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1900/01 Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. Premium "A Study In Pink" HARRY ROSELAND Print
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1900/01 Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. Premium "A Study In Pink" HARRY ROSELAND Print
1900/01 Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. Premium "A Study In Pink" HARRY ROSELAND Print
1900/01 Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. Premium "A Study In Pink" HARRY ROSELAND Print

1900/01 Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. Premium "A Study In Pink" HARRY ROSELAND Print

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Description: Here's a beautiful old floral print from a painting by Harry Roseland, entitled "A Study in Pink". It features what I believe is a bouquet of pink and white carnations arranged in a clear crystal vase. It was printed by the American Lithographic Co. of New York.

It was produced by the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company in 1900 and offered as a mail order premium to buyers of Arbuckles' Ariosa Coffee. In fact, a set of three floral prints, including this one and two others, entitled "Early Visitors" and "Fall Beauties", could be obtained by anyone sending just 5 signatures (i.e., proofs-of-purchase) cut from Arbuckles' coffee packages, along with a 2¢ postage stamp. This offer was valid from June 1, 1900, until May 31 (or June 1), 1901.

Arbuckles' offered numerous prints in their lists and catalogs in the late 19th and early 20th Century, many with flowers, but sometimes featuring children, dogs, or religious subjects, too. Some were from unattributed (or at least unheralded) artists, but many were drawn by prominent artists of the time, such as Harry Roseland, Paul de Longpre, Maud Humphrey, and Frances Brundage.

It was a very inexpensive way for housewives to decorate their homes with beautiful works of art. Many, many thousands must have been produced. Unfortunately, due to the fact that they were so cheap to acquire, they tend not to have been treated with much care, and most of the examples available to the collector today show significant damage. In particular, most seem to have been trimmed to fit whatever frame the original (or subsequent) owner had available. Many also seem to have suffered water damage or other indignities. The example I'm offerering here does not appear to have ever been framed, and thus is untrimmed, but has probably been stored rolled up for most of its life and does have some edge damage. Please see my condition description, below, for full particulars.

Date: 1900-1901

Actual Size: approx. 9½" x 17"

Condition: Generally good to very good, I'd say. This print does not appear to have ever been framed and therefore has not been trimmed, as most framed prints were. I believe that it's probably been stored for most of its life rolled up, the way Arbuckles' originally mailed it out (and the way I will ship it). As such, it does not naturally lay flat without some assistance (as is visible in my photos), but I would expect that it could be pressed flat for framing with a bit of patience. There's about a 1" tear at the top center, and just some slight roughness along the edges. There is a large crease across the lower right corner, and smaller creases and crinkles along the left edge, likely from being unrolled and rerolled numerous times over the years. The colors are bright and fresh, and the print only appears to have minimal soiling, with no apparent surface or moisture damage. (Please see photos.)

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