Sunday, December 15, 2013

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: A Greeting Card from 1860

The Victoria & Albert Museum

This is one of 158 Christmas and New Year cards which were produced in England between 1860 and 1880. The artist and publisher are unknown for this color lithograph which features paper lace and fabric appliqués.

The card boasts a Christmas tree motif—a symbol which was once again becoming popular in Britain. It shows the ideal Christmas tree from the Victorian era, alive with color and style. Two cherubic children adorn the tree with ornaments typical of the era which also have a bit of Dutch style to them.

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