This art postcard features a French maid bringing hot chocolate. No wonder Cardon Chocolate of Cambrai, France, selected this card to use as an advertisement promotion! According to the French Wikipedia site, this domestic scene was painted by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863 - 1942) for the Salon de Paris in 1926. I dare say Muenier may be the most famous French artist you've never heard of (well, I hadn't:) And yet art auction sites show many sales of his paintings. Sotheby's sold "The Young Artist" for $73,000 in 2008. Our chocolate server was sold by Wolf's in Ohio, but they don't reveal the price.
This card is about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Unused and overall, in fine vintage condition. Verso you'll see that the painting is entitled "La Javotte," which doesn't translate into English. Perhaps a reference to a maid of that name in a famous comic opera, "Erminie," in Muenier's day?
"It is not possible to establish here a list of his work, which is immense since he painted until the day before his death; let us just remember that all over the world the museums were fighting over the canvases of Jules-Alexis Muenier. We must first mention the Luxembourg Museum in Paris, but also those of Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, Odessa, Chicago etc. His most famous painting, The Harpsichord Lesson, was bought by the state in 1911; about the same time, a wealthy South American bought Le Revival; The Woman with Mirror was sold in Japan, at the Mikado Gallery, and The Fly Child at the Dollfus collection in Mulhouse. ... He has more than three hundred works to his credit and will exhibit between 1887 and 1941 in the Paris Salons, Salon des Artistes Français and Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts." (French Wiki)
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