18th century, Spitzenbilder valentine, created by Austrian nuns and/or monks, made of finely cut paper with center cameo a flowering tree sprouting from a heart base. Also known as a lace-picture, this valentine is decorated with small red and yellow flowers within the center section of lace cuts. The paper craft of this valentine replicates the paper cuts created by folk artists in 17th century Germany. Old German verse at the bottom of the center lace section is difficult to read.
Flowers; Greeting cards; Handicraft; Hearts (Symbols); Paper craft; Valentines
9.5 x 6 cm
MSS 440, Greeting Card Collection
The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
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