The Trocadero is obscured by the leaf art, but the iron legs of the Eiffel are still recognizable on this handmade gift. A unique "Bonne Fete" oak leaf has been attached to the Paris postcard with two yellow yarn strings. As the words in the leaf art says, this was a name-sake day gift from Marie to her friend Philo, who lived in a chateau near Jullie, France (one hour north of Lyon). When your friend lives in a chateau and it's her special day, the gift needs to be unique and I think Marie succeeded, don't you? Did Marie make the leaf art* herself or did she buy it?
I'm not positive on dating this item but I can tell you the postcard was a common one in 1920 and the Trocadero was demolished for the 1937 expo, so that gives you a bit of a time frame. About 5.5 by 3.5 inches. For its age and fragility, in incredible condition!
*I did a lot of online research and leaf art has apparently been a long-standing art form, mostly popular in China, where they use the leaf of the Chinar tree, a tree native to India, Pakistan and China. It has a close resemblance to a maple leaf. Leaf art is making a bit of a comeback here stateside, with leaves bearing images of everything from Christ to Marilyn Monroe, costing from $100-225. Checking with more of my sources across the Atlantic, I did indeed find that leaf art was around at the turn of the century in Europe. Most often, it was someone's name carved into the leaf. As you can imagine the frailty of such an item, it is no wonder that there aren't a plethora of samples around. One can't help but wonder ... how it has been preserved over the decades. Was it found between the pages of someone's Bible or carefully wrapped away in a jewelry box in a handkerchief. As the French would say, "incroyable!" (unbelievable:)
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