This is one of three sculptochromes I have featuring angels. This one is a first communion souvenir, franked 1908. This card has a matte finish. You'll notice a couple of faint lines running across the angel's gown about center of the card: that is a bleed-through of the dividing line verso. The line from the edge of the angel's left wing down to the top of the supplicant's head -- that is not a crease, but simply part of the faux background design. This card has been color tinted by hand and the angel's gown has been highlighted with blue dots. Sculptochromes are real photos of 3-D sculptured scenarios. Italian sculptor Mastroianni made sculptochromes popular, so it was only natural that imitators would follow and enlarge upon his idea. While Mastroianni photographed his works created solely in clay, this unnamed artist made a montage with other 3-D elements: fake flowers, wings and even fabric to create a reverential scene. Size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Overall, this card is in fine antique condition. The direct scans convey the color more accurately; the photograph taken at natural daylight makes it look lighter. As shown in the last photo, this is one of three angelic sculptochrome "montages" I have available. The other two are listed separately. Use the word 'angel' in the word search box to see them all.
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