(MOVEABLE ’BIEDERMEIER’ CARD). ~ [Tulip]. Frankfurt: Trowitzsch & Sohn, [n.d., c. 1820s].
Moveable engraved card 95 × 75 mm), hand-coloured, with four moveable petals (the fourth without thread and not now moving), paper and thread mechanism concealed beneath pasted paper panel at rear. Slightly dust-stained, but a very good example (preserved in folding mount).
A charming example of the early nineteenth century German moveable greetings card (popularly referred to as ‘Biedermeier’ cards, after their era). The card depicts a tulip, with the text ‘Den herrlichten Blumen gleich blühe Dein Leben, Von Freude, Vergnügen und Wonne umgeben. Mein Wünshcen, mein Hoffen, mein Glück, ist allein dir’ (Your life blooms like the glorious flowers, surrounded by joy, pleasure and bliss. My wishes, my hopes, my happiness are yours alone). Pulling the tab moves opens the petals to reveal a girl with a yellow bird and the banner: ‘innigste liebe und treue guWeihen’ (dearest love and faithful dedication). The card is numbered 272.