[POP-UP VALENTINE]. Valentine with Cherubs and Cart. Printed in Germany, [c.1890].
A German neo-baroque pop-up chromolithographic multi-layered Valentine's card; (20 x 18cm approx.); depicting cherubs with a cart full of hearts and flowers, and peeping out of windows; small portion of flower garland expertly reattached, with a few very light scratches and creases to extremities, particularly to one cherub hand (only visible from the verso); a lovely late-Victorian or early-Edwardian example.
By the 1880s, the ease of colour printing added a new dimension to the cards. In particular the Germans, for whom chromolithography was easier, took advantage of the market with die-cut constructions on heavy card with red or pink tissue paper in honeycomb shapes to add dramatic colour splashes (as on one of the outer joints of this card).
Addressed 'To my Valentine' with the short verse 'Pretty one! I hope you know, This is from , Your little "Beau"."