Monday, August 3, 2009


Made years apart, this pair of small, hand-drawn picture frame prints in their original wood frames were found in one Mabini antique shop. They are reminiscent of Western calligraphic art, more specifically, the fraktur drawings of Germany. Both prints have cut-out windows on which pictures of loved ones could be inserted. The first example, dated July 26, 1916, bears the name "Pering". A heart shaped window once bore Pering's picture. Below the name are small rustic illustrations, accented by flowers. The 2nd frame, dated Dec. 18, 1934 was presented by a certain Lucien to sweetheart Anching, including this sentiment in English: "In your moments of meditation, let me be the subject of your inspiration..With my most and sincere appreciation, Lucien". Great examples of Philippine folk art, that not only show the creative skills of Filipinos but also their poetic sentiments when they become lovestruck.

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