My original postcard was mailed Paris 24/1 1902 (Jan. 24, 1902) to Count B. Tyszkiewicz in Paris. See the last photo to see the original. Now, while I love to faithfully restore my antique postcards, I also love seeing the potential in what could be there:) So the more I got to working with this postcard, the more I saw the beginnings of a perfect mermaid. Everything about this composition centers around flowing curves! The blue/green sea background is already there and notice how the body of the bottle looks like a rock! Or perhaps the story is that of a cold-blooded mermaid becoming a flesh and blood woman ... SO I "warmed" things up a bit to really make her come alive. And then, by removing the glasses and taking out the beverage in the bottle, I've made her a genie. What do you see? Add wings for instant fairy or nymph ... Perfect image for bottle art!
Note: at the bottom right corner is the artist's signature, a very strange criss-crossing mark and the numbers 86. I'm not positive but I think that 86 means the year it was painted -- 1896!
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