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Kempenaar Oriental French A

Kempenaar Oriental French A

1900? Three cards from a series of 12 each presenting La Fontaine fables in an oriental style.  Imp. J.E. Goossens, Brussels." $30 from Dany Wolfs, Roesalare, Belgium, May, '01.

These cards are as beautiful as their larger counterparts.  Each the three in this Series A has a counterpart in the Bon Marché Oriental set that I have. While those cards are 4" x 5½", these are 3¼" x 4 7/8". These cards add an oval in the lower left: apparently a man with a pitchfork and a seated woman are both drinking Elixir De Kempenaar. The border of each card has its own intricate golden pattern. The cards of this "A" series are numbered "4" (WC), "9" (FC), and "10" (CJ) in the lower right of the picture side. "Elixir De Kempenaar" is on both sides of each card. The verso of each has "Imp. J.E. Goossens, Brussels," and the text of its fable.  These cards, as opposed to those in the other two French series from Kempenaar, have consistently shaped boxes for the fable title on the front side.  All three of these cards have "Serié A (12 fables) No. 1" on the verso!

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4: WC

9: FC

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