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S. Catharina: P.14417-R-95

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Current Location: In storage


S. Catharina
Valentine card


Publisher: Unknown




A small, devotional valentine on an early example of perforated lace-paper. The single narrow sheet of thin white paper is edged with gold leaf. At upper centre, within an irregular-shaped border, is a small, hand-painted image of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, which is comparable with representations of the Saint seen in 15th-century Italian frescoes. The Saint is seen holding a palm in her left hand and leaning against a wheel with her right arm. Her head is surrounded with an aureole. The paper is decorated with five, hand-painted roses. At lower centre is a hand-painted lozenge edged with red 'flames' and the name: '?S. Catharina' at the centre. This valentine is closely comparable to one which was sold at Christie's in 1993, lot 193, and which shows Saint Rosina. This card is dated c.1800-20. See sale catalogue: _Victorian Valentine Cards_, Christie's, South Kensington, Tuesday 9th February, 1993, lot 193, p.20, with black and white photograph. See also Frank Staff for a reproduction of another early devotional valentine featuring 'Saint Theresia'; Staff, Frank, _The Valentine & Its Origins_, London, 1969, no. 159, p. 127. Mounted on the same album leaf as another devotional valentine, P.14417-R-94 and P.14417-R-93, a valentine which employs an image reminiscent of the style of religious painting of the early Renaissance. See also Frank Staff,_The Valentine & Its Origins_, London, 1969, for reproductions of other earlier devotional valentines: nos 13 and 14, p. 25 (on parchment, mid 18th-century) and no. 159, p. 127 (on vellum, mid 18th-century).

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

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Production date: circa AD 1820

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Hand colouring

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Accession number: P.14417-R-95
Primary reference Number: 215324
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Created: Tuesday 14 February 2017 Updated: Friday 26 January 2018 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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