I can't rave enough about this antique postcard. It's actually two postcards taped together with a colorful honeycomb fan in the center. This still life could stand in for your empty fruit bowl as a table centerpiece. It is intriguing and interesting from front to back.
The front postcard is an artist-signed still life of grapes and peaches falling out of a bowl. Sorry, but I can't make out the artist's name. But the sender, Emily, wrote above the name: Have arrived safely. Thank you again sincerely.
The card is franked 1905 but both of them have undivided backs, which suggests they were actually printed in 1903 or earlier.
The still life is in muted shades, light and dark grays with a hint of yellow and orange for the peaches, a bit of blue in the bowl room. At first glance, a bit ... dull until one really studies it.
There's nothing dull about the inside. The honeycomb fan goes from light green to light orange and then a dark violet. It is in overall fine condition for its age. There is a bit of tearing visible on the fan sections glued to the cards from the weight of the honeycomb piece when the card is set up. One could easily glue down the next layer on each side and the card would look like "new." Or, keep the card flap with the honeycomb fan sitting straight up.
The back card is, of course, mostly covered up. It is a scene of greenery, trees and a marsh land. Emily's writing verso is beautiful and as artistic as the still life in its own way.
Both postcards are marked FMK. One is numbered 1152 and the other 1738. No doubt German printed as "postkarte" is first in the word line up followed by French, Italian and English.
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. When the cards are opened, the fan stands up about 4.25 inches.
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*The fruit bowl still life may look familiar. Check out my listing here for another postcard by this same mystery author: http://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-7653/Artist-signed-Antique-Postcard-Still-Life
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