Viennese C.1920 BOXED SET of 10 Handpainted Celluloid Place Cards
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AGE: C.1920 or so
ITEM: Originally a set of 12, I hereby offer a set of 10, hand painted on celluloid with piercing, place cards. Still in their original box, the place cards retain their original stands and there is one extra in case of loss.
The cards are of the same theme - single ladies, single gents, couples and children all doing "somthing" under a tree, all the folk in early Regency or Victorian clothing. The coloring to each card is very muted and one can tell immediately that the designs are all rendered by the same artisan. I can't tell what was used to color the celluloid but it must be an oil derivative as watercolor would wash easily off each card. (Painting is on one side only.) Very ornate cards that are slightly different than the ones currently on offer on RL.
CONDITION: The 10 celluloid pieces are in excellent shape though there is a slight discoloration to the celluloid here and there near where the celluloid sits in the holder. No major damage, that's for sure - no parts broken, no burn marks, no repairs, etc. As to the box, well, other than it being the original, it has seen better days and is pretty much falling apart; parts of the side of the box are already missing. Shipment of this item will be done very carefully but I expect that the box may lose a bit of cardboard here and there during transit. The celluloid pieces each have their own individual piece of plastic covering to aid in the protection during shipping.
HALLMARKS: The inside label of the box proclaims "Vienna Handwork - Placecards - Most elegant table decoration - Original Novelty! Different Designs." The top of the box has a handwritten (in pencil) notation - Place Cards.
SIZE: Each celluloid piece measures approx 3-3/8" x 2".
FINAL COMMENTS: I have never had a set like this before and I really did not want to part with it but as my father keeps telling me "You're a dealer, NOT a collector!".
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