"Henri Boutet’s (1851-1919) original etching with drypoint entitled “Le Corset” (ca. 1903, signed in the plate; catalogued: Maillard #202; this version is from 1907) is a powerfully alluring work of art. I kept this print where I could view it daily for two months to enjoy and marvel at the wonder of its delicacy and mood - I found it an exquisite example of womanhood in art. Boutet’s ability to capture femininity earned him the nickname “the Master of the corset” - and this image clearly substantiates the aptness of that moniker. This image is simultaneously candid and sensitive, just as many of his portrayals of pretty women using fine printing techniques epitomized the charm of Paris during the period."
"The Ebony and abalone corset-like pieces floating over Zebrawood are actually artifacts from Steve Klein’s rosette construction - an insightful use of materials to echo the theme of the print. The ivory fingerboard inlays are also from Klein’s acoustic guitar-making days, and reminisce of corset buttons. The shaping of the Walnut and crushed Maple portions of the top all suggest the curving loveliness of the female figure, as does the Klein-designed Macassar Ebony bridge surround. The drama of the black and milk coloured pickup covers evidences the etching’s bold dark corset in contrast to the repose of the rest of the print. 1940s radio knobs and a Catalin switch finish the detail of the piece along with the diminutive purple Abalone piece in the upper bout."