This postcard is a collaborative effort on multiple levels. Rubens painted the seven putti in "Children Carrying a Garland of Fruit" and, according to an art book published in 1832, Peter Snyders painted the garland of fruit. Verso, we see part German and part English credits given to the Stengel & Co. of Dresden that printed the card and Misch & Co of London who distributed it as part of their "World's Galleries" series. This card is unused and based on the aforementioned collaboration, I'd date it to pre-WWI. Misch & Co was a very prolific postcard company in the early 1900s (1906-1908). For its age, this card is in fine antique condition. The slightest signs of wear on the edges, but nothing detrimental to the heart of the image. The colors are rich, rich! Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches.
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