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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.

Thank you for visiting our store. Stop in often as new items are listed weekly.
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.

Thank you for visiting our store. Stop in often as new items are listed weekly.
Reviews
5 out of 5 stars.
(121)
Reviewed by Melissa Gaddy
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 7, 2017
I love this print. Thank you so much for your note and care in packing and shipping.
1912 The Combs Antique Bee Print

Reviewed by smredick
5 out of 5 stars.
Feb 1, 2017
Just as pictured! Fast delivery with personalized note makes it that much more special. Thank you!
Adorable Vintage Sleeping Kitten Print

Reviewed by Isabel Janelli
5 out of 5 stars.
Dec 8, 2016
I bought this gift as a Christmas present for my brother who loves geese. The print arrived promptly and contained a handwritten thank you note for buying the purchase. Very unique gift idea!
Vintage 1934 Canadian Goose Wild Bird Print

Reviewed by rougealizarine
5 out of 5 stars.
Sep 11, 2016
Beautiful print. Very carefully packaged and in perfect condition. I love it!
Natural History Wild Animal Hoary Marmot or Whistler 1918 Vintage Print

Reviewed by Melissa Gaddy
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 7, 2017
I love this print. Thank you so much for your note and care in packing and shipping.
1912 The Combs Antique Bee Print

Reviewed by smredick
5 out of 5 stars.
Feb 1, 2017
Just as pictured! Fast delivery with personalized note makes it that much more special. Thank you!
Adorable Vintage Sleeping Kitten Print

Reviewed by Isabel Janelli
5 out of 5 stars.
Dec 8, 2016
I bought this gift as a Christmas present for my brother who loves geese. The print arrived promptly and contained a handwritten thank you note for buying the purchase. Very unique gift idea!
Vintage 1934 Canadian Goose Wild Bird Print

Reviewed by rougealizarine
5 out of 5 stars.
Sep 11, 2016
Beautiful print. Very carefully packaged and in perfect condition. I love it!
Natural History Wild Animal Hoary Marmot or Whistler 1918 Vintage Print

Reviewed by Kristi
5 out of 5 stars.
Jul 13, 2016
Perfect! Fits both of my pets perfectly! Excellent quality!
Adorable Vintage Fluff the Kitten and Collie Dog Print

Reviewed by nancykent54
5 out of 5 stars.
Jan 30, 2016
Book illustrators prove that old adage about a picture can say a thousand words. And this artist is my favorite. And this particular print is my favorite of hers. I look at this and see my pumpkin-eyed mommy, sitting in her favorite window seat and absolutely transfixed by the treasure in her hand. I love everything from her bobbed head down to her little shoes!
This print comes attractively matted (the rich color selected enhances the muted colors of the glorious print.)
I highly recommend!
RESERVED: 1905 Antique Children's Print of Picture-Books in Winter by Jessie Willcox Smith

Reviewed by handleyredhead
5 out of 5 stars.
Jan 30, 2016
Beautiful piece of art that came a personalized thank you card with beautiful handwriting! As a birthday gift to a friend of mine, it came quickly and she adored it! Thanks so much!
Antique Botanical Print 1907 Diseases of Plants Illustration

Reviewed by amberstock1
5 out of 5 stars.
Dec 16, 2015
1923 Her Protector in Winter Vintage Print

Reviewed by nigel burr
5 out of 5 stars.
Dec 8, 2015
we are so very happy with this wonderful purchase thankyou so much AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA+++++++++++ happy christmas
1891 Antique Print - A Water Fairy from The Water Babies

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We at Thin Air Creations are committed to customer satisfaction. All of our order management and shipping processes are designed to meet your needs as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. While our standard shipping is stated at 1-2 business days we ALMOST ALWAYS ship same day or next.

You will note when your print arrives that it has been packaged in new, industry standard packaging on the somewhat excessive side. We know this adds to the shipping costs but we want to ensure that with 100% certainty that every print arrives damage free. We also hope our customers will recycle or reuse the cardboard packaging.

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Please do not return items damaged in shipment, as doing so will void the shipping insurance (if requested).
Damage claims can only be made on items shipped with insurance.
To begin the process, please contact our shop and alert us to the damage.
Claims should be made through the original shipping agent. Guidelines for insurance claims vary by carrier so please check with the carrier for specific instructions.
Be sure to retain all original packaging as well as all pieces of the damaged item, as the shipping agent will request to examine them.
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We will refund 100% and including shipping if print is returned to us in original shipping package.

Additional policies

All items labeled "Antique" are 100 years or older.
Items labeled "Vintage" are at least 20 years old.

German Children Playing School Antique Print - Circa 1890's

$20.00

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: original antique book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 121 reviews
  • Favorited by: 7 people
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