This is an original, handpainted postcard from the turn of the century, circa 1904 to WWI. An Edwardian beauty is in profile, decked in a yellow and black hat with a long feather. There is some accoutrement sticking out on the front of the hat. I can't help but imagine it is an airplane propeller and the artist was making a commentary on women's hat fashions! About 5.5 by 3.5 inches. Verso, unused: a purple rubber stamp "carte postale" and a capital M. Overall: near mint unused condition. This listing is for this card only. I've included other photos for background information only.
Now, everything else I'm about to say (and the other four photos posted) is the result of four years of sleuthing and collecting circumstantial evidence.
The following may be very anti-climatic because although I believe I know who the artist is, unfortunately, he is little known. Most postcard dealers and even auction sites like Christie's can't get his name right! But looking at his signature, you can understand.
Without further ado, let me say this is an unsigned postcard painting by Georges Desains of Paris. He often signed his original postcard art work as Géo Desains. However, that last S in his name often looks like an E; hence the confusion: Desain, Desains, Desaine, Desaines. But he designed scores of sheet music covers and his name is published on those as Georges Desains. (I keep saying "he,"; Georges could be a woman, like Georges Sand and artist Georges Stein!)
I first discovered Desains' work in 2014, another handpainted hat postcard that made me drool (See photo 4). I lost out on it and have been obsessively searching for his cards ever since. In four years, I've found 4 other hat postcards. The backs of three of them are like the back of this one: a purple rubber stamp "carte postale" and a capital M.
In 1996, a hand fan, circa 1915, designed by Desains was auctioned at Christie's and sold for 483 GBP (about $685). The postcard I drooled over and coveted in 2014 sold for 121 euros. Value is in the eye of the drooler and the beholder. I've priced this card, not just as a drooler, but also for the card's originality and rarity.
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