This 1890's print is by the Victorian artist Catherine Klein (see photograph of her seated at an easel in her workroom, as well as the biographical notes below). The scarlet red cabbage roses are snugly held in a tall glass vase, just grand as can be. The artwork is beautiful and its execution superb. It is signed lower left. This is print is a chromolithograph, and the color layers align in perfect register.
The print is housed in a gold painted cherry wood frame with little burnished brass corner embellishments that are roses and leaves. The print also has a mat in a very soft muted down grey green hue. This print was made by the Raphael Tuck Company, one of Klein's employers. It was printed in Bavaria, Germany and is noted that it came from Series 928. This size print is very rare, in fact, we have had it only this one time. Klein was very prolific in her postcard studies, but her prints are not as easy to find. The print is in fine condition, the frame is in near fine condition also. Overall size is aprox 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches.
Catherine Klein biography (she is seated at the easel in the photograph shown):
Catharina Klein was born in 1861 in Eylau, East Prussia, a town now called Bagrationovsk in Kalinigrad, a part of the Russian Federation on Poland’s northeast border. (It is actually separated by the Baltic States from Mainland Russia.) Its population couldn’t have been more than 3,500 or so when she was a child, thus making her quite well acquainted with rural life and the subject matter she would so beautifully capture on canvas and paper. Catharina Klein moved to Berlin where she studied at the vocational school. In her earliest days, she exhibited at various shows and her paintings proved popular among the German nobility. Prophetically, one of her paintings was exhibited as part of the Columbia Exhibition in Chicago in 1893 when she was 32. (The Columbia Exhibition is often heralded as the catalyst of the postcard craze.) Klein became one of the most respected and popular still life painters of all time. She captured the essence of her subject matter and made it appealing on a 3 1/2-inch by 5 1/2-inch card.