought masters from foreign companies such as Aeolian, Aco, Vocalion, Homochord, Beltona and Coliseum. Unfortunately the records produced by Chantal were of notoriously poor quality; the material they employed was too soft and could not withstand the wear and tear caused by sharp-pointed steel needles. However, their vertical-cut records, played by sapphire ball-shaped needles, were far superior, though fewer in number. Discs at 25 cm and 30 cm were issued with the label 'Disque Chantal of Chantal de Luxe,' while 'Chantal-Bijou' discs were sized from 12.5 cm to 14.5 cm; 'Chantal Radio en Chantal Aiguille' were 20 cm and 'Chantal Saphir' were at 30 cm. All Chantal's recordings were of the acoustic variety, featuring both Netherlandish and French songs. Louis Lynel was one of their major recording artists, being responsible for many in-house recording sessions. Another notable artist was the famous Belgian operatic tenor Jean Noté (1858-1922), who cut 20 sides for Chantal just before his sudden death. Chantal went bankrupt in 1931."

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