Imagine a gift preserved for over a century. That's what these 11 antique French postcards are. "The works of Fr. Boucher to my brother" is written in lovely script on the first card. On the second, the sender notes an itemized list of each card, its title and where the original painting is displayed. This information is also printed under each artwork on each card, so I'm not sure why the brother repeated this information and yet, it's such a wonderful personal touch! You will notice that the sender lists 12 cards but there are only 11. Somehow No. 12, "Le Nid," was lost from the set. [I'll happily get a copy of "Le Nid" for you -- at no extra charge -- but I can't guarantee the colors will match exactly.] Each card (except No. 8) has a protective cellophane wrap around it. A few of the wraps show wear (creases, tears). The undivided backs date the printing of the cards to 1903 or earlier. For their age, these cards are in fine condition. Wikipedia succinctly describes François Boucher (September 29, 1703 - May 30, 1770) "as a French painter known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories and pastoral scenes. His art typically forgoes traditional rural innocence to portray scenes with a definitive style of eroticism as his mythological scenes are passionate and intimately amorous rather than traditionally epic. His name, along with that of his patron Madame de Pompadour, had become synonymous with the French Rococo style." Since his name is synonymous with Rococo style, it's only fitting that each work of art bears a gold overlay frame. I've included a photo of one of the cards held at an angle to show how shiny the gold is. Scanned laying flat, the frames look like a dark bronze color. But in hand, you'll be dazzled. Each card is about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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