This set of 7 postcards depicts paintings by Rembrandt and Frans Hals. Produced by A.W. Segboer of The Hague, Netherlands, this series was apparently originally part of a postcard book as each one has a perforated edge where it has been torn out. My favorite is The Jewish Bride by Rembrandt.
There is not a lot of clarity in the black and white art work but let's be honest: the art nouveau floral border is what really steals the show. The lithographic colors are as rich and lovely as when printed more than a century ago. Bronze, burnt umber and lavender come together in floral swirls and leaves against a light ochre background.
The undivided back dates these cards to early 1900s, likely pre-1905. Each card measures about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Blank verso, there are album impressions, which help explain the well-preserved condition of these cards. The only signs of wear/age are on the corner tips. Overall, mint unused condition.
Matted and framed, these would make wonderful wall art. And I hope it doesn't sound sacrilegious, but since they are blank verso, I can't help but envision these cards being used as name place cards for an elegant dinner (uh, maybe not the surgery one:) or turned into an art journal book.
Frans Hals: Officers and Sergeants of the St Hadrian Civic Guard c. 1633 Banquet of the Officers of the St Hadrian Civic Guard Company c. 1627 Regentesses of the Old Men's Almshouse c. 1664 Regents of the St Elizabeth Hospital of Haarlem c. 1641
Rembrandt: The Syndics of the Drapers' Guild, 166 The Jewish Bride, c.1658 Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, c. 1632 The Night Watch c. 1642.