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Except for the No. 4088 at the bottom left corner, this card has no clues as to printer or artist. Mailed in Italy, the message is difficult to read. The only thing I can make out is the 1902 franking! Since "Post Karte" in German is the largest, front and center among all the European words for postcards verso, I believe this card is German-printed, which would account for the high quality and rich colors.
And of course, the metallic gold overlay is an added bonus to an already charming illustration of a woman wearing a golden yellow flowing gown. With the empire waist and the puffy sleeves, she's looking rather 18th century but with the artist's flowing Art Nouveau style, we get a feel for that Neoclassical Greek vestal virgin look.
The softness, curves and muted colors of the illustration contrast with the bold blue-violet ink and the stiff, formal lines of the penmanship.
This card is in overall fine antique condition. About 3.5 by 5.5 inches, any signs of wear are actually much less than what would be expected of a card this age. There are foxing spots most noticeable verso, but which can be seen on front on the woman's arm. Nothing to detract from the overall beauty of the card!
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Beauty in Yellow 1902 Art Nouveau Illustrated Postcard with Gold Overlay Accents
$40 USD SOLD
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