This is one of several Mela Koehler postcards I have available. Compare this flower lady with the one in Leonard Lauder's 50,000+ collection at the MFA in Boston. Lauder's copy is not as pristine as this one, but noteworthy because it's franked 1911. So although this card is unused, that helps us date it to the turn of the century also. Typical antique postcard size of about 3.5 by 5.5 inches. Verso you'll see the previous owner erroneously labeled this as an August Patek card and I didn't erase it. I'll let you. Sometimes erasing can leave a rough patch on the paper and especially for a card like this one with a cream background, it's exceptionally pristine and I didn't want to risk roughing it up:)
Koehler (Austrian, 1885–1960) is one of the few female artists who enjoyed success while alive and her postcards were collectibles during her lifetime. She was a painter, children's book illustrator, printmaker and fabric designer who was closely associated with the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshops). In 1907 she was invited to produce postcard designs for the Wiener Werkstätte while she was still a student, and she became their most prolific designer, producing more than 150 postcards in 5 years. (Thanks to the British blog site We Are Not a Muse for this information.)
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