This is one of two postcards I have by Hélène Máté featuring a woman dressed from head to toe in plaid walking two foxhounds. This one is stamped and franked on the front, dated 1908. The red French stamp coordinates with Máté's limited color palette, don't you think? The bottom corners show wear, but overall for its age, this card is in fine antique condition. The the undivided back tells us this card was actually printed in 1903 or earlier. It is a French 'carte postale' printed by C.T. & Cie (? no online info about this publisher) Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. (In comparing it to the other copy as shown in the third photo, notice on this one how the white of the beagles has more brown specks and darker coloring overall.)
There are four cards in this rare series. Here is one other I have availble, as seen in the fourth photo: https://www.rubylane.com/item/274812-8927/Mother-Daughter-Profile-Style-Hxe9lxe8ne-Mxe1txe9
This is the card I think matches the Mother/Daughter postcard best.
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In the last photo you'll see two more which I sold about a year ago. If you'd like to have a complete set, let me know and I'll do my best to find them. It may take months or even years, but ... isn't that what serious collections are all about?
Ilona Hélène Máté was born in Szeged, Hungary, in 1887 and died in Budapest in 1908. She is another one of those artists from the Golden Age of Postcards who left behind her work, but nothing much else is known. Although born in Hungary, according to the French postcard "Bible," Les Meilleures Cartes Postales d'Illustrateurs by Neudin, she was French (but now I'm wondering if they simply assumed that because her cards were printed by a Paris company?). Only 21 years of age when she died, this explains why her postcards are hard to find. She was just beginning her career. I am aware of only four designs by Maté. I love her style. I believe Maté may have been an artist ahead of her time. In the midst of the swirly, curly Art Nouveau period, she was paving the way for the next big thing: the Art Deco emphasis on clean lines and geometric patterns. She stuck to a limited color palette: black and white, red and shades of brown. Her figures are always wearing bold striped or checked patterns.
UPDATE: I've uncovered another piece of Máté's life via a Hungarian blogger. Ilona was married to a fellow painter. The writer didn't state what Ilona died from but her husband could not deal with the grief and tried to kill himself. He eventually died 2 weeks afterwards from his self-inflicted wounds.
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