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Kempenaar Oriental French C

1900? 21 out of a series of 24 cards presenting fables of La Fontaine in an oriental style with French text of the fable on the verso.  "Elixir De Kempenaar." Druk J.E. Goossens, Brussels.  €16 each from Albert van den Bosch, December, '22.

These cards, except for the change of language, are like the Kempenaar Dutch oriental cards of Series C.  Like them, these cards are smaller versions in the style of the Bon Marché Oriental series.  While those Bon Marché cards are 4" x 5½", these are 3¼" x 4 7/8".  The cards are numbered "1" through "24" in "Serié C" on the bottom of the verso.  "Elixir De Kempenaar" is on both sides of each card.  The verso of each also has "Imp. J.E. Goossens, Brussels," and the text of its fable.  These cards add an oval in the lower left or right of the picture side: 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 oriental pattern.  Now to find the last three in the series!

1: DLS

2: Stag in the Vineyard

3: Oyster & Litigants

(4: Horse & Stag)

5: FWT

6: Angler & Small Fish

7: Two Bulls & Frogs

(8: Old Man & Ass)

9: AD

10: Horse & Ass

11: Saying of Socrates

12: Camel & Flotsam

13: Fox & Bust

14: Hunter & Lion

15: DS

16: Coach & Fly

17: Stag & Pool

18: Two Friends

19: BC

20: LM

21: TB

22: Thieves & Ass

23: Two Mules

(24: Death & Unhappy Man)