This is one of seven antique postcards I have featuring the artwork of French painter Ernest Gayac (1870-1942). This one is entitled "Amethyst." It's marked No. 33 verso; the others I have in this series (as seen in the last photo) are 31, 32, 35, 37, 38, 39 and 40 (sold). Despite the tack marks at the top and bottom of the card, she's worthy of adding to your postcard collection, in my opinion, because Gayac's cards are hard to come by. Unused and no creases. Any errant specks or spots are inherent to the antique printing. P.J. Gallais & Cie were one of the shorter-lived Paris-based postcard publishers, only in operation from 1910 to 1917. So this cards is at least 100 years old. My favorite postcard history site, the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York, says this company produced "artist signed cards, political satire, and risque subjects all in chromolithography."
Now, I spend way too much time trying to get the exact shades and tones of these artist-signed cards and usually it simply isn't possible. Most everyone's computer screens are calibrated differently anyway. But I hope that you see how rich and saturated the colors are. In the group photo, the background of this card looks much lighter. It's a muted golden yellow. Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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