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Valentine card: P.14418-R-13

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Current Location: In storage


Valentine card


Publisher: Windsor & Sons




A 'raised' valentine in three layers. The top two layers of cameo-embossed lace-paper are held together with paper springs. The scene depicted on the top layer is of trees and two staircases to left and right with two couples wearing 17th-century costume descending each. Urns with flowers on pedestals to left and right. A roundel at the centre displays a chromolithograph of a scene with Cupid who has fired a golden arrow into a shield emblazoned with a pair of flaming hearts which is held by a winged putto. The chromolithograph has a printed gold border and is oval in shape. Below the chromolithograph on the top layer is a collage of green and white fabric leaves with frosting and a purple satin flower with fabric stamens over a silver, embossed ornament. Hand-coloured fabric forget-me-nots and silver paper fern fronds are affixed at left and right. Above the central window is a lithographed motto within a silver, embossed frame: 'My heart for thine / Dear Valentine'. Two 'leaves' of white, frosted fabric with gilt vein detail are affixed onto the second layer and displayed through the die-cut areas of the top layer. 'WINDSOR' is stamped onto the staircase at lower right and along the spine at upper centre. The second layer is adhered to the back paper. See also P.14418-R-18, which is from the same series and employs many of the same collage elements but features a different chromolithographed scene and motto.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Dr J. W. L. Glaisher, 1928

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr

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Accession number: P.14418-R-13
Primary reference Number: 215361
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Monday 29 May 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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