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Valentine

ca. 1880 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embossed coated lace paper and colour lithograph tableau and flowers
Brief Description
Perfumed valentine, 'Forget-Me-Not', paper lace with colour lithograph tableau of a man and woman, Eugene Rimmel, British, ca. 1880
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.
Marks and Inscriptions
  • E. Rimmel Perfumer to Her Majesty London and Parts (embossed on paper lace at the bottom of the card)
  • Rimmel's Perfumed Valentine of the Language of Flowers (Embossed on paper lace, at the top of the card)
  • MYOSOTIS / FORGET ME NOT (At top and bottom of frame)
  • 'My heart will ever be thine / Whatever may be my lot / Be my faithful valentine / Forget me not'
Credit line
Given by Miss Jane Samuels
Object history
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.
Subjects depicted
Associations
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.
Collection
Accession Number
E.1573-1929

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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