NOTE: Billets, fine handcrafted, delicate gift card assembled using luxury papers, often additionally hand-colored and featuring movable parts, were popularized in Europe, especially in France and Italy, around 1800. Circa 1820-1830's, Vienna became the most important city on the Continent for art, decoration and extravagant production of billets. Handcrafted with great care, varied pieces of outstanding quality, some with elaborate movable mechanisms, were developed, featuring the art of well-known engravers such as Johann Joseph Entletsberger (1779-1856). The luxury papers were traded on namedays, birthdays and holidays such as New Yearís Day and Christmas. In addition to poetic verses, humorous sketches from everyday life, and the like, these cards gained in quality during this period where sentimentality thrived, but especially because of the workmanship and quality of the pictures created The collage-like billet arrangement, partly colored and sometimes decorated with mica, moss, mother of pearl and glass stones, show idyllic scenes with symbols of friendship, love and deep connectedness. llllllll IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
A superb movable billet, "Believe me, sky-high, my braid would still cheerfully rise as the clock strikes, and I can only wish you luck". Colored etching. 9, x 7.1 cm. Vienna around 1820. An older man, his cheeks are slightly flushed, playing in his bass violin, completely lost in thought and completely free. When the lever pulled, the bow moves across the strings as his hand moves along fretting the arm of the cello, and his braid moves upward. Thoroughly enchanting. Signed on verso by a contemporary owner. Most scarce.
Price: $650.00 Item #4740