This is a hand-painted postcard of a Catherina Klein rose. That is not to say it is an original Klein painting. Oh, but we could wish!
The original rose design by Klein was published by Meissner & Buch and her signature (C. Klein underlined) is tucked between the bottom rose petal and the leaves on the right. The sender of this postcard did not go so far as to mimic Frau Klein's original but noted a "C.K." at the middle right edge. Could this artist be a student of Klein's? We have no way of knowing. The artist didn't sign her name.
In fact, to add to the enigma of this hand-painted card, the only message is "Tennis 15 V 1905." Some theorize that the French scoring system in tennis is based on a clock face. Is this message a code for a clandestine meeting time with Erich? Oh, but one's imagination could go wild ... .
Sticking just to the facts, here's what we know: this was a blank postcard of quality art paper with the German "Post-Karte" and address lines imprinted by L. Schaller of Stuttgart. It was mailed to Vienna, Austria (Wien in German) and is hand-dated 1905.
The painting is thick and lush. Note in particular that one thick drop of white on the petal at right (see close up photo).
Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. No creases. In overall mint antique condition.
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