Designed by Alphonse Mucha in 1897, the Mucha Foundation notes that this lithograph was to be "the 1898 Champenois company calendar. However, its immediate popularity led to its swift publication by the magazine La Plume as a decorative panel with the title "Rêverie" or Daydreaming. Mucha's design shows a dreamy-eyed young woman leafing through a book of decorative designs, possibly printers' samples. The prominent disk behind her is elaborately decorated with flowers and their stems forming a lace-like pattern."
Album impressions explain how these delicate colors have been preserved so well: pastels of turquoise, mauve and pink.
Mailed Feb. 20, 1902, the sender's message is what makes this card all the more precious in my opinion. Some of the penmanship is a bit ... lacking (!) but the gist of the message is, "Here is the famous collection Mucha that you had asked me for. But as the author doesn't make many, these cards have become rare and to my regret, I didn't procure a few more. Compliments, Henry de Larive." And you thought you had a hard time collecting Mucha postcards a hundred-plus years later! Monsieur Larive gives us a whole new perspective and increased appreciation, n'est-ce pas?
Size: about 5.5 by 3.5 inches. No creases. A few errant ink specks, but in overall fine antique condition.
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