Fraktur: Valentine

Object Number: 
1937.1816
Date: 
1800-1830
Medium: 
Brown ink and red gouache on beige paper mounted on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 5/8 x 6 in. ( 19.4 x 15.2 cm ) mounted: 8 x 6 3/8 in. ( 20.3 x 16.2 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed in German at center: "Ich bin [illegible] Blume zu [Seren] / und eine rose im Hal. Wie eine rose unter / den dornen, so ist meine freundin unter / den [Töchtern]; wie ein [illegible] baum unter / den wilde bäumen so ist mein / freund unter den Söhnen. / John Lind / Salomonis / c.[illegible].1.2.3."
Description: 
Fraktur: Vertical rectangular sheet with handwritten German inscription enclosed in a heart with dotted black outline; heart superimposed on the stalk of a plant with three red buds visible above the heart and leaves outlined in brown ink visible below.
Gallery Label: 
The Pennsylvania Germans practiced a manuscript art called Frakturschrift or Zierschrift in German ("fraktur" in museum and collecting terminology). This art form, combining calligraphy with decorative motifs in ink and watercolor, was produced widely in Pennsylvania and in German settlements in other states from the mid-18th to the mid-19th century.
Credit Line: 
Elie Nadelman, Museum of Folk Arts, Riverdale-on-Hudson, Bronx, New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group