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Valentine

Valentine

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cheret, Jules, born 1836 - died 1932 (possibly, designer)
    Eugene Rimmel (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embossed coated lace paper and colour lithograph tableau and flowers

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Jane Samuels

  • Museum number:

    E.1573-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf SH63, box GG67

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Physical description

Valentine made of paper lace, with a framed tableau of a man kneeling to present a woman with forget-me-nots. Around the frame is a trellis of brightly-coloured flowers.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Cheret, Jules, born 1836 - died 1932 (possibly, designer)
Eugene Rimmel (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embossed coated lace paper and colour lithograph tableau and flowers

Marks and inscriptions

E. Rimmel
Perfumer to Her Majesty
London and Parts
Rimmel's Perfumed Valentine of the Language of Flowers
MYOSOTIS / FORGET ME NOT
'My heart will ever be thine / Whatever may be my lot / Be my faithful valentine / Forget me not'

Object history note

This card was part of a series of 'The Language of Flowers' valentines created by the perfumier Eugène Rimmel in the 1870s and 1880s. It may have been designed by Jules Chéret, an artist who collaborated with Rimmel on many of his paper products. The card would originally have been scented with one of Rimmel's perfumes.

Descriptive line

Perfumed valentine, 'Forget-Me-Not', paper lace with colour lithograph tableau of a man and woman, Eugene Rimmel, British, ca. 1880

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
The full text of the record is as follows:

'ANONYMOUS (Valentines).
...
Valentines (55) and envelopes (2). c. 1845-1870
Paper lace, fabric appliqué etc. Various sizes.
E. 1548-1604-1929.

Given by Miss Jane Samuels.'

Associated names

Cheret, Jules; Eugene Rimmel

Materials

Paper; Paper lace

Techniques

Lithography; Embossing

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Lovers; Forget-me-nots

Categories

Greeting cards; Romance

Collection code

PDP

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