If you are still looking for a Valentine’s Day card for that special someone, makes sure to stop by our gallery to view our extensive collection of beautiful, antique cards. The first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840, although handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before then. We have a myriad of cards with sweet messages, lovely scenes, and beautiful hand-cut paper lace. We also sell many stand-up cards with a base and three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915. Below are a few of the cards we offer, many more can be seen in the gallery.
Playfulness ~ Trust ~ Balance ~ Beauty ~ Power of Two . . .qualities which define and nourish togetherness, are celebrated in three bronze sculptures currently on view at the gallery. The sculptor, Robert Cook, is known for capturing fluid motion in bronze and has spent a lifetime studying tension, form and energy being released into motion.
Among Cook’s favorite subjects are dancers. Spoleto Duo “F”, was inspired by the Spoleto Festival in Italy in 1978. The festival is an international event founded in 1958 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti, which features concerts, opera, dance, drama, visual arts and roundtable discussions on science. Having lived in Italy since 1950, Cook attended the festival regularly, collecting pages of dancers in his sketchbooks as studies for sculptures. Sylvie Descends depicts famous French dancer, Sylvie Guillem, supported by Russell Maliphant, an important partner in her career.
Our partners, The Old Print Shop, are having a two-person sculpture show in New York, opening May 3rd and running through June 13th. Robert Cook and Masaaki Noda are the two artists.
Still searching for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t know what to get that special someone? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift ideas below:
1. Antique Valentine’s Day Cards
While handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before, the first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840. We have cards with cute sayings, sweet messages, and beautiful hand-cut paper lace. We also sell many stand-up cards with a base and several three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915. Prices start at $15 and go up from there.
2. Flower Prints
Give her a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt and die. We have a very large antique print collection of flowers and floral arrangements. Hand colored in nature’s full spectrum and intricately engraved, these prints make a beautiful and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift!
3. RED prints
Our new contemporary show, aptly named RED, features prints in this passionate and romantic hue. Pick the bold and pulsating Fast Forward or go with the subdued and modern To be Received Again. The show features a huge range of styles to choose from. And if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea- RED opens on February 15th, with a nighttime reception and party. Interesting art + free wine= great date!
4. City Views and Maps
Gift your sweet someone a map or view of a special city. Whether it is of the place you met or married, a shared favorite travel spot, or where you both live (and love), city plans and scenes are a personal and unique gift idea.
5. Cupid Prints
In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning “desire”) is the god of desire, affection and love. Celebrate and pay homage to this winged matchmaker with a print from the 17th century “Amorous Mottoes.”
We just added a whole set of late-19th century and early-20th century Valentine’s Day cards. These elaborate and beautiful cards feature fold-outs, paper lace, and very sweet messages of love and adoration.
While handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before, the first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840. We have many stand-up cards with a base and several three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915. Cards featuring honeycomb paper puffs, which open to form bells, fans, balls, hearts and other shapes, were also popular. These intricate designs were practical to mail, and made strong visual statements when finally opened up by the recipients.
In the the 1930’s cards with mechanical parts came into vogue. The recipient would be able to pull on a lever in the card, to make a heart move, an eye wink, or a message to pop out.
These cards will make great gifts for the fast-approaching Valentine’s Day or any upcoming special anniversaries. They are beautiful, unique, and continue a time-honored tradition of love.
To view more cards, visit our gallery or the Valentine’s Day Section of our website. Follow the link here to view some beautiful examples.
(Double-click to enlarge). Prints featured can be viewed and purchased here.