For many years now we have been collecting artist
postcards, especially from Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods,
and at the same time we have conducted studies and research work
on these postcards produced at the beginning of the 20 th Century
and on their illustrators.
In our research, we have been especially fascinated, from the
start, by the enchanting young women created by Raphael Kirchner.
We have been to meeting for specialists in postcard collecting
in Italy and abroad, scrutinized auction catalogues, and selling
lists, visited flea markets and antique fairs, written to collectors
and merchants all over the world and little by little we have created "our
own collection" of Kirchner postcards, one of the jewels of our
vaster collection of artists' postcards.
Many other illustrators are in our postcard collection: Alphonse
Mucha, first of all, and then Jack Abeille, Basch Arpad, Paul Berthon,
Hans Christiansen, Gisbert Combaz, Eva Daniell, Dohuin, Adolf Hohenstein,
Karl Jozsa, Mela Koehler, Laskoff, Lessieux, Henri Meunier, Elizabeth
Sonrel, the Italian artists Baruffi, Bompard, Brunelleschi, Busi,
Cappiello, Chiostri, Codognato, Corbella, Dudovich, Gobbi, Alberto
Martini, Mataloni, Meschini, Metlicovitz, Nanni, Scattina, Seneca,
Tafuri, Terzi, and also the advertising postcards by Maga, the
deco postcards published in Italy by Degami, the risque postcards
published in France by Librairie de l'Estampe and by Delta, and
last but not least some postcards from the "great series" such
as the Ver Sacrum, the Job, the Cinos, the Philippe & Kramer,
the Jugend, the Wiener Werkstatte.
So far, a part of the results of our research has been included
in various articles of the Italian reviews "La Cartolina" and "Charta",
but we have also worked in collaboration with the English journal "Picture
Postcard Monthly" and with the French review "Cartes Postales et