Original French chromolithographs. These were published circa 1880 by Vallet, Minot & Cie 5, Paris. On the side is written in French and translates as "artist proof" in English.
I imagine these were selections a company could look at, select the print they wanted and then have their own advertising printed on. Advertising and trade cards were very common in the mid to late 1800's. I have grouped these two together due to condition – but they are still so nice to have without any advertising!
The chromos measure 2 ½" wide by 3 ½" high. They are glued at the upper corners like a printer's book plate. The entire sheets or just the prints would be nice framed.
The publisher's sheets show the age, and have some foxing. The chromos are in good condition with the exception of the upper corners where the glue has caused some discoloration. Some of the damage can be framed out, but some will still show in a certain light. Frame shown for illustration only and is not included.