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There is one word that exactly describes the look on the face of this little boy – mischievous! This wonderful print of a little boy and girl, doing what was deemed acceptable behavior for children at the turn of the century, is from a softbound children’s poem book, "Treue Freunde" written by Frida von Kronoff and published in Germany, circa 1890’s. Research has failed to yield any results as to whom the illustrator may have been but it is in the style of Oscar Pletsch, one of the most popular children’s book illustrators for the German bourgeoisie in the 19th century.

The soft muted colors and the expression on the children’s faces offer a glimpse into art created at the turn of the century. The print definition and quality are also typical of that time period, lacking much of the sharp clarity that is available today with offset printing but adds timeless charm to this beautiful illustration of childhood.

There is uniform dark yellowing of the paper around the actual image as well as some wear at the page edges in line with what you would expect of a print that is over 100 years old. On the upper edge of the print there is one small dark brown blemish. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 6-1/2” x 8” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame. While it appears the matting is unbalanced that is only due to my limitations as a photographer – it is uniformly matted to match on all sides.

Antique book illustrations are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great children’s gifts or for a baby showers as they are always unique and unusual. Browse our store for other antique illustrations in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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Kathleen Schmidtke

German Children Playing School Antique Print - Circa 1890's

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: original antique book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from Colorado, United States
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