1842 Pennsylvania German Birth Baptism Fraktur
This listing is for an antique Pennsylvania German birth and baptism fraktur certificate. It's hand colored with motifs of an eagle, angels, birds, and flowers. The certificate is dated 1842 but we can't quite make out the name of the child. The bottom of the certificate mentions G.S. Peters of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and this seems to refer to Gustav Sigismund Peters (1793-1847). We've also seen the artwork attributed to Francis D. Levan (fl. 1832-1850). The fraktur is framed and in very good overall condition with some yellowing and a few small tears. It appears to be mounted to some kind of backing in the frame. This listing has no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win!
Image: 12 1/4" inches by 16 1/2" inches
Frame: 13 1/4" inches by 17 1/2" inches
"Fraktur is both a style of lettering and a highly artistic and elaborate illuminated folk art created by the Pennsylvania Dutch (also known as Pennsylvania Deitsch or Pennsylvanian German). Most Fraktur were created between 1740 and 1860.
"Fraktur drawings were executed in ink and/or watercolors and are found in a wide variety of forms: the Vorschriften (writing samples), the Taufscheine (birth and baptismal certificates), marriage and house blessings, book plates, and floral and figurative scenes. The earlier Fraktur were executed entirely by hand, while printed text became increasingly common in later examples. Common artistic motifs in Fraktur include birds, hearts, and tulips, as well as blackletter and italic calligraphy.
"Today, many major American museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have Fraktur in their collection. Important Fraktur have been sold by major American auction houses and antique dealers for prices in excess of $100,000."
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