Sweet Rose Calendar Print C Klein.
This absolutely extraordinary die cut print is by the Victorian illustrator Catherine Klein (see photograph (seated at easel), and biography below. This very large chromolithograph is entitled Sweet Rose Calendar for 1900. It has a lovely verse about the rose, and around it is a graceful arch of pastel pink cabbage roses. It still has its old silk hanging ribbon. The print is free floated on a subtle greyish-tan suede mat that compliments the print perfectly. All is housed in a vintage composite gesso frame with the same coloring highlights as the mat, and elegant scrollworks in the gesso moulding. It is so much more beautiful than the photos depict.
This print can be used both horizontally as shown and also vertically. Overall size is 13 5/8 x 21 5/8 inches. It is very rare, we have only had this piece one time in 30 years of collecting. Please note there is some glass glare in the photos. The print is in VG-NF condition, and the frame is in VG condition with a little wear and a tiny bit of corner separation (not detracting, but mentioned for accuracy). Please note: we ship either FedEx or USPS Parcel Post as a less inexpensive choice. Ruby Lane's postage calculator doesn't always show Parcel Post, so do inquire if you would like your parcel sent at the less expensive rate.
Catherine Klein biography:
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. A popular teacher, Klein also ran a studio in Berlin and trained young women how to paint. In 1911, she published two short books: one on how to paint fruit, the other flowers. She was a single woman from the country in a male dominated world and she earned her living through her talent which was a remarkable feat for that period. She died in Berlin in 1929.